8 out of 10 points and recommendedSuprisingly good results for a non pro lens. Handy, convenient, lightweight.Focus ring and zoom are reversed. No supplied bag.
I bought this lens when I took delivery of my D200. I was awaiting the arrival of a 18-200 which I had previously ordered, but needed something to play around with as I 'learned' the new camera.reviewed June 19th, 2006 (purchased for $300)
Having read some highly favourable reviews on this lens from such notables pros as Thom Hogan and Ken Rockwell, I was attracted by the quality results that this lens had provided to both those reviewers as well as the current price of the lens.
The lens has proved to be a gem. Small and lightweight, it focuses quickly and at f3.5-4.5 is reasonably fast for those less than sunny days. Optically, whilst not a pro lens, the lens is still very sharp throughout its range. Only the plastic body betrays the fact that this is not a far more expensive piece of equipment.
My good lady has now snagged the lens for use on her D70s and is extremely pleased with it, making good use of it as a walk around lens. She likes the compactness of the lens which perfectly matches the 'smaller' body of the D70s. Together they have provided her with a more lightweight set up for those long hikes in the mountains.
All round the 24-85 is an excellent yet affordable mid-range zoom from Nikon.