Come on mr 24-70, ONE pic? We want MOOORE. Less chit chat, more shots. I'm not talking about landscape shots, I'm talking portrait, and shots that use the aperture of this lens. Show us some more pics with dof, etc. I've got to wait till mid feb to get mine as the cost of this puppy in Greece is 25% more than it currently retails for in the UK, and right now the plane tickets to pop over to the UK are too pricey meh.
You're right, it's frustrating to see one picture only when posting pics about a particular lens. I got the lens in the middle of some post-grad studies and exams, plus having to move house, so I haven't really had enough time to do some serious shooting. But I wanted to start the ball rolling about this lens, hopefully others will contribute as well. Will post more when I have something worthwhile to show.
Meanwhile, here's some initial key impressions:
- Build quality: very solid. Smooth action on the zoom and focus rings. Made in Japan. You want to hold this lens and cherish it! It makes you want to use it.
- No VR? yes, no vibration reduction. I admit this was my biggest concern about it. But after using it, I don't miss it. The zoom range is short enough that VR is not that necessary and I find I get sharp shots down to 1/60 sec. In short, if you worry about that, don't - you won't miss it.
- Sharpness. this lens is incredibly sharp. I mean, really
sharp! Check it out: http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-a ... rt?start=1
- Bokeh. Smooth as melting butter. Don't judge it by the picture I posted - it was supposed to show how with a good lens the ordinary can become interesting.
- Contrast. The photos just 'pop'.
These are just subjective, quick impressions. Another feature is that is can be used on FX cameras too, so it's a good investment. In short, it's a keeper, no matter how you might look at it.
Any downsides? yes. Once you experience this kind of quality, you want more! It 'pulls' you towards the 14-24mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 to complete the triad, meaning $$$$...