Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED Lens Owner’s Review

Older wide angle zoom lenses are considerably poor in performance. Corners are often soft, suffers from chromatic aberration, and tends to have some strong vignetting. After using this lens for almost a year, I can easily say, this lens is acceptional for both professional work and/or casual shootings for your own.

 Fully retracted @ 24mm
Fully retracted @ 24mm
 Fully extended @ 85mm
Fully extended @ 85mm


  • Construction
    • 15 Elements in 12 Groups
  • Focal Length
    • 24mm – 85mm
  • Autofocus
    • Silent Wave Motor
  • Diaphragm
    • 7 Rounded Blades
  • Front Element Diameter
    • 67mm
  • Weather Sealing
    • No
  • 1 Extra-low Dispersion Glass
  • 1 Aspherical Element


Build Quality [6.5/10]

Build quality of Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED is ok. It is not phenomenal, but also not poor either. It is mainly made out of plastic with aluminum mount. I actually dropped this lens on a rock while hiking. Fortunately, there were no damages made on the glass, but some dings on the outer body.

The plastic feels little bit on a cheap side, especially the inner barrel when it’s fully extended to 85mm. However, since I use this lens mostly for 24-35mm range, it wasn’t much of issue for me.

 Damage caused by the drop.
Damage caused by the drop.

Sharpness [8/10]

This lens is sharp. It could be little soft on the corners and @ 85mm, but once it’s stoped down to f/4 @ 35mm or f/5.6 @ 85mm, it is exceptionally sharp all around the image. However, as I mentioned earlier, it does get quite soft at 85mm, and I wouldn’t recommend this lens if you use 70mm or above quite often.


Color Reproduction [6/10]

If you are shooting jpeg, this lens is definitely not for you. Majority of the time, images come out less contrasty and some what faded right from the camera. If you have half decent body that has wide dynamic range to pull those contrast and color, then it can be real pretty. If you spend fair amount of time in your images during the post, color reproduction shouldn’t be that much of issue anyway.


This lens is cheap, usable, and sometimes suitable for professional jobs. If you are open minded, creative, and willing to try new ideas or techniques, this lens definitely will be a joy to use.  If you are interested in this lens, I added Amazon link.


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