When the new Nikkor AF-S 24–70 mm f/2.8E ED VR was launched on the market with a price tag over 3000 PLN higher than the price of its predecessor I was sure that, apart from the image stabilization, you would also get better performance in practically all testing categories. It’s true, the new lens is better than the old one but only when it comes to the resolution on the edges of the frame and the coma. In other categories, namely the image quality in the frame centre, chromatic aberration, distortion, astigmatism or vignetting, the old lens prevails. What’s more, the predecessor is also smaller, physically lighter and its build quality seems to be better (more metal parts in the casing). You have to say it doesn’t sound like the best recommendation of the new lens. Personally if I had a choice between both Nikkors 24-70 mm I wouldn’t hesitate a minute: I would purchase the older model.