Review of Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens

Sonamarg India Nikon 14-24mm
Image captured using Nikon D600 + Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G lens

I have been using Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G lens for few years now and had this camera in my bag during all my local and Himalayan treks for landscape photography. This lens belongs to the ultra wide angle lens category and also comes under the so called legendary lenses of Nikon. This is one of the best ultra wide angle FX lens you will find in the market (as of this writing) even after so many years of it’s release when compared to any other brand. This lens can also be used with the DX body. Here is my review on Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens.

The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens is not a fish eye lens (even though it appears a bit like that) and is intended to be used with the full frame cameras. The images captured using this lens has very less distortion, for example: the straight lines of buildings and trees appear straight and is not curved/ distorted. This lens is really sharp even when compared to Nikon’s 14mm prime lens at all apertures and in it’s zoom range. The corners of the image captured is really sharp even when the lens is wide open at f/2.8. If you look into the MTF curves of Nikon 14-24mm lens, then this lens is insanely good lens that you can think of purchasing. You will hardly find any fringe, flare or ghosts in the images that are captured using Nikon 14-24mm, unless you don’t keep your lens clean or directly pointing towards sun.

The focus system is internal, you can see the huge glass element in front moving in and out. The lens petal-style hood is attached and cannot be removed. This acts like a good protection. This hood has no thread in the inner side and hence the only option to add filter will be to attach a square type filter. I will be writing an article on filters for Nikon 14-24mm soon, so follow me on social media to get updates on that. There are filters available for Nikon 14-24mm, by Lee, Haida etc but are very expensive. Haida filters are cheaper and better than the Lee filters. The filter size would be 150* 150 mm.

This is a heavy lens which is almost 1+ kg and on a full frame body will be approx 2 kg (including the weight of the camera body). It doesn’t feel that heavy to me when I use it for general use but when I take this to my Himalayan trek, every gram counts. The ultra wide angle view on full frame is insanely wide with an angle view of 114 degree. The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens on a DX/ Cropped sensor camera is equivalent to 9.2-16mm.

I will not be speaking on the technical specification here as you can always find this info on Nikon website. The glass in front is dust and moisture resistant. I had used Nikon 14-24mm during my Himalayan trek that too when it was raining. The water droplets don’t stick on to the lens. In the last 2 years I dropped this camera along with the lens twice during my trek up the slopes. Luckily nothing had happened. In addition to landscape shots where the focus distance is really far off, Nikon 14-24mm has a min focal distance of 11 inch which is really good. This is important in landscape shots to capture the foreground in the landscape shot.

Mules carry trekkers luggage at Bedni Bugyal meadows – campsite.

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Overall, in short Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G is a must lens for Nikon users, if you are a landscape or an architectural photographer. It is considered as one of the legendary lens of Nikon, even though it’s expensive, it’s worth the money for it’s fast, razor-sharp performance and contrast. This lens is of good use if you are photographing landscape and architectural shots and to get wide angle shot of the place of event (I use it when I do wedding photo-shoot as well to get the wide angle view of the place). Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens is so good that there are few famous canon photographers use this lens with an adaptor on Canon body. All the images that you see here are using this ultra wide angle 14-24mm lens without filters or polarizer.

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