Nikon's latest pro-spec standard zoom promises to be its best yet – on paper, at least. Phil Hall finds out whether it lives up to expectations
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR – Autofocus
While the new lens carries the same AF-S designation as other Nikkor lenses, the silent wave motor (SWM) has been completely redesigned, with Nikon claiming it to be some 50 per cent faster than the older model, thanks to a smaller and more powerful design.
I’ve owned and used the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G for the past eight years or so and have never had any concerns with the performance of the AF, but the lightning-quick AF acquirement of the new lens is incredible, locking on to subjects noticeably more quickly. It almost goes without saying, but the focus noise is almost impossible to pick out in day-to-day use, only really being faintly audible if conditions are near silent.