Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S
Posted 23 October 2007 - 11:40
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 22:10
build quality is up to par with other plastic bodied Nikon lenses i have and it has a metal as opposed to plastic lens mount like some other low end Nikon lenses but it lacks a rubber gasket around the lens mount to limit debris entry. auto focus is fast and accurate but sometimes slightly misses in low light.
24mm 3.5 stars
50mm 4 stars
70-85mm 4.5 stars
Posted 22 January 2008 - 21:04
I think this lens is a great walkaround lens in terms of the price paid. If the world never experienced DX but rather DSLR cameras had always been FX, this lens is the one everyone would have gotten instead of 18-70 DX kit versions. Incidentally, they look and perform the same, albeit with shifted focal lengths.
The bokeh is pretty bad, though.
Posted 26 January 2008 - 21:08
I shot it professionally as my daily photojournalism lens. It served me great until one shoot when internally it fell apart for no apparent reason.
It was sharp, contrast-y and handled well. For $300 USD new, it's hard to beat.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 22:29
Posted 08 November 2008 - 22:06
I think it's unrealistic to expect a non-pro lens to match pro glass at all apertures and focal lengths - so none of what I wrote should be considered a criticism. As long as you understand this lens' strengths and weaknesses, it will reward you with great images.
- How long have you used the item? I've owned this lens for about five or six months.
- What did you specifically buy it for? I wanted a good quality, lower-weight walk-around lens.
- Has the lens lived up to your expectations? Yes.
- Would you recommend the item to others? I would certainly recommend this lens, but I'd want to be sure they understood its strengths and weaknesses.
Posted 21 December 2008 - 03:05
i may end up biting the bullet and get the 24-70 after I save a few more $s.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:29
Great value lens, that is sharp and contrasty in the center at all focal-lenghts and apertures. The rest of the image is so-so...
I had multiple samples over the years, and sample variation was rampant! Typically one side would be "mushier" than the other.
I recently got myself a 24-70 and don't look back. Suddenly I have zoom that is sharper than all of the primes in the same focal-lenghts! Inspiring!
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