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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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Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC

Well, this lens is my latest lens addition to my lineup.

It is a Manual focus lens, but with this revised version they added the chip and the electronics that allowed it to talk to the camera and send exposure, iris. etc data back to the camera.
The lens is very well-built and for the price there is no competition at all. (€340 in Greece)
Manual focus is not really an issue because at 14mm almost everything is in focus anyway. It’s not an 85mm so no big worries there.
Of course you still have to focus and this lens is really great at giving you feedback at it. Through the camera eyepiece it confirms focus and the focus ring is tight enough with a lot of room to micro-adjust.

Corner sharpness wide open, is not as good as the Nikkor 14-24 of course, but it’s not bad either. Stop it down a bit and it’s way better.

The cost to pay here is distortion. The lens has a pretty big moustache distortion. It can be fixed in post.

Overall I liked it a lot.