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A buddy of mine knows a guy selling on for a decent price and it covers the range I'm looking for. Reviews seam very mixed with a lot of people saying it's one of the most underrated lenses Nikon makes and then there's Photozone who didn't really like it at all.

Basically I need to know if it will be sharp wide open and perform decently on a FF (Photozone only reviewed it on DX)

So does anyone have any experience with this lens?
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How much is decent?
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A buddy of mine knows a guy selling on for a decent price and it covers the range I'm looking for. Reviews seam very mixed with a lot of people saying it's one of the most underrated lenses Nikon makes and then there's Photozone who didn't really like it at all.

Basically I need to know if it will be sharp wide open and perform decently on a FF (Photozone only reviewed it on DX)

So does anyone have any experience with this lens?
Maybe I'm missing something, but Photozone's review on that lens seems rather positive to me:

http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikko...report?start=1

But as to the lens, it seems like a solid lens for the money. I definitely prefer a constant f/2.8 zoom though. At longer focal lengths, f/2.8 can still produce a decently shallow DOF (esp. on FF). Obviously pricier though, but worth saving for.
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I may have missed something, but I'd like to point out that there's the AF 24-85mm and the AF-S 24-85mm, and I don't think which version was established in this thread.
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I may have missed something, but I'd like to point out that there's the AF 24-85mm and the AF-S 24-85mm, and I don't think which version was established in this thread.
It's the AF lens, because he stated the aperture range as f/2.8-4, whereas the AF-S is f/3.5-4.5.
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It's the AF lens, because he stated the aperture range as f/2.8-4, whereas the AF-S is f/3.5-4.5.
This. The newer AF-S is no longer in production I do believe. I really wish Photozone did more FX Nikon reviews... I get the sense that it's not great for me since they stated that they had to stop down on a DX sensor, I can't imagine on a FX. I'm making a change to FX glass in hopes of picking up the fathomed D800/D700S when it comes out but I don't want to get burned on glass that might do great on my D90 but not so well on a FF.
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Maybe I'm missing something, but Photozone's review on that lens seems rather positive to me:

http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikko...report?start=1

But as to the lens, it seems like a solid lens for the money. I definitely prefer a constant f/2.8 zoom though. At longer focal lengths, f/2.8 can still produce a decently shallow DOF (esp. on FF). Obviously pricier though, but worth saving for.
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I would never ever get a variable aperture glass after using f2.8 glass. I would skip this deal and save up more for a better glass.
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This. The newer AF-S is no longer in production I do believe. I really wish Photozone did more FX Nikon reviews... I get the sense that it's not great for me since they stated that they had to stop down on a DX sensor, I can't imagine on a FX. I'm making a change to FX glass in hopes of picking up the fathomed D800/D700S when it comes out but I don't want to get burned on glass that might do great on my D90 but not so well on a FF.
Yeah, for some reason they almost never do Nikon FX reviews. They do a fair amount of Canon FF reviews though.

However, if you have just the FX review to work with, you can estimate how it will perform on FF, which is usually worse to some degree depending on the lens. Judging from the 24-85's crop sensor review, it will likely have softer corners and more CA, since an FF sensor will see more of the image circle (crop sensors only see the center of the image circle, the "sweet spot" where there are no corner flaws).

However, these may be negligible since the the 24-85 is already a high performer on crop sensors (good lenses are usually good also on FF). I'd say it's a safe bet for FF.
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Keep in mind that a 12 MP FX sensor is much less demanding on the lens' center sharpness than a 12 MP DX sensor (due to the pixel density).
    
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