Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor Review Round-Up

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Photo Zone:

The Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED exceeds the already very good performance of its predecessor. The center quality is nothing short of outstanding matching or beating the resolution of a 10mp APS-C sensor. The border quality is very good at large aperture increasing to excellent levels at f/5.6-8. However, you’ve to be careful with the curved focus field at 24mm which can result in out-of-focus corners! Distortions and vignetting are very low and not really field relevant. Chromatic aberrations are generally well controlled although they could have been somewhat more symmetrical (in the tested sample). The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is unusually smooth and buttery for a zoom lens with aspherical elements. Please note, however, that 70mm f/2.8 isn’t terribly fast on an APS-C DSLR so you’ve to be fairly close to your main subject in order to produce a pronounced out-of-focus blur. The build quality of the lens is superb and it ´s a joy to handle it in the field despite its comparatively hefty size and weight. The high speed and low noise of the silent-wave AF drive is the cream on top of it all. The primary aspect which can spoil the game is, unsurprisingly, the high price point of around 1500€/US$. … READ FULL REVIEW

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SLR Gear:

Performance on a subframe sensor is exquisite, given that the lens isn’t really put to the test. On the full-frame D3, it’s sharp pretty much at all focal lengths and apertures, with a slight exception at 35mm. Chromatic aberration isn’t an issue on the D200, but does show up on an uncorrected (ie., film) image. On the D3, CA issues are ironed out handily in software. The lens does vignette on full-frame, hard to avoid given its focal range, but even so it’s not the worst performance we’ve seen for a lens that covers this kind of range. Finally, distortion is a bit of an issue – more so on full-frame than sub-frame – but again, it’s not extreme, just a little complicated. It’s an interesting lens, with Nikon setting the bar extremely high for themselves and I’d say they exceed their goals for all but the most highly demanding of users. For the premium price, you get a premium lens, with a build quality every bit of what you’d expect, and unparalleled optical performance as well. “¦READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review:

Designed for both ‘full frame’ FX and ‘APS-C’ DX cameras, the new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8G ED lens is designed to partner the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G ED lens we reviewed recently. Capable of covering subjects as diverse as tight portraits and expansive scenes, this lens maintains an f/2.8 aperture throughout the focal length range. Like the 14-24mm lens, it is built to Nikon’s professional DSLR standards with high-quality dust and moisture sealing. … READ FULL REVIEW

Pop Photo:

With its rugged construction, faultless optics, and bright f/2.8 aperture, this lens should exert an irresistible appeal to any pro photojournalist or event photographer who is physically and financially able to carry it. “¦ READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell:

I’m surprised that the new 24-70mm Nikkor is obviously so much better than other lenses. When I ran comparisons against cheaper and older lenses, I fully intended to see the old stuff be about the same. Nope, the 24-70mm outdoes them all. The 24-70mm also stands out from its optically excellent predecessors its lack of klunk factor. The 24-70 doesn’t get in your way. The 24-70 is an exquisite hunk of solid metal that just makes pictures with no fiddling. It feels as if it was hewn from a single solid ingot. “¦ READ FULL REVIEW

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  1. Would be interesting to see the sample photos and compare it side by side with prime lenses.
    IE (24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4 …)

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