Nikon AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5...thoughts please

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I'm starting Christmas shopping a bit early for my 15-yr old. She has commandeered my D600, 85 and 50/1.8 primes. Needs something a bit wider, as she's shooting more street kind of stuff lately. Goal is a small lens with AF. The Nikon AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5 seems to fit the bill, and the price seems right at <$100. Any thoughts on that lens, or other recommendations? I don't mind spending more, but $200 is probably max.

Thanks in advance!
 
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I'm starting Christmas shopping a bit early for my 15-yr old. She has commandeered my D600, 85 and 50/1.8 primes. Needs something a bit wider, as she's shooting more street kind of stuff lately. Goal is a small lens with AF. The Nikon AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5 seems to fit the bill, and the price seems right at <$100. Any thoughts on that lens, or other recommendations? I don't mind spending more, but $200 is probably max.

Thanks in advance!

I briefly owned the 24-50mm and I didn't like the image quality at 50mm. At 24mm, it was excellent, but not so much on the long end. I'd consider the 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AF if you can find one. It was the kit lens for the Nikon F4/S and was built with semi-pro usage in mind. I picked up a mint used copy for $40 and it performs extremely well. I find shooting on S-AF does well with these old screw drive lenses. If you want something a bit wider, you can look for old third party wide angle lenses like the Tamron or Tokina 19-35mm which can be found for around or under $100.

I have a couple samples here shot with the D750:
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Test samples with the Nikon Nikkor 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Lens (Late Model). During the 2020 COVID-19 Global Pandemic. by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Los Angeles Old Zoo - Griffith Park - Los Angeles, California USA by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Here's how it looks on a D750:
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200803_NIKON_28_85_FRIOLO_004 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
 
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