Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2007-08-23

MSRP Price: $1889.95

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Mixed

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: Fast-aperture, high performance wide-angle zoom optimized for FX and DX-format sensors and features Nikon’s ED Glass and Nano Crystal Coat.

Photography Life Review Summary: Overall, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G has served me well and I have been happy with its performance. I took it with me to dusty Sand Dunes, to Florida during 90 degree rainy days and 100% humidity, to the peaks of Colorado Rockies where the temperatures went below 20 degrees, and it has survived it all, still delivering results. I sure wish that corner softness, vignetting and distortion at large apertures were not so evident, but I also understand that it is unrealistic to design zoom lenses that would perform perfectly at all apertures/focal lengths that would not cost an arm and a leg or weigh a ton. One feature that the 24-70mm f/2.8G has been lacking compared to lenses like the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC is image stabilization / vibration reduction (VR), which can be incredibly useful when shooting hand-held. If you try out a wide-angle lens with image stabilization, you will quickly realize that VR definitely helps to get sharper images at very slow shutter speeds, even at shortest focal lengths. Read the full Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Review by Photography Life.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Specifications

Lens Specifications
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Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length24-70mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)FX/35mm
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio2.9x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.27x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)61°
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)22°50'
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)84°
Minimum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)34°20'
Optical Information
Lens Elements15
Lens Groups11
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements3
Aspherical Elements3
Nano Crystal CoatYes
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.2 ft. (0.38m)
Focus Mode SwitchAuto, Manual, Auto/Manual
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size77mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions(Approx.) 3.3x5.2 in. (Diameter x Length), 83x133mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 31.7 oz. (900g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied AccessoriesLC-77 77m snap-on front lens cap, LF-1 rear lens cap, HB-40 Bayonet Hood, CL-M3 Semi-soft Case

Lens Construction

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens Construction

MTF Chart

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Wide AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Tele

Image Samples

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f2.8G ED (6)

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f2.8G ED (2) AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f2.8G ED (5)

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f2.8G ED (4) AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f2.8G ED (1)


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Airy Magnien

A sharp lens, and above all: it has a very fast and accurate AF. This is for me the lens of choice for shooting animated subjects, e.g. ballet dancing. No other Nikkor AF comes close to this one for such purpose.

Not an ideal travel lens, given its weight and size (esp. when the shade is mounted).

Joseph A. Cottone sr

I purchased this lens recently, used refurbished by nikon & it is so tac sharp I took a selfie with it just today, on my D300s its unbelievably sharp, I have it only a short time & have used it at baseball games, birds & family pics, where it has performed extremely well, I wish I had it back in July at a party it would have made my life a lot easier.!!
I will be using this as my workhorse replacing my 18-200 mm f 3.5-5.6 lens which did as well as it could but lost many high speed shots & low light shots. I expect that I will be giving another review in Oct after all the events I will be using it at on my D300s, which BTW is another true workhorse I’ve been using since Sept 2009.!!
Joe Cottone sr


The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 is one of the sharpest Nikon lenses out there. My only complaint is its large size and weight when used on smaller cameras like Nikon D600. Other than that, this is one sharp lens!


Beautiful colors, sharp, non VR is not a problem to me. The lens I use the most in my Nikon system. Extremely high quality.