Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR £2000/$2400
NEW, IMPROVED AND STABILIZED, IT’S SIMPLY THE BEST
The original Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G lens was launched ten years ago. This new ‘f/2.8E’ edition is a major revamp. It has an all-new optical layout, even tougher build (to withstand the grind of professional shooting), and the added attraction of VR, rated at four stops.
There are four ED elements in total, plus an HRI (High Refractive Index) element, Nano Crystal Coatings, fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements, and best of all, an electromagnetically controlled diaphragm. As such, the lens features a host of Nikon’s latest technical innovations, along with quick and whisper-quiet ring-type ultrasonic autofocus.
The electromagnetically controlled diaphragm enables very consistent exposures in rapid-fire continuous shooting. Sharpness and contrast are both excellent, and there’s particularly good resistance to ghosting and flare. However, vignetting (darkened image corners) is pronounced at wide apertures, and colour fringing and distortion can be noticeable.