This new Nikon lens has a wide to telephoto 3.5x zoom lens that is ideal for landscapes, full-length portraits, travel and portrait photography. A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at 24mm setting is perfect for available light shooting or Slow/Rear Flash Sync techniques and two aspheric lens elements help to improve optical performance and compact design.Autofocus possible in macro mode from 35-85mmMaximum reproduction range at 85mm is - life sizeInternal focusing design for smooth and fast autofocusFilter attachment does not rotate during focusing or zoomingNikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processesHigh-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flareHB-25 Flower-type lens shade provided
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I've been tempted to purchase this lens on a number of occasions, (both new and used) but certain optical limitations I've found in all of them have prevented me from making the plunge. There's little denying the utility of such a fast, compact, lightweight lens in this wide to mid focal length range, and I can certainly understand those willing to accept certain compromises to achieve those benefits.
I wouldn't call this lens unsharp in particular, but there's no denying that it is not up to the high performance standard (or price) of the 24-70mm or 24-120mm Nikon lenses. The big problem with this particular lens is distortion. I'm not talking about the normal, run of the mill tendency for newer digital lenses to make straight lines bow gently one way or the other. That problem is seldom all overly objectionable, and in any event can be remedied easily in Literoom 3 or Photoshop. The 24-85mm lens unfortunately, displays a drastic and complex form of distortion, particularly at the shorter focal lengths. Lines that should be arrow straight actually weave back and forth like a strand of limp spaghetti. I'm not sure, but suspect that it would be difficult to correct this without a fairly major post processing hassle. In the final analysis, though this lens may be perfectly suitable for some users, it's not ideal for everyone. So weigh your options carefully, but for my money, the 24-70 f2.8, or better yet, the 24-120 f4 is still my lens of choice.
Pros: compact and wider zoom range than the 24-70 f2.8
Cons: not quite as sharp as the best modern lenses, severe distortion