Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here're some quick'n dirty sample images taken with the D200 and RAW-converted via ACR. Unfortunately the weather conditions where very unfavorable at the time of the test so I apologize for the rather low quality.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/350s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/800s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 62.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/200s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 62.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/250s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/250s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/100s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/125s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 29.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/125s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/125s
Size 3898x2613

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED exceeds the already very good performance of its predecessor. The center quality is nothing short of outstanding matching or beating the resolution of a 10mp APS-C sensor. The border quality is very good at large aperture increasing to excellent levels at f/5.6-8. However, you've to be careful with the curved focus field at 24mm which can result in out-of-focus corners! Distortions and vignetting are very low and not really field relevant. Chromatic aberrations are generally well controlled although they could have been somewhat more symmetrical (in the tested sample). The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is unusually smooth and buttery for a zoom lens with aspherical elements. Please note, however, that 70mm f/2.8 isn't terribly fast on an APS-C DSLR so you've to be fairly close to your main subject in order to produce a pronounced out-of-focus blur. The build quality of the lens is superb and it´s a joy to handle it in the field despite its comparatively hefty size and weight. The high speed and low noise of the silent-wave AF drive is the cream on top of it all. The primary aspect which can spoil the game is, unsurprisingly, the high price point of around 1500€/US$.

Optical Quality: (with reservations due to field curvature)    
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