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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED 35mm Zoom
Fast aperture, high-performance, ultra-wide-angle zoom optimized for FX- and DX-format sensors featuring Nikon’s exclusive ED Glass and Nano Crystal Coat. Fast, ultra wide-angle AF-S zoom lens optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX- (23.9 x 36mm) and DX-format image sensors. Enhanced optical formulas engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, rendering outstanding image integrity. Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast even at the widest aperture settings. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation.
Submitted by Axle a Expert
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2010
Strengths: - Sharp at any aperture, right open to f/2.8
- Sealed, can be used in downpour without any problems.
- Comparable even with older film based SLRs (F4 and up)
Weaknesses: - G, no manual aperture control
- Front element is curved, preventing the application of a protective filter
- Weird slip on lens cap
The ultimate in ultra-wide for Nikons, the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G is the perfect addition to any kit. As a full frame lens it will be perfect on your D3, D700, or most modern Film SLRs from Nikon (it works perfectly on my F80). Even on your DX cameras, this lens is perfect (21-36mm equivalent) and the quality coming out of this lens blows away anything from Sigma and Tameron.
First off, this is a specialized lens that will put a huge dent in your pocket book, if you shoot landscapes or architecture it will be a perfect addition to your bag. Portrait and event shooters really don't need this lens, your 17-55/24-70 lens will do just fine.
As an f/2.8 lens this sucker is fast, and sharp all the way open to f/2.8, and with the rounded diaphragm, the bokeh is smooth and clean. Also being weather sealed, this sucker can be taken out in any condition, I've had it out in abandoned buildings, and rain and snow, cold weather, and this thing takes it all. The only thing you really have to look out for is the front lens element, being curved you cannot put a protective filter on it, so whenever you're not using it, put the cap back on (that's another issue, the cap is weird, it slips on, it stays in place, but could easy slip off, and then you need to order a new one from Nikon $$$).
Despite all this, was this lens worth the investment, even with a D300, yes, oh yes. I'll sacrifice the angle of view for the quality that comes with using this lens.
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Price Paid: $1700.00
Purchased At: Henry's
Similar Products Used: Tamron 11-18mm DiII
Sigma 10-20mm HSM
Type of photography: Other
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