Nikon 24 85mm f 3.5 4.5g ed af s vr

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

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

The Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR is a low-cost, everyday zoom lens for both FX and DX cameras. The aperture range gives you plenty of speed for shooting in daylight conditions, while the built-in VR II stabilization allows you to handhold shots up to four stops lower (according to Nikon).

By utilizing one ED and three aspherical elements, the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 provides high image quality with minimum optical aberrations. A 7-blade rounded aperture provides smooth, blurred backgrounds, especially useful for portrait shooting. This is an internal focusing lens, which also allows for the 1.25' close-focusing distance. The lens features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, providing silent operation during both still and video shooting. When autofocus isn’t needed, the 24-85mm has an AF/MF switch for quick manual-focus adjustments.

Roger's Take

I know what you’re thinking: Roger’s going to trash another $600 Nikon variable aperture zoom. Not so fast! In this case, I’m actually going to praise it a bit. First of all, this one will cover both an FX and a DX sensor. It’s also quite sharp in the center, so it makes nice portraits and street shots with centered subjects. And stopped down to f/8, it’s actually good in DX corners and adequate on an FX. Plus, the VR is good enough that you can stop down and still get sharp hand-held images. Given all that, along with a nice zoom range, it’s a pretty good choice for a walk-around lens and a big step up from a kit lens.

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