Thinking of getting a Nikon 24-70 2.8 VR

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Leonard Shepherd
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Re: Thinking of getting a Nikon 24-70 2.8 VR

From a landscape perspective - this lens is optically Nikon's best F mount 24-70.

Hand holding the VR is very good - though at shutter speeds faster than 1/500 VR is generally best switched off.

The lens has automatic tripod mode VR - which is useful on medium strength tripods though - as the Nikon lens advice mentions - on a very good tripod in ideal conditions VR off may produce even sharper results.

Ideally you need to do your own tests to find out how much benefit - and when - VR helps get more sharp detail in an image.

Looking into a crystal ball and the future - the Arneo coating, higher resolution and IBIS with the S lens make it better for landscapes, particularly when the sky is included - at a new street price not much more than the lens you are looking at. You need an ML body to use it.

As more switch to Z over time as "better" ML bodies are launched the second hand price of the lens you are looking at is likely to fall.

For a landscape specialist ML with real time dof in the viewfinder (currently down to f5.6 but maybe f8 on later models), good focus peaking, much brighter viewfinder image at f11 using dof preview and subject magnification at a quick touch of a button I consider a good route to take.

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