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 – Verdict
As the outgoing G-series of this lens is such a strong performer, Nikon set itself a tough job of bettering it. However, the bigger and heavier (not to mention more expensive) AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR manages to do just that.
The inclusion of VR definitely makes it a more appealing option, offering that extra flexibility over its predecessor for a number of shooting situations. The pay-off is a slightly bulky design, but as we’ve mentioned already, this hasn’t hampered the handling, while the build quality doesn’t disappoint either. Then there’s the autofocus – the speed of AF acquirement is truly impressive and a big jump in performance compared with the earlier lens.
While vignetting wide open is an issue, the resolving power of the lens, especially at the centre of the frame, is excellent through the zoom range and there’s no doubt that the optical overhaul this lens has gone through has certainly paid off.
If you’re going to get regular use out of this lens and can justify the steep asking price, you’ll be rewarded with a superb fast standard zoom that’ll be perfect for a range of shooting environments.