Nikon have today announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR lens.

I have long thought this to be an ideal standard zoom range for 35mm/FX format cameras, and have used the two previous incarnations of this lens over the years since they were introduced quite a bit. High quality and compact, they have often been overlooked by those wanting or needing the faster f/2.8 constant aperture alternatives. But as a standard zoom range for various subjects I find it ticks a lot of boxes.

The new lens promises quite a lot potentially with ED glass if you do not mind the variable aperture, and at last VR technology.

I may add some ‘first thoughts’ in the next few days.

Here for now are the official details:

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Nikon launches new lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR
RRP: £519.99 / €613.00
Sales start date: 28th June 2012

London, UK, 14th June 2012:   Nikon today announces a new FX-format zoom lens with broad 24-85mm focal range, compact build and Vibration Reduction. With a versatile reach from wide-angle up to telephoto and a lightweight body, it’s a smart choice for FX camera users looking for a multi-purpose lens that doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to image quality.

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager, Professional products at Nikon UK, says: “The new 24-85mm is a high quality, versatile lens that is ideal for a variety of shooting scenarios; from portrait to landscape to low light situations. With a compact build, this new lens perfectly complements Nikon’s FX format bodies to produce stunning results.”

Developed to be especially compact for an FX-format zoom lens, this 24-85mm NIKKOR is ideal for people who want a lens that offers the freedom to shoot a wide variety of day-to-day moments and subjects. The versatile 24-85mm range covers most commonly used focal lengths with ease: from landscapes to portraits, you can go fairly wide or zoom into distant objects without needing to change lenses.

Sharp and Steady
Complementing the versatile focal range is Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction technology (VRII) — that allows substantially sharper handheld images across the zoom range and dramatically reduces image blur, especially when shooting towards the telephoto end of the range. VRII also enables you to shoot using shutter speeds up to four stops slower, enabling you to shoot more effectively when shooting in low light.
Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating ensures superb colour reproduction, while Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements help deliver stunning sharpness and contrast, even at maximum aperture.

Good to Go
Well-balanced in terms of size, weight, price and image quality — and boasting a weather-sealed mount — this lens offers a worthwhile combination of precision NIKKOR optics, broad focal range and lightweight build for people on the go. This lens comes with a lens case CL-1118 and hood HB-63.

End. (14/06/12).