Reviews and Problems with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S
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Good, not great
Zonhonker, B&H Photo
19 May 2014
Excerpt: So far there is nothing exceptional about this lens. It is competent. It works as advertised but seems a little overpriced. I've only had it for about 3 weeks but I've shot a lot of indoor photos. My Nikon D800 probably gets the most out of it. The wide angle (24mm) setting is very good. Hardly any edge distortion. If it was $ less I'd give it another star.I would neither recommend nor dissuade a friend from buying it. Instead I'd tell them to rent one first.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: The packaging was sturdy and it arrived promptly BUT I found some dust and particles on either side of the lens. There was no cosmetic damage or signs of use on the body, but someone had certainly opened it before. It wasn't enough to say it was a floor model, the particles were minimal and I got most of them off. BUT this is something I wouldn't accept if I had purchased it from my local camera store.
Pros: Crisp As It Gets, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Well built. Pretty quick focusing.Mediocre image quality, especially poor in corners. Must stop down to al least f11 to have any chance at full-frame quality. Susceptible to flare. No VR. Manual focus ring is too quick which makes fine focus adjustment impossible. WAY too expensive for the image quality. Very disappointing. Before you go farther, know that I am not anti-Nikon. Their 14-24 is a fantastic lens and simply the best zoom I have ever used!
Pros: Build quality, Fast focusing
Cons: Bad Price-performance, Mediocre IQ, Poor corner sharpness
Excerpt: I use this product for portraits and event photography. It is a well built lens and the photos are very good. I also own the Tamron 17-50 2.8. I have found that the Tamron photos are very close in quality to the Nikon 24-70 which surprised me since is is over a [$]!. I am having buyers remorse because I could have bought 4 Tamron lenses for the price I paid for the Nikon!
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Lots of wows in most of the reviews of this lens... Mostly deserved... But at what cost, bulk and weight? This lens costs about double what it should, based on comparisons to lenses from Olympus and others. This is now my all around lens on my D2X and will be on my D800 E, whenever it arrives. It is quite sharp at all focal lengths, but does NOT challenge a good prime lens, from Nikon and others.
Excerpt: New lens arrived with significant amount of dust in elements. Not good for an [$] lens. This was my second attempt to own this lens and the second one that had dust issues. I shoot a D7000 and maybe next time I'll try the 17-55 2.8 and see if I have better luck.
Excerpt: Optically outstanding from 30-60mm; "primelike" Image Quality. Beware of stiff zoom ring problems, sometimes right out of the box. Mine developed an increasingly stiff zoom ring. A review shows that this is a disturbingly common 24-70 problem (do a google search: "Nikon 24-70 zoom ring problem"). While some of the stiff zoom rings were repaired under warranty, many were not.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: This Nikkor lens is plenty sharp, but displays a lot of distortion, and is very heavy. I fix the distortion automatically in software. It covers the FX sensor, and I bought it to use on my D3X body. I would wish it were either lighter, or had less distortion. It is almost heavy enough to warrant a tripod flange.