AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
I am a wedding and portrait photographer and use this lens 90% of the time. My main complaint is that the lens lack the VR feature. I feel my images would be much sharper if it contained the VR technology. Otherwise, this is an excellent choice for low light photography.
November 15, 2011
The images that this lens makes are just simply phenomenal. Well constructed. Built to last. Nikon went cheap on the carrying case though.
July 11, 2011
Sharp and fast!!!
This is an incredible lense worth every penny! I would have given it 5 stars but mine has a small spec of dust inside the lense. I need to send it off to Nikon for service, but can't seem to bring myself to part with it for that long.
June 22, 2011
Best Lens used so far
The lens is extremely fast, easy to use and results are the best that I have experienced in my past 2 years career using a digital camera.
Though, not a traveling lens for after lugging it around for about 2 hours in downtown Chicago, I was ready to leave my lens on the side walk.
Love the look and feel of it and I highly recommend it.
April 25, 2011
Excellent in every way, just too big.
This lens meets every one of my criteria, the zoom range is perfect for everyday use on a full frame camera, the large aperture is great for all light conditions, and the sharpness is beyond criticism. Minor distortions both chromatically and physical can be corrected in post processing. The build quality and the super fast auto focus is amazing.
My only complaint is that the lens is physically too big. Nothing discrete about it.
April 17, 2011
Sharp and Bright!
I think this lens is beautifully designed. Slick outlook and easy to handle are just two of many reason. Sharpness and color handling are the best I've ever experienced among short zoom lenses. Especially any lenses that including 24mm. If I have a magic wand I will definitely wish two things before I swing it on the lens. Shorten the barrel to lose some weight and nice looking VR button on the side!
April 14, 2011
I really like my 24-70mm 2.8 zoom lens a lot. It's very sharp and fast enough in most situations. It may seem a bit big at first, but is so well balanced on my D3 that it seems perfect on that camera. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is that I wish it had a little bit longer range, say 24-125mm. That would cover a lot of my work without having to change lenses, however it is the perfect companion to the 14-24 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 lenses.
April 14, 2011
This is my favorite lens to take pictures of family and friends. I don't even use my 50mm f/1.4 anymore. The sharpness is excellent. Most importantly f/2.8 makes big difference for me. I just wished it had VR so I could go a couple of stops lower. I also use it for landscapes, sunsets, etc. Of all the lenses in my bag, this is the one I use the most by far.
March 22, 2011
This is aa excellent lens for potraits
I have been using this lens instead of my f70-200 mm 2.8 ED lens. It has less weight but just as sharp as my zoom lens. it focuses very fast which I like even in low light. I see why people love this lens and I concur. a little expensive but worth it. I would recommend this lens to anyone who can afford it.
August 3, 2010
This is an excellent lens. I use it as my "normal" lens. It is very sharp and fast. The biggest drawback is the size and weight. I wish Nikon could reduce both. That is the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.
August 1, 2010
Good Normal Zoom
This 24-70mm zoom is an excellent lens for general photography. I use it primarily when I'm walking around and only want to carry one or two lenses. It is generally sharp throughout it's range, however I have experienced some unexplainable overall softness in some images (which I've not been able to pin down to specific focal lengths or aperture settings) and I frequently find chromatic aberration is just a bit much for my taste (easily correctable in software though). It is also very expensive and without really good lower priced alternatives (a sharp, well built, and more reasonably priced f4 version would be nice). Still, there is really nothing better in Nikon's line-up with this range, a fast aperture, and af-s focusing. Unfortunately, I sometimes find myself wishing there was.
July 30, 2010
Amazing glass with some issues in FX format
I've had 2 AFS 24-70 f/2.8 lenses in my career as a pro photographer.
The first one was dropped by my assistant at an on site shoot; even though physically the lens got away with the fall seemingly unbruised, the metal barrel got slightly crumpled, which jammed the AF system. I decided to replace it after something like 3 years of excellent results, since the Nikon Service here at Chile is really lame. I decided that I would rather get a new one than risk working with repaired lens that does not give me 100% confidence.
This lens is my butter; the bread is my Nikon D700. I could probably survive to 90% of my shooting assignments with this lens alone. Architecture, Landscapes, portraits, sports, products... you name it, this lens will do it.
Until the advent of the FX format, the 24-70 had only one Major fault, in my opinion; a fault which Nikon curiously neglected to mention in their press releases and marketing information. This fault is the fact that this lens, in difference to other pro Nikkors as the 70-200 f/2.8 AFS VR, is not an INNER ZOOM lens. It is an INNER Focus lens, ok; but zooming in or out will change the size and balance of the lens which is something I did not expect in a US $2k glass.
Now that I am using it again in the real world FX format -and not in the absurd DX format- I have found that this lens has a very distinct and clear vignetting issue. Off course that shooting NEF and some fiddling will render this almost unnoticeable.
I have not tested if the vignetting persists in a 35mm film camera (my honorable F100), so I do not really know if this is rather a lens issue or an issue specific to the D700 sensor. Anyway, the marketing says "Optimized for FX sensors", which is something I really don't see in the real, professional world since I do have the problem.
The lens is still, aside from its defects and flaws, a great piece of glass.
July 30, 2010
Almost a perfect zoom!
I recently purchased the 24-70 f2.8G ED lens along with a D700 Camera. As far as the images with this lens, they have been superb at all settings. Color and sharpness leaves nothing to be desired.
I have only 2 complaints; The lens is heavy and cumbersome, but this is to be expected with a lens of this quality. This problem cannot be remedied.
The second complaint is the problem with the shadow that is cast while using flash, and any setting less than 35mm, even with the hood removed. Perhaps this problem can be solved,
but I have yet to discover a solution.
July 30, 2010
Very good but...
Overall an excellent lens, sharp with great bokeh, and fast focus. A real workhorse that I use from weddings to landscapes. But the zoom action/feel is not good. This is the second copy of this lens I've had. The first one was very gritty and stiff over about half its range right out of the box, so I exchanged it for another one. The second one although a bit stiff for my taste was at least even over the whole range, and it did loosen some after a while. Now after about a year of use it's gotten really bad. Loose in some parts of its range, very tight in others, so it looks like I'll need to send it in for repairs. Yes, they were both US spec lenses. I guess that for as much money as it cost I expected better. My Nikon 70-200mm VR f/2.8 is really good, and I have other 3rd party lenses that are just fine.
July 30, 2010
Best in Class standard lens
This is a wonderful standard zoom for it's low depth of field capabilities to sharpness and contrast that comes right out of every image. On the wide end shooting between F/2.8 and F/3.5 there is a 1/2 vignette around the edges with the D700 but that quickly disappears around F/4.0. Slight barrel distortions at around 24mm as well however; they are quite uniform and therefore easy to correct with software. The "sweet spot" seems to be between 35mm to 70mm around F/4.0 where it delivers perfect images each time.
July 30, 2010
A very good lens
Lens was purchased for ambient light photography.
And, it does a pretty good job.
BUT, this would have been a great lens had it had V.R.
Even with a monopod, I don't get as sharp a photo with this one as I do with my 18 - 200 with V.R. in a very low light situation
July 30, 2010
Fast AF , but imho needs update and VRII
Very Fast AF , and accurate too.
Very useful lens. Period
but, imho ... distortion could be less, and sharpness a little more accross FL's at f2.8 (for the new high RES bodys in the future) ...
And what I would really like to see , and would buy is VRII. (or should I say VRIII for wide angle zooms ... and Video) :)
July 30, 2010
Fantastic overall lens.
I'm not a technical writer or a pro-photographer. But I love this lens matted to my D700. Excellent all around lens. Autofocus is fast and quite. This is a fast lens 2.8F and I'm able to use without using a flash. Which I like about. If I can design this lens. I would make it a VR. This lens is costly but if you can afford it or photography is your gig. Its' a buy.
July 30, 2010
Somewhat disappointed at quality
I was not getting sharp images with this lens so I had it checked. It was back focusing considerably. It took a setting of 8 on my D800 focus adjustment to correct. That is too much for an expensive prro lens in my opinion. The lens is also very heavy and bulky but extremely versatile and reasonably fast.
November 11, 2014
Not really sharp
I got 24-70 mm 2 months ago and used on my vacation ,took picture about 6000 picture and I found out this lens focus really fast and quiet but some time not focus on subject , I compare picture with my 18-200 mm vr2 ($849.00)really hard to tell which one with 24-70 mm ($1889.95) or 18-200 mm
April 6, 2014
Sharp but heavy
This Nikkor lens is plenty sharp, but displays a lot of distortion, and is very heavy. I fix the distortion automatically in software. It covers the FX sensor, and I bought it to use on my D3X body. I would wish it were either lighter, or had less distortion. It is almost heavy enough to warrant a tripod flange.
April 16, 2011
Nice lens when its not in getting repaired.
Have had to send the lens in 3 times to get repaired. Nice other than that. Can take a while to get it fixed some times...
September 22, 2010
Great sharpness and focus but a dust magnet
I've used the 24-70 since it was released. For pros it is your standard 24-70 2.8 that can be your everyday lens. It is very sharp for a zoom and the focus is accurate. One major problem that I've had is the dust sealing. This lens is a dust magnet. I have sent it in once to be cleaned and a couple of months later it is already full of dust. Most dust won't affect the final images but if you are shooting on solid backgrounds or outdoors with a solid sky you may be looking at a lot of retouching. For the price of this lens the weather and dust sealing should be much better. Still a good performer for a zoom.
July 31, 2010
Not as sharp as other Nikkors I have...
I like the lens okay, it focuses well and the range is useful, my only disappointment with it is that it's just by far not nearly as sharp as my other Nikkor lenses. Compared to my 85 1.4, 300 2.8, 70-200VR, 17-55 2.8, 50 1.4, and even the 24-85 f2.8-4, it's the softest of the bunch. Not terrible, but not what I was expecting, based on all the others...
I'd still recommend it for those looking for this focal range, but don't expect to be dazzled.
July 30, 2010
80 percent satisfied ...
This lens is built to last ..and is very sharp ...that is if you dont move an once !...For the price of this pro lens ...I sure wish it had V.R. ...we do not all have steady hands and the tripod is not always an option !
January 20, 2013
Not Good For Sports
I've used this lens for weddings and landscapes where it performs pretty good. It's not as sharp as it should be though. I'm extremely disappointed in how badly it it performs for sports. The lens focuses quickly but "hunts" to the background and nothing is in sharp focus. I'm extremely disappointed in Nikon for not upgrading this lens! I need a high quality lens in this focal range but this is a big disappointment! Whenever possible, I use the 70-200mm f/2.8 on my Nikon D700 which is very sharp and does not "hunt" to the background.
January 19, 2014
Not very sharp.
So I don't know what all the hoopla is about this lens! I made the big investment but sold not too long after! It's heavy, and it's not sharp at all!! The main reason I got rid it was because the images looked as if they were taken with a point & shoot. I will stick with my 50mm 1.4 G in the mean time. Now, that is SHARP! Even the 35mm 1.8 G is shaper than this! I really wanted to love this lens. Not to mention, it's only $199.95!
June 20, 2011
Could be good?
Since my purchase two years ago, this lens just wasn't right. I have now sent back to Nikon Service for Focus recalabration (second service). SO far I got stuck at two diufferent shoots (a wedding and a baptism) where the pictures were slightly out of focus and immediatelly switched lenses!
If this isn't resolved I will trade this lens in for an aftermarket brand. SO far, Nikon has Not stepped up to replace this faulty glass.
May 17, 2011
Poor performance on my full frame D700
This lens is expensive, heavy, and does not provide the performance I was expecting when used on my D700. I am having far better performance with the Nikon 24-120mm VR lens on this camera.
April 14, 2011
Great performance, BUT
The lens performs perfectly. It is sharp and the low light ability is top notch. However, there is a problem with metal flecks and shavings showing up behind the rear element of the lens. This doesn't happen to everyone and it took about 6 months for the specs to show up in mine, so now it has to go in for repair. That's annoying at the least, especially for a professional grade lens.
September 28, 2010