24-85 afs lens...any owners ?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mood, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    In my quest for a widish-mid range zoom
    I've been looking at 28-70....very expensive and heavy
    17-35..seems to short
    17-55...a little short on the long end...seems great however

    seems to get great reviews for the $$
    Thom Hogan speaks favorably of it
    I know its not 2.8..
    but the price makes it very intriguing

    Any one with this lens and feedback is appreciated
     
  2. weiran

    weiran

    966
    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    The 24-85 is a consumer lens compared to all your other lenses which are professional caliber, however still offers very good image quality (better than the 28-70 wide open at the short end).

    Try the Tamron 28-75 as an alternative to the Nikon 28-70, compariable image quality at the wide end, and beats it wide open at the long end and you still get the constant f/2.8 aperture.

    Photozone review of Tamron 28-75.
    Photozone review of Nikon 28-70.
     
  3. Frank,

    I don't think the 24-85 AFS gets you beyond what you already have in the 18-200vr. The 24-85 is a sharp lens, very compact and light, but it does suffer pretty significant distortion at 24mm (that quickly disappears as you move up in focal length). It has a bit of a reputation as a dust magnet.

    Here's a post of some test shots from when I tried one. https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=94376
    I would add that I later got a third 18-200vr and that copy was as good or better than the 24-85 AFS.
     
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  4. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thanks all...
    after some more reading
    I agree, not really what I'm looking for
     
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