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Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 Thomas, September 2012
 

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED verdict

The Nikon 24-70/2.8G delivers very good overall performance, with only the FX-corners disappointing especially at 35mm. But as we've seen this only really impacts the extreme corners, which may not affect you if you're shooting portraits. Stopping down also improves FX-corner performance visibly. On a 12-16MP FX-body this deficit might not seem significant either. On a DX-body it mostly delivers good to very good performance, only at 70mm are the DX-corners a bit soft. Center performance is excellent at any focal length even at f2.8, which again is ideal if you're shooting portraits.

Nikon's zoom is professionally built and a joy to handle once you have adapted to the rather longish design. If you accept that this quality has its price there's really only one gripe with this lens: The missing image stabilization! Tamron has proven that you can integrate image stabilization in such a lens and Sony has image stabilization built into their bodies. Thus Nikon (and Canon) need to rethink their designs and see whether they could equip their professional work-horse zooms with image-stabilization too - or less likely, offer bodies with built-in sensor-based stabilization. Image stabilization extends the useful range for a lens 2-3 stops further into low-light shooting or simply helps you avoid shake that could ruin an otherwise perfectly sharp shot - especially on sensors above 20MP (be it DX or FX).

But integrating VR into this lens certainly would lead to a redesign of the optical formula that might compromise its optical performance - and lead to a much higher price. So it boils down to this: if you know how to avoid shake this lens delivers performance galore! Thus the Nikon clearly earns a Highly Recommended rating. A one-on-one comparison with its biggest competitor, the Tamron SP 24-70/2.8 VC, will be presented in my up-and-coming 24-70/2.8 shootout.

Below I have listed the good and bad points of the Nikon 24-70/2.8G for you.

   
   

 

Summary

Good points
Good to excellent quality well beyond the DX circle.
Weather sealing.
Quiet and fast AF operation.

Bad points
Needs f8 to lift extreme FX-corner performance between 24mm and 35mm.
No image stabilization.

 

 

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