AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
I've been a Nikon owner and admirer for years. This is a terrific lens in all respects. It has no competition.
October 23, 2014
Ultra Wide Lens for Ultra Wide Object
Below is a photo of a 340 foot long "box" truss I recently erected for an airplane hangar in Arizona. With limited foreground in which to work, this ultra wide angle zoom lens allowed me to get close to the structure, capture it all, and with no noticeable distortion. The image was taken at a shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, an aperture of f/9, an ISO of 100, a focal length of 14mm, Auto White Balance, and Matrix exposure metering.
October 21, 2014
Wow is all I can say
The only lens lacking after decades of enthusiast photography -- wide angle. Here's one of the many payoffs for being a "Nikon guy". Cannon doesn't have anything close to this solution. We've had it almost a year and thousands of photos demonstrate there is nothing like this high quality wide angle lens for certain situations. Family gatherings, tripod in corner, capturing the whole room, capturing the whole moment, with amazing depth of field (some folks say it's not for this, more for the next comment, but I see high value in the indoor family shots that cannot be achieved any other way). Then there is the get right up in there for the high impact shot. Been working this angle (pun intended) for family shots, awesome pet shots, landscape / flower close-ups, night sky (wow) shots -- all with very high impact. This is not a fisheye lens. Straight lines are straight. It is awesome. Love this lens. And as I'm always quick to point out, glass holds it's value, camera bodies don't. Glass makes all the difference in the world in 30 years from now looking back at the kids. Enough said!
October 4, 2014
My "Drama" lens
I've been using this lens on a working basis for a couple of years, and it's quickly become the favorite lens in my bag. On a full-frame (FX) body, you can't beat the kinds of angles you can get for dramatic effect (see samples). The edge-to-edge sharpness is better than any other lens I use, and that says a lot because it's all Nikkor glass. When zoomed all the way out to 14mm, you're going to get some distortion, but that's to be expected at that angle of view. That's what gives you that dramatic perspective - use it to your advantage.
This lens inspires a special kind of shooting. Practice with it to develop a style that normal lenses just don't get.
May 29, 2014
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