DXO Mark almost a year after the release of the Nikon D800, publishes a four part review trying to discover the best lenses for the 36 megapixel beast

“Nikon D800 functions as Nikon’s flagship camera” according to DXO Mark, and it is currently the top camera on their Sensor Scores. The 36mp image sensor is an extremely demanding piece of photography both to the photographer and the lens. The resolution advantage is easily lost when it's not focused properly, or the quality of the lens does not meet the highest standards. Only when using lenses like the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR  will get some decent zoom performance wile the best results will only come when using prime lenses like the Carl Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G and will shine with the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM.

"Announced in 2012, the Nikon D800 is the current undisputed king of DxOMark, with results that eclipse every other camera from all other manufacturers. However, with so much resolution on tap, the question is, which lenses should you use to make the best of what you’ve got? The DxOMark labs have tested 61 different lenses on the D800 to bring you an unparalleled resource of which lenses are best and which should be avoided. . . . read more

The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD excels at the DXO Mark bench: "When mounted on a Canon 5D Mark II, the Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD achieves an overall DxOMark Score of 24, the 2nd highest score in our database for a high-speed zoom."

So, the Tamron manages to closely match such expensive and optically well endowed lenses as the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM II, and the Nikkor 24-70mm G ED, both costing around the 2 grand mark in every major western currency:

"The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is in the top three best performing high-speed standard zooms currently available. We’ve only looked at the imaging performance, but it’s as impressive optically as the highly regarded Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED. At $1,299 it’s not cheap but it is competitively priced – to improve on the image quality you would have to spend $1,000 for the sublime Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM. Dropping down . . . read more

Roget Cicala at RelsRentals dissects the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Mk II, the Nikon 24-70mm G ED f/2.8 AF-S, and the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 Di VC, just to see what they look like from the inside.

"We’ve been doing a lot of teardowns lately and I’ve made comments like “well thought out” or “carefully engineered.” Several people have asked me to show them some comparisons so they can see what I’m talking about. Given that we have fairly modern releases of 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses from several manufacturers, we thought it would make sense to compare what the insides look like.

This will largely examine the electro-mechanical mechanisms in the lenses. But just for completeness here are the optical diagrams for all 3. The Canon is the most optically complex, containing 18 elements in 13 groups. The Tamron has 17 . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED review at photodo

"Covering a wider angle than Nikon's previous standard f/2.8 constant aperture standard zooms, the 24-70mm is a very versatile professional quality optic. As with their other updated pro lenses, the 24-70mm sports a raft of features including internal focusing, a Silent Wave motor for quick and virtually silent focusing with full time manual override, ED glass to reduce chromatic aberrations and

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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"There was a time when zoom lenses were scorned in comparison to prime lenses, owing to the poor image quality, and the limitations with regard to the largest aperture that could be obtained. Suffice it to say that with the 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 that time may be long past. . . . read more

Description by Nikon:
  • Constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths
  • Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, render outstanding image integrity
  • ED (Extra-low dispersion) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration to deliver stunning sharpness and contrast
  • Aspherical lenses including large-diamet

Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF review at momentcorp

"All in all this is an amazing lens. The lens shows great sharpness and contrast, and may well be the standard to compare mid range zoom lenses from now on. The New 24-70 is usable beyond f/16 on the Nikon D3, something you usually don't see in new lenses. I don't have any problems using this lens on . . . read more

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