Review: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8

Let’s talk about Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8!

In the box
In the box

For some time now I shot solely with prime lens because I felt that they challenged me compositionally, artistically, and with engaging with the subject. Recently I’ve been finding myself approaching jobs mentally in a new way: whenever I’m hired for a job my number one priority is to meet timelines/deadlines, creativity almost takes a second seat. When a client decides to hire me they’ve already gone through my portfolio and know what I am capable of photographing. Once contracts have been negotiated and signed all they really want to see is that I deliver the same quality and energy in a timely matter.

This is what brought me back to picking up a zoom lens again. When I’m on a job I’m not there holding a camera pondering different ways I can challenge myself creatively. I am instead focused on what I can do to ensure that the client is getting the images they want and I can do to make those images stronger. To me that means making sure that both my camera and I are ready to go and that I can capture the shot in the most time efficient matter. Even though I love the quality and experience I get from shooting with a prime, transitioning from a close-up shot to a wide means taking time to switch lens or walk back to zoom out. While that time might not seem like a lot, it could be minutes that could be spent on taking another shot or time for a makeup artist/hair/stylist to jump in and adjust minor details on the talent. All these little things add up and will help make a stronger set of photographs. By making myself a more efficient shooter more time can be spent directing and tidying up the talent for each frame shot. As a result I will be able to make more usable images for the client to select from at the end of the shoot.

Nikon’s 24-70mm/2.8 is the most versatile lens for the kind of jobs I take on. With it I am able to get my wide, medium, and close-up shots. The lens itself feels very solid and not to heavy to shoot with (compared to Canon’s 24-70/2.8 L). For an all around usable lens this lens is perfect! My only real quarrels with it is that it’s not as sharp as my primes (but that’s something that should be expected.)


Lens Specifications

Focal length
24-70 mm
Maximum aperture
Minimum aperture
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)
Closest focusing distance
0.38 m/1.2 ft. (with focal length 35-50 mm
Maximum reproduction ratio
# of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded)
Filter size
77 mm
Internal Focusing (IF) system; autofocus with a built-in SWM and manual focus
Diameter x length
Approx. 83 x 133 mm/3.3 x 5.2 in.
Approx. 900 g/31.7 oz.
Supplied accessories
LC-77 77m snap-on front lens cap, LF-1 rear lens cap, HB-40 Bayonet Hood, CL-M3 Semi-soft Case



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