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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR review

24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is a new version of an iconic professional lens from Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G, which has been available from 2007. The new thing in the lens is an electronic shutter of the aperture with which Cannon has been equipping its lenses since the end of 80-s. Besides, from the look of things Nikon will switch all its professional lenses to the filters of another size. That is why little by little you can stock up with filters having the diameter of 82 mm not to have a surprise in future.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is a dream of any photographer but the most it will suit wedding photographers who take photos of weddings all days long. The lens provides you with the optimal view angle for photography both indoors and in the open air. That is why it is possible to take photos of the whole wedding from the very beginning up to the end using it without changing the lens.

Beside the fact that the lens uses filters with the diameter of 82 mm, it has become even longer (154,4 mm versus 133 mm of the predecessor) and heavier (1070 g versus 902 g), turning into the biggest medium-focal-length lens from Nikon.

This time the lens has been equipped with a stabilizer that would be hardly useful if you take photos of concerts and other fast scenes at the wedding, as for the portraits the stabilizer helps if the hands are shaking when you want to take photos of something in situation when the light is bad and ISO is low.

Optical specifications

From the look of things the lens sharpness has been improved as well, especially at the edges of the photo. We can see this looking at MTF diagram at the website of the manufacturer (wide – 24mm, tele – 70mm):

In fact there is no point in trusting MTF diagrams much as the data may be different for your particular model, besides, it is not very clear in what conditions measures were made and the measures may vary extremely because of that.

Anyway, from the look of things the lens will be very sharp.

It consists of 20 optical elements divided into 16 groups. ED lenses (low dispersive elements that decrease color bleeding) are marked by the yellow  color, aspheric lenses (that correct distortion) are marked by the blue color and aspherical ED lenses (it is something new, we have not met such an element on Nikon lenses, from the look of things this is a correction of some optical distortions for ED lenses). You will find more information about the abbreviations concerning Nikon lenses by reference.


The lens is suitable for only those cameras that were produced after 2007 and that means that the lens is not compatible with such cameras as D40/D70/D80/D200 and the like (including film ones). In other words, you will be able to put the lens on these cameras, it will focus but you will not be able to control the aperture and it will be always maximum – f/2.8.

Due to the fact that the lens is AF-S, the autofocus will work even on low-cost DX-cameras, such as D5500/D3300.

You will be able to use this lens on DX-cameras but the angle of view will be narrower – 84°-34°20′. The angle of view on FX-cameras is 61°-22°50′.


24-70mm f/2.8E will suit for those professional photographers who know what they want. Usually the lens is used by those for whom photography is the main source of earning the money. We would not recommend to spend over $2,000 to buy a professional lens that is not the smallest and most convenient one just because you want to spend your money on professional optics, there are much more convenient and cheaper solutions for that.

24-70mm f/2.8G is an alternative that is cheaper by 500$. Besides, I think that the price will drop by 100-200$ more when a new version appears.

We recommend you to buy 17-55 f/2.8G for crop – cameras instead of this lens.

There is only one alternative for those who are looking for low-cost solutions having the same quality, and that is a prime lens such as: 35mm f/1.8G50mm f/1.8G or 85mm f/1.8G. Of course, it is not so convenient but you can tolerate that for the price you pay.

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