Here’s a collection of images I’ve taken with the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G wide-angle zoom lens to give an idea of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.
This lens is excellent optically. It has a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 that’s constant throughout the zoom range. And it has a very wide angle of view, from 114° at its widest (14mm) and 84° zoomed in to 24mm (that’s on an FX full-frame camera; on a camera with a DX sensor, it’s 90° – 61°). It’s a rectilinear lens to minimize the distortion that you get from such a wide-angle view.
It doesn’t have vibration reduction, but that’s normal for wide-angle lenses. It does have ruggedized construction and is built to be resistant to dust and moisture.
My biggest complaint about this lens is how big and heavy it is—2.2 pounds (or 1 kg). That’s not much if you’re talking about long telephotos, and indeed there are heavier lenses like the 24-70mm, but for a wide-angle lens that isn’t quite versatile enough that I’d be happy leaving it on my camera most of the time, that’s hefty. It’s also not going to be a concern for everyone, but I like to travel light, and packing this lens forces me to leave out some of my other favorites.
One other thing worth mentioning about this lens is that because of the heavily curved front glass element, you can’t use the usual screw-on filters with this lens.
Here are some sample images I’ve shot with this lens. The shooting info is in the caption for each shot, and you can click on the images to open full resolution versions of you want a closer look. Most of these are travel photography shots, but I’ve sometimes used this lens for architectural and location clients when they want a particularly dramatic look, often for their social media campaigns, and aren’t concerned about converging verticals that would otherwise lead me to be using a tilt-shift lens.
Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 Sample Images
Optical Correction Tools
I deliberately haven’t applied extensive corrections to these images. And the general rule of thumb in photography is that it’s better to get the shot right at the time of capture rather than trying to fix it after. That’s a great aspiration, but it’s not always possible to do if you’re bumping up against limitations or flaws in gear, conditions, or technique.
But it’s worth mentioning that there are some excellent tools available to help address common issues with lenses, such as distortion, chromatic aberration, and lens vignetting when editing the images. All-round image processing apps like Lightroom Classic and Capture One have solid tools built in already that often cater to specific lens profiles (or you can make your own).
Some more specialized tools can take it even further. DxO, in particular, sets the gold standard. Their software is built on the foundation of their incredibly deep archive of data from their extensive lab testing of the optical performance of lenses and cameras. But there are some other excellent specialized tools available. These are well worth a look (and have free trials):
- DxO Pure RAW (for a suite of automatic RAW file corrections enhancement)
- DxO ViewPoint (correcting for distortion and geometry)
- Topaz Labs Sharpen AI (in addition to standard unsharp tools, includes focus correction and shake reduction)
- On1 NoNoise (includes Tack Sharp AI, which applies sharpening)
Things Worth Knowing
This is a surprisingly hefty lens in terms of both size and weight.
One small thing I don’t really like about this lens is that the zoom ring is not as tight and smooth as I’d expect from a premium lens from Nikon. There’s a slight bit of give in the zoom ring. Not a lot, to be sure, and it still works normally, but it just doesn’t feel as it should. At first, I thought it was just something with the copy I got, but I’ve since used another one that has the same issue, leading me to conclude that it’s just how they’re built. This is admittedly nit-picking, but I know Nikon can do better.
Price & Availability of the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G
Nikon’s MSRP for this lens is $1899.95.
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If you’re in the market for a used copy, there are good odds of finding one at KEH, which is my go-to source of used photography gear.
Accessories for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens
Filters. Because of the bulbous front element, this lens doesn’t take regular screw-on filters. You can apparently use 150mm plate filters with this lens with dedicated adapters like this or this, but I haven’t personally tried them on this lens.
Lens Cap. It doesn’t take a regular snap-on lens cap. Instead, it has a special slip-on lens cover.
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