The Nikon 24-70 is a true workhorse. It covers a very useful range from wide-angle to moderate telephoto all while maintaining a fast f/2.8 aperture. And that, truthfully, is the point of a f2.8 zoom. You want it to be fast, perform well optically and cover a good range. That utility is what makes the Nikon 24-70mm such a popular choice for a wide range of photographers. There's a good reason that this lens is the one that's "parked" on most photographers bodies when they grab their camera to shoot.
You get the usual features for a lens in this price range such as weather sealing & superior flare resistance both in the optical coating and the generously sized hood. All of this performance does come with the obvious downside of size and weight. While not a back breaker, its certainly not light. Our biggest pet peeve is the diameter of the hood and the amount of room swallowed by its diameter in a camera bag. Sadly, Nikon doesn't offer an alternative f/4 lens with equal optical performance so your choices are limited to a selection of primes to maintain image quality, or compromise a bit for convenience with a lens like the Nikon 24-120 f/4 VR.
You pretty much know if you need the 24-70 f/2.8 for your photography, so just rent it already! Plus don't forget the obvious complimentary lens, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.
Focal Length Range
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
FX in DX Crop Mode
Nano Crystal Coat
ED Glass Elements
Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Minimum Focus Distance
1.2 ft. (0.38m)
Accepts Filter Type
(Approx.) 3.3x5.2 in. (Diameter x Length)
83x133mm (Diameter x Length)
(Approx.) 31.7 oz. (900g)