DxOMark published their test results for the Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens which is currently priced at $596.95. AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR had a performance identical to the 24-120mm f/4G lens which is currently priced at $1,296.95. Also this lens outperforms the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR II which is priced at $1,046.95.
Previously tested Tamron and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses scored expectedly higher then the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lens. Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens was also on the list of recommended lenses for D800E camera.
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens Test Results
Below are the comparison charts from the DxOMark test results.
From DxOMark Conclusion :
If you are a purist and look constantly for the ultimate image quality then it is not going to match up to the best prime lenses. Neither will it match the very best of the Zoom lenses, but if you want a versatile, light, easy to use lens for everyday use on your Nikon D600or D800 you could really do a whole lot worse than this.