A Beautiful Sunrise At Oxbow


The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S is an exceptional zoom lens for Nikon’s Z complete-frame mirrorless cameras, and best for landscape photography

Nikon presents two 24-70mm zooms for its Z series complete-frame mirrorless cameras, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/four S that is accessible in a kit with the Z six and Z 7 bodies, and the newer, more rapidly NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S. There’s a lot to like about each lenses.

I personal the Z six and NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/four S. The ƒ/four is my go-to lens for landscape photography, so I was interested in attempting out the ƒ/two.eight to examine it to the ƒ/four. On a trip this previous fall to Jackson, Wyoming, I had the chance to shoot with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S, and was really impressed with its image high quality.

Sunrise image taken at Oxbow Bend with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S
It was a magical morning at Oxbow Bend when I captured this image with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S. Exposure: 1/13 sec., ƒ/11, ISO 1000.

Which is the very best option for you? And, if you purchased the ƒ/four as portion of a kit with a Z camera as I did, is the ƒ/two.eight worth the upgrade? The answer depends a lot on your style of shooting and the standard finish use of your pictures.

Size Comparison

1 of the principal physical variations among the two lenses from a portability viewpoint is that the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/four S is a retractable design and style, so when it is completely collapsed in your bag, it measures just three.five inches in length. That is significantly smaller sized than the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S which measures about five inches. The ƒ/four also weighs a fair quantity significantly less than the ƒ/two.eight, as you’d in all probability anticipate, at 17.7 ounces versus 24.eight ounces, respectively. If maintaining size and weight of your technique to an absolute minimum is desirable, the ƒ/four has the benefit there.

Size comparison (roughly to scale) of the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S (left) and the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/four S (ideal, with the lens in its retracted position).

Nevertheless, note that when the ƒ/four is in use, the lens extends to about four.25 inches at the 24mm finish of the variety and out to almost five.five inches at 70mm. (The ƒ/two.eight model also increases in length when zooming, out to just more than six inches at 70mm.)

All round, the smaller sized size of the ƒ/four is mainly a plus when packing your gear.


The most clear benefit of the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S more than the ƒ/four is its bigger maximum aperture. That will appeal straight away to portrait photographers who want the shallower depth of field for smooth, defocused backgrounds that the added cease offers.

It is also potentially an benefit in low light, but for most landscape function, you are most likely to be shooting from a tripod and at a mid-variety or smaller sized aperture for higher depth-of-field, so a a single-cease bigger maximum aperture is not a substantial advantage for landscape photography in these situations.

Image Excellent

Right here is exactly where the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S actually shines. I’ve been entirely happy with the image high quality of the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/four S, but the numbers do not lie. DXOMARK, which does independent testing of camera and lens high quality, states in their evaluation of the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S that the lens is, “the very best 24-70mm lens we have tested to date,” which means not just Nikon lenses, but all 24-70mm lenses like the best models from Canon and Sony, and Nikon’s personal 24-70mm f/two.eight for its DSLRs. The ƒ/four scores reasonably nicely, putting at quantity six on the list, but for ultimate image high quality, you at present can not beat the ƒ/two.eight S. Verify out the DXOMARK overview for MTF charts and a direct comparison among the ƒ/two.eight and ƒ/four lenses. Their overview concludes by calling the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S “The new benchmark for 24-70mm lenses.”

All round Worth

Based on the finish use of your pictures, you may possibly be entirely happy with the additional reasonably priced ƒ/four. Contemporary camera technologies enables the automatic correction of several widespread lens aberrations, and if your photography is mainly for private enjoyment rather than experienced utilizes, the travel-friendly, compact design and style of the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/four S and its reduce price tag tag of $999 is attractive. But for pros and hobbyists who want the absolute very best image high quality and do not thoughts paying roughly double ($1,999), the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/two.eight S is the reigning champ. Speak to: Nikon, nikonusa.com.


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