Product Comparison: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR vs Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

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General Specifications
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF
About the Product
The 24–85mm focal range easily covers the most commonly used focal lengths, from wide-angle up to telephoto. Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system ensures sharp images. ED glass elements help deliver stunning sharpness and contrast, even at maximum aperture.
Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at 24mm focal length. Provides maximum 1:2 reproduction ratio from 35-85mm. Hybrid and molded-glass aspherical lens elements for higher optical performance. Nine-blade rounded diaphragm achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum Aperture
3.5 /f
2.8 /f
Minimum Focal Length
24 millimeters
24 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
85 millimeters
85 millimeters
Lens Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Camera Lens
  • Covers a useful range, with a fair range of apertures.
  • I'm pleased with this lens. Using a D700, it's good at all focal lengths.
  • Sharp, well built, useful focal range and great VR performance.
  • On the D800 it is very sharp at all focal lengths.
  • Extremely useful focal range: 24-85. From landscape to portrait - absolutely brilliant.
Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Camera Lens
  • No issues with the aperture, zoom was smooth.
  • The range of focal lengths, apertures, and focal distances supported by this lens is very useful whether on DX or FX.
  • It produces sharp images at all apertures and focal lengths.
  • The zoom range and aperture range is useful.
  • The quality is excellent at most focal lengths.
Size & Weight
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
16.4 oz.
19.2 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Camera Lens
  • The weight of this lens is not bad for its focal range and optical quality.
  • Light, compact, and well built.
  • I love the compact size. Great lens.
  • Lightweight and compact.
  • It is compact, lightweight, with a very good image.
Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Camera Lens
  • The 24-85mm is compact, and covers the most popular focal ranges.
  • This is a compact and lightweight lens that is easy to carry around.
  • The 24-85mm is a very nice lightweight travel lens for an FX camera.
  • The weight on the D80 body is perfect to me.
  • Great size and weight for travel.
Minimum Focus Distance
15 in.
8.4 in.
Field Of View
FX 84° - 28°30’ / DX 61° - 18°50’
FX 84° - 28°30’ / DX 61° - 18°50’
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Camera Lens
  • Excellent image stabilization.
  • The VR feature functions extremely well.
  • This is a wonderful lens, sharp focus and the zoom is quite versatile.
  • Excellent lens for portrait and landscape. Autofocus features excellent.
  • The focus is fast and accurate and the images are sharp.
Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Camera Lens
  • Focus range is acceptably short, colors are crisp, and the images are very sharp.
  • Works great! Amazing pictures taken with this lens.
  • Very silent autofocus. Highly recommend.
  • Focus - fast and accurate.
  • The lens lacks VR.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
FX Format / DX Format
FX Format / DX Format
Lens Groups and Elements
16 elements in 11 groups
15 Elements in 11 Groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
72 millimeters
72 millimeters
Internal Focusing, AF-S (Silent Wave Motor), Super Integrated Coating, Aspherical Lens, VR (Vibration Reduction), ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
Aspherical Lens, Super Integrated Coating, Internal Focusing
What customers say about "Features"
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Camera Lens
  • Very good performance in FX, great lens.
  • Great images with a solid build.
  • Build quality is great. It is not metal but is made of high quality plastic.
  • The lens has a good solid build feel for its price.
  • Great lens, good quality build for the price, and very sharp.
Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Camera Lens
  • Build seems sturdy, though plastic.
  • Build quality is solid, controls are smooth and feel good in hand.
  • The ergonomics of the lens design are quite good.
  • Takes nice clean photos and the focus mechanism is good.
  • Bokeh is very soft and pleasing. Build quality is good plastic.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
499.95 $
744.95 $

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