Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR (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.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window).

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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 62.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 52.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/250s

Verdict

Given the increased size (and also the increased price), we had high hopes the Nikkor AF-S 24-70/2.8 E ED VR would outperform it's predecessor in many regards. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

The only thing that really improved is border and corner performance at wide-angle settings, plus the field curvature has been brought down to less troublesome levels.

Apart from that, there isn't really much improvement. In fact distortion, vignetting and CAs are worse, to a surprisingly high extent. It feels that around anything that can be software corrected, Nikon was particularly lazy when designing this lens.

The build quality is on a very high level, but that was already true for the predecessor and quite frankly should be a given at this price point.

In summary, the lens leaves us mostly underwhelmed. Despite partial improvements, we can't justify giving this lens a higher or even the same rating as its precedessor.

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★

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