193 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the new standard
Nikon's new 14-24 lens is just phenomenal. The clarity is that of a prime lens. In fact, this super-wide angle zoom lens effectively replaces the equivalent prime lenses within most of its focal length (except perhaps the 24mm range); it's like owning a bag full of prime lenses that have been combined to make one superlative zoom lens.
Yes, it's that good. If...
Published on December 28, 2007 by PlainWhite
8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Good Enough for D800E
I bought this lens because I was hoping that this zoom would be good enough to use with my D800E. It is well built, and the 14-24mm range of the zoom was really nice to have on a recent trip to Glacier Park. When I got back from my trip, I compared the sharpness of the photos I took against those with my Nikon 50mm 1.8. Sorry, I know I will get a bunch of angry emails...
Published 2 months ago by Lou Graham
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193 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the new standard,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)Nikon's new 14-24 lens is just phenomenal. The clarity is that of a prime lens. In fact, this super-wide angle zoom lens effectively replaces the equivalent prime lenses within most of its focal length (except perhaps the 24mm range); it's like owning a bag full of prime lenses that have been combined to make one superlative zoom lens.
Yes, it's that good. If you check around the web, you will see the pros falling over themselves for this lens after they test it. It's built like a tank and is precise as a Swiss watch.
95 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only great wide lens in existence,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)I got it about month and a half ago. I used Tokina 12-24 before and was not very happy with the edge performance. 14-24 is the only wide lens that lets me get the resolution that I expect from medium range and telephoto zoom lenses. Color and contrast are amazing. Much more even than my 17-55 Nikon. Very good built and handling. Over all, very happy!
That being said you should also remember:
It is not as wide as 10-12 APS-C ones.
Cannot use it with filter; both for safety and visual effect.
Flare appears more often than with 12-24.
55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal WA Lens for Nikon DSLR,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)Gorgeous super sharp WA lens. Sharp corner to corner, at wide open aperture, at entire zoom range. The color is just pop. It is better than my AFS 17-35 (sharp only in the center, at wide open, need to stop down for sharper entire frame).
At 1st, I kind of reluctant to try it since I have 17-35 already. But after I tried it, holly smokes, I MUST to have it. It is has kind of quality that I cannot get from 17-35. The color and bokeh is just way more pleasing to my eyes. It makes D300 shows its capability in WA department.
NO filter ring is the only my draw back. I guess I have to make my own custom Lee filter holder myself. The IQ of this lens is very hard to resist. It is worth the price.
Flare is a problem, but it can be controlled easily with your technique. Most WA lenses have flare problem. I think this lens has the least.
I am not a WA guy, but after owning this lens I start to take panoramic photos.
For weddings, this lens is an absolutely must use lens.
If you need real High Quality WA lens, this IS THE LENS.
BTW, that bulbous almost protruding lens shape looks sexy, attracts quite a lot of interest at several parties. It is not fish eye lens, as many thought.
83 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, yes; expensive, yes; worth it, yes!,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)I have been fortunate to use Leica SLR cameras and lenses for many years. Thus, my yardstick for any other lens is very high. I also own and shoot a Nikon D-200 and D-300. In particular, lens resolution, light fall off at the edges, and color saturation are very important to me. This lens is superlative in all these important respects. It is heavy, bulbous and expensive. However, I believe that the pro-sumer market is moving towards full 35mm size sensors so this lens is an investment in the future although it works extremely well on DX sensor bodies > D-40. One negative, it cannot accomodate filters, in particular, the all important circular polarizer. In my opinion, software can do remarkable things for color etc. but glare is best removed with a polarizer. If you can live with this deficiency, as I must, the lens is highly recommended.
73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ultra-wide,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)If you want an amazing ultra wide angle lens for both FF and DX, this should be your choice hands-down. My old Sigma 12-24mm is a laugher by comparison. Talk about clarity and detail! Nothing out there comes close! Better than my old AF 20mm 2.8. The only down side is the inability to use filters, and the fixed hood is just a bit too wide for my Lee LF filter holder. But, in these Photoshop days, most filter effects can be post-processed as long as the image isn't overexposed. If it wasn't for this inconvenience, this would be a 5-star lens all the way.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's THAT good, but very very fragile,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)Before buying this lens, I had used a Sigma 10-20mm on my D90. The Siggy was a fun lens and good for the price, but I was not happy with the sharpness and wanted to get a sharper and more professional lens on the ultra wide side. Unfortunately, I am also in the market for a D700 or another full frame camera (as of this writing its replacement isn't announced) and didn't want to invest in any more DX lenses since I lost so much value when I finally did sell the Sigma.
I had heard the 14-24 was the sharpest lens out there so I decided to buy it and use it on my D90 until I go full frame and really get the benefits. I had read reviews saying it would be a waste to use this on DX and it might be if you plan on staying with DX for a few years, but for someone in a transitional period, I was hoping it would work out. And it did!
This is a very sharp lens. It's built like a rock, it feels solid, it looks good too. 14mm on DX is still very wide and I've found on many shoots I only need to take this lens along with my 85mm lens and get most all the shots I need. I love it so much that I'm selling m 18-50mm DX lens also and will just keep this as my ultra wide/normal zoom.
If you're on DX and plan on upgrading, this will be a great choice. I will update this when I do use it on full frame too.
- the lens cap is kind of weird and falls off easily. This also doesn't take filters but I never use filters anyway. I guess some will complain about the weight too but I was dragging this and a bag around downtown all day and it wasn't THAT bad.
************update and reason for taking off a star*******************
It saddens me to take off one star off this lens because the optics are brilliant, but this lens is just too fragile for a $2000 professional grade lens. I got my lens used but it was in perfect shape. I have babied this lens and kept it in it's bag when not used and it doesn't have a single scratch. Unfortunately, while I was packing my camera, the camera and lens rolled off the bag and fell to the floor a distance of 6 inches. Not 6 feet, but INCHES. Not only that, the camera is what broke the fall not the lens.
At first I thought nothing had happened - I took a picture, it focused, and still not a scratch but then I noticed the zoom ring was stuck. I was able to move it again but it's very rough and stiff. I was shocked because I've seen people beat the hell out of the D3's and 24-70 or 70-200 lenses and nothing happens, so all of a sudden, a little 6 inch drop destroyed the internal workings of this camera. It doesn't even have a VR!
After doing some research, it appears that this is somewhat common problem since the tolerance is so tiny. In fact, this happens during shipping at times according to one blog I read from a lens rental place. I don't make a living off photography, but I love wide angle shots. I just wanted the best lens in one category and spent a lot of money on this. I don't want to spend another $400-$1000 fixing a 6 inch drop.
The zoom ring has loosened up a little more now so I can use it though nervously, but be forewarned. This is not an every day lens.
The estimate I got from Nikon was $691 before taxes and shipping. This is unacceptable for a "professional" lens. I have an old 80-200mm professional nikon lens and that thing is a tank.
Once I paid for the repairs (after some words were exchanged), the lens came back to factory condition and the actual repair was closer to $500 so it took off a little bit of the sting, but as a non-pro, I could have used the $500 for a variety of other gear- namely, I was going to buy the 24-70 to complete my collection and was planning on getting the D600 which will have to wait a few months.
The weird part is that the person who answered my email initially without looking at the lens gave a price much closer to the actual repair than the guy who looked at the lens! Nikon also has a monopoly on repairs so there is no way to get a second opinion to see whether the price they charge is fair.
***update #3, about 3 years of ownership now on full frame****
Since getting the D600, this lens is serving its intended purpose as an ultra wide angle lens and it doesn't miss a beat in that department. 24mm IS very wide on full frame so I was worried that I may not need this lens given that it's $2000 but though the 24-70mm lens is on my camera most of the time, there are plenty of times where 24mm is just not enough and 14mm shines.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, but pricy,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)The lens gives excellent pictures as you would hope for something that costs as much as this. The build quality is excellent as well. A professional lens that lives up to your expectations. I found two problems with it that you might want to keep in mind if you're thinking about buying one. First, it is big and heavy. This might seem obvious, but if you're carrying it around all day you will notice the weight difference between this and something like the 18 - 200 zoom. Second, the bulging front element can be a problem. There isn't any way to get a filter on it, and it is easily bumped with greasy sweaty fingers. I was making a real effort to avoid it, and while taking pictures in south Florida I still managed to get a fingerprint on it. I removed the fingerprint with the same solution I used to clean the sensor, but this is still a big delicate vulnerable chunk of glass sticking out for things to bump.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Lens!,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)The 14-24 2.8 Zoom lens is (IMO) about as optically perfect as a lens can get.
What is this lens exactly? And why do I recommend it?
First off, this lens can be used by pros and amateur alike. The price is steep and this is considered a pro lens, but if you enjoy super wide angle zooms, do not hesitate.
There are 2 "pro" lenses that reach the 14mm mark. This lens and the 14mm 2.8 "prime" lens (fixed focal length - ie..not a zoom). This lens is considered by many professionals and critics alike as not only the better of the two, but one of the best lens Nikon has ever made. Some of the advantages this lens has -
- fast 2.8 f-stop
- sharpness through out the entire range
- great build quality
- little of the distortion found in cheap wide angle lenses.
There are some drawbacks to this lens. None are really enough to warrant either a drop in review stars or hesitation in buying it.
- It is heavy
- This lens CANNOT take a screw-in filter. It has a mounted hood that cannot be removed and a big bulb of curved glass
- It is expensive (get what you pay for)
- using this (or any ultra wide angle lens or zoom lens) takes practice. People in other forums write that they bought this lens but never use it. It just sits in their camera bag. That is actually sad to hear as this lens is perfection. If you are asking yourself if you want to buy this lens, think about all the possibilities for it. They really are endless, and to hear this gem of a lens sits in a bag is to hear about a photographer that really needs to look at the world in a new and exciting way.
I used the 10-24 mm DX lens prior to my buying this lens. I used that lens all the time for both professional and hobby photography. I know I will use this lens just as much. My first few photoshoots have produced amazing results (combined with a new D3s btw)
41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocked!,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)It is quite shocking to hold this 2.8 ultrawide lens. This lens is a standard-setter. It is SO SHARP wide open that you will be amazed. I read one review that said that it eliminates a bag of primes.
Yes, it is large. Yes, it is heavy. Yes, the front element is exposed and potentially vulnerable (use the lens cap!). Yes, it is not as wide as the DX lenses on DX bodies: Sigma 10-20, Tokina/Nikon 12-24. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is not as wide as some on DX cameras...
BUT this is a keeper and - somehow - when you mount the lens, and hold it, all those problems disappear. Will I take it hiking in Shenandoah? Nah, I put the Sigma 10-20 on for wide mucky stuff...
If you own a DX camera currently (all but D3 owners), you can invest in your FX future. BUT, it works phenomenally well on DX sensors like my D300... Helps me take great images...
A great piece of kit, as my British friends would say...
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Wide Angle zoom Lens,
This review is from: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (Camera)Its huge but it produces excellent photos. I just love the sharpest I can get from this lens even with a Nikon D80 camera. Its at par or a bit better than the Nikon 17-35mm f2.8. The built quality is very good but it is a speciality lens and so requires a bit of care in handling with the exposed front lens.
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