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About Nikon 24-85mm

AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

Advanced and versatile FX-format standard zoom with VR II image stabilization.
Covering a highly versatile wide-angle to medium telephoto zoom range, the AF-S NIKKOR 24 85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR delivers stunning high-contrast images and HD videos. Nikon's Vibration Reduction image stabilization (VR II) maintains sharpness even during hand held shooting at slower shutter speeds and VR Auto Tripod Detection recognizes when the camera is mounted on a tripod and provides precise shutter vibration correction.

The Nikon 24-85mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Weddings and more.The Nikon 24-85mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 24-85mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 24-85mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (31),Lightweight (21),Consistent output (20),Easily interchangeable (17),Strong construction (17),Durable (13),Nice bokeh (9),Rugged (9),Clear glass (4),Simple controls (4),Easily mounted (3)
Heavy (5),Poor in low light (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (26),Weddings (12),Macro photography (11),Low light (10),Sports/action (7),Wildlife photos (5),Night photography (4),Photojournalism (4),Travel (4),General purpose (3),Documentary (3),Fun (3) Video (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (16),Semi-pro photographer (10),Pro photographer (7)

Nikon 24-85mm Features

  • 3 Aspherical Lens Elements: Another unique Nikon innovation, virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberration, further improving image integrity.
  • 1 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Element: Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
  • Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Tailored to each lens, Nikon's second generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II) enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible for dramatically sharper images and HD videos, even in low light.
  • Auto Tripod Detection: Nikon's Vibration Reduction image stabilization system recognizes when the camera is mounted on a tripod and provides precise shutter vibration correction.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency along with significantly reduced lens flare and ghosting.
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch: When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring - M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.
  • Internal Focusing: All internal optical movement is limited to the interior lens barrel, allowing for a more compact, lightweight construction, less lens movement as well as remarkably close minimum focusing distances.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations, rather than a gear system, to focus the lens, providing incredibly fast, smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm: Renders more natural background blur (Bokeh).

Nikon 24-85mm Specifications

11 Groups/ 16 Elements 1 ED Glass Element and 3 Aspherical Elements
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Super Integrated Coating
Internal Focusing
VR (Vibration Reduction)
VR Auto Tripod Mode
Diaphragm Blades
Distance Information
Angle of view
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 61°
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): 18°50'
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 84°
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format): 28°30'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Approx. 1.25 feet at all focal lengths
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
3.1 x 3.2 in (78 x 82 mm)
16.4 oz (465 g)

Nikon 24-85mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review



Although I own several Nikon cameras and many Nikon lenses (including five 2.8 Pro models), I am by no means a professional. I started in photography fifty years ago and have formitable knowledge of both film and digital media. For me, as for many, super-zooms always meant a very substantial trade-off in image quality other than the particular "sweet-spot" of the lens. With this 18-300 mm VR zoom, Nikon has finally given us "more demanding" old camera guys a lens that takes us in DX lingo fro...

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Although I own several Nikon cameras and many Nikon lenses (including five 2.8 Pro models), I am by no means a professional. I started in photography fifty years ago and have formitable knowledge of both film and digital media. For me, as for many, super-zooms always meant a very substantial trade-off in image quality other than the particular "sweet-spot" of the lens. With this 18-300 mm VR zoom, Nikon has finally given us "more demanding" old camera guys a lens that takes us in DX lingo from 27mm to 450mm with first class resolution and image quality across the board and no need to hunt for its "sweet-spot". Wether you are traveling, attending an athletic event, or just walking the streets for fun, this great lens can supply the focal length you need by simply twisting your wrist and nailing the shutter. I have taken about 400 photos with it so far across its entire focal length and NONE have been the soft or displeasing in any way. I am not an easy person to please where image quality is concerned, so trust me, you will love this lens.


Most Liked Negative Review


Good Beginner's Lens

A average quality lens for the beginner. Not a serious contender for a true photographer.

Reviewed by 94 customers


Its a fun Lense


from New Mexico  -  Casual Photographer

I have been wanting a mid-range lense and this one has macro and also shoots normal. It switches back and forth easily and I have loved the results. I enjoy photographing flowers and the photos have been wonderful


Excellent low cost choice for both DX and FX


from North Carolina  -  Semi-pro Photographer

On my DX this lens was superb. I lost a little at the Wide end but gained a great deal in sharpness. Excellent performer on my FX for the price. 85mm extremely sharp and very good for macro work.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great replacement for the 18-200


from Denver, CO

I have shot the 18-200 on my D7000 for the last three years, and even though the reviews have been somewhat neutral due to the size and weight of the 18-300, I purchased one. This lens is a tremendous improvement over the 18-200, especially the resolution at the 300 end of the range. I'm very impressed with the image quality, extremely low distortion, and color rendition. I love having a single lens (replacing my 18-200 and 55-300) with this one. I still am keeping my 10-24 superwide zoom, but I think the new 18-300 will be on my D7000 90% of the time. Great work Nikon!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great All Around Travel Lens


from San Diego, California

During a recent two week trip to Italy's Tuscany and Umbria, I seldom removed this lens from my Nikon D7000 camera body. This lens is amazingly sharp and offers brilliant color and contrast. Below is a photo of the Florence skyline taken with a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/7.1, a focal length of 28mm, an ISO of 100, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The One Lens to Rule them All!!!


from Green Bay, WI, USA

Instead of going on some Get Away 25th wedding anniversary trip, my amazing husband bought this lens for me. I LOVE IT. I'm able to do everything without switching out lens. I haven't missed a single shot opportunity. It's a keeper! My husband too!




from ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have just began to use this lens and it works great. It is now the lens that is always on my camera, easy to use, sharp. Switching to marco is easy to do. It is a heavy lens, heaviest one I own, due to the great build.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I thought it was inadequate.


from Pismo Beach Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

portrait and wedding... The crisp pictures just weren't there. I thought it was me until I took it to a professional photographer who quickly explained why it sucked. My pictures looked out of focus when zoomed in to 100 on photoshop. I bought a better quality lens, $1800 later, and finally got the quality I was looking for. Even with auto focus, this Nikon lens couldn't deliver the quality that I wanted.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Is It A Keeper??


from Sierra Vista Az  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a handy focal length to have and if you want this focal length there are few other choices for FX. I am using this on a D610. Size and weight are great. Color and contrast is good. VR is nice to have. Focus is accurate. It is sharp enough for most applications. IQ can be excellent or mediocre - and there lays the problem- inconsistent output. It's like the resolution isn't quite there for the D610 although it was a kit lens for this camera. I personally would not use this lens for an important event. It has been ok for casual group activities, street photography, cityscapes and family activities. For landscapes and portraits carry other lenses. PS- I found this lens to be an improvement over the 24-120 f 4.




from SRINGFIELD, IL  -  Pro Photographer



Wonderful lens


from Circle Pines, MN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens fits my needs and captures very sharp images.


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Harold H  I have a D7100, would this lens be suitable for close up action shots of gymnast and wrestling events that my grandchildren are involved? Neither events allow a flash.
BRUCE J  85mm won't get you that close. The D7100 is DX, not FX, so you don't have that full format range. And the speed of this lens--3.8-45--isn't very fast. But, on the other hand, it is VR, which gives you the equivalent of two stops on the wide side, and it is ove 20MP, so you can crop. If you were shooting at 3200, it would give you a lot of latitude and you could clean up the noise in Lightroom.
john b  is this lens limited to full frame or can i get good results on my D300 ?
LEROY C  John, This lens is excellent lens on an FX camera because the FX camera is seeing only the center of the lens. I use it on both a D7000, and a D200. Visit SLRGEAR.COM to see details. The only drawback I can find is lens flair when pointed toward a light source or toward the sun. It handles flair oddly. On an FX body, it is tack sharp, with low distortion, very little vignetting and low CA. It is slightly heavy. For the money, it is excellent. I would recommend it. Leroy
Caren A J  Need landscape lens for Nikon D600. Recommendations?
JAMES D  Very good. Light and sharp. Recommend.
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