Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (FX) - Review / Test Report
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Review by Markus Stamm
When Nikon finally entered the full frame market with their (then) top model D3, they also announced a set of new or upgrade pro lenses to suit the new camera and sensor size. One of these lenses is the Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f/2.8G ED, a fast standard zoom lens that traditionally is one of the work horses of photo journalists and other professional photographers.
It is obviously a replacement for the "old" AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 ED D (released in 1999). Apart from the highly useful extension at the wide-end of the zoom range the new lens features a reduced minimum focus distance and Nikon's latest development in coating technology, Nano Crystal Coat, which is supposed to suppress internal reflections and ghostings. Typical for all new Nikkors it is a G-type lens so it doesn't offer a dedicated aperture ring anymore.
Over the decades Nikon earned a reputation of manufacturing lenses with a higher than average build quality and the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED does certainly deliver here. It is a truly professional grade zoom lens thanks to a tough metal lens body and smoothly operating control rings. As you may notice in the product shots below the lens (its inner tube) extends significantly when zooming towards the wide end of the zoom range and a tiny bit towards 70mm. The shortest physical length is reached around the 50mm setting. This may sound odd but it is actually quite typical for fast Nikon (and Canon) standard zooms. The supplied petal shaped hood can be attached to the outer lens barrel thus providing a near-optimal protection at all focal length. The physical length with attached hood is constant.
Thanks to an IF (internal focusing) design the front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem (unless you attach the lens hood). Like all modern Nikkors it features a silent-wave (ultrasonic) AF motor providing extremely fast and near-silent AF operations.
|Optical construction||15 elements in 11 groups inc. 3x ED elements, 3x aspherical elements and 1x Nano Crystal Coat|
|Number of aperture blades||9 (rounded)|
|min. focus distance||0.39m @ 35-50mm (max. magnification ratio 1:3.7)|
|Filter size||77mm (non-rotating)|
|Hood||Nikon HB-40 (bayonet mount with lock, supplied), petal-shaped|
|Other features||dust and moisture sealing|