The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom lens was announced on 23-August-2007 together with the Nikon D3 digital SLR camera (pictchallenge-archives.net has a great picture of the D3 plus 24-70mm lens — scroll down one or two pages, an notice how slim the lens barrel is) — this is destined to be another classic professional zoom lens from Nikon, surpassing the legendary Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D lens.
Linked here are reviews, tests, image samples, discussions and other resources.
Here’s the direct link to the online PDF product user manual for the 24-70 (right-click to save to your hard disk).
Preston Mack finds the Nikon 24-70 to be sharper than the Canon equivalent, and doesn’t hesitate to use this lens for portraiture work. The Canon 24-70mm was “mushy” in the 50mm range.
Bjorn Rorslett’s impressions
Bjorn Rorslett really knows his Nikon lenses, and gives the Nikkor 24-70 lens a rating of 5 / 5, saying that the quality of the 24-70 lens in almost every measurable dimension exceeds that of the 28-70mm lens. Flare and ghosting, courtesy of the Nano Crystal coating, is much reduced, and also gives better magnification. Read more at his Nikon 24-70mm review.
Here’s a review and test of the Nikkor 24-70mm and 14-24mm lenses. It’s written in French, and you’d probably want to read this related forum thread that discusses the article.
Comparison with the Canon 24-70mm lens
I just find the 24-70 to be an excellent lens. I have the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8G, 24-70, Nikkor 70-200 VR II and 16mm f/2.8D AF Fisheye. Of these, the 14-24 and the 24-70 get the most workout. I guess it depends on one’s shooting style. Optically I find this lens just amazing. I have tried the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, but I honestly find the 24-70mm equal to the 50/1.4 for my kind of work (landscapes) as I use a smaller aperture anyway. But for me the colors and contrast that this lens produces are just phenomenal.
View more of Nikhil’s landscapes.
Portraits of a female Japanese model — The “Photogenic Weekend” series on DC.Watch features photos of a Japanese female model taken with a Nikon D5000 and 24-70mm f2.8G lens.
The RAW images were converted in Nikon ViewNX, and they look sharp, crisp and detailed, with great background bokeh. Here’s the list of galleries — equipment used is noted at the end of each article:
- Series 1 — Google’s English translation
- Series 2 — Google’s English translation
- Series 3 — Google’s English translation
Nikon D3X review samples at PhotographyBlog — Unfortunately, the full-resolution test images (JPEG and RAW / NEF) at PhotographyBlog’s review of the Nikon D3X aren’t labeled with the lens used, but you can make an educated guess by looking at the focal length.
For instance, the image of a road sign near the Tower Bridge in London was taken with the 24-70.
Click on the thumbnail below to open up the full-resolution image in a new browser window, or just right-click to save to your hard drive.
Lady, sitting. warm interior lighting — An official Nikon D700 sample.
Flower photo by Oscar Rico — The EXIF data shows that aperture was f/10 and focal length was 70mm. I think the bokeh looks great at these settings. Photographed with Nikon D3 plus 24-70 combination.
Extreme weather photography — Jim Reed puts the D700 through its paces, and used the Nikkor 24-70mm to great effect.
Official Nikon D3 photo samples — Nikon held absolutely nothing back in a set of images that show off the sensational high-ISO performance of the Nikon D3.
Here are direct links to the full-sized images that were shot with the Nikkor 24-70:
Colorful objects, ISO 200 — Superb color range in this picture.
Conversations, ISO 200 — Useful for judging the bokeh of far-away subjects at wide-open aperture of f/2.8.
Trumpeter ISO 6400 — THE ISO 6400 image to beat.
Portrait, ISO 3200 — The WB (white balance) temperature setting for this photo is 2630K, yet all the colors and tones are flawlessly reproduced.
Portrait, ISO 400 — Who needs to shoot ISO 100 portraits anymore when you can get creamy smoothness at ISO 400?
Official Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G websites — get details on lens construction and features, specifications and MTF charts:
Nikon Lenses — Main page.