Photos Taken with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

A collection of photos taken with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting.
Nikon 24-70mm Sample Images
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Nikon’s 24-70mm f/2.8E is a newer version of this versatile zoom, replacing the older Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G. The headline feature is that it adds vibration reduction to gain a few extra usable stops when shooting handheld.

You can find more details in my review of this lens, but the short version is that I found the optical performance of this lens to be excellent. It has a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 that remains stable throughout the zoom range and also has vibration reduction. But it’s also bigger and heavier than you’d expect for a lens in these focal point ranges.

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with...
  • Fast f/2.8 constant aperture with an electromagnetic diaphragm
  • Sensational image quality and sharpness with virtually no distortion, Focal Length Range : 24 to 70...

Sample Images taken with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

Here are some sample images shot with this lens across a range of different subject matters designed to test various aspects in real-world shooting. Click on the photos below for full-size versions.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D850, zoomed to 24mm and at aperture ƒ/2.8.
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D850, zoomed to 56mm and at aperture ƒ/4.5.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D850, zoomed to 35mm and at aperture ƒ/2.8.
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D850, zoomed to 24mm and at aperture ƒ/2.8.
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D850, zoomed to 24mm and at aperture ƒ/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 38mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/9.0. This was handheld in a dark space and the lights are in a 3D shape, so it’s not the same as a lab test in a controlled environment, but you can see even here there’s good sharpness throughout the frame, even at the corners.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/22.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 50mm and f/2.8.

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 44mm and f/2.8. The VR gives about three extra stops of stability when taking handheld photos like this one.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 52mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8.

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 42mm and f/2.8. This was handheld using the VR.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 56mm and f/2.8. The rivets on this wing serve as useful reference points for looking at sharpness. The high-contrast lines in the right-hand side of the frame also show only very slight chromatic aberration.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/4.5. This was handheld in a dark space. Again, the VR helped keep things sharp.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/22. At f/22 you get a very wide depth of field throughout the frame.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 55mm and f/2.8. The wide aperture of f/2.8 lets you isolate parts of the shot based on depth and adding bokeh.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8. Even wide open the sharpness is good even at the edges of the frame, as you can see from the text on the blue panel at the bottom here.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8. Even at 70mm there is some barrel distortion, which you can see in the curves of the vertical lines on the wall and on the frame.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 56mm and f/8.0. I took this shot as an example of sharpness. As you can see from the various text on the buses, license plates, and signs, as well as the scaffolding on the US Capitol Dome in the distance, and the branches on the trees, at f/8 it’s very sharp throughout the frame.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 55mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 32mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 44mm and f/2.8. There’s a very smooth dropoff with the bokeh.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/6.3. It’s not a macro lens (or micro, if you’re Nikon), but with a minimum focusing distance of 15 inches it’s useful for general close-in use.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/8. I find the 24mm end of the range to be very useful for general landscape and travel photography shots.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 32mm and f/8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/22.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 70mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 45mm and f/4.5.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 50mm and f/4.5.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/8.0. As you can see in the skylight at top left, there’s no real issue with chromatic aberration even on high contrast sharp lines.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 50mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/11.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/4.0. As you can see, this one has fairly strong lens vignetting at f/4. Compare with the previous shot from the same spot at f/11.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 29mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 24mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR Sample Photo
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom lens on a NIKON D810 at 48mm and f/2.8.

Where to Find Them

You can find them at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon.

If you’re in the market for a used copy, there are good odds of finding one at KEH, which is my go-to source of used photography gear.

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with...
  • Fast f/2.8 constant aperture with an electromagnetic diaphragm
  • Sensational image quality and sharpness with virtually no distortion, Focal Length Range : 24 to 70...
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon...
  • Focal Length Range : 24 70 mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 1.2 ft.( 0.38 m)

You can rent them at BorrowLenses and LensProtoGo.

Accessories for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

Filters. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens takes standard 82mm screw-in filters: Polarizer | UV/Haze | ND.

Lens Hood. It comes with a plastic petal-style lens hood. If you need a replacement, the model number is HB-74.

Lens Caps. It takes standard Nikon front and rear lens caps. Aftermarket versions are usually cheaper and work just as well.

Lens Case. It comes with a semi-soft lens case. There’s no particular reason you have to stick to the official Nikon one, but if you’re after a replacement, the model number is CL-M3.

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4 Responses

    1. A Nikon Coolpix 4100? Since that’s a point and shoot that doesn’t support interchangeable lenses, I assume you mean a different model (Nikon D3100, perhaps?). Nikon DSLRs have two sensor sizes, known as FX (full-frame) and DX (cropped sensor).

      So it sounds like you’re using a DX-sensor camera. The traditional choice on a DX camera would be 17-55mm ƒ/2.8G. You can use this 24-70mm on it, but the focal length will be closer (i.e., more telephoto) and be the equivalent of using a 36-105mm lens.

  1. I have a D 810 & Nikon 24-70 mm lens and I too often end up with a soft image.
    I shoot on Auto, yet I’m careful to give the camera/lens an extra second to lock in.
    On occasion there is a delay of the shutter engaging , not sure why this happens.
    I don’t change my setting often except for ISO and F stops. I have come a long way in the last 3 years,
    but always something new to learn.

    1. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. This is a camera/lens combination I’ve used a lot, and having such a long delay isn’t normal. There are all sorts of reasons that come to mind that might be causing it–I’ll start with the ones I’d look at first.
      – Make sure battery is fully charged (it’s unlikely to be this since you’re seeing it consistently, but still doesn’t hurt to mention it).
      – Clean the contacts between the lens and the camera. A standard lens wipe should do the trick, but if that doesn’t there are some more specialized sprays for cleaning electronic contacts.
      – Try changing the focusing mode. On the front of the camera, find the AF/M switch. Press and hold the button in the middle of that. Then rotate the dial on the back with your right thumb between settings like AF-S, AF-C, and AF-F. You most likely have it on AF-S, from the sounds of it. There’s nothing wrong with that, but seeing if switching to AF-C resolves the delay will be a helpful step in isolating the problem. More info here.

      Those are some ideas to start with. If you’re getting consistently soft images, you might need to finetune the camera/lens combination. You can find instructions for doing that here. But that probably doesn’t account for the slow responsiveness of the shutter.

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