Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR Announced and Image Samples

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Nikon has released three full frame lenses: Nikon 24mm f/1.8, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 and the most exciting Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR. The predecessor 24-70mm f/2.8 is a superb lens and it is one of the most legendary lenses Nikon has produced. The new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR has added the much-anticipated Vibration Reduction (VR) which is controversial to those who don’t find it necessary. However, it seems that adding image stabilisation has becoming a norm because of the uptake on filming with DSLRs. With the help of Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion elements, adding VR image stabilisation will no longer hugely increase the lens size. In fact, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is only slightly larger and weights about 100g more.

The AF-S Nikon 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. With up to four stops of image stabilization, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle any challenging low light situation.The 24-70mm f/2.8 VR 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. A first for Nikon 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 favourite 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.

The predecessor Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 is an awesome lens and most photographers will still be using it unless VR is essential to them. I don’t see anyone rushing to get their 24-70mm f/2.8 replaced with the new version. The new 24-70mm f/2.8 will slowly make its way to becoming another legendary lens.

You can purchase the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ED VR here (B&H|Adorama)



Specification Comparison


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ED VR

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ED

Focal Length



Image Stabilisation

Yes (4 stops)


Maximum Aperture



Minimum Aperture



Aperture Ring



Number of Diaphragm Blades






Special Elements / Coatings

3 aspherical and 2 ED elements + nano crystal and fluorine coatings

3 aspherical and 3 ED elements + nano crystal coating

Minimum Focus

0.38 m

0.38 m

Maximum Magnification



Filter Thread



Physical Dimension

88 mm x 155 mm

83mm x 133mm


1070 g



$2399 (Aug,2015)

$1899 (Aug,2015)


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Sample Images

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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