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

(based on 1770 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1574)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (159)

  • 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

Excellent Lens

By Ian

from Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens: very sharp,very smooth & very quiet.

 
5.0

The sharpest lens I've used

By Julio

from Santiago, Chile

Verified Buyer

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

This "beast" it's an incredible multi-purpose lens, it's sharp and accurate with the color reproduction. Used in my D800E, no regrets.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very useful lens for photojournalism type photography

By Serge

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I finally decided to buy it for convenience sake. I love prime lenses but at some point it's just not practical to keep switching. I used to rent this lens when jobs came up that called for them, but eventually figured out I might as well buy one. I'll sell it if I no longer need it, it's a respectable lens.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tickled with the lens performance and construction.

By Wayne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I have not owned a midrange zoom over the 46 years I've owned nine different Nikon cameras and many lenses. I bought 2 legs of the holy trinity, the 24-70 f2.8 G and the 70-200 f2.8 FL (plus the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 instead of the legendary Nikkor 14-24 f2.8). While I am guilty of pixel peeping at times, it's a bad habit I'm trying to break. What is apparent in the upgrade from consumer-grade glass to the professional-level glass is not just sharpness, but contrast and color are all improved. The construction of the 24-70G lives up to its reputation, and I find that I'm using it far more than I would have anticipated. The first morning out with it was snowy, and I kept fiddling with ISO until it (belatedly) dawned on me that I had a fast f2.8 lens! The only downsides to me are cost (though it's significantly less expensive than the VR version), and weight, although the weight is offset by knowing it has robust construction, and the lack of VR is not that much of an issue to me as I have a D810 and I can always up the ISO and still have very acceptable noise. Regarding weight, I am reminded of the scene in which Crocodile Dundee pulls out a huge knife and says, "Now Mate, THAT is a knife!" I feel "Mate, now THAT is a mid-range ZOOM!"

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens to be used with Nikon D810.

By Daniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I shot mostly landscape and just purchased this lens. Only used it a few times. But it is everything the reviews have said. Very sharp images. Great color. Lens weight is not a concern to me since I use a tripod. I use this lens on a Nikon D810.

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By Fred Mertz

from Undisclosed

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

Great lens. Very sharp! I couldn't imagine needing anything better in this zoom range.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the wait....

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use the lens with my D800 for mainly travel and street photography and have been saving or a long time for this. Limited use so far but color rendition and focus are amazing. It's heavy coupled with a full frame camera but worth the heft for the incredible image quality.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Supreme

By Kawin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

What else can I say. If you own an fx camera, this is a must.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens but very heavy

By Terry

from Undisclosed

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

This is a wonderful lens that will work great for travel photography and portrait but it is soooo heavy. Add it to the 810 and you have a beast! 
Worth every penny but be prepared to build the muscles. I'm purchasing a mono pod to help support it on long day shoots.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 f/2.8G ED Lens

By Gale

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is an amazing lens. It enables me to take a va riety of pictures and do as much cropping, enlarging, and customizing without losing any fidelity. I've used it with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon D810 camera body and it is phenomenal!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens

By Steve

from Manhattan, Montana

Verified Buyer

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

I recently purchased the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f2.8G ED Lens from B&H Photo. I cannot believe the sharpness this lens delivers in my Nikon D800E. I use this lens primarily for shooting landscapes and panoramas. I will highly recommend this lens to my friends who are looking for a landscape lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recommend this product to a friend

By Stephen

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I recently purchased the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 ED Lens.

I am using it on my Nikon D800E. I cannot believe the sharpness this lens delivers. The focus motor is incredibly fast. I shoot mostly landscapes and panoramas so my camera is on my tripod so the VR feature on the upgrade lens is not important to me. I would definitely recommend this lens to a friend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I have no reservations in recommending this lens.

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Only reason for the 4 Star rating is the weight, but that's a minor inconvenience for most dedicated photographers. Focus accuracy throughout the zoom range and no aberration's to my eye after closely looking at the photos I have taken thus far!
A very nice zoom lens and like most folks I feel it also represents a pricy addition to the camera bag but for those situations requiring a fast lens with a little flexibility, its excellent.

 
5.0

I would buy this again and again!

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use my 24-70 Nikon Lens primarily for shooting landscapes and panoramas. I have it mounted on my Nikon D800E. I cannot believe the sharpness of the images I'm getting. I do most of my shots on a tripod so do not feel the need a the VR feature in the upgrade lens which saved me quite a bit on the price. I would difinatly recommend this lens to my friends.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Second one I own!

By Tim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my go to lens (as they say) I use it for weddings events anything I am taking pictures of. Sharp, beautiful pictures all the time!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Carole

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens for portraits.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

For a zoom lens, this one is about as good as it gets.

By KnoxForensics

from Jacksonville, FL

Verified Buyer

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

First, let me qualify my rating. I generally have an aversion to zoom lenses and currently keep only two of them in my bag: this one and a Nikon 200-500 f/5.6. I prefer instead to use faster primes, including a number of AIS manual focus ones. However, I needed a good zoom for those occasions when a single prime doesn't quite cut it, I don't want to carry two camera bodies, and I don't want to fumble with making on-the-go lens changes. While I would prefer a zoom with a wider range, the f/2.8 aperture on this one is a must, primarily to limit depth of field, which is important to my work. I shoot mostly in manual mode, so a variable aperture complicates matters because zooming then requires a commensurate change in exposure. This lens is about as good as it gets when it comes to zoom lenses. The barrel action is a bit noisy (worse than the Tamron 28-200 f/3.5-5.6 that I used to carry) and the lens is relatively heavy and bulky, but the image quality is unbeatable in a zoom lens.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All the Reviews Were Right!

By Dee

from California

Verified Buyer

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

I'm a wedding photographer and ever since I purchased this lens it's remained on my D5 for nearly 70% of the wedding day. It seriously is great for nearly any situation and I would recommend it to other photographers. As far as having no VR, I don't know why you would need VR shooting at the 24-70 focal lengths anyway. I don't even think there is a need to have it, at least to do what my clients pay me for.

(1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent product

By Luiz Lahr

from Sao Paulo, Brasil

Verified Buyer

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

I had one before, and decided to get another one after mine broke. It is an awesome lense great quality and sharpness. definitely can't live without it anymore.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Yes

By Bambino

from SoCal

Verified Buyer

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

It's heavy ,it's expensive ,but it it the standard of the industry for Nikon users for years ,now the new one is out ,so I bought the older version ,beautiful build,superb performance ,and results

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