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

(based on 1704 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1657)
  • Strong construction (1244)
  • Consistent output (1104)
  • Durable (1053)
  • Rugged (792)

Cons

  • Heavy (802)
  • Pricey / poor value (40)
  • No VR (14)
  • Pricey (14)
  • Tough to attach (14)

Best Uses

  • Low light (911)
  • Weddings (901)
  • Landscape/scenery (846)
  • Night photography (664)
  • Sports/action (489)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (460), Photo enthusiast (450), Pro photographer (302), Enthusiast (129), Semi-professional (123)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1059), Yes (34)

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

Excellent

By Blue

from AZ

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

Excellent lens. Producing very sharp landscapes. Focuses very fast. I like the way the lens hood locks on. B&h shipping was very fast.

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5.0

Worth its weight in gold!

By Sue S

from Bayonne, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    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):

    This lens has a hefty price tag for a reason, the picture quality of his lens, the bokeh and just overall performance if GREAT!!! Make sure you add this to your go to lens list!

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    5.0

    Buy This

    By Fred

    from Virginia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens is on my body 95% of the time. It just does it all. Fast, fast focus, quality build, and good for almost all general shooting requirements.

      I have rented the 70-200 2.8 which is also great but really for limited use and situations. I also have the 28-300 which I use outdoors if I have to, but almost never do. I would rather use this lens and crop most of the time instead of mounting the 300. Of the Nikon holy trinity of lenses this is the one to buy first. Then either the 70-200 or 14-24.

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      5.0

      Amazingly sharp, instant autofocus!

      By NikonKidF3

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Ok, it's expensive. It's worth it if you need to shoot in low light (wedding, events). Autofocus in instantaneous, on par with the 300 f2.8 VR. Never any hunting or overshoot, just BAM! Even when I have to crank the ISO up to 6400 to have the hope of getting something, anything, the lens doesn't hesitate to focus properly. Scary, almost supernatural!Ok, having a good body makes a difference, and the D800e partnered with this lens will not keep you from getting the images you need when the light is terrible. Your clients will look at your output in shock and awe: you got this in the fricking dark?Sharpness: wow! I spent more time than I want to admit taking photos of tile floors and brick walls and pixel peeping. Everyone I handed my camera to who did this started laughing at how sharp the images are at the corners wide open.No VR, so you have to do your thing with the shutter button well. If you are looking into buying this lens and pairing it with a suitable body, you already know how to do this. The weight and feel with the body is excellent, giving an easy platform to get the shutter release smooth.One minor issue that everyone has commented on: the focus ring is easy to spin when zooming or switching from horizontal to vertical. Just hit the shutter button or back focus button (my current favorite) and you are in business again instantly.Tried a 28-70 f2.8, and the 24-70 is so much sharper, faster on focus, and more comfortable to grip that it isn't even in the same category. The 28-70 is good, but the 24-70 will make you smile each time you grab it. Fun trick: put 24-70 on a D800/D800e, set zoom to about 65mm, and put camera up to your eye. Then take it down, then put it back up. Walk around house or office with camera/lens up to your eye with this optically perfect 1x view of the world. Share with a friend. Friend will want to take camera and lens home, so hold on to strap!Stop reading and press the "Add to Cart" button. You will be very happy!

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        5.0

        Great Lens!

        By Camera Nerd

        from Philly, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I use this lens for events, and portraits, and I love its performance so far! The focus is sharp! I am used to carrying heavy cameras and lenses, so I can't complain about the weight!

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            5.0

            Outstanding Zoom Lens

            By PhotoSME

            from Sun Prairie, WI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 5 Year Warranty
            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Mounting Flange For Hood
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Quality Of Lens Hood
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction
            • Weather sealed
            • Zoom Range

            Cons

            • No VR

            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):

            This lens has an outstanding reputation amoung pro photographers. I can attest to that after owing it for one month. IQ (image quality) is outstanding. Bokeh is so smooth. AF focus speed is excellent. Zoom collar location is ergonomically excellent. Size of zoom collar is excellent. AF manual focus collar is very good.The weather sealing is good. Weight is not a problem for me, sold my 17-55mm F2.8 DX lens and moved up to full frame. So I am accustom to the weight.ON a D750 it's nicely balanced in both horizontal and vertical positions.This fast lens produces outstanding images. Very impressive lens. Yes it has been made for 5 years, 12/07, and does not have VR. From my perspective that is not a negative factor for me. It's more of a "nice to have" feature.Focus speed is a hair faster than the Tamron 24-70, image quality is similar, but the construciton of the Nikon lens is better and it allows me to use all my 77mm filters where the Tamron requires a bigger filter and I lose all my compatibility with my ExpoDisk, Circular polarizer, ND filters, and grad filter.Cauk up another big win for Nikon.

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            5.0

            Fantastic, legendary lens

            By NB

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use 24-70 to take pictures inside and outside, in normal and low light conditions. It makes crisp clear pictures with excellent quality. It also produces very nice bokeh, you will love it. It is expensive, but it is worth it. And if you love photography, you should get it. You can probably be satisfied with pictures taken with a less expensive lens, but if you compare them with pictures taken with 24-70, you will see the difference. Bottom line is if you are newcomer and use this lens, you will get excellent pictures; if you are seasoned photographer, with this lens you will get outstanding pictures.

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By Nyack Studio

            from Nyack, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Wide and long longenough to cover most "PR"events. Eliminates removing lens and getting dust.

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              3.0

              Great specs, disappointing in use

              By McHoogilan

              from California

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Can Be Very Sharp
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Gold Ring

              Cons

              • No VR

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Studio Portraits

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

              This lens can be as good as the specs suggest, but only under the right circumstances. On a tripod or when shooting brightly lit subjects, it excels, but the lack of VR severely restricts its ability to deliver in real-world use. Unless the shutter speed is kept above 1/125, the high-resolution of a full-frame DSLR will magnify any camera shake and the keeper ratio drops to about ten percent. In this reviewer's experience, a lesser lens with VR (28-300 f/3.5-5.6) returns consistently higher results at low shutter speeds.The bottom line is, the gold ring and high price will impress your friends, but unless you are a professional, shooting portraits in the studio or shooting landscapes from a tripod, this lens is probably going to disappoint.

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              5.0

              I'm Impressd

              By David B

              from Marietta, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

                Purchased this for use with a D810. It does NOT disappoint. Despite it's weight, I'll likely leave this lens on my camera most of the time. Focus speed is really quick and image quality is everything I hoped for.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By StudioNyack

                from Nyack ny

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

                Sharp, good focusing, wide coverage.

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Kinch

                from Detroit

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      This lens is what I have been looking for.
                      After waitng to get the extra money to
                      get this lens, it was worth the money.

                      All I have to say is the lens was great to see
                      the difference in the speed and great in low
                      light.

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                      5.0

                      HASN'T LEFT MY CAMERA!

                      By LPP-AS

                      from Newport, RI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      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
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I am in love!! So glad I purchased this lens. It has honestly not left my camera since I purchased it!!! I use it when photographing everything! From births-families- this is a must have lens! I do not have any complaints so far, although I'm sure my arms might say something different!! Love how sharp it is, love how quick it is, the bokeh, and seriously everything about it.

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens for a variety of situations!

                      By Katie C

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      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
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      This is a great "go-to" lens for me. I photograph kids in candid/lifestyle environment kind of settings and this lens gives me lots of options and is fairly quick in keeping up with the little ones. So far very happy!

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                      5.0

                      Tack sharp!

                      By Viv

                      from Johnstown, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      Love this lens! I first rented it for a wedding last year and knew I would eventually add it to my arsenal. I use it on a Nikon D300. While the lens does have weight to it, I find that my battery grip helps balance that weight.

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                      5.0

                      Best lens for the price

                      By Gwen

                      from Waterford MI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        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):

                        Photos are clear and sharp and the colors are gorgeous. It's my go to lens for landscapes and portraits. With f/2.8 and vibration control it is excellent in all kinds of light.

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                        5.0

                        Yes! No regrets so far

                        By Uli

                        from Scandinavia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          After 15 or so years, I had to replace the 28-70/F2.8. This one is less bulkier and 'feels lighter' on the D700. Crisp images, silent and fast AF, and even the four mm difference at the wide end are most welcome!
                          I experienced some vignetting problems at the wide end, which may be due to the filter I had attached.
                          Overall a very good and useful lens that will see a lot of use, I am sure.

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                          5.0

                          Best 24-70 lens out there

                          By DMair

                          from Wake Forest, NC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Expensive

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          I previously owned a 24-70mm lens by a third party manufacturer and it just wasn't sharp enough outside the centre of the frame. The Nikkor 24-70 lens is sharp pretty much throughout the entire frame. This is a great "walking around" lens but I also use it for nearby sports action on a second body. Another advantage of this lens over my previous 24-70 is that it's much lighter. The only drawback is the price. If you're on a budget this lens likely won't be on your list. If you're looking something that's sharp throughout at 2.8 then this is the lens for you.

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                          5.0

                          made the move

                          By Bill M

                          from Cape Cod MA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          First of the Nikon Trinity!Incredible lens! Tack Sharp, and smooth to operate.worth every penny, if you are serious about your photography.

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                          5.0

                          LIKE IT VERY MUCH!

                          By G'S PHOTOS

                          from FLORIDA, PR

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I USE THIS LENS FOR EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY. IT'S GREAT FOR LOW LIGHT, THE ONLY THING THAT IT IS HEAVY… AFTER A WHILE UR ARM NEED TO REST. GREAT PICTURES WITH IT.

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