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Nikkor 24-85 AFS versus 18-70 AFS

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by grt_napa, May 11, 2007.

  1. I recently acquired an 18-70 AFS as the walk around lens for my D40 and D200. I still have my 18-55 lens and will probably keep it because of its attractive price-performance attributes. My use is -- street candids, family/friends, and interesting flora, landscapes, etc. that I encounter during my recreational strolls around Napa Valley.

    So after sharing my life story I am interested in your comparative comments about the 24-85 and 18-70 AF-s Nikkors. If I buy the 24-85 I will sell the 18-70 (D200) and use the 24-85 as the D200 walk around and the 18-55 for the D40.

    I use my Tokina 12-24 extensively! Probably my favorite lens!

    Again...any thoughts will be appreciated,
  2. Latens


    Oct 18, 2006

    I really like the 24/85, It's a fantastic lens, here you have an example:

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    Small distortion, very sharp, light, cheap. Unfortunately doesn't have VR. I still keep mine but use mostly the 18-200VR. Sorry, don't know the 18-70 but have seen fine pictures taken with it.

    Best regards,

  3. Hi Gordon….
    I have found this lens to be very sharp even wide open, and I picked it over the 18-70. Many will say that that it isn’t wide enough, but I don’t have a problem with this, as I tend to use the longer end of this lens more and think it’s really great to use, I would recommend it. BTW, I also have the 18-70, but still prefer to use the 24-85G. Just another thing, the f/3.5-4.5 version is considered sharper that the f/2.8-4 version (from Thom Hogans review), plus it has AF-S which is very quick on this lens. So if you don’t mind the wide end starting at 24, this is a really nice lens….

    Here are a couple of samples from this lens (from 24 to 62)
    Nikon D80 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5 G @ 24mm ~ 1/125 sec ~ F/8 ~ EV 0,0 ~ ISO 100

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    Nikon D80 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5 G @ 30mm ~ 1/125 sec ~ F/8 ~ EV -0,3 ~ ISO 100
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    Nikon D80 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5 G @ 62mm ~ 1/125 sec ~ F/8 ~ EV 0,0 ~ ISO 100
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    BTW, these are basically straight out of the camera and resized for the web....

    Just to throw another one into the pot to think about, my main walk about lens is the Nikon 28-200G, and this is a really sharp lens with the additional FL. IMHO out of all the 7x-11x f/3.5-5.6 zooms, nothing beats this from approx 100mm and up and it equals the best below this. Its one very sharp lens, even wide open at 200mm Just a suggestion to think about…

    D50/ 28-200G @ 200mm, f/5.6
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  4. billg71


    May 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Interesting thread... I'm waiting on my 18-70 to arrive. Didn't really think about the 24-85 when I was considering it. Same weight, same aperture, same size, both G lenses, the 18-70 is DX and the 24-85 is full-frame. I like the full-frame on the 24-85 but I'm interested in seeing how the DX lenses perform.

    The 18-70 will be my second G lens, joining the 105 VR. It seems to be a pretty decent piece of glass for its price so I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do. It's interesting to see what the 24-85 can do as well.

    I bought mine for a boat lens. My normal "walk-around" kit is the 17-35, the 28-70, and the 80-200D AF, but I can't fit them all in the Pelican 1450 case for fishing trips. And I'm a little reluctant to take that particular combo out in a boat for obvious reasons... So I'm looking forward to getting the 18-70 to go along with the 70-300VR. I also like the extra 6mm on the wide end of the 18-70 compared to the 24-85. Extra range on the wide end can be particularly useful on a boat....:smile:

    Just when I thought I'd found the perfect boat combo......:wink:

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  5. I really like mine. It's a great walk-around lens. It can do people shots
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    and landscapes
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    I think you'll enjoy it.
  6. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Great pictures, Brian. You wield that lens nicely.
  7. Incredibly helpful insights. Greatly appreciated!!!
  8. Thanks Holmes.

    I forgot to mention that my brother has the 18-70 and it is similar in IQ to the 24-85. I think you'd be happy with either.
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