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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the latest, but absolutely good enough to produce high quality imagery for commercial purposes, while keeping overheads in check. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barney B.
Had to return it - as it was not made plain that it was a "Grey Import" i.e. not guaranteed by the manufacturer/importerPublished 7 months ago by Gary
Tried this lens vs the Tameron 24 to 70, I couldn't get on with this lens primarily due to no VR. Very good quality well-made nice leather casePublished 11 months ago by MR T O'SULLIVAN
Quality and sharpness of this lens is better than any of the primes i've used even at f2.8.
Bokeh is of very good quality too . Read more
I've read a lot about this lens, and of course it's one of Nikon's "Holy Trinity" of zooms, but I was disappointed in the sharpness, particularly at the wider end. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Boz
Beautiful lens, very versatile and has been my walk-around lens for a few years now as well as my main lens for shooting events. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rob C
You pay a lot of money for this lens for one reason,it's performance at f2.8.
Most zooms will give decent results between f7 and f11,but this beauty delivers wide open... Read more
Wow..what a great lens,perfect with my d610,if you can afford it,just get it.
Sharp throughout the range,pro-quality,perfect for weddings and events,it's a must have for any... Read more
The focus points were very soft, and not razor sharp as i expected. So it was returned to Amazon as it may have been a bad example of the lens.Published 21 months ago by G. A. Groves