I recently bought “the” Nikon 24-70 f2.8 lens for my D90. I refuse to buy any DX only lenses at this point as I expect full frame to continue marching forward in spite of the most excellent Nikon D7000. I might even buy a D7000, but why limit myself and future decisions by my glass. Plus the only thing in the league of this lens for DX is the 17-55 f2.8 or a bunch of primes. I love my zoom and I really like the range of 24-70. What is the 24-70 like on my D90? Fast, smooth as butter, contrasty and just right.
This isn’t so much a review as a rambling, so I’ll keep it short. There are dozens of reviews of this lens, so I’ll leave it up to you to find them. I will say after you get over the sticker shock, it’s just sweet sweet sweet, and I can easily see where I will use this lens 90% of the time and will have it for years to come.
I’m have a few more sample images from my new 24-70 on my pro photo site, so take a look if you want to see more or larger images of the above. I ended up buying a Super HMC Hoya UV filter for the front of it. There is a lot of religious debate over protective filters vs no filters. Personally I prefer to keep my front element virgin and don’t shoot with a lens hood as they make the lens stand out. Without a hood it’s too easy to bump and scratch it. The lens hood is in fact a thing of beauty and the best built I have seen. It’s also very effective, but it makes you look like you have a killer lens, which is not what you always want.