D7000 + Lense deal too good to be true?

Started Nov 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: D7000 + Lense deal too good to be true?
In reply to Alsnowman, Nov 17, 2012

Alsnowman wrote:

Also what are your thoughts on the quality of the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR lense?

Adam --

Hmmm.   A question that i can answer; Firstly my DX experience is several years with a D80 and 18-135 (optical predecessor -- and quite similar -- to the 18-105) and two with the 16-85 and D7000.  But now i've shot the 24-85 VR for two months on the D7000.

The 24-85 VR is only so-so, allegedly in full frame, but the SLRGear test results are accurate with my sample & the D7000:  it is the BOMB on DX for sharpness.  Seriously; edge-to-edge, and it rectifies all the (few) weaknesses of the 16-85 . . . except . . . no wide angle (36mm equ FOV).

This lens puts primes to shame at f5.6 on high pixel-density sensors.

So, yes, it is limited and you still need to carry a WA.  No, it won't be greatest when you upgrade to a D600 due to the corners that you can't see in DX.  But it IS a remarkable lens across the DX field.

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