Nikon Zoom Lens Reviews Updated

I had the opportunity to update my Nikon Zoom Lens reviews.  It seemed time to add some new insights to the reviews, including how some of the features translate into benefits.

Here’s what you’ll find in the updated reviews.

  • A brief introduction to my primary use of the lens
  • A list of the features
  • A detailed discussion of how those features benefit your photography
  • Plenty of sample images
  • A couple of “what if” scenarios

To get to the reviews, just click the links listed below or one of the images.  I’ve also provided links to these reviews from my Gear page. There are more reviews on the way, both updates and new reviews for my Nikon Prime lenses and other tools.

The Portrait and Event Workhorse Lens

The Nikon 70-200mm lens is a professional workhorse. It’s a standard for event and portrait photographers. It’s built tough to withstand working conditions, yet creates a range of stunning images from soft bokeh to sharp detail.

Vibration Reduction lets you get sharp images even at low shutter speeds, which is pretty common for events, weddings and entertainment shots.

Don’t underestimate the silent and reliable auto-focus system in Nikon lenses. Great image quality only matters if you can lock onto your subject, particularly in difficult conditions where things change every second.

My Most Used Lens

Most of my photos were taken with the Nikon 24-70mm lens. It’s a perfect walk around lens, covering the range from wide angle to mid-telephoto. When I don’t want to burden myself with a bag full of lenses, this is the single lens I choose.

Like the Nikon 70-200mm lens, it’s a professional grade lens with solid construction, reliable auto-focus and excellent image quality.

The focal length offers great versatility to capture everything from a travel scene to an environmental portrait.

It’s perfect for environmental portraits, when you want to push in close to your subject, yet still have a wide angle to include the location.

An Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Special Occasions

I think of this lens like the Special Teams in football. You don’t need it for every play, but it can win the game if you have it. The Nikon 14-24mm lens is one of those wonderful pieces of glass that you pull out to capture the grandeur of a location.

Like the other zoom lenses mentioned here, it keeps its f/2.8 aperture throughout its range.

It’s also the perfect low-light walk around lens. When I had a private tour of the US Capitol, I couldn’t take a tripod or a backpack full of glass. I reached for this lens, both to capture the expansive scenes and also to rely upon it for clean shots.

That’s partly due to the f/2.8 aperture – fast glass – and also because it’s much easier to hand hold shorter focal lengths without blur caused by your hand shake. The Nikon 14-24mm lens worked perfectly.

One More Thing For You Bloggers

I added a new Colophon page to the site. It lists the products and services that I use to keep my sites running. If you’re curious what happens behind the scenes, the colophon page will give you an idea.

I hope you enjoyed my Nikon Zoom Lens review. If you have any questions, ask me in the comments and I’ll answer.

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  • Sergio January 19, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you, William, your website is very useful.

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