I purchased this lens along with the N80 thinking it would be a great lightweight combination for hiking, etc. First, I shot a roll of Fuji Super HQ using the the built-in flash and got excellent results. I then shot a roll of Agfa APX 100 B/W using the "Macro" mode and the results were far less than I would expect from a Nikon lens. I realize this Macro zoom will never be equal to a dedicated Macro lens but I was dissapointed. I mounted the camera on a tripod, shot 4 different aperatures (f/2.8, 5.6, 8 and 11) at 6 different zoom settings (24, 28, 35, 50, 70 and 85mm). I used the self timer for all shots. The center 1/3 of each negative was very sharp on almost every setting ...., the edges were virtually unuseable in every picture. Anyone else have this same experience or, do I have a defective lens?
Ron in Tropical Minnesota
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#1. "RE: 24-85mm f/2.8-4 D MACRO ZOOM" | In response to Reply # 0Paco Basic MemberWed 31-Jan-01 12:32 AM
I'm using the same lens. I made images of magazine pages in natural outdoor lighting in macro mode on Sensia II (ISO 100) using a tripod and shutter release cable, and the text came out sharp enough to read clearly edge to edge. The only softness that was obvious was in the corners.
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#2. "RE: 24-85mm f/2.8-4 D MACRO ZOOM" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 31-Jan-01 06:00 PM
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I just got my 24-85 back from Nikon repair. Actually, Nikon USA sent me a new lens as a replacement for my damaged lens and hood and only charged me $161 for it. They did take three months to make the trade-out, however.
Before my lens took a fall, I did some macro test shots compared to my 60mm Micro Nikkor. My test results back your experience; there's a sharp center area that gets progressively softer toward the edges. Compared to the super sharp 60mm Micro, it's not a very good macro lens, but the capability is nice to have in a wide range zoom, particularly if you're carrying just one lens. If it's any consolation, I found the 28-105 to have about the same macro performance. If you compose your shot for the center of the image, the results can be decent.