Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR £2000/$2400

NEW, IM­PROVED AND STA­BI­LIZED, IT’S SIM­PLY THE BEST

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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.

Per­for­mance

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.

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