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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED

2 April 2011
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • great quality of casing,
  • outstanding image quality in the frame centre at all combinations of focal lengths and apertures,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame from f/4.0 upwards,
  • chromatic aberration quite well corrected,
  • moderate distortion,
  • low astigmatism,
  • practical lack of vignetting on the DX sensor,
  • silent, as quick as lightning and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • image quality on the edge of the frame at the maximum aperture should have been better,
  • transmission worse than that of competitors,
  • huge coma in the full frame corners,
  • average work against bright light for this class of equipment.

It will be one of shorter summaries. Nikon undoubtedly offered a splendid instrument to the professionals. If you want to be nasty, though, you might add that the Zeiss gave a better one to the Sony system and Sigma didn’t lag behind with its new 24–70 mm f/2.8 model either – it can put the Nikkor to shame especially with the quality of its anti-reflection coatings. Ending the nastiness you can also write that most of people who will buy the tested Nikkor, won’t have still the slightest reasons to complain about anything.

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Sample shots:

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.3 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.7 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 36 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/80 s, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.7 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 40 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 5.2 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 4.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 40 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 6.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 48 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 36 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 48 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872×2592 pix, 3.6 MB


Sample shots taken with the tested lens on the Nikon D300 are presented below.

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Parameters: 24 mm, f/8.0,
exp. 1/125 s, ISO 400
4288 x 2848 pix, 7.0 MB
Parameters: 70 mm, f/8.0,
exp. 1/100 s, ISO 400
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.9 MB
Parameters: 50 mm, f/4.0,
exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.0 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Parameters: 31 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/400 s, ISO 400
4288 x 2848 pix, 8.8 MB
Parameters: 36 mm, f/8.0,
exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.0 MB
Parameters: 31 mm, f/8.0,
exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.2 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Parameters: 42 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.6 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.9 MB
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.6 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Parameters: 70 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/160 s, ISO 400
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.2 MB
Parameters: 36 mm, f/4.0,
exp. 1/250 s, ISO 640
4288 x 2848 pix, 6.5 MB
Parameters: 70 mm, f/2.8,
exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.9 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Parameters: 55 mm, f/8.0,
exp. 1/100 s, ISO 400
4288 x 2848 pix, 7.1 MB
Parameters: 29 mm, f/8.0,
exp. 1/80 s, ISO 400
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.9 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.0,
exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED - Summary
Parameters: 32 mm, f/2.8,
exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 5.7 MB
Parameters: 24 mm, f/8.0,
exp. 1/50 s, ISO 200
4288 x 2848 pix, 7.0 MB
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6,
exp. 1/50 s, ISO 800
4288 x 2848 pix, 4.9 MB



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