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I would really love a stunning IQ, slow normal zoom.
  
 
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p.6 #1 · p.6 #1 · I would really love a stunning IQ, slow normal zoom.


^ The new version of Nikon 24-70mm has VR...


Sep 26, 2017 at 02:18 AM
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p.6 #2 · p.6 #2 · I would really love a stunning IQ, slow normal zoom.


VR is maybe a case of 'better late than never'. The $2400 price tag seems high but for a captive audience, understandable. To highlight some of the issues raised and why we need a great slow mid zoom, a closer look can reveal more about an industry acclaimed pro mid zoom that many might feel is a good option. At $2400, it is $500 more than the initial MSRP of the predecessor; the 1070 gram largeness (which dwarfs even a D810) needs 82mm filters; it is loaded up with asph elements. It is actually a lens that is heading in the right direction re very good overall performance, but with the concomitant loss of center sharpness, in particular at wider apertures.

Nikon have actually done quite well here, lower curvature but it still needs f5.6 for top performance. How many would happily sign up for a lens this heavy, this costly and this complex to use for stopped down landscape/travel work? 70mm is the weak FL, and bokeh is not a strong point (asph-induced), hence some criticism coming Nikon's way, presume from event folks. CA is high (worse than the older lens), and 3.7% distortion @ 24mm, strong pincushion at 70mm. Colors are unconvincing after many years at FM Alt/Sony, but personal taste for sure. Reviews are a hoot:

from KR: 'Shot without correction at the closest focus distance, the distortion at 24mm is so strong that it simulates a mild fisheye effect; but no worries as cameras can be set to correct this. If you have no correction, shoot between 28mm and 35mm and there is no distortion.' (!)

photographylife: '..it is a bit disappointing to see that the new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E VR does worse than its predecessor when it comes to CA. Lateral chromatic aberration is particularly worst at 35mm. Again, chromatic aberrations are easy to fix in post-production..'

New Age message: Just leave it up to the software.
It's a high tech lens that is so good, it really needs s/w correction for CA and distortion.



Sep 26, 2017 at 06:37 AM
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