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Old Jul 7, 2009, 1:28 PM   #1
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I'm shopping for a used Nikkor 24-85mm 3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S lens, and notice lenses made in both Japan and Thailand are available. Is there any difference in the quality of a Nikon lens made in Japan versus the same lens made in Thailand?
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Old Jul 7, 2009, 2:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.

Personally, I would not worry about it (and I would not expect any differences in quality). Here's an old article from http://old.photodo.com about Nikon manufacturing in Thailand:

http://old.photodo.com/art/Mode4.shtml

BTW, it looks like keh.com (a reputable vendor of used gear) has a couple of them in stock now:

Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S Lenses at keh.com
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Old Jul 7, 2009, 3:25 PM   #3
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Super duper, Jim, I appreciate the input.
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Let us know how you like it if you get one. I'm currently shooting with a Sony A700, and my favorite walk around lens is a Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Lens. If I were shooting Nikon, I'd probably consider the Nikkor 24-85mm you're looking at, too.

I've found that a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens is a good compromise between focal range, optical quality, brightness, size and weight for the conditions I tend to shoot in more often; and it looks like that Nikkor 24-85mm tests relatively well from what I can find out with some Google searches (except perhaps for a bit more CA than desired on it's wider end, but some of the newer Nikon dSLR camera models are starting to correct for CA anyway).
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I recently got a Nikon D700, plus some Nikon macro lenses and flashes for work purposes. I'm also outdoors a fair bit, so I figure that the 24-85mm lens will cover casual shooting, social events, landscapes, etc. I'll sure give it a test.
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