Today I had an opportunity to try out a 24-85/3.5-4.5 AFS and a 24-85/2.8-4AF-D on a D700 and I was expecting the AF-D to be the better lens based on some on-line reviews (like photozone.de) and other opinions here on DPR. I was shocked to find quite the opposite. The AFS won hands down at both 24 and 85mm (did not test in between) at all common apertures, especially at the 24mm end of things. By won, I mean it had the significantly better sharpness at anything away from the center of the image where both lenses were pretty much the same. The AFS was used while the AF-D was "new" in the display case, thus had been handled, but never owned. I had previously tested out 2 used 24-85AFD copies on a D3s and these were way worse than the display case copy I had tested today. So is this finding correct or did I just happen to test a super stellar copy of the AFS and a very sub-par copy of the AF-D? I'm interested in these lenses as a light-weight 24-XX walk-around zoom for a future D700 body. Thanks - John PS - I've posted this on DPR and FredMiranda as well - I wanted to get a broad section of opinions about these two lenses and my findings.