1k would buy you a lot of lens!
I use the 24-85 Nikon G, and could not be happier. Has AF
-S so it is very quick, has never let me down.
Ken Rockwell has a pretty good Nikon review section here:
Some people don't like his "in your face" reviews but I find his info to be very valuable.
Here is what he says about the 24-85 "G"
This is a tiny, fun and easy-to-use cheesy plastic zoom lens that is also the best performing midrange zoom I've ever used! It is clearly superior to the 24-120, 24-85 2.8-4, and 28-105 lenses I also bought or tried before I bought this one.
Surprise! It's the sharpest midrange zoom I've used. It is sharp and contrasty, even wide open, at all focal lengths. It's a little less contrasty in the corners on film wide open, which cleans up a stop or two down. The performance is similar at all focal lengths.