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Nikon AF-S 24-70mm/2.8G ED

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  • Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and colour, render outstanding image integrity
  • Aspherical lenses including large-diameter PGM element eliminate various types of lens aberration even at the widest aperture
  • Nano Crystal coat virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections, effectively reducing ghosting and flare
  • High-performance Super Integrated Coating offers superior colour reproduction, while minimising ghosting and flare
  • IF (Internal Focusing) enables focusing without changing the length of lens barrel

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  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm ; 898 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Item model number: 2164
  • ASIN: B000VDCT3C
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,010 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens is a fast aperture standard zoom lens designed for photojournalism and general photography. Optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX (full-frame) and DX-format image sensors, this lens also includes two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses that help control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings.
The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) feature provides swift autofocus with superior accuracy and ultra-quiet operation. This G-type lens does not feature an aperture ring on the lens body, resulting in a lighter and more compact lens. Aperture changes are designed to be done via the camera's command dial.

Box Contains

  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
  • 77mm Front Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-40 Lens Hood
  • CL-M3 Semi-Soft Lens Case
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)


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    If you can afford it, buy it and stop worrying about the weight, how it compares to several prime lenses and it not having VR. I use it on a Nikon D700 or D800 using a Black Rapid strap and the weight just disappears. I admit that the quality might not be as good or as fast as some of the primes, but you make up for this with the convenience of using one lens without too much penalty. Besides a 50mm f1.4 or f1.8 can easily fit in your pocket for low light work.

    I like many others was initially frightened by the cost and weight, but all of that went out of the window when I took my first landscape shot. The handheld result was razor sharp, had great dynamic range and the detail in the far of trees was incredible. What more can you ask for. Recommended.
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    By L. Otto VINE VOICE on 19 May 2009
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    I'm only going to touch on the things I think useful from my experiences, as there are plenty of reviews elsewhere covering every other aspect:

    Build quality: In a nutshell; first class. The lens is solid metal throughout, with sealed rubber focusing and zoom rings. The front of the lens DOES extend, at 50mm it is its shortest (look at the amazon photo) and it extends furthest at 24mm and just slightly at 70mm, the zooming has no effect on the weather sealing apparently, so it must be a rubber sealed mechanism. I have never experienced problems. There's also a rubber seal around the mount which again adds further water and dust protection.

    To note: the zoom ring should be SMOOTH with NO play whatsoever, if there is even the slightest grinding, or slip between settings, take it back, I experienced both with my first copy and when I replaced it, the second one was perfect, so don't accept less.

    Features: The SWM (silent wave motor) is excellent and focuses faster than I thought possible, it jumps in straight away and there is a manual focus ring with permanent over ride, so you can always be in control if you want to. The internal lens coatings really do the job well and you need to be doing something really crazy to see any ghosts (I know how that sounds)

    Image quality: The lens is sharp at 2.8 all over the frame, even the edges, if it isn't and you are sure it isn't your technique, then take it back. Really at this price, don't settle for less! When stopped down to 5.6 this lens is at its sharpest throughout and on DX or FX it is magnificent.

    Conclusion: It's great, expensive, but great. Once you get it, you will feel at the top, like you don't ever need a better lens in this category. I don't know anyone who owns it and says 'I wish I saved some money and got a cheaper third party lens' but I do know people with the third party lenses wishing they had mine. And if that doesn't say it all, what possibly can?
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    By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2008
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    This is the most beautiful lens I've ever owned. It doesn't have any exciting features like macro limiting or Vibration Reduction - it just takes achingly crisp, superb photographs and focuses virtually instantly, with almost no measurable distortion for most of its range and very little chromatic aberration.

    This is a lens with two applications, depending on what camera you put it on.
    On a DX camera, such as a D2X or D300, it offers the ideal range for portraits and groups, which is the equivalent of 36-105 on traditional film.
    On a film or FX camera (currently only the D3), it offers the key normal working ranges (equivalent of 16-47 on DX) which are most used by most photographers. In that sense, it has slightly less range than the DX 17-55 workhorse. More importantly, it syncs exactly with the 70-200 VR and the new 14-24 lenses, to give the D3 user a range from ultra-wide to long telephoto in three lenses. At 24 on the widest end, it is wider than Nikon's previous wide offerings in this type of lens. Traditionally, 28 was the classic wide-angle lens, and 24 is moving towards the ultra-zoom range. For many users, this lens goes as wide as is ever necessary, since wider than 24 the apparent perspective distortion begins to be extreme.

    There is some barrel distortion at 24mm, but this is largely gone by 28mm. This can be easily corrected in Photoshop in the few applications where it is a problem. The limited amount of chromatic aberration in this range is automatically corrected in the D300 and the D3. On older cameras, this is can be easily fixed in Nikon Capture or Photoshop.

    So far, this sounds like a full-frame equivalent of the DX 17-55 workhorse, with slightly less range at the long end.
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    This is the best universal lens I have ever used with my Nikon D700. perfect for pretty much everything. Portraits, landscape, night pictures, animals, children. The quality of the optics is awesome (better on the wider end). Autofocus is instant but silent.
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    This is a great lens, for both 35mm Film and Digital SLRs, supporting both regular DX sensors and the D3's FX format sensor. The quality is everything you would expect from a top make Pro spec lens, as is the build quality and feel. Auto-Focusing is very quick, and sharp through out the range. The only slight disapointments for me are;
    1. The lack of a manual apature setting ring, it is all done electronicaly from the camera body, so this lens is restricted to cameras that support this. (I am 'old school', and will miss this)
    2. Manual focusing at distances greater than 3-5m can be a bit fiddly in low light, as almost all of the focus ring travel is used below this distance. This is only a slight niggle as the Auto mode is very good.

    I would strongly recomend this lens to any Nikon digital user who is looking for top quality results and as an investment in the future, especialy with the arrival of the FX digital sensor.

    1 year on:

    Now I'm a little less 'old school' the negative points mentioned last year seem much less important. This lens is still totaly brilliant. A years regular use and abuse and it is still sharp, crisp and smooth.
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