Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Review

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The Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR is an affordable general-purpose zoom that's compatible with full-frame Nikon FX bodies. Announced in June 2012, it's arguably the successor to the Nikon AF 24-85mm f/2.8-4D from 2000. It's optically a little slower but now sports Vibration Reduction to counteract camera shake and as an AF-S model it'll autofocus on any Nikon body.
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This is an in-depth review of the new Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR lens, also known as “AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR”, which was announced together with the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX in June of 2012. The lens was kindly provided by B&H – the largest photo equipment reseller in the world that we use more than any other to buy our photography gear.
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A standard zoom for FX format DSLRs covering wide angle to telephoto focal lengths without the size, weight or cost of f/2.8 equivalents. This lens costs around £520 and includes Nikon's second generation VR system and silent focusing with full time manual focus override. Can it really compete for quality with Nikon's professional lenses? We'll find out in this review.
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"Unbelievable" was what everyone thought when they first saw the US$350 street price of this lens. But then they noticed the specifications: G-type with no aperture ring and a slow variable aperture. "Oh, that's the catch," they decided, and immediately dismissed the lens. Not so fast, I say. This is a respectable lens with a few very nice things going for it, as you'll see shortly.
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Nikon released the 24-85mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 VR in June of 2012, providing an economically priced wide-to-medium zoom lens for FX (full-frame) camera bodies. Nikon has a long history of lenses in this range, beginning with the 24-85mm ƒ/2.8-4 in 2000, which is still available today; a less expensive version of the 24-85mm ƒ/3.5-4.5, without VR, has now been replaced by the VR version
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