New D700 Lens question - 24-85 D
I handled the 24-85 D on a shop D700 demo in Delft on Saturday and was quite impressed with it. It focussed quickly (in the shop) and with very little hesitation, a quick eyeball around the viewfinder and the sharpness was uniform over the frame
The 24-85 D is a very good lens with very good end to end sharpness and contrast even on FX. However, reviewing sharpness on the camera LCD will not give you the details you will get on the computer monitor. But regardless, this is a very good lens. One thing to note is that if you are used to AF-S lenses, focusing is annoyingly noisy. If you can deal that, this lens is for you.
just objective remarks from D700/24-85D users.... I am not talking about the AF-S G version
Another thing that I have observed with this lens is that at wider end of the focal length range, the 24-85 D exhibits prominent distortion. So, if you are planning on shooting architecture, you may want to re-evaluate usage of this lens. But if you are going to be shooting general landscape and event type images, you will not be bothered by it much unless you are nitpicking.