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Ok, I'm not quite a pro but I've been shooting long enough now to know the difference between sub-par quality and spot on accuracy. The 24-70 is a legend of a lens!...Read complete review
Ok, I'm not quite a pro but I've been shooting long enough now to know the difference between sub-par quality and spot on accuracy. The 24-70 is a legend of a lens! I rented one a couple of years ago for a trip just to see what all of the hype was about and it didn't take 10 shots to realize just how special the 24-70 really is.Here's why it's special: it's freaking sharper than a razor blade! Not to mention the color rendition you get with the lens is truly superb. Build quality is military grade with solid, super fast focus. It IS quite heavy but there is something about the feel of a heavy piece of glass that I kind of like, especially on a heavy body like my D810. I was coming from a 24-85 kit lens which was not too shabby either. I really didn't believe the 24-70 could possibly be that much better and to be fair, better is a relative term. I did get some fantastic shots with the 24-85, no doubt, but there's just something about the 24-70 that takes it to another level.I even purchased the 24-120 (which has VR) thinking perhaps it would shake out to be a better overall choice due to it's employment of vibration reduction and it's added focal length. I REALLY wanted to like the lens better than the 24-70 because I could always use more focal length. I did numerous comparisons between the two, testing bokeh, color, sharpness, etc. But in the end, the 24-70 once again came out the winner! This was mainly in the area of sharpness for which it excels in every way. Thus, I returned the 24-120.I find that there is a psychological aspect of shooting with such a legendary piece of photo gear. You just feel like what you're doing matters more. I've seen beautiful images taken with both the 24-85 and the 24-120 so I'm certainly not dogging either, but if you want the best overall image quality and are ok with sacrificing the added 50mm of focal length (and more importantly, the extra $$$) then you've got to go with this masterpiece of a lens!
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Great performance, BUT
The lens performs perfectly. It is sharp and the low light ability is top notch. However, there is a problem with metal flecks and shavings showing up behind the rear element of the...Read complete review
The lens performs perfectly. It is sharp and the low light ability is top notch. However, there is a problem with metal flecks and shavings showing up behind the rear element of the lens. This doesn't happen to everyone and it took about 6 months for the specs to show up in mine, so now it has to go in for repair. That's annoying at the least, especially for a professional grade lens.
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from Charlotte NC
Comments about Nikon AF-S Fx NIKKOR 24-70mm f2.8G ED Camera Lens:
I have owned this lens for several years. It's my go to lens that I have used for portraits, weddings, landscape and general photography. In combination with the D3x I currently use, it gives me excellent quality images that can enlarged and cropped as needed.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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amazing images... super sharp, fast focus and use in all kind of photography.. if you use DX format..never mind...to much money for crop sensor. FX user. best midrange zoom ever. needless to say, The only downside is the weight.. If you can only get one lens to go with your new baby get this lens and treasure it as it won't let you down. I'm very happy and satisfied I finally bought it. The sharpness and speed focussing is amazing!... the second most used lens. was an essential part of every trip. Besides being my top travel and landscape photography lens, the Nikon 24-70mm has also served me well during various local photo sessions both in studio and outdoors environments. So, as you can see, it has seen a lot of abuse from me and knowing it inside out, I can speak of it with confidence. i have the 14-24 too but love this lens because you can attach filters, and the 14-24 don't.
Fast autofocus. Great contrast and color. Minimal flare. No drama, just beautiful pictures.
The Professional Standard for Normal Focal Length Zoom Lenses
from San Diego, California
The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens is not only extremely sharp, it is equally versatile. It is my go-to lens for weddings and other social events. It also does very well as a food photography lens, as evidenced below by an image taken at a shutter speed of one second (on a tripod), an aperture of f/11, a focal length of 45mm, an ISO of 640, Matrix Metering, and Auto White Balance.
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from Atlanta, GA, USA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Professional's Kit Lens
Why you have to have one? - This is a lens that every professional has. If a professional can only use 1 lens in his life, this is the lens, because this is made for general purposes. Why you don't have to have one? - It's expensive; and if you're not really serious with photography, just try other lenses because this lens is built for the serious and professionals. What's I like about this lens? - It's sharp on all focal lengths and apertures, renders color very well, renders out-of-focus blur very well, and this is solidly built for professionals because it can withstand in any weather conditions and hazardous situations, for a bit. - It's not too short, and not too long, it's just alright. - This lens is made to be in between of the specialty lenses not only for Nikon but for the other brands. Hence, being called by many as a general lens. What's I don't like about this lens? - It's heavy. - It's expensive. - You get a bit of attention when you take photos of other people in the streets, but not too much. Take another lens for street photography, if ever. - If this lens is not that wide for you, get a lens wider than 24. - If this lens is a bit short for portrait and you need longer reach, get a longer focal length lens. - If you're not satisfied with the bokeh, or you are not satisfied with how 2.8 handles low light situations, get a prime 50mm or 85mm with a 1.8/1.4 aperture lens.
Somewhat disappointed at quality
from Portland, OR, USA
I was not getting sharp images with this lens so I had it checked. It was back focusing considerably. It took a setting of 8 on my D800 focus adjustment to correct. That is too much for an expensive prro lens in my opinion. The lens is also very heavy and bulky but extremely versatile and reasonably fast.
Superb midrange camera lens!
from Pensacola, FL
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This is one of the Nikon "holy trinity" lenses to have. Really great as a walk about lens, although the field of view will be somewhat limited on a DX camera body due to the crop factor. Nevertheless, I would still highly recommend this lens to anyone with a serious passion for picture-taking and deep pockets as the lens is a bit pricey. You get what you pay for and this lens delivers exceptional image quality!!!
(9 of 20 customers found this review helpful)
A superior, versatile lens.
from Sammamish, WA, USA
I've been a Nikon user and a fan for years. I recently purchased a Nikon D810. This is my go-to lens. I like everything about it.
Sharp, but heavy
I've had this lense for six months. Wonderful build quality at the expense of weight. Too heavy for a neck strap so I went to a shoulder strap that handles the weight just fine. I do find that I'm at 70mm most of the time and wishing for more reach. So if I had to do it all over again, I would opt for the smaller and more discrete 85m 1.4 for the ultimate in bokeh with less weight. And for those times when I'm willing to carry a big lense, I would go to the 70-200 VR for greater reach while being equally sharp. But that's just me. The 24-70 was very useful for street photography on a recent trip to Havana though of course there is some barrel distortion at the widest setting. Also a battery grip helps balance the weight of the lense on my D600.
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