Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8-4 IF AF-D

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Optical quality is good to throughout the zoom range, in particular at the wide end. The contrast suffers somewhat at large aperture settings, specifically at the tele end, but stopping down improves this a lot. Vignetting and CAs are well controlled. There is pronounced barrell distortion at the wide end, and slight pincussion at the tele end. These are correctable with software. Distortions are not visible around 40 mm.

Mechanically, this lens is only consumer grade with heavy use of plastic. The zoom ring feels a little stiff and plasticky. The focus ring operates smoothly, but is too narrow for comfortable manual focus. There is a focus limit switch. In the “Normal” position, the lens will focus down to 50 cm. In the “Macro” position, CFD is 21 cm, magnification is 1:2 and the zoom range is limited to the long range. However, this is not a true macro lens and don't have the CRC floating elements you'll find in a Micro-Nikkor.

But overall, this is a fairly good consumer grade standard zoom that is well worth its price.

Rating: Ed: -, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Nikon F.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/2.8-4 to f/22.
Optical zoom: 3.5x.
Focus: AF (requires in-body focus motor).
Groups/elements: 11/15.
Filter diameter: 72 mm.
L x D, W: 82 x 78 mm, 545 g.
IR: No hotspot reports.
Approximate street price: USD 700 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2000-today.

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Established: 1917
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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