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Nikon 24-70 or 28-70

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Jonathan, Aug 9, 2009.

Nikon 24-70 or 28-70?

Poll closed Aug 24, 2009.
  1. Nikon 24-70

    46 vote(s)
  2. Nikon 28-70

    8 vote(s)
  1. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    Sometimes a poll is not only fun but also helps see what we think about certain lenses. This one is tough because both are just super lenses.

    I'm hoping to get input from those who have used both extensively, which should be no problem because sooo many people went from the "beast" to the 24-70.
  2. gadgetguy11


    Nov 16, 2005
    The 24-70 does it for me. I sold my 28-70, which is super sharp. The 24-70 is over the top.
  3. Agreed. 24-70 is that much better. But the 28-70 is still kick a**.

  4. I clicked on this poll before reading it, sorry. I have the 28-70 and simply can't imagine how the 24-70 could be better. I've read many many threads with as many unhappy people complaining about the 24-70 as those who love it. To me, the extra 4mm isn't worth an upgrade, I love the beast and will NEVER part with her, it, er.....this lens.

  5. Rooz


    Nov 22, 2008
    Sydney, Oz
    had both; the 24-70 is better at larger apertures but its not MUCH better as some would lead you to believe. stopped down they are not much different at all. if i had my time again i'd probably keep the 28-70 and pocket the money. on a purely subjective note...i found that the 28-70 felt more comfortable to hold and shoot with. the 24-70 to me feels unbalanced and is a real PITA to use in all honesty.
  6. Steinar


    Aug 16, 2007
    The 24-70 handles the sun and light - no flare/ghosting - much better.
  7. Vienna Pics

    Vienna Pics

    Nov 14, 2005
    I never had 'The Beast' but picked up the 24-70 to go with the D700.
  8. bonceng


    Oct 6, 2008
    Tried a friends 28-70 for a day, don't see much difference with the 35-70 stopped down. Definately 24-70.
  9. they are almost indistinguishable in IQ IMO but the 24-70 is 24 vs 28 and IMO handles way better (longer and thinner is better to me) with a much smoother zoom ring.....and mine was only $1300 new so I had to get it
  10. I suggest some that scream the 28-70 is better may have not actually used the 24-70 to compare. I owned both for several months. After using the 24-70 for a couple months I tried the 28-70 again. I my opinion the 24-70 is absolutely a better lens, (for me). I could see the difference in contrast, sharpness, flare control and AF speed. The 24-70 AF is very fast and is very near silent when focusing. When I started using the 28-70 again, I really missed the 24-70 and went back to it.
    However I like the build of the 28-70 and I like aperture rings, even if I don't use them. I bought the lens soon after Nikon introduced it (can't recall exactly, somewhere around 2001) and made thousands upon thousands of snaps with it. But it now gone, happily replaced place by the 24-70.
  11. Zee71


    Apr 1, 2007
    Queens, NY
    I purchased a used 28-70mm in lieu of the 24-70mm due to the price (too good to pass up), which yielded me a savings about another $900.00 in my pocket (which I'm saving for a D700). I can't complain about the D300 and 28-70mm combination as well.
  12. My 28-70 always felt bulky and unwieldy, but produced superb images. My 24-70 also produces superb images, but handles much better. You really can't go wrong with either.
  13. avyoung


    Dec 17, 2007
    The diameter of the beast really bothered me; ergonomically the 24-70/2.8 works much better for me.

    Some other advantages of the new lens that make it the preferred lens for me:
    I wanted the wider 24mm field of view, because I didn't intend on an ultrawide lens for now.
    Flare control is superior.
    Wide open performance is stellar.
    I liked the look of the smoother bokeh.

    I was impressed with new lens as soon as I snapped a few test shots.
  14. davidC


    Mar 10, 2009
    hoping to hear some more opinions! comparison shots?
    the 28-70 is definitely cheaper

    trying to pick out my lenses for when i go FX
  15. Steinar


    Aug 16, 2007
    Some says, that the 28-70 make better skin tones, but I like that the 24-70 is better in the flare/ghosting area.

    I am very happy with my 24-70, even it could be better at 24 mm - some field curvature for landscape pics if you go close, but it is gone at about 28 mm (there you are:smile:) , and maybe it is a matter of where you focus to work around it - have not learned it yet - if there is something to learn:smile:

    Both lenses are very fine.
  16. adaml


    Feb 21, 2006
    As much as I'd love to have a 24-70, I couldn't bear to part with my 28-70, which is the only way my Wife would allow me to do it!

    Now if Nikon came out with a 24-120 f/2.8 that wouldn't require a truck bed for a tripod mount, I could see myself parting with the 28-70!
  17. I owned the 28-70 for about a year, and I switched to the 24-70 before my trip to Europe about 4 months ago. While in Europe, I probably took about 8000 photos with my 24-70 attached, so I've used both pretty extensively.

    For my particular copies, the 24-70 focuses slightly faster and more accurately. It renders skin tones more accurately, focuses closer (great for flower shots), and IMO it is a good bit sharper @2.8-3.5 than the 28-70. By f/4 they are both tack sharp!

    The main reason I switched was to reduce some weight in my bag that I would be carrying all over the place, but these other advantages came with it.

    I don't regret my upgrade at all! Having the Extra 4mm on the wide end really helps me out as well, since I can't use filters on my 14-24mm.
  18. GoRob


    Nov 6, 2007

    28-70? Outdated beast! Soft at 70/2.8, drier color, and short of 4mm.
  19. Rob T

    Rob T

    Aug 27, 2008
  20. davidC


    Mar 10, 2009
    the 28-70 is heavier than the 24-70?
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