I'm currently holding Nikon's sweet pro standard zoom - the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED - in my grubby little hands: 900 Grams of metal encased professional glass, featuring three aspherical lenses plus three ED lenses and one Nano Crystal coated element, whoa! If that is not resulting in excellent image quality I don't know what Nikon's engineers were thinking when they put so much fire-power together
On the paper, this lens has only one drawback (apart from size, weight and prize): No image stabilization
But as neither 3rd party supplier has that it has to do for now until either Nikon upgrades this lens (but there is only the lone prediction by Thom Hogan
that Nikon might refresh this lens possibly including VRII) or finally backs down to my relentless demands of implementing body-based stabilization. But I fear this is not going to happen too soon...
So back to the issue/lens at hand:
- first tests showed that it really belongs to the top zooms that Nikon is producing
- the 24-70mm zoom range turned out to be even more useful than I initially thought on my D300 cropped body
- handling this lens is a joy with my only gripe being the position of the zoom-ring (close to the body)
- and it is pretty useful for close-up work with a max magnification of 1:3.7
So much for now. I'll be back to the test-lab running the dreaded Siemens-star test-shots to bring you real life images from the test-bench so that y'all can see how this 2.9x zoom performs!
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to chime in.
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