The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED has achieved almost legendary status amongst the Nikon lens line up since its introduction.
The 24-70 covers a very useful range and Nikon incorporated ED glass and ultra-fast AF-S focussing and Nano Crystal coat.
These three features combine to produce a lens of exceptional optical quality and mechanical precision.
There is some vignetting (darkening of the corners) at f/2.8 and very slightly at f/4 – but completely gone by f/5.6. Again in camera shading compensation with correct this in jpegs or profile correction with raw files.
Focussing is lightning fast and accurate with this lens – the equal of the 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II – to which this is the perfect partner.
The lens extends somewhat when zooming with the included locking lens hood providing excellent flare protection -combined with the special Nano Crystal coat flare is not an issue with this lens.
It is very well built and chunky, balances very well on the D4, D3 Pro cameras and also on the D800/D700 though then a bit front heavy. Shooting with a battery grip on the D800/700/610/600/7100/7000 etc will improve balance and handling.
The 24-70 accepts 77mm filters so a polariser can be used quite happily – beware of stacking filters though as even a thin rimmed UV combined with a thin polariser will give some image cut-off at 24mm – best practice to only use one filter at a time.
The lens is supplied with a lens case, front and rear caps and a substantial lens hood which reverses over the lens for compact storage and comes very highly recommended.
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