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Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S

Review Date: Oct 2, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: I replaced a new 24-85G VR with an old non VR lens because the new one is dreadful at wide settings and in my experience never gets to sharp as such. I consider this 2002 lens massively and markedly better: it is sharp- as sharp as my other zooms and adds the 24mm view I need on occasion. Focussing is exactly on the focussed points.Good enough for almost everything even on a D800.
The distortions! correctable in Lightroom now only with the profile for the new one, yet greater than the Canon 24-85mm USM . The pincushion at 85mm is as bad as the barrel at 24mm: so useless for film and architecture. Corrected at each end you wont notice but it is then no longer a 24-85mm lens-more 26-82. I have experienced flare at 85 with no light source anywhere near -just a bright plastic surface. And it wobbles all the way through. I feel this optic and its new VR replacement really need as good a build quality as has the 28-85mm and the 28-105mm. Great in the street, but not with a lenshood as caught by a passer by it could be wrecked this way-it really is in need of care, plus used as mine has been, though in good nick the claim that it focusses silently is inaccurate on the D800