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Jan 11, 2019 23:17:07   #
RonM12
 
I’m looking to purchase a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G to use with my D850. I’ve heard the the image quality of the VR version of this lens is not as good as the non-VR. I have no idea whether or not this is true so, asking here. I’d appreciate any feedback back from the group. I have also considered the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2. The slightly shorter length and image stabilization is attractive to me, but having a hard time making a decision.

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Jan 11, 2019 23:54:51   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
I have the non-VR version and see no reason to need the VR. The lens I'm using is great.
--Bob
RonM12 wrote:
I’m looking to purchase a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G to use with my D850. I’ve heard the the image quality of the VR version of this lens is not as good as the non-VR. I have no idea whether or not this is true so, asking here. I’d appreciate any feedback back from the group. I have also considered the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2. The slightly shorter length and image stabilization is attractive to me, but having a hard time making a decision.

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Jan 12, 2019 00:12:19   #
GoofyNewfie (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:
I have the non-VR version and see no reason to need the VR. The lens I'm using is great.
--Bob


I found the same thing.
Plus the VR version is a beast.
I could use either one at my former job.
Preferred the non VR because of size.
I shoot a lot of PJ stuff.

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Jan 12, 2019 00:33:31   #
SteveR (a regular here)
 
Some find a use for VR in a zoom of that size, but VR is primarily for longer zooms. I have the non-vr version and it's now become my go-to lens on my D800.

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Jan 12, 2019 01:28:52   #
TonyP
 
RonM12 wrote:
I’m looking to purchase a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G to use with my D850. I’ve heard the the image quality of the VR version of this lens is not as good as the non-VR. I have no idea whether or not this is true so, asking here. I’d appreciate any feedback back from the group. I have also considered the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2. The slightly shorter length and image stabilization is attractive to me, but having a hard time making a decision.


Hi Ron, Ive had the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G non VR for probably 20 (?) years. Never felt I needed VR and have always been happy with the quality of the results. It lives on my D7100 virtually full time.
Only negative comment I would make is that now I am getting older it is a beast to carry. I carried it around South America for 2 months a couple of years ago and it became a hassle to carry.
Almost as soon as I got home I bought a little Lumix LX100 with the Leica 1.7 24-70 lens. I have never enlarged bigger than 8 x 10" but mostly my photos are just seen on a website and I think its difficult to see any difference in quality between the two.
Just a thought to consider for travelling

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Jan 12, 2019 01:36:53   #
RonM12
 
Tony, thank you for your response. At the moment, weight isn’t an issue for me, but can certainly see that could come into play in the future.

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Jan 12, 2019 01:48:34   #
larryepage
 
rmalarz wrote:
I have the non-VR version and see no reason to need the VR. The lens I'm using is great.
--Bob


Several have followed Bob in making this comment. I also have the non-VR version and find no need for anything different.

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Jan 12, 2019 05:44:35   #
Largobob
 
I have the non-VR lens and find it to be superb glass.

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Jan 12, 2019 06:15:05   #
cameraf4 (a regular here)
 
For what it is worth, there is a comparison review of both complete with MTF charts here:

https://nikonrumors.com/2015/08/05/nikon-24-70mm-f2-8g-ed-vs-24-70mm-f2-8e-ed-vr-specifications-comparison.aspx/

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Jan 12, 2019 06:54:05   #
mas24
 
VR is necessary if you have longer focal lengths like 300mm+. I don't knock the technology. I own a Nikon VR lens. It's great. But, didn't we manage not to have VR before it was invented.? And some photographers hands are more steady than others. Hands of stone.

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Jan 12, 2019 07:25:54   #
WillieWisconsin
 
RonM12 wrote:
I’m looking to purchase a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G to use with my D850. I’ve heard the the image quality of the VR version of this lens is not as good as the non-VR. I have no idea whether or not this is true so, asking here. I’d appreciate any feedback back from the group. I have also considered the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2. The slightly shorter length and image stabilization is attractive to me, but having a hard time making a decision.


For a very good price, I bought from a friend his 8 year old non-VR version, who was selling it to buy the VR version of the lens. Suffice to say, he regrets selling it to me. He said he’s giving the non-VR version a minuscule edge in sharpness. Works for me, and I saved about $1,000 from buying new!

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Jan 12, 2019 07:32:30   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
VR or Not --- depends on how you will use the lens. My first VR lens was the 70-200. I bought it specifically for shooting from a kayak. VR was a big help. At the same time I was able to use a 300 f/4.0 without VR with both feet on the ground.

If shooting in low light where you are forced to shoot at slow shutter speeds VR can be a plus.

I believe the non VR was performing better in lab tests, but IIRC it wasn't enough to make a difference in the real world.

I still have and use the 70-200 vr as well as the 300 non vr.

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Jan 12, 2019 08:11:51   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
RonM12 wrote:
I’m looking to purchase a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G to use with my D850. I’ve heard the the image quality of the VR version of this lens is not as good as the non-VR. I have no idea whether or not this is true so, asking here. I’d appreciate any feedback back from the group. I have also considered the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2. The slightly shorter length and image stabilization is attractive to me, but having a hard time making a decision.

I have and shoot the 24-70 non VR on my D850. I see nothing but sharp well exposed images.

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Jan 12, 2019 08:16:04   #
Brucej67
 
I have the non VR version and find it to be as sharp as any other lens I have even the exotic lenses. This shot was taken with the D850 and the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 G ED.

RonM12 wrote:
I’m looking to purchase a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G to use with my D850. I’ve heard the the image quality of the VR version of this lens is not as good as the non-VR. I have no idea whether or not this is true so, asking here. I’d appreciate any feedback back from the group. I have also considered the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2. The slightly shorter length and image stabilization is attractive to me, but having a hard time making a decision.
Nikon D850 and 24-70mm.
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Jan 12, 2019 09:30:36   #
willy6419
 
to carry, use a device like Cotton Carrier. spreads the load, instant access.

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