This new Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED VR AF-S Lens is essentially a general purpose standard focal length lens for the photographer who does not need an f/2.8 lens.
The initial images from this lens indicate that it a great performer for the price, and should offer great versatility.
The lens would be suitable for various shooting options from landscapes to portraits.
It provides VR (Vibration Reduction) to minimize any camera shake by offering the equivalent of shutter speeds, around four stops faster than without VR.
The main opposition to this lens is the much more expensive 24-120mm constant aperture f/4 lens but it is around twice the price so this variable aperture option becomes quite attractive from a price perspective.
- Focal length, 24-85 mm
- Maximum aperture, f/3.5-4.5
- Minimum aperture, f/22-29
- 16 elements in 11 groups
- 1 ED lens element
- 3 aspherical lens elements
- Angle of view, FX format 84°–28°, DX format 61°–18° 50′
- Internal Focusing (IF) System with Silent Wave Motor
- Focus ring for manual focus
- Minimum focus distance, 0.38 metres, 1.25 ft
- Maximum reproduction ratio, 0.22x
- 7 rounded diaphragm blades
- Filter size, 72 mm, P=0.75 mm
- Dimensions, 78 mm diameter, 82 mm length
- Weight, 465 grams, 16.4 oz.
There are many images from this lens on the Flickr site to get some idea of its performance.