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The Nikon 14-24mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Night photography, Special effects, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 14-24mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 14-24mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 14-24mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
Think twice before buying this lens.
First of all, this lens is probably not for you -- well, maybe a few of you. But not if you've never used wide-angles before. And I don't mean 28mm -- i mean 20mm at least. If you haven't at least tried a super wide angle lens before, use some common sense and try a demo first. The reason is that this lens, at 14mm, is mind-blowingly good -- but in a way very few people understand. "What's the point of that lens?" is the most common question people will ask you (and you'll ask it to yourself ...View full Review
First of all, this lens is probably not for you -- well, maybe a few of you. But not if you've never used wide-angles before. And I don't mean 28mm -- i mean 20mm at least. If you haven't at least tried a super wide angle lens before, use some common sense and try a demo first. The reason is that this lens, at 14mm, is mind-blowingly good -- but in a way very few people understand. "What's the point of that lens?" is the most common question people will ask you (and you'll ask it to yourself as well, as it sits in your bag, unused). I'm rating it a 4, because its not as sharp as advertised on the websites. It has decent sharpness. But the sharpness is hype. This is a quality zoom in a weird range. Maybe Kent Rockwell loves this lens -- but even he warns you to put your money into the 17-35mm instead. The 17-35mm looks nearly as good and takes filters. The 14-24 is unprotected. Its a huge bulb of bloated glass sitting out in the open that seems like it weighs more than my camera, because of how you have to hold this lens. And 24-14mm is usually not very useful, because it makes people look fat, and makes things look VERY VERY far away, unless you take the pic a foot away from them (literally). This lens is not for you, unless you know what ULTRA wideangles are, and you are ready to go to SUPER ultra wide angle. Its flawed in that it doesn't focus closer than 12 inches. If you buy it, youll know why (the fun is when things nearly touch a wideangle lens). Think twice. Then buy it, because its about the funnest and most artistic lens you can have that's not zany like a fisheye. This lens is NOT for portraits in the classical sense. Buy it only if you know you can tame it. Worse part: The lens cover is cheap plastic that does not stay on, and it constantly falls off, constantly threatening your valuable glass (and the lens doesn't take filters!). Best part: Best in its class.
Most Liked Negative Review
double vision issues, superb contrast & saturation, excellent build quality
The contrast & saturation is superb. There's a sort of "double vision" effect for out of focus things which is a little annoying. It doesn't perform as well on subjects at infinity as I would like but for what it is it's quite good. It's a zooming, wide angle retrofocus lens and considering the constraints of modern engineering this is as good as it gets. You might get a bit better sharpness performance out of a PC-E lens if you want to monkey with tilt movements for a couple minutes before t...View full Review
The contrast & saturation is superb. There's a sort of "double vision" effect for out of focus things which is a little annoying. It doesn't perform as well on subjects at infinity as I would like but for what it is it's quite good. It's a zooming, wide angle retrofocus lens and considering the constraints of modern engineering this is as good as it gets. You might get a bit better sharpness performance out of a PC-E lens if you want to monkey with tilt movements for a couple minutes before taking the shot. It doesn't take filters but the contrast & saturation are so high I don't think it's as big a deal as people make it out. It's heavy so keep that in mind if you're using it on a heavy body with an on camera flash. The construction is solid and the focus & zoom rings are smooth. It's moving almost 1KG of glass so it's a given that there's a bit of resistance in the zoom ring compared to the focus ring. It's probably the smoothest "full time manual focus" ring I've ever experienced. The lens element is very exposed so I leave the lens cap on at all times and take it off to take a picture. I might relax a bit more and "let go" later but for now it makes me nervous. Dust on the front element WILL show up in the shot. This camera is unforgiving in that aspect. The chromatic aberration is manageable. Usually it doesn't need correction. There's barrel distortion on the wide end. Used on a D300. Waiting for my pre-ordered D800 to come in. The reason this lens gets 3 stars is because there's a serious "double vision" problem for out of focus elements. On the D300 small details are rendered twice if they're out of focus, about 3-4 pixels apart. Things like telephone wires in the distance, little leaves, etc. Having to stop down the lens extra to mitigate this defeats the purpose of having such a sharp lens. I really wish this issue didn't happen. For those interested I'm comparing this lens to the following that I've used: Zeiss 35mm T* 2.0 Distagon (on full frame), voigtlander 21mm color skopar F4 (on 35mm film and aps-c sony nex), Schneider Super Angulon F8 on 4x5 film
Reviewed by 166 customers
Needs more than 5 stars! This lens is even better than i expected. after getting it in the mail i took it out for a test run taking pictures of my backyard, plants up close wide open and stopped down. and when it got dark i tried it out on the stars with my d700. it picked up alot of detail even with a town and city near by plus a moon out! i couldnt imaging what it would pick up if i was in a dark area! Its tack sharp and has excellent contrast and color! i specifically bought this lens for astro photography, land, cityscape, cramped areas and whatever else i can think of to use it for. id say the only complaint i have about it is it tends to have an easy tendency to get sun flares at 14 to 18mm from the sides of the lens. this is due to how the lens was made with the massive glass bulb on the end. this is normal, any lens this wide would be a sun flare magnet. to avoid this either have your back to the sun or make sure something is blocking the sun or have the sun centered with your photo. other that that its just a wow lens! remember to stop down to around f8 or higher with this lens to have sharp corners cause this is an ultra wide lens! i recommend this lens!
Great product!... Amazing sharpness around the corners,distortion is very low and easily correctable. Excellent lens!...
Sharp, fast, also tells other nikon users to look at me!!!! haha. Great lens, especially for compact places where you don't get to maneuver, and for seances. It does get a bit heavy with my D4.
I've been a Nikon owner and admirer for years. This is a terrific lens in all respects. It has no competition.
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.
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!
This is one of Nikon's best, so say the blogs. Right? Yes!! It's been here a month or two. LOT'S of photos with a D610 and D750. Reputation deserved. National park monument, close in, top to bottom, check. Night sky -- Milky Way -- Awesome. Super close-ups. Contrary to some well respected bloggers, this isn't just for professionals getting in close for high impact interviews (it is excellent for that, every newsroom has 10 of them). It's also for getting the whole family, the whole room, the moment! Tripod in the corner, remote in pocket. Truly priceless distortion free photos. Glass holds it's value, camera bodies don't. Can't beat this glass for what it is.
If you have been on the fence with pulling the trigger on 14-24 vs. the 16-35... you will not be disappointing with the 14-24. Absolutely amazing lens! All of the reviews are spot on- this lens really is that good! As with all of the other reviews I had the same concerns about lack of filters, bulbous front element etc. All of those concerns went away on the first day of use. The lens cap easily fits in my shorts pocket and would keep it handy when walking around. I shot with this lens on a recent trip to Colorado, stunning and sharp! I have also used this lens to shoot interiors for a Realtor friend- she was blown away by the images!
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.
This lens takes some stunning pictures! You just need to realize its not like other lenses! I find I can't use the flash on my camera because it blacks out a portion of the picture. Can't even use my add on flash without a deflector. Can't press the lens against glass because of the non-removable lens shield. But...all that said...the lend takes stunning pictures!