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Nikon’s All New AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

Release Date : 4 August 2015
Availability :  Late August 2015
Price :  $ 2399.95
Available at :  B&H | Amazon | Adorama

Key features

Look into the bag of nearly any Nikon-wielding pro and you will find Nikon’s iconic 24-70mm f/2.8, and with good reason; this lens’ versatility and image quality has made it an essential workhorse lens for every type of shooter. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR improves upon its respected predecessor in nearly every aspect, adding the best Nikon lens technologies to create an essential optic. An exciting evolution to come to this lens is the much-anticipated addition of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. With up to four stops of image stabilization*, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle the challenging light of a wedding ceremony or on-the-spot news, while Tripod Mode helps to banish blur for landscape shooters. VR is also a huge benefit to filmmakers shooting handheld or on a rig who already appreciate the lens’ depth-of-field control and precise sharpness.

The new NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 utilizes Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images, and is ideal for capturing portraits, landscapes and weddings. For nearly any assignment in any kind of light, the combination of a fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture and useful zoom range make this lens the choice of many professionals. A first for NIKKOR lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a thrilling new level of optical precision. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is also employed to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare.

The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality, while retaining the overall balance and handling that made this a favorite of photographers in the first place. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements, and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out of focus area with beautiful bokeh. Additionally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR features a new filter diameter of 82mm and will accept the new Nikon CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82mm NC (Neutral Color) filters.

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Specification

Focal length 24-70 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 20 elements in 16 groups (including two ED glass, one aspherical ED glass, three aspherical lens and one HRI lens elements; lens elements with Nano Crystal Coat and fluorine coat)
Angle of view Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 84°-34°20’Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 61°-22°50′
Minimum focus distance 35-50 mm focal length: 0.38 m/1.25 ft from focal plane24, 28, 70 mm focal lengths: 0.41 m/1.35 ft from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.28x
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size 82 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Dimensions Approximately 88.0 mm maximum diameter x 154.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight Approximately 1070 g/2.4 lb
Supplied accessories LC-82 82 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-74 Bayonet Hood, CL-M3 Lens Case
Compatible accessories 82 mm screw-on filters (82 mm Neutral Color NC Filter/82 mm Circular Polarizing Filter II)