Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Review

I’ve using the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR (with all the going on) for a couple of weeks now. I must say it’s not a cheap lens but it is fast and accurate to use. By having VR makes the lens very capable to use in low-light situations. The VR ensures, among other things, that you can use slower shutter speeds to still be able to produce the desired result. The focal range of 24 to 70mm is a very useful range and it allows you to create very varied pictures at different ranges. While most will say that 24mm is not very wide on a full frame camera I find it sufficient for the purpose that I use the lens for. Want to go really wide then the 14-24mm or 15-35mm correct the better choice.

I have used this lens for several indoor events in low-light situations. Checkout some shots of the Grand Price Of The Netherlands – Hiphop Tour which began in Flux in Zaandam (The Netherlands), with two of the finalists Nanah Dae and Le Seton both onstage and backstage …

 
I was also present at the Professional Imaging (P. I.) trade show in Nijkerk (The Netherlands), here the focal range came in handy. With 24-70mm I did not had the need to exchange lenses, everything was in range for me to shoot. Here are some pictures of the PI in Nijkerk (The Netherlands) were I visited the FotoFlits (Elinchrom) stand to admire all Elinchrom goodness. The trade show had loads more stands from manufactures including Nikon, Sony, Canon but also the smaller companies and local european brands were present. All photos are taken without flash …

 
Recently I was a guest during the BlingBling event in the North Sea Venue in Zaandam (The Netherlands) which among other acts also had Montel Jordan performing. This venue was a good test area to try and get the lens on his knees… I was thinking that there was so very little light and I shot without flash as much as possible. But this lens lens itself preformed really well in these low-light situations. Without any problems, I shot my way throughout the evening. See a small selection of pictures taken on the night below …

 

Performance and usability

There’s been a lot said (online reviews) about the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, that the lens is not sharp in the corners etc. Take it from me that the lens performs just fine even and even in the corners. The lens is a bit heavier (over 170 grams more) than its predecessor but then again his predecessor had no VR. Regarding the dimensions? They don’t differ much, the f/2.8E 24-70mm ED VR is just a tad bigger then its predecessor (the non VR). Even lens errors flare, vignetting, distortion and chromatic aberrations are within the standards and are easy to edit/correct in Lightroom, so no issues to be really negative about.

Enough about the test results …

Specifications

– Focal length: 24-70mm
– Aperture: f2.8 – f22
– Image stabilization: Yes (4 stops)
– Optical construction: 20 elements in 16 groups
– Filter size: 82mm
– Diaphragm Blades: 9 (rounded)
– Minimum focusing distance: 38 cm
– Maximum magnification: 0,27x
– Weight: 1070 grams
– Dimensions: 88 x 155mm
– RRP: € 2,399 (at time of writing this article)

Conclusion

I have had the lens in my hands for a couple of weeks now and I shot various events and assignments, and I do not really have to say something negative about this lens. The only thing you should keep in mind is the weight of the lens (its over 1000 grams). I noticed shooting a number of hours straight that my arms had a great workout. I do recommend, therefore, to not use a neck strap if you are going to use this lens, I myself use a schoulder strap which makes wearing a full-frame body including the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm ED VR f/2.8E ED VR lens a lot more comfortable. Price-wise it is a decent purchase for a Lens of this quality. Its available for € 2,399 at CameraNU.nl but I must also mention that the lens is well built and reasonably able to withstand some abuse (like on events, from people bumping in to you). In short its a good lens, excellent performance, very useful focal range with a f2.8 you can shoot anywhere and in my experience in any low-light situation whatsoever.

If you want to know more please leave some comment, I’ll get back as soon as possible …

Our Rating

9 Build Quality

9 Optical Performance

9 Bokeh Quality

8 Focus Accuracy

7 Size and Weight

8 Handling

7 Value for money