Nikon 24-70mm F2.8G (£1,235.00 Calumet) is a super versatile lens applicable to many different styles of shooting. It offers a wider focal coverage yet without compromising picture quality. The lens produces excellent results for a zoom lens, and with a male fashion photoshoot planned for this week it was a perfect opportunity to put the Nikon 24-70mm to test. Mounted on a Nikon D810 (£2,299.00 Calumet) My first initial thought was the weight of the lens, it’s a heavy piece of kit. Yet, the fast focusing and sharpness of the 24-70 make it worth carrying.
It’s a workhorse, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens is a truly versatile lens that can be used for many different kinds of photography situations – from wide-angle landscapes and panoramas, to portraits and events; the lens is a good all-round piece of kit in any camera bag. I never took it off throughout the fashion session. With its constant aperture of F2.8 (meaning the aperture does not change while zooming) and state of the art optics, the lens is targeted towards enthusiasts and professionals alike, who work in various lighting and weather conditions and need exceptional sharpness, colour and contrast in their images – which is something the Nikon 24-70mm was designed to deliver. Even at F2.8 the lens was ultra sharp, with outstanding depth of field.
Using the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8G lens throughout the fashion shoot was a dream come true, the images are stunning, and it’s worth every penny. The question many photographers would ask is why would anyone want to spend over £1,000 on a lens with limited range when you can get one with a wider range for less? Well my answer is it’s an outstanding lens the optics are superb, at F2.8 it’s a fast zoom lens. It focuses quickly and accurately and delivers pictures that are sharp from corner to corner. Its robust construction does mean some increase in weight but it gives a comfortable feel on the camera and gives confidence that it will provide a lifetime of good use. You will hardly take it off or be disappointed with this lens.
- 24-70mm zoom range (DX equivalent: 36-105mm).
- Nano Crystal coat reduces ghost and flare.
- Slim, durable and lightweight barrel.
- SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for whisper quiet and fast autofocus.
- ED glass to minimize chromatic aberration.
- Closest focusing distance: 0.38 m (at 50 mm).
- Rubber mount seal.
- Instant manual focus override (M/A).
- Detachable hood and soft pouch CL-M3 included.
- Bayonet Hood HB-40
- Semi-soft Case CL-M3