Thinking of getting a Nikon 24-70 2.8 VR

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

dave gaines wrote:

I've had the 24-70 f/2.8 G lens since I bought my first Nikon camera, the D800E, sometime around the spring of 2012. The lens works great and it's the focal range I shoot the most when hiking and shooting landscapes.

same except I got mine when it came out in 2007 great lens Originally paired it with all new D300 for that year

I have primes covering a lot of this range (16/2.8 FE, 20/1.8, 35/1.8, 50/1.4, 60 mm macro, 85/1.8, 105/2.8D macro ...) but when I'm going hiking in So Cal or the desert I prefer to use this one very sharp lens over changing lenses in a dusty environment. And it's just easier and more versatile to have one lens to shoot from wide angle to beyond the normal focal length.

i got rid of a bunch of my smaller primes The 24-70 is bigger and heavier but was sharp enough and fast enough to avoid carrying and changing lenses.

Sometimes I carry the 14-24 mm f/2.8 or the 70-200 mm f/2.8 to change my point of view. But for everyday use I can't beat the range of the 24-70. I use it for shooting people too (not literally, but images of them) .

People kept asking for VR in this lens and I've always thought it was not essential for a 24 mm to 50 mm focal range. Only occasionally at 70 mm do I need IS or VR. You can theoretically hand hold a shot at 24 mm at 1/30 second or 50 mm at 1/60 second. I'm a bit shaky sometimes so I try to double that speed, or shoot at 1/60 to 1/125 for this range of focal length. At 70 mm I might want my monopod to stabilize the camera.

i once thought this too, but after getting the VR version i would never go back Shots at night of NY city , Rockefeller Christmas tree at 1/15 second enable me to use a far lower ISO and come out perfectly sharp. Previusly i would needed far faster shutter/much higher ISO and noise. I tried 1/30 handheld at 24mm on non VR and always got handheld shaking motion blur in my usage, walking around with no support.

I've had a minor case of the Zoom Grind issue but it seems to have gone away on it's own for now. What have people been spending to repair this through Nikon, other than replacing the entire lens with the 24-70 f/2.8 VR?

I had the old 24-70 F2.8 from new 2007 until November, 13 years. . Worked great. I did get part of the known grind but like you it resolved itself. Rubber pad/ part where you zoom lens was starting to come off. I only replaced it because of the great sale of $500 off. Basically it wasnt much $ more than non VR price i paid 13 years ago! BTW i was told that the grind could be a $500 plus overhaul on the old lens.

Dont forget the VR version was optically improved when redone in 2015. Its even sharper on higher resolution bodies.

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