24-85 afs lens...any owners ?

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

  1. 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


    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


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