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Behind The Lens With Nikon Ambassador Kate Hopewell-Smith

Kate Hopewell-Smith on trying out the Nikkor 24-70mm lens.

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Kate Hopewell-Smith is a Nikon lifestyle ambassador who was given the opportunity to work with a prototype of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ED VR lens. One of only 2 photographers in the world to do so, she put it through its paces and shared her thoughts on the updated optic. 

Kate went into the trial viewing the old 24-70mm as a workhorse, so she was a little dubious about how she would find the updated version. It wasn't a lens that she loved but she was keen to go into the trial open minded and see what the new lens could do. 

Kate was asked to put the lens through its paces at the extremes of its focal ability - 24mm and 70mm and also testing the Vibration Reduction capabilities on slower shutter speeds. In the end, Kate submitted thousands of RAW files for technicians to look over. 

After testing the lens, Kate came to the conclusion that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. "It's an entirely different beast. It's incredibly smooth, fast, and beautiful to use; yes, it's heavier than the original, but it's very well balanced and remarkably easy to work with. I think almost anyone could pick it up and get amazing results. It's often the first serious lens that people buy, and this version could make them fall in love with photography.", she enthuses.

Using the lens to shoot for a month, Kate learned to appreciate the true flexibility of the lens, shooting macro at 24mm to photographing with incredible depth of field at 70mm. Overall, Kate concludes: "It's a huge improvement on what was already a very good lens. It's brilliant at storytelling, and very versatile – and it's probably safe to say that it will be the next lens I buy! Now I know what the new one is capable of… the old one is good, but the new one is so much better."

See the full interview on the Nikon In Frame website.

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