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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens Tested at DxOMark: “Disappointing Scores”

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DxOMark published their test results for the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR standart zoom lens designed for Nikon full-frame DSLRs which is currently priced for $2,399.95 – Amazon | B&H | Adorama.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens test results shows the lens score of 28 points. Tested on the 36-megapixel full-frame Nikon D810 DSLR camera, the new zoom lens earned a DxOMark score lower than original version and Tamron SP 24-70mm lens.

According to DxOMark test, the sharpness is lower on the 24-70mm f/2.8E at 19 P-Mpix compared to 21 P-Mpix for the original 24-70mm f/2.8G. At 24mm, sharpness on the new 24-70mm f/2.8E is strong in the center of the frame, particularly between f/2.8 – f/11, but it doesn’t deliver the same level of resolution in the corners. See the test result below:


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens Tested at DxOMark: “Disappointing Scores”

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E vs Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E vs Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 vs Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8


From DxOMark’s conclusion on the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens – “disappointing DxOMark scores“:

With the original Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G version announced in 2007 and thus over 8 years old, an updated version for the Nikkor lineup was due. The 24-70mm f/2.8E’s new features are certainly welcome additions, particularly the inclusion of a four-stop VR system, which makes this popular zoom lens even more versatile.
But what seems to be a complete redesign of the optical system has made an already bulky lens even bigger and heavier, which is a serious consideration if you’re looking for an all-in-one lens to carry around a lot. At $2,397, it’s pretty expensive, too — in fact, $600 more than the original G-type version and a whopping $1,100 over the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD third-party equivalent. Perhaps all of that could be forgiven if the new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E had raised the bar for optical performance, but as we’ve seen from its DxOMark scores, this disappointingly isn’t the case. Overall sharpness is down compared to its predecessor and slightly worse at the critical setting of f/2.8. While chromatic aberration has been improved slightly, it’s still far from good at the wider focal lengths.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR offers new optical construction, Vibration Reduction, and electromagnetic aperture control. Nikon has added an Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element along with regular aspherical, ED, and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements and a Nano Crystal Coating. The lens has a 9-blade rounded aperture and uses 82mm filters.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is available from the camera stores below.

Buy Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR $2,399.95 Amazon | B&H | Adorama

The new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens also have several accessories listed below. They are also shipping and available for this lens.