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

Best FX stan­dard zoom

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£2,000/$2,200

When buy­ing a stan­dard zoom, we’ve too long had to choose be­tween a fast, con­stant f/2.8 aper­ture or op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion. This re­vamp of Nikon’s pre­vi­ous 24-70mm for FX D-SLRs has changed that, giv­ing us the best of both worlds. Like the Nikon DX 16-80mm, its new VR sys­tem of­fers a four-stop ad­van­tage, as ver­i­fied by CIPA (Cam­era & Imag­ing Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion).

Fur­ther high­lights shared with the 16-80mm lens in­clude an elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally con­trolled di­aphragm; Nano Crystal Coat to ban­ish ghost­ing and flare; and flu­o­rine coat­ings to re­pel muck and mois­ture. Its AF speed is also faster than in Nikon’s pre­vi­ous 24-70mm. For a not-so-stan­dard stan­dard zoom, this lens is as good as it gets.

BUY if… You want a fast max­i­mum aper­ture, VR and the lat­est high-tech mod cons, in a ro­bust pack­age built for pro use.

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