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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black) USA

You Pay: $1,886.95

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens is a fast aperture standard zoom lens designed for photojournalism and general photography. Optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX (full-frame) and DX-format image sensors, this lens also includes three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses that help control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings.

The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) feature provides swift autofocus with superior accuracy and ultra-quiet operation. This G-type lens does not feature an aperture ring on the lens body, resulting in a lighter and more compact lens. Aperture changes are designed to be done via the camera's command dial.

Note:
AF-S feature is not supported by certain older camera models. Please click here for a list of compatible models.
"G" type lenses are not fully compatible with the F4, N90-series, N70, N8008-series and N6006 (or older model) cameras, only programmed auto or shutter-priority auto exposure mode can be used.

Three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast.
Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.
Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.
Rugged construction and professional-grade dust and moisture resistance.
M/A Focus Mode switch enables quick response to changing situations between Auto and Manual focus operation.
Performance
Focal Length 24 - 70mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 84° - 34°
DX Picture Angle: 61° - 22°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.25' (38 cm)
Magnification 0.27x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 15/11
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 5.2" (8.38 x 13.21 cm)
Weight 1.98 lb (900 g)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black)
  • 77mm Front Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-40 Lens Hood
  • CL-M3 Semi-Soft Lens Case
  • Strap for Case
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    NikonAF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 1575 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1398)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (151)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (7)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1554)
    • Strong construction (1160)
    • Consistent output (1027)
    • Durable (986)
    • Rugged (745)

    Cons

    • Heavy (747)
    • Pricey / poor value (37)
    • Pricey (12)
    • Tough to attach (12)
    • Blurry focus (11)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (829)
    • Weddings (824)
    • Landscape/scenery (773)
    • Night photography (619)
    • Sports/action (456)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (431), Photo enthusiast (416), Pro photographer (262), Enthusiast (129), Semi-professional (123)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (951), Yes (31)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    BELIEVE THE HYPE!!

    As a preface to the review let me say that I am a full-time professional photojournalist and publish images weekly in glossy magazines and newspapers in most major countries. That being said, this review...Read complete review

    As a preface to the review let me say that I am a full-time professional photojournalist and publish images weekly in glossy magazines and newspapers in most major countries. That being said, this review is for anyone interested but the application of the lens falls in the realm of "heavy use" under ALL conditions (Rain, humidity, sand, dust, heat, cold, inside my bag on my shoulder)
    I have written before that I typically HATE zoom lenses because I am a snob for primes. Though, I believe Nikon has always produced superb zoom lenses in very utilitarian focal lengths for professionals and discriminating amateurs alike.
    I Read the reviews and not surprised at the raves! So I headed to my local to rent this lens for a week-long assignment. I ended up buying this lens and yanking my deposit on a 24mm f1.4 having been so pleased.
    Also, keep in mind I owned the 17-35 2.8 and the 28-70 2.8 years ago and loved them both but always considered them like hammers....just to get a job done. So I have solid footing in comparing the lens to previous Nikon zooms used in the same setting
    * Build & Quality is Second only to something Zeiss, or Leica makes. For an AF professional lens, it is WORTH EVERY PENNY in this department. Well balanced in your hand, Sturdy "drum-tight" construction with ample seals. The circumference of the lens makes handling a snap both on and off the body especially considering the weight. Nikon scored BIG with the design in that typically lenses in this class and aperture rating are short and fat and of course relatively heavy. Though not at all excessive, the weight is a reality of producing incredible images and even many amateurs have come to realize a little extra weight in the bag is well worth it.
    The focus ring surface is tacky, and moves smoothly when rotated. Silent with no hesitations. There is enough resistance for fast accurate manual adjustments.
    The Zoom Ring is PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT!!! For me, I wish my 70-200 VRII Zoom Ring was as good! Smooth as butter with the perfect calibration of resistance. Close your eyes and practice you can practically hit the mark as you go from 24 to 70. The reduced circumference of the lens makes zooming the full range a precise single steady turn. Its the first lens I have been able to zoom while using my AF rear focus switch and get EVERY SHOT in focus on the first time. Again, the rubber is tacky and textured with a beveled edge for using your thumb or full hand or any style to get effective turns fast and accurate over a wide surface.
    *The supplied accessories are as usual for Nikon; Excellent. The hood is easy to engage with wide threads and finally a decent lock that wont back out on you. I don't use the carry case but its certainly a nice supplied accessory made of ballistic nylon. I have seen shooters use them in the field for years without any problems so I guess they are rather useful.
    * IMAGE QUALITY: well, I rented first as stated before and that sample knocked my socks off!! I tested my sample in the field and in my studio for a couple weeks now and they are the same. I Can't find a weakness in a single aperture for this lens at any focal length. Images are sharp with color reproduction being spot on! The bokeh produced is excellent at all focal lengths to boot.
    I have opted for Wide Open 2.8 in Many instances where a flash could have easily been used. As many know 2.8 can be a nail-biter for press shooters at that shallow DOF we get worried and I can tell you this lens has earned my total trust. Images shot wide open are TACK SHARP!
    *AF SYSTEM: As fast as can be. NEVER a problem keeping up even in high contrast and tricky situations. Unbelievably quiet you have to just engage the AF and look at the distance scale for fun!

    Well that's my .02 and I am not a professional review guy so if I left anything out now let me say I have No Complaints ONLY RAVES. I LOVE THIS LENS AND FULLY TRUST IT.
    There is NOTHING WORSE when you combine the variables of conditions and operator error etc with gear that can't be relied upon EVERY TIME. Well, this lens lets you worry about the externals and you can rest assured when you pull this out of your bag its all about YOU and the situation you are shooting.
    5 stars across the board

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Beware of stiff zoom ring problems

    Optically outstanding from 30-60mm; "primelike" Image Quality.
    Beware of stiff zoom ring problems, sometimes right out of the box. Mine developed an increasingly stiff zoom ring. A review...Read complete review

    Optically outstanding from 30-60mm; "primelike" Image Quality.
    Beware of stiff zoom ring problems, sometimes right out of the box. Mine developed an increasingly stiff zoom ring. A review shows that this is a disturbingly common 24-70 problem (do a google search: "Nikon 24-70 zoom ring problem"). While some of the stiff zoom rings were repaired under warranty, many were not. Nikon will then claim "impact damage" as the cause, even if the only impact had been taking the lens off and on the camera and other types of "normal use".

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    5.0

    Gorgeous Lens

    By Mo

    from Spring, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

    I used my 24-70 lens at extremely low light condition; I did not believe the result. If you use it with the "Power Battery Pack", it becomes kind of heavy, but it is well worth it.

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    5.0

    Super sharp!

    By Great waters photography

    from Holly Michigan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

      Great for landscape photography.super sharp!

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      • No

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      5.0

      One of the best lenses made by Nikon

      By Mike

      from Ankeny, Iowa

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great focal length range
      • Nice Bokeh
      • TACK SHARP

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

        The 24-70mm f/2.8 is one of my favorite Nikon lenses. I borrowed one from a friend and immediately fell in love with it. It is nearly the perfect focal length range for events and walk-arounds and it is tack sharp. Remember, this is an FX lens and is meant for full-frame sensor bodies (putting this lens on a DX body is a waste of money). However, if you have an FX body, buy this lens. You won't regret it!

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        5.0

        Legendary

        By Terry

        from Detroit, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

          Ultra-wide perfection, nothing any better.

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          5.0

          Greatness!!!

          By lry529

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

            This lens is rock solid! It is daily go to lens. Speed, precision, glass it's near perfect!

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            5.0

            Workhorse lens

            By Minick Photography

            from Mechanicsburg, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Rugged
            • Sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Event And Commercial
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Video

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

            I added the 24-70 to fill the gap between my 17-35 2.8 and 70-200 2.8. I also use a 50 1.8 but wanted that semi-wide to 70 range for my commercial and event work. It is a heavy lens but given the range and speed it's not that bad...and not that much heavier than the 17-35 2.8 but no surprise longer given the range. This lens is incredibly sharp on my D-800!!! It blows away my copy of the 17-35 2.8. The 24-70 is also a great range for video work.

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            5.0

            The Best

            By Ravi Rathnavelu

            from Fremont, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

              You cannot beat the sharpness from this lens

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              • No

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              5.0

              Versatile Lens

              By Mizvu

              from Irvine, CA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

              Landscape photography and every day uses.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Fantastic lens

              By Andrew

              from New York, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

              Excellent Lens. Worth the price.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Jonathan

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

              Wonderful lens. Fast, sharp, great low light.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Like It!

              By Pyropi

              from Orange County

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

              Since buying a Nikon 610 Camera, I decided to upgrade my lens collection. My first purchase was the 70-200mm 4.0. I immediately fell in love with the sharpness of that lens. So, back to B&H for the 24-70mm 2.8. This lens, while not quite as great as my 70-200 4.0, is excellent. I still need to increase the 610's ISO when shooting indoors, but the crispness of the images from the 24-70 2.8 is awesome.

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              5.0

              Absolutely beautiful

              By Kingdom22

              from Ohio

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                This is a fabulous lens and a must have for every serious photographer. If money wasn't so much of an issue, i would have purchased it sooner. This lens coupled with the Nikon 70-200 is a perfect fit for what I do (Mostly Weddings).

                Only con is the price, but on the bright side, if every photographer was able to purchase this lens and a full frame camera, it would put a lot of people out of the market.

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                4.0

                Excellent Mid-Range Zoom Lens

                By Bayou Joe

                from Houston TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                  Pro mid-range zoom lens. Solid build. Great bokeh.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By Rebecca

                  from Austin, Texas, USA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                    I just recently bought this lens so I haven't used it much, but I've been impressed by the image quality of the photos I have shot with it. Sharp, good in low light, and very useful focal length.

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                    5.0

                    great buy

                    By Milton

                    from dallas, tx

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                      Glad I took the jump, the quaility of this lens is by far the best I have, looking forward to many years of pleasure.

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                      5.0

                      As good as advertised!

                      By T. Wesley

                      from Cincinnati, OH

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                      The 24-70mm f/2.8 ED is a brilliant piece of glass that performs as advertised by Nikon. I have a couple kit-level telephoto lenses and a few good prime lenses. This is my first high-end telephoto purchase for my D7000. It arrived just as I was packing for a weekend trip to chaperone my daughter's high school singing group. I spent much of the weekend hovering around the kids while they worked and played, and gave the 24-70mm a workout. I also took a walk in the woods and captured some mushroom, moss, and tree bark images for texture. I couldn't wait to view the pictures in the evenings and was not disappointed. In-focus features were crisp and delightful, made even more so by the buttery bokeh. The portraits have a professional feel that is missing from most of my kit lens images - every stray hair and freckle has been immortalized. The 2.8 f-stop allowed me to keep the flash turned off and stay with ambient light while they sang, which I prefer. The autofocus was fast, accurate, and quiet.

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                      4.0

                      Best lens ever!

                      By bphoto

                      from Stamford, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                        Have already been using the 24-70 2.8 lens for years. Love it so much I had to have another so that my assistant would have one.

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                        5.0

                        One Of MY Lenses Yet

                        By Howie

                        from Long Island

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                        I use this lens for studio and location portraits.
                        Beautiful optics. Great auto focus.
                        Its heavy.

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                        5.0

                        Darn what a lens

                        By Bill

                        from Kingsport Tn

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                          This is one hell of a lens, very sharp

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                          5.0

                          Great Glass

                          By Teresa Callen

                          from Menlo Park, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens (Black):

                          I use this lens on both a Nikion D700 and a D90. The reviews sold me and I have to say that the lens is all it is reputed to be. I'm selling my other two zooms because nothing takes better photos in my case than this lens. Worth the price.

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