Summary: a professional looking lens.outstanding quality metal construction.saved,and waited for this lens a long time.it was going to be my all around most used keeper.then heartbreak!,soft at all settings,poor image quality with a d3.very dissapointed,im so sorry i sold the old 35-70 2.8d.
Summary: I bought this with unrealistic expectations, hoping it would be "almost as good as" the more expensive 24-70mm f/2.8. It's really not. I've found this to be an excellent lens in bright light only. In low light (I photograph a lot of musicians performing in theaters or clubs), it's only especially good at 24mm and f/2.8. The more you zoom, the less sharp the pictures are. Not a bad lens, but not a great one either.
Conclusion: I got it for D700, and feel the IQ at 24mm is not good enough for the FF body. I am upgrading to 24-70/2.8, which show much visible difference at 24mm. The lens could be a good performer for APS-C body. Although, it is not a 1:1 macro lens, it perform quite well and it is a big plus for this general purpose lens.
Pros: Decent build for its price range, good macro performance
Conclusion: i bought one for use with my D700. i plan to use it for landscape work. i find my copy very sharp between f8 and f22. between f2.8-f8, i find it very soft. may be its my copy. i plan to get a used 35-70f2.8 and keep one of the two.
Pros: Cheap, light, macro capability, sharp in the range f8-f16
Cons: On a Nikon D700, edges ultra soft at apertures wider than f8
Pricey, sexy-looking, & could be sharper for it's price
11 October 2003
Summary: Having gotten frustrated with the limiting 35mm focal length of the Nikkor AFD35-70/2.8, I sold it and purchased the AFS28-70/2.8D almost 5 years ago. It was an improvement over the AFD35-70/2.8 with respect to sharpness, contrast, and whisper-quiet autofocusing speed. With the scalloped lens hood, this is a bulky lens. Infants tend to cry with this "in-their-face" monster. Contrast is excellent, and distortion is negligible. Composition-wise, a very good portrait lens.