This week Chris and Jordan review the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 S for Z-mount, a lens many photographers consider to be the foundation of the ‘holy trinity’ of zoom lenses. Does it measure up to the high expectations set by Nikon? Tune in to find out.

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41 thoughts on “DPReview TV: Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8 S – The First Great Nikon Standard Zoom?

  1. Hey guys, did you have time to have a look at the new Canon RF 24-70 f/2.8, maybe compare it with the Nikon counterpart?

  2. Hi Guys

    Can you help me decide ??

    For a better result of sharpness in my photos, which combination is better?

    Z6 + 24-70 f2.8 or Z7 + 24-70 f4 ????

    Unfortunately I have no money for 2.8 and Z7… lol….

  3. The line of NIKON Z lenses look and feel cheap, have no enticing aesthetics and does not represent what a major player in the industry should offer to their clients.
    For example, the lettering on the lenses are hard to read and shows the lack of interest of NIKON for good industrial design.
    Enclosed are some samples of better-designed lettering.
    Yes, aesthetics do not make better photos, but they do make the product desirable and valuable.
    What do you think? Are aesthetics and good industrial design important to you?
    Do aesthetics influence your purchasing decision in some way?

  4. What do you think of Z6 for video? I see you are using gh5 which is surprising giving the Z6 is full frame and offers 4K 30fps.

  5. Overall, I think this is a great, informative video; with respectful suggestions for Nikon too! The only thing which is think is a bit jarring is that guy speed walking through the video at:, just as Chris is saying "I'm noticing one little thing"

  6. Had a chance to try this lens out last weekend. It's stunning. I've been using my 24-70 2.8 VR with FTZ but this release is very tempting formal the reasons you've outlined in this video.

  7. Do you think Tamron will bring their 28-75mm to the Z-mount any time soon? If so the Nikon 24-70mm will be an even harder pill to swallow.

  8. Video of the 24-70 Z lens is soft and low resolution.
    Why is there edge fall-off of light, sharpness, and vignetting on a lens with such a large mount???

  9. I have yet to hear someone explain (and present) a "transition" when it comes to describing bokeh. This is one of the biggest BS of lens description blah blah blah. Yes, rendering of out of focus areas, such as highlights blobs, but transition? Give me a break!

  10. Great video, as always 🙂 Quick question: A professional modern mirrorless camera with a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom costs about $ 45,000. A Nikon D750 (with very good dynamic range – even for today's standard) with a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 with image stabilization now costs a total of $ 2650. Can you tell us a little about whether the combination Nikon D750 and a Tamron f/2.8 zoom for $ 2650 is a good deal in 2019 for still photos and some video for a non-profesional?

  11. Hi Chris, nice review. I noticed you said that the 24-70 2.8 S has a bit slower autofocus. Is there any chance you can cast some light on that very important issue some more?

  12. I was thinking about this today. Imagining the talks that the big wigs of Nikon and Canon had with each other when they finally realized they had to switch to mirrorless in order to compete with Sony. And what strategy they decided to go with. I think Canon realized they could not make a camera with as good of teck as Sony. They can't make as good of a sensor. So they can't compete with dynamic range or auto focus. Or 4k without a crop. So there strategy was to put out the best new lenses they could make in order to keep Canon fans on a leash long enough until they could catch up with there cameras. But what was Nikons strategy to take on Sony ? I actually think their first FF Mirrorless was better then Canons. It at least had IBIS. but the camera still cant compete with Sony. And unlike Canon, Nikon is really coming out slow with glass. It makes me wonder if the even have a strategy to get on top. What do you guys at DP think ?

  13. I love how despite all the new cameras last couple of years, they're still using a two+ year old GH5.
    And they could use it another 10 years and few of us would mind.
    Also, its August, and while the rest of us are boiling, Chris is wearing a jacket. Because… Canada?

  14. It would be nice if you would mention if the manual focus for video is fly by wire and whether you can set it to linear somehow for repeatable focus changes. It would also be interesting if you would film the episode on Nikon Z6 and this lens so we would see more how it performs in video. There could also be focal lenght and aperture somewhere in the corner.
    Thanks anyway

  15. It has the same size and the same weight as my Canon 24-70 II so a great lens for the z mount but not revolutionary on these specs.

  16. The biggest problem with this lens is how the 24-70mm f/4 is so damned good, it's hard to justify the upgrade because I'm so happy with what I already have.
    Nikon is killing it with these lenses.

  17. I'm sorry but when the 24-70mm 2.8G is selling for $800 in mint condition and made so much better as far as build quality goes, there is no way anyone should consider this lens at that price. There is no way to change my mind on the "S" line of lenses, I know it stands for "sh*t" and I have held all of the current lenses in the line. They are all plastic crap and not something I am ever going to buy no matter how sharp they are.

  18. why, why, why…… i adapt my 14-24/24-70,70-200 on a z mount adapter to the z camera.
    why should i waste a lot of money?
    why nikon don build an 24-70: F2 oder F1.8 when they say, that they can build it?
    why is this lens necessary for anybody?

  19. You do good reviews. You cover a lot. No mention of image dimensionality but can see from the samples it does not look flat. I do wonder if buying the Z6 whether the f4 is a far wiser choice when considering its about $900 when purchased with the body vs about $3,200 for the f2.8. However for the Z7 the f2.8 is a fine match.

  20. Would be extremely interesting to see you test this lens out on say the Z6 in more difficult low light situations like concerts and other events. Nice well rounded review! And the intro had me falling off my chair, that was spot on.

  21. Nice work, Chris. Some great stills in there. Loved Seattle in the eve. Seems like Nikon have their heads back in in the game now

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