Trying to decide if I should trade my nikor 28-105 (which has been a nice standard lense) in for the newer nikor 24-85 lense 3.5-4.5 ed. The pros for makiing the change would be a wider angle lense, quicker autofocus (silent wave motor), the 24-85 lense ring does not rotate when zooming which makes using a circular polarizing filter easier, slightly lighter lense and smaller. The cons are: no macro, less of a telephoto, another investment and I am not sure if the I would be gaining or losing as far as picture quality. Any opinions are appreciated
I have the 24-85. It's a nice, compact lens. The best feature is the wider angle - very useful on a camera which has a severly cropped image (like the D100 - which I also have). BUT, I agree with the other poster - it might not be worth swapping over to it. - AF-S is quite, but surprisingly slow. Sure - it gets there, but more slowly than (for eg) my 35-70 2.8. - Filter size is very uncommon. You'd have to go and buy a whole new set. - "G" lens. These are unusable on older film bodies (unless you shoot at F22)
I have both the 28-105 and the 24-85 lenses. I have a hard time telling the difference in the image quality from either of them. The 24-85 has a bit more barrel distortion on the wide end, but the 28-105 has some too. I love the AF-S. It is soooo quiet that I can use it in a wedding during the ceremony without people looking around at the whirring noise. It's "sharp as a tack!", and the extra lens angle of view is very nice since you are using a 36mm equivalent instead of a 42mm equivalent. Here is an image taken with the AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF lens:
Thanks for all your reply's. I went to my local camera shop Allen's Camera. I took some shots with the 2 lens. I did not notice much of a difference in the wide angle but I did notice quite a decrease in the telephoto. I am going to keep the 28-105 for now. If nikon ever makes a digital equivalent to what I have I will make the switch. I was hoping to get away with only 2 lens. It looks like I will need 3. I am open to suggestions .
Like Darell, I owned both. And I must say that the 24-85 is much nicer to use. It's smooth, quiet, charper, and feels much like a pro lense... I like it much more than my 28-105... And the extra 20mm at the end is not that important in regard to the performance and pleasure of use...