NEW GEAR

October 26, 2009  •  Leave a Comment

I cannot understand why I have not posted my new addition into the upgrade blog.

My lust for new glass has been temporarily satisfied with a recent hit of Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED.

This lens has had so many positive reviews and is suitable for Landscape and Portraiture.
The investment was not made lightly, I had considered the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, but decided against this lens for now for no particular reason at all. Upon reflection I perhaps think I bought the wrong lens but think at the same time I would feel the same had I bought the other lens first.

As for the reviews of the lens I can sell you the premium youve been looking for if you are considering this purchase for yourself. The glass is quality, boosting sharpness, natural tones and no fall of of light or much barrel distortion at wide open. The “keeps” ratio has gone through the roof with this lens attached and it has not been removed since it was attached.

 
 

Above are just a few images that I have taken with my D300 &  Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED combo.
This lens is designed for the FX format, meaning D700 and above, I do plan to upgrade my camera body to at least a D700 within the year so figured it makes sense to begin buying FX format kit now. The DX crop factor with this lens results in an effective equivalent: 36-105mm. I am sometimes wanting this extra width on the lens but this is far outweighed by the quality of the glass and suits my personal upgrade path for the future.

Key Features
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.

Specifications
Focal length 24-70 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 15 elements in 11 groups (with 3 ED glass elements, 3 aspherical lenses and one Nano Crystal Coat)
Picture angle 84° – 34°20’ (61° – 22°50’ with DX-format camera)
Minimum focus distance 0.38 m/1.2 ft. (with focal length 35-50 mm)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/3.7
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77 mm
Focusing Internal Focusing (IF) system; autofocus with a built-in SWM and manual focus
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 83×133 mm/3.3×5.2 in.
Weight Approx. 900 g/31.7 oz.
Supplied accessories Bayonet Hood HB-40, Semi-soft Case CL-M3

 

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