Nikon Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S Nikkor Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.


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Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (289),Strong construction (215),Consistent output (195),Durable (182),Rugged (156),Nice bokeh (109),Easily interchangeable (103),Lightweight (10),Sharp (8),Sharp at all focal length (4)
Heavy (137),Lens creep (4),Cost (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (179),Weddings (168),Landscape/scenery (163),Night photography (122),Sports/action (84),Wildlife photos (48),General purpose (35),Portraits (21),Video (19),Landscape photography (17),Macro photography (11),Travel (7) Upgrade (7),Wildlife (7),Special effects (4) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (83),Photo enthusiast (80),Pro photographer (55),Enthusiast (15),Casual photographer (15),Semi-professional (14),Professional (9),Photography student (5)

Nikon Features

  • Fast, wide-angle to medium telephoto AF-S zoom lens optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX (23.9 x 36mm) and DX format image sensors.
  • Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, rendering outstanding image integrity.
  • Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings.
  • Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.
  • Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation.
  • Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.
  • Focus as close as 14.9 inches.
  • Rugged construction and professional-grade dust and moisture resistance.
  • M/A Focus Mode switch enables quick response to changing situations between Auto and Manual focus operation.

Nikon Specifications

11 Groups/ 15 Elements 2 ED-2 Aspheric
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of view
61 - 22 degrees 50 minutes (Nikon DX-format)
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Approx. 1.2 feet (Middle)
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx, 5.2 in x 3.3 in (133 x 83mm)
2.45 lbs.(900 g)

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


it's everything they say it is

I was a bit hesitant to by a "refurb"..but with Adorama's guarantee and reputation I did it..NO REGRETS. I saved a few $$ and have the lens I kept hearing about. It is awesome.

Reviewed by 422 customers


Great Lense


from st.paul mn  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is top notch. I use this for portraits indoors and outdoors. Also great for event photography were the f 2.8 comes in handy to get that extra light.


Awesome lense


from Minneapolis,MN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is a workhorse. The speed and accuracy of the focus amazing. I love this lens for portrait work both in studio and outdoors.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Ridiculously Amazing!


from Atlanta, GA, USA

Ok, I'm not quite a pro but I've been shooting long enough now to know the difference between sub-par quality and spot on accuracy. The 24-70 is a legend of a lens! I rented one a couple of years ago for a trip just to see what all of the hype was about and it didn't take 10 shots to realize just how special the 24-70 really is. Here's why it's special: it's freaking sharper than a razor blade! Not to mention the color rendition you get with the lens is truly superb. Build quality is military grade with solid, super fast focus. It IS quite heavy but there is something about the feel of a heavy piece of glass that I kind of like, especially on a heavy body like my D810. I was coming from a 24-85 kit lens which was not too shabby either. I really didn't believe the 24-70 could possibly be that much better and to be fair, better is a relative term. I did get some fantastic shots with the 24-85, no doubt, but there's just something about the 24-70 that takes it to another level. I even purchased the 24-120 (which has VR) thinking perhaps it would shake out to be a better overall choice due to it's employment of vibration reduction and it's added focal length. I REALLY wanted to like the lens better than the 24-70 because I could always use more focal length. I did numerous comparisons between the two, testing bokeh, color, sharpness, etc. But in the end, the 24-70 once again came out the winner! This was mainly in the area of sharpness for which it excels in every way. Thus, I returned the 24-120. I find that there is a psychological aspect of shooting with such a legendary piece of photo gear. You just feel like what you're doing matters more. I've seen beautiful images taken with both the 24-85 and the 24-120 so I'm certainly not dogging either, but if you want the best overall image quality and are ok with sacrificing the added 50mm of focal length (and more importantly, the extra $$$) then you've got to go with this masterpiece of a lens!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Professional's Kit Lens


from Undisclosed

Why you have to have one? - This is a lens that every professional has. If a professional can only use 1 lens in his life, this is the lens, because this is made for general purposes. Why you don't have to have one? - It's expensive; and if you're not really serious with photography, just try other lenses because this lens is built for the serious and professionals. What's I like about this lens? - It's sharp on all focal lengths and apertures, renders color very well, renders out-of-focus blur very well, and this is solidly built for professionals because it can withstand in any weather conditions and hazardous situations, for a bit. - It's not too short, and not too long, it's just alright. - This lens is made to be in between of the specialty lenses not only for Nikon but for the other brands. Hence, being called by many as a general lens. What's I don't like about this lens? - It's heavy. - It's expensive. - You get a bit of attention when you take photos of other people in the streets, but not too much. Take another lens for street photography, if ever. - If this lens is not that wide for you, get a lens wider than 24. - If this lens is a bit short for portrait and you need longer reach, get a longer focal length lens. - If you're not satisfied with the bokeh, or you are not satisfied with how 2.8 handles low light situations, get a prime 50mm or 85mm with a 1.8/1.4 aperture lens.


Excellant purchase!


from Atlanta, GA  -  Casual Photographer

Absolutely love this lens! Best of everything


Somewhat disappointed at quality


from Portland, OR, USA

I was not getting sharp images with this lens so I had it checked. It was back focusing considerably. It took a setting of 8 on my D800 focus adjustment to correct. That is too much for an expensive prro lens in my opinion. The lens is also very heavy and bulky but extremely versatile and reasonably fast.


Great Lens!!!


from Fairfax, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is definitely worth every penny! I had been wanting this lens for over two years. I wouldn't stop talking about it and my girlfriend told me to buy it so I would finally shut up about it...I think I talk more about it now. It is incredibly sharp! Everything about it is amazing. I was able to hike a mountain with it and take great photos at sunrise, and it does amazing work on portraits too. You've probably read many reviews about it being an all around workhorse. I feel the same way as those happy buyers. The lens is very fast at focusing, and has a very soft bokeh. It being 24-70 makes it ideal for most day to day situations. If you are thinking about buying it, stop thinking and just add it to your shopping cart.


A suberb lens for landscape and general


from far, far, northern California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

First of, I should mention that I boughta refurbished version of this lens from Adorama and sent it back. The zoom ring was sticky and tight, and I after reading about some problems with that on the net, I decided i did not want to deal with it. Adorama gave a a no-hassle, postage-paid return and credited me back my money. I trust them enough I purchased the brand-new one before I got the credit. The new one is a jewel of technology. It is solid, smooth, silky, and works flawlessly. You and I have read many reviews on this workhorse and I have little more to offer, but I will say my other go-to lenses are the 17-35 f2.8 and original 70-200 f2.8 VR. I also got an 85 mm f1.8 that I love. The 17-35 lens is more interesting at times and provides enormous opportunity for creativity. The 70-200 has a wonderful reach and great bokeh. However, the new 24-70 has a sharpness, and contrast that is amazing. It focuses faster in low light than the others, but it can struggle also. It is heavy, and with the HB-40 on, it is long. No matter, I biught it as a tool, and I am using it daily. It does not dissapoint.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A superior, versatile lens.


from Sammamish, WA, USA

I've been a Nikon user and a fan for years. I recently purchased a Nikon D810. This is my go-to lens. I like everything about it.


My favorite lens on my D810!


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

As a longtime Nikon owner, I have used Nikkor wide primes and zooms to varying degrees of satisfaction. But this time, I didn't want to compromise image quality over price. Before deciding on the 24-70 I also considered the 17-35 2.8. But, the 17-35 doesn't score as high on several tests, and since I already own the 14-24 and 70-200 Nikkor lenses, the 24-70 seemed to be the natural choice. After recently buying a Nikon D810 body, I had high expectations this lens would match the resolution of the camera. Why carry around several primes where one good zoom would suffice? After several months of use, I am very impressed by all aspects of this lens. It is well-matched to the D810's sensor, producing sharp images even when cropping down a small area at 100%--see attached photo. And while it's a fairly heavy lens, it balances well on the D810 and makes sharp hand-held shots easy. The lens is well-sealed, materials and build are top-notch; the zoom ring is very smooth. I expect to get many years of use from this lens. Optically, the Nikkor 24-70 exceeds my expectations. I often shoot seascapes/landscapes looking towards a setting sun, and I find there's very little lens flare with excellent contrast overall. At 70mm, the sharpness at f2.8 is really excellent; I have taken some very crisp wildlife shots completely open with beautiful bokeh backgrounds. If there's one area where this lens falls behind, it's in higher chromatic aberration at the wide end. Fortunately, the CA is easy to fix in software. Compared to several other wide-angles I've owned, there's less distortion near the edges, which gives me more image area to work with. Some reviewers have noted the 24-70 requires AF micro-adjustment. I've found that to be true, but once I've dialed-in AF, it performs exceptionally. Others have said this lens needs VR, but on a high-resolution camera like my D810, I have been able to get crisp details of wildlife while shooting handheld. Already, this is by far my favorite and most used lens.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
YOOSHIK J  It's an awesome lens. I am very happy to have saved a couple hundred dollars going with the refurb. The lens I purchased is tack sharp.
Shopper  Define "refurbished" when it applies to a lens, please?
KRISTIAN B  It seemed completely new when I received it. As long as Nikon refurbished it I would consider it new. Some other customer opened it previously but then it went back to Nikon to be verified to be in brand new condition. Hope this helps
richard p  Would this lens be fully operational with a Nikon D700?
CHET S  I use it on my D700...great lens.
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