Nikon 24-70 f2.8 – WOW!

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.

Boats at the dock
Boats at the Portsmouth, NH docks – Feb 2011 D90+24-70@62mm f7.1 1/800th iso200

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.

Portsmouth NH Salt Pile
Unloading salt at the docs, Portsmouth, NH – Feb 2011 D90+24-70@50mm f10 1/400th iso200

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.

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