This lens is excellent optically. It has a fast maximum aperture of a 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 a on an FX full-frame camera; on a camera with a DX camera it’s 90° – 61°). It’s a rectilinear lens to minimize the distortion that you get from such a wide angle of 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.
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.
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.
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