Magic Flare, Better Bokeh, Evil Aberration: Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8 Review

The 24-70mm f2.8 lens is known both as a sturdy workhorse and a pricey luxury. But, unlike the 24-70mm f4, Nikon’s newest wide-to-mid zoom sacrifices focal length for aperture. The new Nikon Z 28-75mm f2.8 isn’t as wide but just as bright and less than half the cost of the Z 24-70mm f2.8. Selling for just a few pennies under $1,000, the Nikon Z 28-75mm f2.8 is only three dollars more than the Z 24-70mm f4 S lens.

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Tested: Which Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Is Better?

Sony’s well-loved 70-200mm f2.8 workhorse lens is getting a makeover. Announced on Oct. 13, the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II has a number of improvements, including upgraded autofocus, an aperture ring, and improved optics. But, Sony says that the original lens isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet. So what’s the difference between the two lenses? Is the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS II worth the higher price point?

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Beautiful, Yet Gigantic: Panasonic 70-200mm F2.8 Lumix S Pro Review

The 70-200mm f2.8 is revered among photographers for its versatile yet bright design. The mid-to-telephoto workhorse, however, is often heavy. The Panasonic 70-200mm f2.8 Lumix S Pro is the epitome of both the category’s versatility and weight. With up to seven stops of stabilization when combined with in-body stabilization, the lens delivers steady shots even at the telephoto end. But, at almost 3.5 pounds, it’s also heavier than mirrorless options from Canon, Sony, and Nikon.

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Sturdy Workhorse, or One Trick Pony? Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 Review

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The 24-70mm f2.8 lens is a workhorse, but it’s a bit of a Clydesdale. The zoom mixed with the bright aperture creates a heavy lens that’s difficult to carry around all day. That’s why Sigma (gasp!) shaved four mm off the traditional workhorse wide-to-mid to craft the Sigma 28-70mm f2.8. The Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 DG DN Contemporary is nearly half the weight of the Sony G Master and even Sigma’s own 24-70mm Art series lens. At 16.6 ounces and $900, the E-Mount lens has several advantages before you even take it out of the box.

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Astonishing Images, Finally Focused: Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR S Review

The bokeh on the Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is delicious, but the autofocus lags.

The 70-200mm f2.8 lens is meant to be a workhorse lens that can move seamlessly from one genre to the next. Now, Nikon has brought that workhorse to the Z mount system. The Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is a $2,600 lens that boasts closer autofocus and lighter weight than competing lenses. And, as the name suggests, it pairs a lens stabilization system with the in-body system on many Z bodies.

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