Updated August 17, 2008.
The Nikon AF-S 24-70 f/2.8 G ED-IF is another of the new Nikkor lenses. This replaces the AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8. New features include: new and improved weather sealing, Nano crystal coating, a fixed rear element, lock on hood, and of course the extended reach on the wide side. The old 28-70mm f/2.8 was considered one of Nikons better zoom lenses, lets se how the new Nikon 24-70 2.8 performs.
||15 elements in 11 groups (3 ED glass elements, 3 aspherical lenses and one Nano Crystal Coat)
||84° - 34°20’ (35mm/FX)
61° - 22°50’ (DX)
|Minimum focus distance:
||0.38 m/1.2 ft. (with focal length 35-50 mm)
||Front lens cap
Rear lens cap LF-1
HB-40 Bayonet Hood
CL-M3 Semi-soft Case
3.3 in x 5.2 in (83 x 133mm)
||31.7 oz.(900 g)
||9 rounded blades
- Sharpness, good sharpness even in the corners at f/2.8.
- Build quality. The build quality is exceptional, and typical for Nikon's Pro Grade lenses.
- Weather sealing.
- Lock on lens hood.
- Fixed rear element.
- G-type aperture. Not a big problem, really depends on how old cameras you have laying around.
- Extension on the front element while zooming. Not really a big problem, I just don't like it.
- No DOF/IR markings. At least provide us with a IR mark.
All in all this is an amazing lens. The lens shows great sharpness and contrast, and may well be the standard to compare mid range zoom lenses from now on. The New 24-70 is usable beyond f/16 on the Nikon D3, something you usually don't see in new lenses. I don't have any problems using this lens on f/22. Although it starts getting soft at f/16 the f/22 performance is still usable in my opinion. CA is well controlled, small traces of it can be seen at high contrast though. With the D3 the CA issue is more or less non-existent. Ghosting and flare is also well controlled. I did take of half a star of the build quality because of the extruding front element. This is not a huge problem, but using the lens without the hood then it does become the weak point of the lens. IR performance on the D1X with Life Pixel is outstanding.
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