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

Review Date: Jan 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp corner to corner, especially from 35mm to 70mm. It renders images with very pleasing bokeh and 3D look. Very nice to handle despite the weight and dimensions.
Sometimes for perfect sharpness at 24-28mm it's better to focus at 70mm and zoom back. Some distortion.

I love this lens.
Images are crisp with a sense of presence I've rarely seen in a zoom.
It easily surpasses my 35-70/2.8 at any aperture and my 17-35/2.8 at wider apertures. The 17-35 at 24mm though is slightly better when stopped down past f/8.
Flare is well controlled, although not totally absent.
It handles nicely and it actually seems smaller/lighter than it really is.

I noticed that at 24-28mm sometimes the focus isn't precise (on my previous D200 and now on the D3, although to a lesser extent), so it's better, on my sample at least, to focus at 70mm and zoom back.
Another drawback is some distortion. While easily correctable in postprocessing, it shouldn't be here in a lens of this caliber.
If it wasn't for the focus issue and distortion, I'd rate it 10+.
I gave a 9 because there's always room for improvements.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor

Review Date: Jan 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Amazingly sharp at any aperture and focal lenght, solid build, it handles nicely despite the weight.
No filter thread and not a small lens, due to the 14mm superwide setting, although probably this "no compromise" design allows for the stunning performances. Slight distortion at 14mm.

This is not only by far the best wideangle zoom, but it's among the best wideangle primes I ever used (along with the Zeiss 21 and Leica 19).
On the D3 it performs flawlessly right into the corners, even wide open.
Flare is well controlled, although not totally absent especially when strong spotlights are into the frame.
Despite the weight and dimensions it handles very nicely, especially on D3/D2X.

Compared to the 17-35 it's much sharper at wider apertures at any setting and stopped down from 17 to 20 mm.
At 24mm f/8 - f/11 probably the 17-35 is a hair better in the corners.
Contrast and "colors luminosity" are always higher in the 14-24.