New AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

So, after ten years Nikon updates the pinnacle of 24-70’s out there.

New AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR (link)

New Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

New Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR


Current 24-70mm is a great lens, with some flaws, but still great.

What’s Good:

  • Blazing fast focus
  • Very very sharp
  • Good handling
  • Standard 77mm filter mount

What’s not good:

  • Front portion expands
  • Slight distortion at 24 & less at 70mm
  • Quite long due to the minus element design, but gains at barrel diameter
  • Due to the N coatings, the lens cannot be serviced, only exchanged at Nikon for a new one + difference
  • Build quality is very good but from personal experience is a very sensitive lens if it gets knocked around (which it will if you are a working photographer)

So, what the new boy brings to the table?

  • First and foremost, VR!
  • Faster focus speeds (It was crazy fast already!!)
  • New optical design

What i like:

  • VR, obviously!
  • Faster Auto focus (faster is always better)
  • I hope they fixed that slight distortion at 24mm

What i don’t like:

  • Front element still expands
  • 82mm filter
  • Even heavier
  • Even longer

Until we have some hands on, that’s it for now…

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