Nikon AF-S 24-85 VR Review

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I take a look at the Nikon AF-S 24-85 VR, this is a variable aperture (F/3.5-F/4.5) lens designed for the FX (full-frame) format. It has a USD price of $599.99 which places it beyond most kit lenses but not quite as high as pro level lenses. It is compact and features a 72mm filter thread, internal focus, Super Integrated Coating, and 3 ED glass elements.

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38 thoughts on “Nikon AF-S 24-85 VR Review”

  1. For testing lenses for sharpness it would be to your advantage to take those shots with a tripod so we see the lens at it's best. Now for portraits hand holding is fine, take them with the sun to your back so we can see color representation and sharp edges. When you shoot into the sun the image is often fuzzy around the edges so this will exaggerate flare (it's more noticeable around soft edges because that color now fills those soft areas). I always test a new lens with a tripod so human error is out of the picture.

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  2. Are you kidding? This is one of Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever made. Even as a full frame “kit lens” it’s tac sharp. Unfortunately your photos didn’t display what this lens is truly capable of. You appeared to be out of focus a lot. I own this lens and it takes incredibly sharp photos with my D600 and it performs just fine. Also how can it not be a popular range lens when the 24-70mm has one of the more popular lens ranges out there for the average shooter. That focal range falls between this one..LOL. Bruh, you need to do another review on this lens because this one is totally contrary to what this lens does in the real world.

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  3. I used it every day on my D3 and Now it doesn't leave my D4….. It shoots amazing video !! As a matter of fact today 08.01.17 just bought one brand new in the Nikon Box with hood BRAND NEW free shipping $200.00……. This is an amazing lens !

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  4. hello i need help.
    im having problems to decide on one of this two lenses.

    nikkor 28-85 f/2.8-3.5 D (have macro)
    nikkor 28-85 f/3.5-4.5 ED VR

    what i need.
    blurry backgrounds
    sharp images
    good low light images

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  5. I bought the non VR version second hand for 180 pounds on e-bay. It's identical except it takes 67mm filters and some say it's sharper than the VR model. I am delighted with it.

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  6. I just recently bought the D610 body and decided to get the 24-85 VR used on eBay, picked one up for $290 and its been awesome..sure its a kit lens..but it will get me by until I can afford some better glass.  Its also excellent for video, so when I upgrade the lens..I'll probably keep this for hand shot video.  Great review! 

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  7. Good review Jeremy. Thanks. Your video is perfect for my situation. I was actually very surprised by the coincidence. I own a D7000 and I needed a lens in this focal range to work on my DX body, but also to be able to use it later on, because i'm planing to move to FX(D800). Your example given in the video was just perfect. Thanks.

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  8. Hello, do you know "photo SFX art" (google it)? There you can watch a great free video showing the way to make incredible pictures. This made it possible for Joe to make pictures which have that jaw-dropping-effect while you look at them. I hope it works for you also.

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  9. If you want bokeh on this type of lens as you know you're gonna have to shoot close set at long! More then likely the sweet spot will be shooting a subject at about 10-20 feet at 60-85mm, otherwise, I would not expect much bokeh nor any artistic flare with this one! It's not that kind of a lens anyway! But you can trick it, I am sure you know all the ways to achieve those results! Thanks man

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  10. The way to really tell the true differences is to shoot at each focus length, use your 24-85 setup at over and under expr plus 1-3 or so make sure your tripod is fixed, do not move it at all, Place your 24-70 shoot at the same settings same objects, do this both in low light indoors then outside with medium to highlight, then compare, you'll find the sweet and not so sweet spots on both! Let's face it, I shoot a D800 mostly and high ISO's require less so at 3.5-4.5 VR you should have no issues!

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  11. Some other people felt Nikon was heading for a line of consumer FX cameras. Now we know. This lens is nothing to rave about for most people. It is a kit lens. But I shoot crowded; car motorcycle boat and trade shows. In a strange way is lens now does everything I need. But that's just me. Thanks

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  12. If you aren't in a hurry for a new DSLR right now I think it is worth the wait. Rumor has it that it will be a D7000 sized body with the same 39 point AF as the D7000. Suposidely it will also feature a 24mp sensor and have a continious shooting speed of 5 fps. At a price less than $2000 USD, sounds worth a wait to me 🙂

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