It’s been 5 years since this lens hit the street. The quality in the all metal construction and density of the lens on a camera felt perfectly to shoot with. Whether it had to do with low light shooting or good compression in portrait photography, this lens was considered as part of the telephoto triad. The triad consisted of the 14-24, 24-70 and the 70-200 lenses. These were are f2.8 lenses and covered the range of which 98% of shoots would be taken.
The one big thing that the 24-70 was lacking was Vibration Reduction [VR]. This had put the lenses at a disadvantage to Canon’s which had Image Stabilization [IS] or the equivalent to VR.
Well that is not the issue anymore with this lens. In addition to adding VR, Nikon had improving autofocus speed. While there is some vignetting at the upper range of the lens as well as sharpness issues for closeup photography, overall this refresh is significantly better than its peer.Things to watch out for with this lens is the weight and size are more than its predecessor. Also most significantly is the change in the design required the lens diameter to move up from 77mm to 82mm. I don’t know if this is a trend but understanding and planning the need for an additional purchase of a filter to protect the front element. Could this be a trend for the 85mm or 70-200mm VRii? It remains to be seen but plan for an additional $250 for a lens filter from Nikon.
At the end of the day, this lens is well worth the upgrade or an add to your lens collection. Let us know what you think about this new lens from Nikon.