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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
 
4.9

(based on 1745 reviews)

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    (155)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1674)
  • Strong construction (1261)
  • Consistent output (1121)
  • Durable (1070)
  • Rugged (805)

Cons

  • Heavy (818)
  • Pricey / poor value (40)
  • Blurry focus (15)
  • Tough to attach (15)
  • No VR (14)

Best Uses

  • Low light (923)
  • Weddings (917)
  • Landscape/scenery (861)
  • Night photography (671)
  • Sports/action (496)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (469), Photo enthusiast (461), Pro photographer (307), Enthusiast (129), Semi-professional (123)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1084), 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

 

Great lens but not perfect

Since 2007 I've owned five copies of the lens. It's a heavy and amazing lens if you can handle the size and be lucky enough to get a good copy. There is huge same...Read complete review

Since 2007 I've owned five copies of the lens. It's a heavy and amazing lens if you can handle the size and be lucky enough to get a good copy. There is huge same variation and you need to make sure your copy is decent. Nikon can charge you a lot of money for fixing it. Among five copies I had, only two didn't need going back to Nikon for servicing.

The issues that I have had are:

1. Stiff zoom ring.
2. AF Distance scale window leaking light.
3. AF inaccuracy at various focal length.
4. AF front/back focus for entire FL.
5. Not properly weather-sealed.

The lens is a beast but internally some crucial parts are made of plastic which explains the stiff zoom ring issue after some use.

Overall I think I can only give it three and half stars.

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5.0

this lens is very sharp

By PL

from CLE

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Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

great lens, sharp and crystal clear

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super fast and sharp

By Birdart

from Houston

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

I have decided on this lens rather than newer version based on the reviews. I don't regret, this lens is superb and was missing in my arsenal of Nikkor lenses. Perfect lens for landscape.

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2.0

Over-exposure

By Jeff the Chemist

from Normal, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

My version of this lens seemed to over-expose images in direct sunlight. I would estimate 15% of images were over-exposed. I was shooting with a Nikon D810. When I shot with old prime manual focus lenses - exposure was great. I returned lens to B&H. As always, B&H is excellent about returns.
I've read online that others have had issues with this lens over-exposing images in direct sunlight.

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(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great all-around lens

By SID

from Valley City, N.D.

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Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

Use this as my main do-it-all lens. Produces great pictures.

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(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is one of the best.

By Ken

from Phil.

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

Love the differences of opinion but this is one of the best midrange zooms to carry, especially in it's price range.

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(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good quality lenz

By Joe

from Pasadena, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

The shipping was fast and arrived in good condition.

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5.0

The 24-70 f2.8 is an essential lens for every photographer!

By Tank

from Chicago, Illinois

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

I love prime lenses, but when you don't have the time to run all over the place in order to properly compose your shot, this is -- hands down -- the most effective lens in the Nikon family. At 24mm, it's wide enough to capture landscapes, and at 70mm is close enough to zoom in a capture your subjects up close. At f2.8, it's a fast lens and can be used in low light situations. For those of you with a DX camera (crop sensor), you will not get the full use of this lens as you would an FX camera (full frame), but I will say that I use this lens now and again on my D7000 and it's fantastic. In sum, if you're looking for a lens that will work in any number of situations (e.g., fast action where you're moving around a lot) and you don't want to be changing your prime lenses every two minutes, this is the lens to buy. The only other thing I would point out is that it's a heavy lens, so keep that in mind if you're looking for a lighter lens.

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4.0

Solid lens between F4 to F11, after that ?

By Click-Chick

from El Paso, Texas

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Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

This is a solid lens but you have to know its limitations. Utilized between F 4 and F 11 this lens looks very good from 24-70mm. However, when you move toward F 22 this lens is terrible through the entire zoom range of the lens. Distortion comes in at that point and renders the lens to mediocrity; having said that this is a problem with even high-end digital lens as compared to film based lenses and usually the only way to get quality at F 22 is to fork out big bucks for a Ziess lens and then you will have to manually focus your lenses which can sometimes lead to missed shots in certain shooting environments.
At the F 2.8 range this lens also does well through the zoom range of this lens. It has a nice "Bokeh" affect at the 2.8 but not as nice as the Nikkor 85mm, F 1.4.
I am keeping this lens because in travel photography it is nice to have a short zoom lens with an auto-focus feature to capture candid moments quickly. It is my preference to shoot with fixed focal length lenses as there is no comparison to the image quality between fixed focal lens and zoom lenses. But sometimes the shooting environment requires more flexibility than a fixed focal length lens and this one suits the bill as long as you shoot between F 2.8 and F 11.

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5.0

Very good lens

By Alex

from California

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

My dream lens. Worth having one.

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very good lens.

By Alex

from California

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

Its my dream lens. Tried and tested.

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5.0

Love how wide this can get!

By J. Nicole

from Midland, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

This lens is great for the getting ready shots on wedding day! Love how wide it gets!

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  • No

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5.0

Brilliant everyday lens

By Tom takes photos

from Cambridge UK

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

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 Lens:

Basically a great everyday lens, that stays on my camera body 90% of the time.

The main strength of this lens is in it's reliability, flexibility and durability. This is the perfect lens to use in a fast paced, constantly changing environment (such as weddings or events), when getting the shot is of primary importance. Perfect at the wide end for group shots, and ideal for tight headshots at the long end.

I also use it as my sole travel lens. Great for landscapes and street photography. Its true that the corners can be a little soft at 24mmm when shooting wide open, but who shoots landscapes at f2.8? between f8 and f11 its tack sharp throughout the scene.

Image quality is generally superb. I also own the 70-200 VRii and the 85mm 1.4G, and I would class this lens as comparable with both these excellent lenses.

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5.0

Why I waited so long

By Alex

from New Jersey

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

    I was on market for 24-70 lens for some time now. I use a Tokina 28-70 and I was happy with the picture. However I'm person who likes the good stuff since life is to short to buy sh... I pull a trigger on the Nikon 24-70 and this lens blow my mind is sharp at any focal length and aperture. The zoom is light fast. I tested it for two weeks and took ~2000 pictures. I thought about the new tokina 24-70 the focus speed and other factor set up m mind on Nikon. No regret, fantastic lens. I think that over the years they improved few things. No problems with the zoom ring, autofocus etc. If you can afford it buy it instead of 3rd party lenses.

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    5.0

    For 24-70

    By Mulin

    from San Francisco

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

    wonderful lens, but a little bigger with my Nikon df

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth it

    By JeffPC

    from Massachusetts

    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 Lens:

    Recently, I got a D750 and I needed a good walk around lens to go with it. 24-70mm seemed like a good range on an FX body. Having learned the hard way previously, I really wanted my walk around lens to be f/2.8. This narrowed things down to Nikon (f/2.8G and f/2.8E), Tamron (SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD), and Sigma (24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM). After about a month and a half of trying to decide which to get, I ended up convincing myself that I couldn't go wrong with Nikon. Yes, it is pricey, but nobody seems to have anything negative to say about it aside from the hefty weight. While I'd like to have VR, I couldn't really justify the bigger, heavier, and even more expensive f/2.8E.

    While 900g is quite a bit weight, it certainly doesn't feel bad on the D750 which by itself is 750g.

    I like the creative way Nikon made this lens essentially not extend while zooming. While the front of the lens technically extends, the lens hood is mounted in such a way that it hides the extension completely.

    The image quality is spectacular. I haven't noticed any significant differences between f/2.8 and f/8. Throughout the range, the lens produces consistently great images.

    The autofocus is fast and accurate. I'm repeatedly surprised at how well fast it focuses.

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    5.0

    Great lens!!

    By Meg

    from Miami

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

    This lens is awesome!! Covers a great range and can have a really low aperture!

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    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still a Worthy Purchase

    By Brian L. Rodgers

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

      I know that more advanced amateurs and professionals use this sight and thus might be more inclined to know the following information. That said, for those who have had to struggle with the same internal debate I had - "Do I get the f/2.8G or the new f/2.8E?" - I offer the following questions I asked myself to resolve this decision.

      * Would you sacrifice some sharpness in the middle of the image for increased sharpness at the edges? The G is generally sharper in the middle while softer towards the edges of the frame, while the E sacrifices some center sharpness for better sharpness towards those edges.
      * Do you shoot a lot in situations where you would benefit from VR? The E has VR, the G does not.
      * Does size/weight matter to you? The G is lighter than the E.
      * Do you deal with a lot of flare in your photos? The E supposedly handles flare somewhat better than the G.
      * Do you have a lot of filters 77mm filters you'd have to replace/supplement? The E requires larger filters.
      * Overall, are all the changes made in the f/2.8E worth several hundred dollars to you? The E, being a newer lens, is significantly more expensive.

      Considering the foregoing, I opted for the G. I'm not at all disappointed by the performance of the lens and would still recommend it to be included in any Nikon shooter's "Holy Trinity" of zoom lenses.

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      3.0

      Great lens, back focusing is an issue

      By La La Weddingland

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

      Since 2010 I have owned three copies of this lens. Earlier in my career either I didn't notice the softness at the various focal lengths during certain lighting scenarios (always blamed user error), but years later there are certain things with this lens that drive me batty. The lens is extremely fast to focus, and wonderful when being used for well-lit reception photography. It has the potential to produce tack sharp images with flash. However, under low-contrast lighting scenarios the lens has a tendency to back focus, and produce soft images, no matter how well you nail the focus point. I am finally fed up with noticing that the people behind the subject I had ages to correctly focus on are slightly sharper than the one I intended. I currently switch back and forth between two copies, both of which have been recently serviced by Nikon, and the issues remain unresolved. Every other Nikor lens in my bag is tack sharp, including the 70-200F2.8 VRII, the 60mm F2.8 Macro and 14-24F2.8 so I know the problem does not lie with me.

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      5.0

      One of the best nikon nano crystal lens

      By Eduardo Gallegos

      from Cd OBREGON MEX

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

      This objective Nikon is one of the stars of Nikon your crystal nano gives you the quality you are always looking and professional quality and speed that we are not 100% recommended aberration ??

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      4.0

      Nikon's 2nd best zoom lens

      By HKKeith

      from North NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portrait

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

        I use this lens with d300s and d800. I was going to get the latest VR version but reviews are not favorable. My first lens has a grinding sound between 24-35mm but it does not affect the focus. I decided to exchange for another one and BH accommodated the exchange efficiently and effectively. Fortunately my second one works fine. The bokeh is great and images are sharp but not as good as the new version of the 70-200 mm vrII. I also have the 105 2.8 micro w/ VR and the 50 mm 1.8. These two lenses produce very sharp images but the color is not as pleasing as the 24-70 and 70-200 mm. I don't exactly know how to describe it but images from the two zooms look very natural and eye pleasing. I do miss the VR at low light. With the d800 it is very easy to reveal your photographic flaws. I can get sharper images with the 70-200 than the 24-70 under low light conditions. Focus speed is equally fast on all of the four lenses mentioned about.Overall it is a very good lens but I gave it 4 - 4.5 stars simply because it is not as good as the 70-200. Having said that the 70-200 is probably the best zoom lens today.

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