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I was looking at trying my nikon 24-85 f2.8-4 lens on a D800. Does anyone rate this combination etc. I'd be grateful for your comments, as always.
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I have good copies with my D800 with 24-85 VR (last version )
I have not used the lens, but generally sources agree it is built down to mid point optical performance, and probably a lower eventual street price than it sells for now.
I think there are better optical choices - costing more money - if you want the best 20x30 print size potential on a D800.
Photographer is often about compromise - including is the extra cost of an officially better or faster aperture lens of value to each individual photographer?
As you seem to own the D800 and the zoom why not try them out!
I agreed that expensive professional lenses are better then cheap non professional lenses however that professional lenses are made of high materials to last longer then non professional lenses, the cheap lenses not always less sharp then professional lenses like for example, nikon 18-55 VR is brilliant lens, I know that 24-85 F3.5/4 VR ( last version ) is good as 24-70 F2.8, both are equally sharpness but for money 24-85VR is brilliant lens. My D800 max raw size of 20ins by 13ins at 41MB 14bit, therefore 30 x 20 is not a problem with 24-85VR. How many people want 30 x 20?? Most publisher perfer to 10 x 8. or 12 x 10.
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