Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 D IF-ED - Review / Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published July 2006

Lens kindly provided by Josef Merk!


The Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 D IF-ED is a gold ring lens indicating a professional grade Nikon lens for F-mount DSLRs. Released back in 1999 it is a full frame lens but in the scope of this review we'll have a look how it performs on a Nikon D200 where its field-of-view is equivalent to 42-105mm. So on APS-C DSLRs the Nikkor looses quite a bit of its appeal due to the lack of a true wide-angle setting.

The build quality of the lens is truly superb but then you shouldn't expect no less regarding the rather hefty price tag of around around 1700€/US$. The lens body is made of metal and control rings operate very smooth. As you may notice in the product shots above the lens (its inner tube) extends slightly when zooming towards the wide end of the zoom range - a quite rare but not unprecedented behavior. Thanks to an IF (internal focusing) design the front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem (unless you attach the extremely deep lens hood). Like most modern Nikkors it features a silent-wave (ultrasonic) AF motor providing very fast and near-silent AF operations.

Equiv. focal length42-105 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/4.2 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction15 elements in 11 groups inc. 2 ED elements and 1 molded glass aspherical element
Number of aperture blades9 (rounded)
min. focus distance0.5 m @ 70 mm (max. magnification ratio 1:5.6)
Dimensions89 x 122 mm
Weight935 g
Filter size77 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HB-19 (supplied), petal-shaped
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information to the camera.

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