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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR Standard Zoom Lens: This all-purpose zoom lens is ideal for amateur and professional photographers. The focal length covers a broad range, allowing you to snap stunning travel photos, portraits and close-ups. Tripod detection and vibration reduction help you create the sharpest images possible.

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    What's Included

    • Bayonet lens hood (HB-63)
    • Front lens cap (LC-72), rear lens cap (LF-4)
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Standard Zoom Lens
    • Owner's manual
    • Semisoft lens case (CL-1118)

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (87 out of 91)


    Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras

    Works with any Nikon DX or FX-format DSLR camera with an F-bayonet mount.

    24–85mm focal length

    This versatile zoom lens has a broad range of capabilities, from wide angle to medium telephoto.

    f/3.5–4.5 aperture

    Performs well in daylight and well-lit interiors, but is less useful for nighttime photography and dimly lit scenes.

    4-Stop optical image stabilization

    Permits utilizing slower shutter speeds (up to 4 stops slower) without image blur.

    Tripod detection

    Automatically recognizes when your camera is mounted on a tripod and delivers a specialized vibration reduction correction ideal for HD video recording.

    SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensures smooth, precise focusing

    Utilizes ultrasound vibrations to focus the lens, resulting in smooth, silent and precise autofocusing.

    ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element for superior image quality

    Effectively corrects chromatic aberration for optimum lens performance.

    Aspherical lens corrects aberration

    Precision-ground lens focuses the light rays into a single point to correct aberration and produce high-quality images.

    1.25' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 72mm filters

    Accessories included

    Comes with snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap, bayonet lens hood and soft lens case.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 91 reviews

    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews



    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Quite Impressed


      I'm an advanced Enthusiast and have been shooting with a D600 for about 1 month.. thus have not really pushed this lens to it's limits timewise; I've shot in RAW mainly in various lighting conditions and this lense has performed really well!.. Using Capture NX2/LR3.6, you can push to get more out from this lens, can easily sharpen output and get amazing I.Q... At F5.6 the image is sharp! The color rendition is great. Even though this is put out there as a "kit lens".. it really performs above expectations.. utilized properly you can get beautiful results.. Really great for wide shots of architecture and landscapes, and zoomed in nice results of portraits/close-ups - the textures/tones captures can be quite rich actually. The VR works really well, and can assist greatly in low light conditions.. have achieved decent quality at 1/20th on FX with post work of course. Build is plastic, but actually it balances really well on D600 - that is not a negative. It's not a "pro" build lens, but used properly the results are very satisfying. Use this lens combined with a tripod for dusk shots and you get sharp and beautiful shots! Highly recommend to enthusiast or if you're new to FX and on a "budget." Great Lens with Great potential. Improving your technique will enable you to extract the most out of this lens, not any shortcomings "perceived" of the equipment.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Priced Like A Kit Lens But Tuff Like A Legacy Lens

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Standard Zoom Lens - Black This is an amazing lens for a full frame Nikon. I was looking for a general 'walk around lens' for my Nikon Df and was disappointed with the photo quality from Sigma and Tamron. Nikon had a couple offerings and this seemed to fit my needs. I have had this lens for almost two month and have shot close to two thousand images thru it and am completely happy. The auto focus is super fast and exposure is spot on. I have only one issue and it is a minor one. This lens is not as fast as I would like thus the depth of field is not as shallow but like I said this is a walking around lens that I keep on at all time. If I am wanting shallow depth of field I can plan on using a faster prime lens.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Crystal Clear Images without the Prime Price Tag

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I love my 18-200mm, but wanted something that could take sharper portrait and up-close (within 30 feet) pictures reliably. Nothing wrong with the 18-200mm-- it is my "go-to lens" for a lot of stuff-- but image quality is something one can become increasingly picky about. This lens has a learning curve, so try it out. Take 100 pictures and then another 200 if you need to. It is often sold in a bundle with the full-frame D610, but a kit lens it is not. Remember to exhale and hold before clicking the shutter-- hold perfectly still... you don't have to in order to take a good shot, but you really should in order to make it a great picture. I haven't even got the bill yet for this lens, and I'm already sold-- this one is a keeper!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great lens for the price

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I use the lens on a Nikon D90 and the images are very good and sharp. The light responce is also very good and you can take nice images in average light without using the flash. The lens is sturdy and still utilizes the metal ring coupling to the camera. the new cheaper lenses have a plastic coupling that many reviewers complained that it breaks. I am realy surprized than Nikon that used to be an ikon of sturdiness started using plastic parts in such a sensitive area. as I said this lens still uses the good old metal ring. Only negative about this lens is the slight bluryness in the zoom range: 24-35 mm. but it is common in this type of lens and in this price range unless you buy a much more expansive lens. over 35 milimeters, the lens is very sharp. Zoom ring is a bit too stiff but it is better than being to loose and lens sliding out each time camera is pointing down.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Variable Aperture = Very Average Lens

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I wanted a zoom lens that I could snap on and use for walking around shooting but primarily landscape shooting. I chose this lens mostly because it was a full frame lens and it was readily available. After buying this lens (with the Nikon D610) I returned it- after one day. Here is why: 1) it felt cheap and not very sturdy. This was a turnoff right out of the box. 2) I HATED the variable aperture on the lens. I ended up buying a Tamron 24-75mm 2.8f (no variable apeture). I shoot in manual all the time in a wide range of conditions. The variable aperture really slowed me down. 3) not a very good lens for the price. 4) it did noting (in my opinion) very well. If you are just getting into photography or stepping up your camera equipment from crop to full frame this lens seems like a good choice. But I do some more research and find a better option.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Don't buy "open box"

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Not really a review of the lens as I returned it without using it. I have the 28-300 lens but it is very heavy and I was looking for something to use as an "all around" lens without the bulk. This "open box" lens was $200 off and rated as excellent. I assumed it was a lens that someone had returned. Nope, it was from a display model. It was missing the lens cap and was absolutely filthy. It also had two pinhead sized white spots inside the lens behind the glass. No idea how dust could make it inside like that. How a lens with that defect could be rated as excellent is beyond me. Luckily I was able to return the lens to my local Best Buy and get a full refund instead of the store credit that they wanted to give me. Kudos to Christie in customer service.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very Sharp Lens

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This lens is very sharp. Especially stopped down to F8. The VR allows for handheld shots down to 1/3 shutter speed. I've even got a few sharp images at 1/2 second. Distortion is easily corrected in photoshop when shooting at 24mm. Despite not having a very wide aperture, it's a nice walking around lens that delivers sharp photos at a fraction of the price. The VR helps with low light situations and at night with a tripod stopped down to f8 delivers beautiful contrast pictures.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid image quality, so-so build...

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      Great value as a kit lens for full frame cameras like D600/D610, with very useful zoom range as walkabout, general use lens and quite decent image quality. Not in the realm of a 24-70, of course, and you shouldn't expect that at 30% of the price. Also relatively slow at apertures available, so stick to strong lighting. Light, which is good... but feels not terribly robust, which is less good. Mine worked fine in moderate usage. Probably nicely useful on crop (DX) cameras with 36-130 equivalent zoom, but I haven't personally tried that.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    •, 3 out of 5Amateur Photographer on April 3, 2014
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