Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G AF-S FX Reviews and Samples

First published on: Thursday, 13 September 2007

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 ( 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.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G

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

Horshack” posted some test photos comparing the Nikon 24-70mm vs the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lenses.

Sample photos

An official, full-resolution sample photo taken with the Nikon D600.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G plus D600 -- Full-resolution sample photo

Nikhil Shahi aka “nikonboi” shared these superb landscape photos (taken with the Nikon D700 camera), and pens the following thoughts about the 24-70mm and other Nikon lenses:

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.

Nikon D5000 plus Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G portraits at DC.Watch

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:

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.

Road Sign near the Tower Bridge, London, photographed with a Nikon 24-70mm lens mounted on a Nikon D3X
  1. File size: 6.66 MB
  2. Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec
  3. Aperture: f/3.2
  4. ISO: ISO 100
  5. Focal length: 70mm
  6. Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S
  7. Picture control: Standard
  8. White balance: AWB (Automatic White Balance)
  9. Exposure mode: Aperture-Priority Auto
  10. Exposure metering: 3D Color Matrix Metering II

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.

Nikon D3 plus Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G -- Full-resolution sample photos

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.

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