Posted by fotoviva on January 01, 2013 in Photography News, Reviews tagged with Lens reviews, nikon
To those in the market for an affordable, multifaceted lens for their Nikon, searching for a purchase can be akin to standing in a deli, peering down at the different slices of turkey-swiss sandwich, certain that one of those slices will be undeniably better than the others. There is a huge selection in the region of all-purpose lenses, all with similar specs and a few different features on top. Today, we take a look at two variable focal length AF lenses, the Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR, a newer, more advanced model, and the older, leaner, 24-85mm AF-S G. Clarifying the difference between these lenses will help not only those who may be torn, but also those still skimming the entire menu.
Some discussion is needed simply on the different specs that these two lenses offer, but nomenclature tells us nothing more about these very unique lenses. The G is a bit lighter than the VR, but even with the diet and a few years on it, remains a formidable product. The main difference between the two is in the vibration reduction technology (VR), which the G distinctively lacks. The feature is useful for keeping a shot steady, or even in helping to maintain a smoother pan across a scene. Sharp images are much easier to capture with it, making it a definite leverage point. The VR however is a bit heavier, and obviously more expensive due to being out longer, along with a lesser supply of pre-owned.
Out of the box, the G will have a fast and fluent autofocus, but this is something that will degrade with time; even as dust accumulates, it never fails to impress, but it does lose its glimmer. In fact, the autofocus response may even be a bit faster than the newer VR, a surprising victory indeed. Realistically, both systems work abo