AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Really Sharp Lens
The first time out of the box I took a few sample shots and was sold. This lens produces extremely sharp images. You have to be aware of your horizon or you will get major distortion, but then again you may want that. It is heavy, lots of glass to produce the sharp image. As for a wide angle lens, this beats them all, get close to your subject and you will get very satisfying results. I have read some reviews about the lack of filter mounting capabilities, the colors are bright and vivid, just know your set up, and avoid having the light source at a 90 degree as it will make you metering difficult if in matrix. This lens is well worth the money if you plan on making large prints.
April 10, 2014
Used the 14-24 with D800 and built in Flash
While I am very happy with the quality of the pictures with this lens. A few days ago wanted to shoot a frame with this wide lens in a windy area, as I did not want to change lenses in that dusty atmosphere decided to proceed with the 14-24 wide and had to use the built-in flash to fill in a face.
It was strange to see the barrel of the lens cast a shadow in the picture,
January 27, 2014
Soft images at F2.8-F5.6
I purchased my 14-24mm approximately a year ago. Used 2-3x only. Recently came back from Yosemite NP where I had to switch to my 24-70mm F2.8. The images I got with the 14-24mm were unusable at all mm ranges when using F2.8-5.6. The images became usable only when stopped down to F8 or higher. I was using a tripod and ballhead with cable release. Have contacted Nikon to get their thoughts.
January 19, 2014
A Dream Come True
It is a lens whose sharp images and full coverage without deterioration from edge to edge are without parallel in my experience. This is undoubtedly the best lens of any kind I have used or purchased. To see its full capability, use a weighted, stable tripod, Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 software, low ISO in a naturally lit room at dusk or later, with a timed exposure at f/2.8 on a camera like my D800. Then explore the result for hours at up to 200% magnification. You will not be disappointed. But, note that to get full performance, a carefully leveled camera held steady at fast shutter speed or on a stable tripod when that is impractical is needed.
November 15, 2013
This is a special lens
When I see reviews that are overwhelmingly positive for any product, I try really hard not to join in the chorus of praise with just another "Great lens" review.
So, here are some of the already-stated down-sides to this lens: It's heavy, it's bulky and it can't take a filter. One other thing that has been mentioned but not emphasized - light leaks in from weird angles and I think it might have something to do with the way the hood is designed. The hood is a petal shape and the corners may go too deep allowing light to come in from the four corners. You can notice some smudges in the photo below of the star-field and tree tops. These happen when the subject is dark but there are light sources "off camera".
The up-sides to this lens are legion. It takes sharp sharp sharp photos in the worst lighting conditions and produces amazing colours with no hint of washout. Even at 14 mm, the distortion is minimal in most compositions. I take my best shots with this lens even though I probably only use it for 1 in 10 pictures.
When I show the photos below, I'm always told that I did a great job Photoshop'ing the shots with the Milky Way. I have no way of convincing people that there's zero post processing on any of these pictures. None. Zilch. I take the Photoshop comments as a compliment to the lens.
This is not a "snapshot of family vacations" lens or a selfy portrait taking lens. But if you're looking for a lens that will unleash some creativity in your compositions, this is the best that I have encountered for that.
August 6, 2013