Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S G ED Lens Review

Sometimes a lens redefines expectations in a particular field of optics and the Nikon 14-24mm super wide angle lens introduced to the world a wide angle lens that is tack sharp from corner to corner with almost no distortion of straight lines. I purchased mine from Calumet but I would also recommend Amazon, Simply Electronics, Jessops or Digital Rev.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4

Sensor Type: Both DX and FX Sensors
Filter Size: N/A
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - f/22
Construction: 14 elements in 11 groups
Autofocus: Yes
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9ft
Angle of View: 114° - 84° (FX) and 90° - 61° (DX)
Weight: 970g

Introduction to the Nikon 14-24mm

Nikon Super WideWide angle lenses are great for landscapes and they don't come much better than this hefty chunk of optics. Revolutionising the wide angle lens world is the Nikon 14-24mm. It's important not to confuse this super wide lens with a fish eye lens. Fish eye lenses are used for creativity and warp the image in a circular direction. Super wide angle lenses should keep lines almost straight when viewing lines parallel to the camera sensor.

This Nikon lens is such a top performer that Canon landscape photographers are known to have purchased adaptors to be able to fit this lens to their cameras.

Build Quality and Handling

Nikon 14-24mm Front ViewQuality is on par with all other Nikon pro lenses and this is again a solid beast of a lens built to withstand its share of knocks an bumps! It fits in the hand very well and it looks stunning.

One thing to note, and it is quite a drawback for landscapers, is that you cannot fit filters to the front of this lens due to the lens hood being part of the body and not removable.

The front element is absolutely bulbous. Resembling a huge glass eyeball and to protect this from taking the brunt of every knock, the lens hood is metal in construction and fixed to the lens barrel. It does a good job of keeping danger away from this expensive glass.

Nikon Ultra Wide LensLandscape photographers work with polarisers, UV filters, ND grads an colour filters to get beautiful landscapes. Unfortunately not with this lens. Well there is a 3rd party adaptor for this lens but it is very expensive and this means you'd need to buy very large filters too that would only be used with this lens.

This lens was unfotunate enough to get dropped when my friend was using it, it landed on stone steps face down and the plastic hood petal broke but ultimately saved the lens. A quick trip to Nikon HQ and £130 later, the lens was tested and returned as faultless!

Optics and Performance

View on FlickrNow this is where the lack of filter usage pales in comparison to the advantages of this lens. This lens is phenomenal. It is razor sharp from the centre of the image right out to the corners, has incredible image quality and using it at 14mm (Only on FX sensors) is an experience. It just grabs everything that you can see in front of you and then pulls some more out of the corners! The Nano crystal coating does a great job of reducing flare too.

It's not a fisheye though so no 180 degree circular views but for fitting an entire room into the image when you can't step back enough with an normal lens, this is perfect for the job.

Overall thoughts on the Nikon 14-24mm F2.8

View on FlickrI used this lens for a press photo on top of a 160 foot tower ride at Loudoun Castle Theme Park. In order to get the sheer sense of height and to take in the complete aerial view whilst having very little room to move, I used this lens. I was able to capture the view and machinery with the incredible field of view this lens offers.

I also use this lens in crowd situations and when I'm doing landscape and interior work, this lens will be on my camera. Wide angle shots have a wow factor when used correctly and although this lens is the least used out of the holy trinity, I couldn't not do without it. If you want to go wide, get this lens and you'll be thankful of it on so many photo shoots.

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