Review of Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F2.8D (IF-ED)

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Review of Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f 2.8D (IF-ED)

Review of Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f 2.8D (IF-ED)

The lens Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D (IF) was introduced back in February 1999 and was produced right up to 2007, since August 2007 the legendary Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D was replaced by nanocrystalline Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S N Nikkorwhich, in turn, was supplemented by the Nikon N VR AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1: 2.8E ED.

All Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D lenses were manufactured exclusively in Japan. By the way, there are black (black) and white (gray) versions of Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D, they differ only in the frame of the body.

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

Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f 2.8D (IF-ED), front view. The lens uses SIC enlightenment.

Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D refers to professional zoom lenses, this is evidenced by the yellow edging near the front lens. The Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f / 2.8D itself is huge, it uses a 'professional' front filter diameter on 77mm, and the weight of the lens is as much as 935 grams, the lens looks simply irresistible on the camera. This whopper did not fit into my small photo bag, and I had to drag my own wardrobe trunk CL-74... Even the execution of the wardrobe trunk is top notch with a comfortable latch and velor interior trim.

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

Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f 2.8D (IF-ED), view of the lens with the native HB-19 lens hood. The hood can be worn back and forth.

The optical scheme is made on 15 elements in 11 groups, 2 element are ED glasses (Extra-low Dispersion) type, and one item is aspherical (PGM ASP) For comparison, the new model Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8G has 3 ED, 3 APS and one element with a nanocrystalline coating.

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

Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f 2.8D (IF-ED), mount type, mount, focus mode switch.

Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D uses special SWM (Silent wave motor), which achieves very fast and quiet autofocus. Since the lens has a built-in focus motor, the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D will work at any modern Nikon digital SLR camera. The focus on the lens is really very fast. Often the name is assigned to the lens designation IFMeaning Internal Focusing, and talks about internal focus the lens. When focusing, the front lens remains stationary, which allows you to easily use any kind of light filter.

Bokeh Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D

Bokeh on Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D

The lens has a focus mode switchM / AM'. In the 'M / A' mode, automatic focusing is available with a priority of manual control, which means that focus can always be corrected without switching to manual mode 'M'. This mode is very convenient to use, without switching the mode, you can focus both manually and automatically, using this focusing method is very convenient to use focus trap... In manual focus mode 'M', the focus ring rotates 90 degrees in active mode, and then simply slides in passive mode. The focusing ring is rubberized and very comfortable to use. The lens has a focusing distance scale from infinity to MDF, the minimum focusing distance is 50cm at a 70mm focal length, you can get a macro with a magnification of 1: 5.6. There is an infrared shift indicator on the lens. In general, the quality of the focusing system is at the highest level, it is a pity that there is no depth of field indicator.

Two Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f 2.8D (IF-ED) models

Two Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f 2.8D (IF-ED) models - black and white.

When zooming, the lens trunk is slightly lengthened, the minimum lens length is available at a 50mm focal length, as the lens trunk moves in waves. The disadvantage lens is a spontaneous change in focal length under its own weight. The focal length range from 28 to 70 mm is very, very convenient, on full-frame cameras the lens allows you to shoot at a wide angle of 28mm and allows you to shoot in a short tele range at 70mm. If you use Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D on cropped Nikon DX cameras, then the EGF will correspond to 42-105mm, which will not allow using a wide enough field of view. I do not recommend using this lens on a crop, there is a Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S equivalent for this. DX Nikkor

Optical design Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F2.8D IF-ED

Optical design Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F2.8D IF-ED

An unusual fact is that the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D is a type D lens, that is, a lens with an aperture control ring and at the same time it has a SWM motor. Usually only AF-S G and AF D lenses are found, and it is very rare to find AF-S D lenses, you can read more about this. here.

Landscape on Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D

Landscape on Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D

Important: In order for the lens to start working normally on modern DLCs, you need to set the f / 22 value on the lens and click a special switch near the aperture control ring. After such manipulation, it will be possible to control the aperture from the camera, as with any modern lens, in more detail in the section about Non-G type lens.

Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D backlighting

Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D backlighting

The lens has a maximum aperture. F / 2.8which is available over the entire range of focal lengths. Take off hand is not difficult, even though the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8 lacks an image stabilizer. Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8 is one of the 'must have' lenses, as it is included in the classic top three of a professional photographer's kit on the Nikon system: 14 (16) -24 (28), 24 (28) -70 ( 80), 70 (80) -200 (210) mm.

Sample photo on Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8D

Sample photo on Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8D

Image quality

Lens uses 9 blade aperture with rounded petals, which allows you to get even circles in the blur zone at any F values. The lens was very surprised by the amazing 70mm bokeh. The Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D was also a sharp, contrasting lens with good color reproduction and minimal aberration. At F2.8 inherent weak software, at 28mm F2.8 noticeably strong vignetting. The lens perfectly transfers backlight. The image quality is high.

Portrait Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F2.8D (IF-ED)

Portrait Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F2.8D (IF-ED)

Sample Photos

All examples of photos from this review were shot on camera. Nikon D700 JPEG JPEG L, Fine, VI, NL using protective filter B + W 77 010 UV-Haze 1X MRC F-PRO. Photos without processing, only the size is reduced to 3MP and the data from EXIF snapshots.

Personal experience

Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D is a versatile lens, very fast, can serve as a reportage lens, especially useful for shooting weddings and other dynamic events.

The zoom ring of the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D seemed to me more convenient for Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8G, on the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f / 2.8D the ring is narrower and closer to the camera mount. By the way, 24-70 and 28-70 have about the same weight, and he Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8G seemed to me sharper. The fat Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f / 2.8D gives a slightly narrower field of view at 28mm than Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8G on their 24 mm.

Instead of 24 (28) -70 I use in everyday shooting Nikon 28-105mm f / 3.5-4.5D AF Nikkor... I ran a test, and as it turned out, the focus speed of my non-motorized Nikon 28-105mm f / 3.5-4.5D AF Nikkor exactly the same as the very expensive professional Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f / 2.8D with a built-in motor. I'd also like to add that the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D lens is something unique, which is difficult to describe, it is better to hold the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D once in your hands and shoot with it.

Professional fast wagon

Choosing a good high-speed universal lens is one of the most important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, because I prepared this list of all full-frame universal (standard range of focal lengths) fast autofocus lenses:

Canon

Bayonet EF:

  1. Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  2. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  3. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L II USM

Bayonet R:

  1. Canon Lens RF 28-70 mm F2 L USM
  2. Canon Lens RF 24-70 mm F2.8 L IS USMsince August 2019

Nikon

Bayonet F:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70 mm 1: 2.8D ED SWM (two body color options)
  4. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8GN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Asphericalsince December 2007
  5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8EN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Aspherical VR

Bayonet Z:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 S

Tokina (for different mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-X AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 270 AF)
  2. Tokina AT-X PRO AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO)
  3. Tokina AT-X PRO AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO II)
  4. Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherica (Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO)
  5. Tokina AT-X PRO SV 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 287 AF PRO SV)
  6. Tokina sd 24 70 F2.8 (IF) FX AT-X PRO Aspherical

Sigma (for different mounts, in chronological order)

  1. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom, from May 1992
  2. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Ashperical [+ -D], from the end 1998
  3. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Aspherical DF [+ -D]since February 2001
  4. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Aspherical [+ -D], [DF version], since February 2001
  5. Sigma 24 60mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], from May 2004
  6. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Macro [+ -D], From september 2004
  7. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], From september 2004
  8. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG HSM, From september 2008
  9. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG HSM OS Asince February 2017, Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA
  10. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN Asince November 2019, Sony E, Leica L
  11. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C (Contemporary)since February 2021, Sony E, Leica L

Tamron (for different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP AF 35-105 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherical Model 65D
  2. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 176D
  3. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 276D
  4. Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR Di LD [IF] 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 Macro Model A09 (Model A09N & Model A09N II) (scheme like Sony 2.8 /28 75 SAM)
  5. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 DI VC USD Model A007
  6. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Model A032
  7. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD Model A036, (15/12), only for Sony E / FE
  8. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III VXD G2 Model A063, (17/15), only for Sony E / FE, Fall 2021

Sony

Sony / Minolta A mount:

  1. Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 (32) D
  2. Minolta AF Zoom 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (32) G
  3. Sony 2.8 /28 75 SAM (scheme like Tamron 28-75 / 2.8)
  4. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24 70 ZA SSM T *
  5. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24 70 ZA SSM II T *

Sony E-mount:

  1. Sony FE 2.8 /24 70 GM (G, SEL2470GM)

Pentax (K)

  1. Pentax SMC FA 28-70 mm f / 2.8
  2. Pentax HD Pentax-D FA 24-70 mm f / 2.8ED SDM WR

Angénieux

  1. Angenieux Zoom F.28 70 1: 2.6 AF (for Nikon F, Minolta / Sony A, Canon EF)

Panasonic

  1. Panasonic Lumix S PRO 1: 2.8 /24-70 mm, from August 2019, Leica L

Leica

  1. Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8 / 24-70mm f / 2.8 ASPH.since May 2021

Samyang

  1. Samyang AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE, from October 2021, expected to be announced
The impressive dimensions of the Nikon AF-S 28-70 mm f 2.8 D IF-ED

The impressive dimensions of the Nikon AF-S 28-70 mm f 2.8 D IF-ED

List of all Nikon FX 28-XXX autofocus lenses:

The catalog of modern universal lenses for Nikon can be see here.

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conclusions

Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F / 2.8D - professional lens with very high image quality and very high build quality. Heavy enough and expensive. I recommend.

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Comments: 152, on the topic: Review of the Nikon AF-S 28-70mm F2.8D (IF-ED)

  • Alexander

    Good day!
    I wanted to ask the experts, they say that this lens is not on friendly terms with Nikon D750. Well, in the sense that it does not work correctly with him. Is that so or not?

    • Eugene

      with the d780 it works great both in normal mode (through the mirror) and in the UPC. With the D750, in theory, it should also work out as it should. I came across an exhibit with a squeaking motor, it does not affect the work in any way.

      • Dmitry Kostin

        "I came across an exhibit with a squeaking motor, it does not affect the work in any way."
        Alas, it is better to get rid of the lens or look for a motor on ebee.
        According to the repairmen, it will not work for a long time with a whistle.
        The whistle appears due to the fact that the lens (like its colleague Canon 28-70 / 2.8) is leaky, does not like dampness, moisture and dust. Nikkor starts to whistle after picking up a certain amount of dust.

    • Dmitry Kostin

      It works with the D750. And it seemed to me that he resolves his matrix.
      My copy 28-70 / 2.8D does not beep yet.
      The lens is good and there are many offers on the market.
      But you need to watch and listen to all of them, and also be mentally ready to spend 20.000 rubles to replace the motor, or as a temporary option - if you are lucky to blow / clean at a cost of about 12.000 rubles.
      Before buying, I highly recommend watching the disassembly and repair video of this lens on youtube. For example from lensservis / nesovet.
      In short, the design of the lens, how it is assembled, is criticized. And more people recommend buying 24-70 / 2.8G, it is more reliable. The situation for Nikkoram 28-70 / 2.8 and 24-70 / 2.8 is very similar to the situation between Canon 28-70 / 2.8 and Canon 24-70 / 2.8. 24-70 / 2.8 is easier to disassemble and repair, as well as alignment.

    • Max Cold

      There is a problem d750 owners may face. The first line of motor lenses is: 17-35mm, 28-70mm, 80-200mm, 300mm f4d, 300mm f2.8d, 400mm f4d, 500mm f4d, 600mm f4d, and of course they had their childhood illnesses. I have a d750 and one of my lenses (300mm f4 af-s) has a problem that I have with this camera. Autofocus either worked or did not work, the motor did not whistle (in general, there were no questions to the motor for work), and at moments of failure, a quiet chirping was heard from inside the lens (specifically from the converter board). For a year I tried to figure out the problem, shoveled a bunch of information, rang out all the tracks in the lens, changed the converter boards among themselves, everything was in vain. On the English-speaking forums, there was a glimpse of the mention of the grounding modernization service, and then I remembered that at 17-35mm there is an additional wire from the main board to the lens body. The electrical part of the main board for these lenses is the same, and indeed - in 300mm there was an untouched contact, and all grounding was carried out through the contacts of the bayonet. After duplicating the ground wire to the body, the lens worked as it should. In this situation, the complaint is more likely to the weak grounding contact of the d750 mount, but even here each new camera is adjusted by marketers to the latest versions of lenses, and there there are no questions about compatibility.

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