Basia McAuley

Basia McAuley

Mornington Peninsula, Australia

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24-70 2.8f nikkor lens

I was just wondering what everyone thinks of the 24-70mm 2.8f nikkor lens to add to my kit for weddings / portraits. I have a Nikon D700 & D200 – and already have the 18-200mm -(but not suitable for a full frame D700), 35mm 1.8f, 14-24mm 2.8f & 70-200nn 2.8f ….. I’m thinking whether this lens would be a good addition?
Thanks in advance!


  • David Geoffrey Gosling (Dave Gosling)
    David Geoffrey...about 3 years ago

    I don’t have it ! But it should be a great addition to your current lenses! I would love to have both the 14-24 and the 24-70! I am waiting for the D700 replacement, and then will have to sell my 17-55 for either of these lenses!
    Blessings Dave

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmabout 3 years ago

    I have it and it’s my standard one…. Never regretted it !!

  • Dean Mullin
    Dean Mullinabout 3 years ago

    it’s the bog standard lens focal length isn’t it… equiv of the Carl Zeiss 24-70 for my Sony. I run a 24-75 Tamron on my full frame and the focal length is great. the nikkor Will be great on the D700.

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 3 years ago

    It’s one of 3 lenses for my wedding takes, that plus 70-200 +50mm f/1.4. I recommend it.

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackinabout 3 years ago

    I use Canon, so I can’t help you with the Nikon stuff; I would imagine that the 24-70 f2.8 would be ideal for weddings. I say yes, go ahead and add it to your collection :-))

  • Chris Cohen
    Chris Cohenabout 3 years ago

    Yup! 75 ~ 80mm is the ideal length for portraits on full frame. 70mm is close enough. 24mm on full frame is great, not just for bigger groups but also to get in there amongst it or over the top – enough distortion to give it perspective but not so much as becoming ugly.

    It’s a good buy – one lens does it all.

    When I did weddings professionally on medium format I had a Wide Angle (about 30mm equivalent), Standars (45mm equivalent) and a telephoto (85mm equivalent). 60~70% on the standard, 35~25% on the telephoto & the other 5% (big family groups) on the wide angle. I did 120~144 images, almost every one of them on a tripod (except in the church) – almost every one had fill flash and I had a loss per job of about 10~20 shots (20 if it were a bad day, but that’s the day I took the 144 shots). It’s all so different now :) Gosh I’m turning into an old fart – I’m reminising!!!!!!!!

  • David Amos
    David Amosabout 3 years ago

    Hi Basia, for the weddings I shoot, I use the 28-70 which is the near equivalent to the Nikor lens, it is also a 2.8, for most of the day apart from the portraits I do in the park etc, (70-200 f2.8) I have the 28-70 on all day, it is a great lens and a very good general one to shoot all angles for the day, have been glad I bought mine specifically for weddings.