Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 D IF-ED (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 62.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/80s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 34.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/80s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 52.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/125s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 48.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/80s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 48.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 38.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1250s

Verdict

Even though the lens is already discontinued and looks a bit dated next to current Nikkor lenses, it still delivers impressive performance on our D3x test camera. At all tested focal lenghts, the center resolution is very good wide open and excellent when stopped down. With only minor exceptions, the borders and corners show very good resolution throughout the whole zoom and aperture range.

Distortions are visible especially at both ends of the zoom range. CAs and vignetting are well controlled.

The only issue of the lens is the bokeh quality, which we have seen better (mostly from newer lenses).

Once targeted at professional users, the build quality of the lens is impressive. Thanks to AF-S, the autofocus works silently and very fast.

Compared to current lenses, the Nikkor AF-S 28-70/2.8 offers a bit less zoom range at the short end. But given its impressive performance, it's still an option to consider. Unfortunately it is only available used today, so one needs to carefully check if a a lens offered for sale has been treated well.

Optical Quality:    
Mechanical Quality:
Price/Performance:discontinued
      
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