Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S Nikkor Wide - Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood - with 5 Year U.S.A. Warranty


About Nikon

AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF lens includes a selection of Nikon advanced technology features, including Extra Low Dispersion Optical Glass (ED), Super Integrated Coating (S-IC), Internal Focusing Construction (IF), Aspheric optic (ASP), Silent Wave Motor Technology (SWM), Distance Technology, and G-Type design (aperture control exclusively from camera body).

Extra Low Dispersion Optical Glass is a high index, low dispersion glass that enables high optical performance from this wide-range compact zoom lens. Through low dispersion characteristics the lens' color performance is enhanced, adding sharpness and contrast to the image.

Super Integrated Coating, a form of multiple layer coating provides pictures of excellent clarity.

Internal Focusing Construction is a technology that allows the lens to be focused without changes in the lens' external size. Maintaining size helps keep balance, and with special control of optical movement, lenses can focus closer and with more consistent image quality.

Silent Wave Motor technology is another development that has added considerably to the Nikon lens selection. This step represents a significant expansion of Nikon's use of this advanced technology.

The G-type design is primarily designed for the newest Nikon SLR models, including both 35mm and Digital, all of which include a Sub-Command Dial, from which aperture control is possible. This design facilitates lens handling, and helps photographers keep a more positive grip on the camera as they use their right index finger to adjust aperture. This firmer grip and excellent balance will help photographers get sharper images, even as they adjust exposure and quickly shoot their pictures. Current compatible camera models include the D1x, D1H and D100 digital SLR cameras as well as the F5, F100, N80 and N65 film SLR cameras.

Distance Technology (included in D-type and G-type Nikkor) provides precision distance information from the lens. This information is incorporated into exposure calculations for both ambient light, flash illumination, and combinations of both, as in fill-flash photography. The distance information enables more precise calculations, leading to improved exposure control.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Lightweight (6),Compact (4),Consistent output (3),Easily interchangeable (3),Easy to use (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (5),Shooting indoors (3),Shooting outdoors (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Nikon Features

  • Exclusive newly designed Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
  • Compact size and high performance realized by new optical system including an aspherical lens and ED glass element
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
  • Filter attachment does not rotate during focusing or zooming
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • M/A mode allows rapid switching between autofocus and manual focus operation

Nikon Specifications

12 Groups/ 15 Elements
Angle of view
84 to 28°
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Approx. 1.2 feet
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 2.9 x 2.9 in.
Approx. 14.3 oz
Ed glass elements

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®


(based on 13 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Nikon 24-85mm, I am amazed how sharp

I am quickly finding myself using this lens more than my 24-70 both for the light weight and the sharpness, I encourage you to get this lens, if you do not require 2.8, this lens is the next best thing


Most Liked Negative Review


Went Back

Bought it used, got it, tested it, soft focus at 24mm thru 85mm sent it back. Getting the 24-85 vr lastest version, waiting for it now. First time with a bad nikkor lens. it happens.

Reviewed by 13 customers


Nikon 24-85mm, I am amazed how sharp


from IL

I am quickly finding myself using this lens more than my 24-70 both for the light weight and the sharpness, I encourage you to get this lens, if you do not require 2.8, this lens is the next best thing


Sharp in the center, not so at the edges


from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

I generally use prime lenses exclusively, but a recent shoot of North Carolina's waterfalls found me wishing for a normal-range zoom lens. Changing prime lenses at the waterfalls was inconvenient, occasionally impractical, and, at times, dangerous. I purchased this lens immediately after the waterfall shoot. It had received good reviews, and the price was right. The center portion of this lens is acceptably sharp, but the edge sharpness leaves much to be desired. I shoot with a Nikon D800, and my prime lenses are Sigma 24mm f/2.8, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 (my workhorse lens), Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G, and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G. Although this one lens covers the focal length of my four prime lenses, this 24-85 zoom is not even in the same ball park, at least in terms of sharpness. Because I shoot with a tripod, the speed of lenses is inconsequential. This 24-85 zoom is acceptable as an all-day carry lens, but not acceptable if overall sharpness is critically important. This is about what you'd expect from a good consumer lens, which this is.


Does the job


from houston, tx  -  Tech Savvy

I shot a wedding with it last weekend...not a bad lens at all. Pictures seem pretty sharp, nice colors before editing. I can't complain. Especially since I picked it up used for a great price.


good value in a mid-range zoom


from Dummerston, VT  -  Photojournalist

This has become my walkaround lens for my D7000. Good zoom range for DX (36-127) and I'm willing to sacrifice wider coverage compared to the 18-55, 18-105, or 18-200 in exchange for better VR and a faster f-stop on the tele end. It's sharp and focuses fast. It doesn't get the fifth star because of the amount of plastic it has. It's not a lens that will survive long in a rough environment, but it is still a good alternative to Nikons 24-70 f2.8 monster (in size and price) lens. For DX shooters, you get the modern version of the old 35-105 (with a bit of extra length), that won't be obsolete if you move up to FX cameras.


Who needs VR?


from Calumet, MI  -  Film Professional

I was trying to decide what lens to put on my D600. Since I am still leary about the 24-85 VR, I found this as a "demo" and at such a good price, I bought it; I couldn't have done better! Not only does it work well on the 600, it also works very well on my "go-to" camera, my 35mm F6. I used this lens on vacation for just about everything; general portraits, inside a museum, inside a mine (yes, underground), B&W cityscapes, and everything in between. I can't say how the 35mm came out, but the digitals were flawless. I also wanted to say thank you to Adorama for the advice given on this product. It certainly fits my needs perfectly.


Great general purpose lens


from NM  -  Photography Student

Great general purpose lens. I didn't check off rugged or durable because I haven't had the lens long enough to make that determination but it does seem initially to be of very good construction quality and durability. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the lens is a little noisy when focusing.


decent mid-range zoom


from Sydney, Australia  -  Photo Enthusiast

Useful walk-around lens, not that sharp or well built, but good enough.


Went Back


from Los Angeles CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Bought it used, got it, tested it, soft focus at 24mm thru 85mm sent it back. Getting the 24-85 vr lastest version, waiting for it now. First time with a bad nikkor lens. it happens.


Great Lens


from Burnaby, Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great all round and landscape lens. Point it directly at the sun without any ghosts or flares. Bokeh is decent, but use a 50mm prime if you want really great shots.


A good avarege lens


from Stockholm, SWEDEN  -  Pro Photographer

Avarage daylight lens, great focal span. Sharp but a little bit slow f. Seems to gather dust internaly (no real impact). Feels fragile at 85mm.

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