Nikon AF-S 14-24mm F2.8G ED

Modern sensors require great glass

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There is some wonderful glass in Nikon’s stable. But, fine-art landscape photographer and educator Tony Bridge says that when you are using a D800 or the D800E with its monster sensor, “it is necessary to pick the eyes out of the lineout.” The fine resolution of this camera is going to put any lens to the test. “Near enough simply isn’t good enough for this sensor. Gold-ring glass is the entry point.”

Photographers working in tight spaces, architectural photographers and those who are working with epic landscapes, will appreciate the Nikon AF-S 14–24mm f2.8G ED.

This lens is a stand out for sharpness and clarity. Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and colour, render outstanding image integrity. The extra-low dispersion glass elements minimise chromatic aberration and aspherical elements eliminate other optical distortions, even at the widest aperture.

“On my D800, the 14–24mm shines,” says Bridge. “There is little, if any, chromatic aberration and the lens renders cleanly right out to the corners without any smearing of fine detail. It is a nice, contrasty lens, with excellent saturation, virtually no vignetting and it doesn’t hamper the D800 sensor’s astonishing dynamic range in any way.”

The lens is dust and moisture resistant, with a bulbous front element. But this it isn’t a fish-eye lens—straight lines stay straight rather than bowing.

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While the lens cap fits over the built-in lens hood, the curved front element means that the lens cannot accommodate front filters and requires a little more care.

“You can’t throw it on the back seat of your car, to roll around among your Red Bull cans, tripod plates and other junk while you race off to the next location. You will need to look after it,” says Bridge. However its nine-blade, rounded diaphragm opening means that it produces wonderfully rendered bokeh—the way the lens renders unfocused parts of the frame—making out-of-focus elements appear more natural. The dedicated flower-shaped lens hood effectively minimises stray light and the Nano Crystal Coat on the lens virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections, reducing ghosting and flare.

“In practice, it is a joy to use,” says Bridge. “Focus is swift, sure and silent. It sits nicely in the hand and the zoom ring has a short throw. Build-quality is excellent. This is a lens made for years of service. Just remember to be religious in replacing the lens cap.”

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