Going Steady on a Pro Zoom

GAS in the kitchen!

GAS in the kitchen!

If you forego the current version of Nikon’s 24 – 70 mm f/2.8 Pro zoom and instead get the version before that, you can save a lot of money. I did when I got a used Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24- 70 mm f/2.8 G ED the day before yesterday. Been putting it to the test since, here are some first results:

Conspicuous differences to the current version, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 E ED VR are:

  • No VR. Duh.
  • The older lens has more metal in the outer body. Feels more “Pro”.
  • The newer lens has some Nano Crystal Coat on one element to reduce flaring and ghosts.
  • Not that that is a problem with the older lens.

    Not that that is a problem with the older lens.

    I went to the Wörlitzer Gartenreich, a classical English Park, to try it out. There were some test shots:

    At 75 mm, f/2.8

    At 75 mm, f/2.8

    At 75 mm, f//4.0

    At 75 mm, f//4.0

    At 50 mm, f/4.0. Apart from the depth of field, it looks like this from f/2.8 to f/11. Then diffraction sets in.

    At 50 mm, f/4.0. Apart from the depth of field, it looks like this from f/2.8 to f/11. Then diffraction sets in.

    At 24 mm, f/2.8

    At 24 mm, f/2.8

    Some curvature of field at f/2.8

    Some curvature of field at f/2.8

    At 24 mm, f/5.6

    At 24 mm, f/5.6

    Curvature of field lessened at f/5.6 (left top corner of the picture). Or perhaps it is just the increased depth of field. Who cares?

    Curvature of field lessened at f/5.6 (left top corner of the picture). Or perhaps it is just the increased depth of field. Who cares?

    Boring, isn’t it?

    Essentially, under these bright, contrasty lighting conditions, you don’t have to worry about image quality. Maybe you have to choose parameters more carefully for a night shot, that remains to be seen (sic!).

    There were some pictorial results, too:

    Me, shot by my daughter

    Me, shot by my daughter

    The bo’keh is good at 75 mm and f/2.8. Stop down and the out-of-focus areas get a bit too busy for my tastes.

    It's not too bad, though. 70 mm, f/4.0

    It’s not too bad, though. 70 mm, f/4.0

    Mystical Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz!

    Mystical Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz!

    With that lens, you deny yourself vibration reduction, but you gain a lot!

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    2 Responses to “Going Steady on a Pro Zoom”

    1. Slinging it | Mostly Black & White Says:

      […] dividers in the main compartment so that it holds a Pro Nikon DSLR (without the battery grip) with 24 – 70 mm f/2.8 lens on it plus Profoto A1 flash, gels, light modifiers and Air Remote TTL N. I wouldn’t have […]

    2. Shooting a Wedding | Mostly Black & White Says:

      […] make my work difficult in post. Yes, I sometimes look at my rear screen while I shoot … The lens proved versatile enough for this double portrait, I set it to 70 mm, the other data were ISO 200, […]

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