Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR
YES - I have one. I am not just talking about unboxing either.
- Tamron 24-70mm VC has slightly better stabilization for video, but the Nikon more than makes up for it in sharpness, color rendition and light gathering/transmission (low noise).

- The New Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is much better for color  and for light gathering/tranmission (low noise) than than the older 24-70.

I tested the Tamron, the Nikon VR,  and the older Nikon 24-70 on both a D4s for stills and a D810 with an Atomos Shogun for video.

The older Nikon was not as fast or as accurate for focus. Video on the older Nikon was ok, but the colors were flat and it didn't take in as much light as the newer and wider (82mm) on the VR. My video on the D810 with the newer VR had richer and more accurate color and less noise at the same light level.

The Tamron does have slightly better image stabilization. You can quickly check by zooming to 70mm and then zooming into 100% on live view video and try to hand hold the camera. Any camera shake and image stabilization is quite clear when you turn on and off image stabilization. The color rendition on the Tamron was always a bit flat and the sharpness never really got to that of the Nikon. Now you can see the difference in video immediately and on stills the newer Nikon blows the Tamron away.

My advice - dump the Tamron and the older Nikon 24-70 and get the new one. It is that much better. The old one is great in great light (or with flash), but the new one looks much better in any light and in low light there is no comparison for light gathering, light transmission and color rendition.

Have fun and I hope that you find this useful.

I will try to post more later, but I can't post a comparison video since I dumped both of the older lenses.

(And no making fun of the cat pic - it is good for seeing detail. This one was shot in lower light, but not completely dark.)

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