Reviews and Problems with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S
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beware of imported items
Pro, B&H Photo
15 April 2013
Excerpt: Beware of buying any items which state imported. It might be gray market. We had to send this item for repair. Nikon is NOT repairing it, because it is Gray Market. We did not know that it is Gray Market. Then I wanted to send it to a Nikon Authorized Repair Station. But bad news there as well: Only Nikon is authorized to repair your Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. The lens worked fine for 3 years.
Excerpt: My old 24-85 f/2.8-4 was sharper. This lens wouldn't focus to infinity. I tried it on two different bodies and finally sent it back for an exchange. I hope this was a Nikon quality problem as other Nikkors I have work wonderfully. This lens came highly recommended.
Excerpt: Notorius Zoom Ring problem. Good lens but get ready to pay for zoom ring repair by Nikon even when under warranty. Nikon NY will tell you Impact Damage Not Covered by the Terms of Warranty. Regadless if you really bumbed the lens or not. Dismayed by Nikon repair service.
Excerpt: I write negative reviews very reluctantly. I was looking forward to having this lens (a pro photog friend in another state has 2 of them and swears by his) but I had to send it back. I'm a pro photographer currently using a D90, with 7 Nikon lenses, 4 of which somewhat overlap this 24-70: a 10-24, 18-55, 18-200, 17-35 (2.8), 28-70 (2.8).
Excerpt: I just got this lens 3 days ago w/ the 105mm macro. The 105mm I got was bad, and now I have also discovered that this 24-70mm is also bad. Can't believe I got 2 bad lenses w/ a 5 grand order.The 24-70mm had some difficult times at focusing, then I took my pen size led flash light and from the rear of the ends, I pointed the flash light at a 45 degree angle and I discovered that the center elements has 4 white particles. [...
Excerpt: I got this lens from B&H and immediately I noticed that when I zoom, the focus also changed. I took it back and compared with 3 other Nikon 24-70 (same model) - for total of 3 new and 1 demo - using my D70 & D90 and demo D700. I wrote to Nikon and they responded that the focus can change with zoom (this is "very common"). They recommend I focus LAST after zooming or use AF-C (no good for me).
Excerpt: My copy has poor corner sharpness at 24 mm, even at f/11. I have returned it to Nikon for repair. I currently have a loan lens, which is slightly better, but I still don't see the fantastic corner to corner sharpness that some people claim. There is clearly an issue with this lens, as reports on sharpness and focus accuracy varies widely. It's probably a tolerance issue and I am sure Nikon is working to solve these problems.
Summary: Very heavy, makes carrying your camera around less and less desirable with every day that passes. I had people commenting on the fact that they felt intimidated by the size of the lens. Picture quality is great, but (at least my copy) does not feel as “stellar” as other reviews made me to expect.