it is possible to do manual focus with the AFS 24-85/3.5-4.5G? i am considering having one but while looking at the pictures on the net, i found that there is no "focal distance scales" on the lens, so is there any focusing ring on the lens? or just without the scales? thx.
I don't find mine to be any different than when I bought it. I think it seems that way because when you use an AFS for the first time, it's such a dramatic change from the other AF lenses, that it seems to be much more quieter than it is. Personally I wish Nikon would make all their lenses AFS. The other AF lenses now seem out dated.
I can testify that on my 24-85 the noise of the focusing has not changed. It is almost silent so even just with the noise of a slight breeze the only way I know it has focused is by looking at the image. It also does not seem to hunt anywhere near as much as the non afs lenses. When I go back to a non AFS lens it seems like I have an old steam powered monster mounted on my camera.
Personally, I love this lens and it is on my D100 90% of the time.
I used to own this lens, there are focal length scales as well as a MF ring. In fact, with this lens you don't even have to switch to MF on the body, you can just start Manual Focusing when required. It is a really nice lens. The photo below clear shows the MF ring and the Distance Scale.
thx allan for the picture, but i can only see the "zoom ring" in the picture, which you can change the focal length of the lens like 24, 35, 50, 70, and 85. but does it have the scales of the focal distance? showing the object you are focusing is how far from your film? i think it is quite unclear but i don't know how to mention it clearly... maybe as an example, the picture at the top of this forum shows a 50/1.8D (Nikkor discussion forum title picture), and on it you can see scales showing "ft 20 7 4 ..." and "m infin. 3 1.5"... thx for reading this messy explaination... and thx in advance for any reply...
If you look more carefully, you will see a second rubberized ring ring behind the zoom ring. That is your manual focus ring. Directly behind the focus ring and surrounded by all of the gold lettering is the distance window.
thx hmai18, and sorry for my carelessness... the lens looks so good with just a compactness. the focus ring is my final consideration before buying this lens, because i think manual focusing is still very important in some cases. so, i think i will go for it now~
nevermind hmai18, AF-S G 24-120 VR would be another option too. but i think it is double the price of AFS 24-85, right? and any clue when it will be released? thx. seems that Nikon is releasing many new lens.