Nikon AF-S 2470mm f/2.8E ED VR

With all the tech­nol­ogy that Nikon can throw at it, this new zoom lens is any­thing but ‘stan­dard’

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Stan­dard zooms aim to com­bine wide-an­gle to short tele­photo zoom ver­sa­til­ity with a fairly fast con­stant aper­ture, with­out com­pro­mis­ing im­age qual­ity. The best don’t come cheap, though – Nikon’s clas­sic 24-70mm f/2.8G ED will set you back £1200/$1900. Tam­ron’s su­perb 24-70mm f/2.8, mean­while, sells for just £700/$1300, and un­like the Nikon, it in­cludes op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Nikon’s new 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, how­ever, gives you the best of ev­ery­thing – in­clud­ing Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion. Ex­otic glass in­cludes a newly de­vel­oped as­pher­i­cal ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ment, as well as three reg­u­lar as­pher­i­cal el­e­ments, two fur­ther ED el­e­ments and an High Re­frac­tive In­dex el­e­ment. Suf­fice it to say that the main fo­cus, so to speak, is on out­stand­ing im­age qual­ity through­out the aper­ture and zoom ranges, cou­pled with a min­i­mum of un­wanted aber­ra­tions. Nano crys­tal coat­ings are used to re­duce ghost­ing and flare, and flu­o­rine coat­ings are ap­plied to the front and rear el­e­ments to re­pel wa­ter and muck while en­abling eas­ier clean­ing. To main­tain im­age qual­ity, the latest gen­er­a­tion of VR pro­vides a four-stop ben­e­fit in fend­ing off cam­era shake, as con­firmed by CIPA test­ing. An elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally con­trolled di­aphragm en­sures ac­cu­rate ex­po­sures dur­ing fast bursts, and the aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem has been re­vamped to give a claimed 50 per cent speed in­crease com­pared with Nikon’s older 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

And yes, ev­ery­thing’s wrapped up in a weather-sealed ex­te­rior that’s de­signed to take pro­fes­sional lev­els of use. The lens is no light­weight at 1.07 kilo­grams, and it’s chunky, mea­sur­ing 88x155mm, but it’s a per­fect fit for Nikon’s ex­pert-level and pro-grade full-frame bod­ies, and a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade from the older Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: A state-of-the-art lens, this new VR ver­sion of a Nikon clas­sic looks like it could be the world’s best stan­dard zoom.

Th e lens comes with a hood to help re­duce flare in im­ages (on top of the nano crys­tal coat­ings ) and a semi-soft case for when it’s not

in use

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