Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S

Last updated (09 December’11):
– Review by Shutterbug

The Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S features 28-70mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f2.8. The lens construction has 15 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 46 degrees. Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual, Closest focusing distance at 0.5m and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S lens weighs 31.3 ounces and it measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 4.9 inches long.

Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Check Availability

Expert Reviews

Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Reviews

Shutterbug reviews the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S and writes;
“In terms of sharpness, resolution of intricate detail, snappy contrast, freedom from flare and aberrations, both are outstanding performers. Although the Silent Wave motor adds to the cost, it makes the lenses even more desirable. This technology will surely help photographers to increase their success ratio of sharply focused images, paying dividends that will justify the higher price.”
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Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S and writes;
“I’m looking very closely at the equivalent or 43″ (1m) wide prints for this, and then shooting on top of a mountain so that I have unlimited detail throughout the entire frame all in focus at infinity. This lens is very sharp for any real picture taking; On film and FX digital, I get no vignetting even with a relatively fat filter with a 6.5mm thick ring.”
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Photozone reviews the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S and writes;
“The resolution figures are very good to excellent with a highly impressive peak performance around f/5.6. The level of distortions is exceptionally low for a zoom lens. CAs are moderate except at 40mm @ f/2.8. Vignetting is very well controlled. The build quality of the lens is superb and it´s a joy to handle it despite its comparatively hefty size and weight.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S User Reviews

Great Lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have owned this lens for 2 years and it is by far my most used lens. This is saying quite a bit because I also own the Nikon 28 1.4 and the 85 1.4. Both of those two are outstanding, however the zoom is much more convenient to use. It is heavy but on the D2H it balances very well.” – by R. Cunningham

Excellent quality, very sharp, heavy and very expensive | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is built like a tank, very solid construction and very heavy. For maximum sharpness, I recommend using the lens at F/8 for most situations however; at constant f/2.8 the pictures are very sharp also.” – by Miguel A. Rodriguez

The perfect wedding & portrait lens for DX | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The lens has a look that I can only describe as more “organic” than the new lenses. The subtle softness is actually a benefit for portraits. It has wonderful bokeh, as well. The lens is well built — mine fell onto concrete and survived to complete a wedding.” – by Carl E. Feather

I don’t understand anything less than a 5 star review for this lens. | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 24-70mm is a very sharp lens. I understand that. This lens is at least as sharp, however, and in my opinion slightly sharper. This becomes important in point number 3 below.” – by Kate Stokes

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Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Specifications

Lens-making is an art–Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world’s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the “glass” that makes the world’s greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 28-70mm f2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Zoom Nikkor Lens is a wide to telephoto 2.5x zoom lens ideal for architecture and portraiture. The ED glass element reduces chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance–even at maximum aperture. There is no power drain when manually focusing for optimum battery use. The molded-glass aspherical lens minimizes distortion for higher resolution and superior contrast. The lens holds a fast and constant f2.8 maximum aperture through the entire focal range, while the M/A mode provides quick switching between autofocus and manual focus operation. The nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.

ED glass: An essential element of Nikkor telephoto lenses
Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. Put simply, chromatic aberration is a type of image and color dispersion that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. In the past, correcting this problem for telephoto lenses required special optical elements that offer anomalous dispersion characteristics–specifically calcium fluoride crystals. However, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens’ refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass, which offers all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses. They deliver stunning sharpness and contrast even at their largest apertures. In this way, Nikkor’s ED-series lenses exemplify Nikon’s preeminence in lens innovation and performance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon’s multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Aspherical lens elements
Nikon introduced the first photographic lens with aspherical lens elements in 1968. What sets them apart? Aspherical lenses virtually eliminate the problem of coma and other types of lens aberration–even when used at the widest aperture. They are particularly useful in correcting the distortion in wide-angle lenses. In addition, use of aspherical lenses contributes to a lighter and smaller lens design. Nikon employs three types of aspherical lens elements. Precision-ground aspherical lens elements are the finest expression of lens-crafting art, demanding extremely rigorous production standards. Hybrid lenses are made of a special plastic molded onto optical glass. Molded glass aspherical lenses are manufactured by molding a unique type of optical glass using a special metal die technique.

Internal Focusing
Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon’s IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance. In addition, a smaller and lighter focusing lens group is employed to ensure faster focusing. The IF system is featured in most Nikkor telephoto and selected Nikkor zoom lenses.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70.

Silent Wave Motor
Nikon’s AF-S technology is yet another reason professional photographers like Nikkor telephoto lenses. AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon’s SWM which converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that’s extremely accurate and super quiet.

M/A mode
AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon’s exclusive M/A mode, that allows switching from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag–even during AF servo operation and regardless of AF mode in use.

What’s in the Box:
Lens, 77mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, Flexible lens pouch CL-74, bayonet hood HB-19.

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