Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S

bythom nikkor 24-70mm f28g
  • FX coverage
  • Autofocus (in-lens focus motor), internal focus
  • 15 elements in 11 groups, 3 aspherical, 3 ED elements, nano coating
  • 9-blade rounded aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22
  • 77mm filter ring
  • 1'3" (0.38m) minimum focus; 1:3.7 maximum reproduction ratio
  • 5.2 x 3.3" (133 x 83mm) long, diameter
  • 31.7 ounces (900g) weight
  • included HB-45 lens hood, CL-M3 soft case, caps
  • US$1890
  • Model Number 2164
  • Announced August 2007

Thom's Mini Review: The 24-70mm seems long in the tooth these days. No VR is the usual complaint, but Nikon's more recent zooms—even the more consumer-oriented ones—sometimes can outshine the 24-70mm f/2.8G at something. On the other hand, the 24-70mm f/2.8G is well rounded and well behaved at its full focal range, with only a touch of (correctable) optical issues at the wide end. It certainly has proven to be a workhorse lens for many of us, and if you need f/2.8 in the mid-range, there wasn't a better choice until the f/2.8E version came out. This lens is big and heavy for such a short zoom ratio lens, though. If you're going for the f/2.8 trio (14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm) be prepared with a big bag and strong muscles. Replaced by 24-70mm f/2.8E VR, which is my recommended version.

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