Nikon 24-70 2.8 Review

Nikon 24-70 2.8 Review

“Best zoom lens in this range ever!?”

nikon nikkor 24-70

This is perhaps the best standard zoom ever made!

After a short wait and immediate purchase of this lens, I reluctantly retired my Canon DC 17-55 2.8 IS and set aside my Canon 24-70 2.8(along with the 5D). The latter is an excellent lens but not quite this one. This Nikon houses even more resolution and lower CR for starters and is one of the main reasons which urged me to purchase a D3 and the (D700 en route). It generally tops all my Nikon F2.8 prime lenses within this range. The Nikon 14-24 is even more amazing but that’s another review.

I must say that I’m also a VR (IS) junkie – given that I can probably handhold this lens or my Canon 24-70 down to approx. 1/20th to 1/15th of a sec. and get a sharp result most of the time given the weight of these lenses perhaps offers an extra stop for hand-held all in itself. With VR (or IS) I can handhold down to as low as 1/4 second and get a sharp result (see the first shot from my Hawaii gallery (Dusk to Moonlight and Palmtrees in – under journey) which was handheld at 1/2th second!! using the Canon 17-55 2.8 IS. VR is a no-brainer for anyone who travels and does scenery and architectural work. However, there are at lease 3-4 reasons that Nikon chose to not involve VR in this lens. As one of the reviewers stated as comment to the “Rippoff” review by Drifter earlier, professionals (i.e. photojournalist and wedding photographers etc.) usually don’t need VR in this focal range. VR does little to nothing for moving subjects and for those who occasionally need to go down to 1/8 sec. or lower in this line of work, they’ll use a tripod). Second, VR adds more weight to this already 2 LB lens. Third, VR will drain more battery power. Fourth, VR will add at least a couple if not several hundred more $$ to the existing $1699 price tag. So with that said, this is perhaps the “perfect zoom lens” up until now. I truly regret for those who received an imperfect copy. For more info. see one of my trusted review sources –

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Nikon 24-70 2.8 Review By dilemnia (Philadelphia, USA)
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