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Get off that target crap. Go shoot some pictures and I think you will find the lens just fine. I have no idea why people buy a good product then do there best to make it look bad. This forum is full of idots like you. Get a life.....
That's a little harsh, but +1 for mikesrc.
Just purchased 24-85 for my D800. Am I supposed to test grids/feel bad?
In my opinion everyone should do at least some rudimentary testing of their lenses - especially consumer-oriented-type lenses like the 24-85AFS VR where, let's just say, Nikon's QC is not quite as good as their pro-grade stuff. They'll come that day, especially with the current high MP DSLRs, that you'll want to do a heavy crop to save an image and you may get a surprise due to poor sharpness (especially off-center), poor AF accuracy, flare, etc.
I used to shoot my own test charts, but now I find that there are many suitable outdoor targets that get me 90% of the info I need prior to feeling confident of using a lens (especially on my D800).
Everyone should do what makes them feel comfortable to have confidence in their gear. To "just go shoot" is just silly.