I was excited to see this lens. Several Nikon pals had raved about its sharpness and here it is. The Nikon AF-S 14-24 mm F2.8G ED
The lens came with a very nice pouch/case, although it’s too bulky to fit in my camera bag that way so I’ll just leave the case at home.
There is a cool lens cap that fits over the end of the body. Since the glass is so big and round, there’s no way to use a conventional filter or lens hood on this baby.
The lens handles really smoothly – and the lens is sharp. (Note: Some reviewers have stated this is one of the sharpest lenses they’ve ever used. I can’t say that but I can say it’s sharp for a super-wide zoom.) It’s clear that it focuses VERY quickly and accurately and it doesn’t suffer from the usual barrel distortion you see in this focal range.
There are 14 elements in eleven groups, two are ED glass, three aspherical. Nikon is also using its “Nano Crystal Coat” is designed to cut down internal reflection. But like any super-wide lens, there is some flare when shooting toward your light source. (see the picture of the walkway.)
It looks like it is going to be a real winner. These sample images were made just walking around, hand-holding the lens on the D3 and shooting anything that might show off the lens’ capability.
All the images are straight out of the camera with no processing other than some cropping here or there and some minor exposure adjustments. No sharpening or color correction has been applied. The picture of the Giants ticket gate is available full-size. Note that because I pointed the camera up, there is some distortion in this image.
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