Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G Lens Review

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A Striking Ultra Wide Angle Zoom

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S-Top The Nikon AF-S 14-24mm lens is a striking ultra wide angle zoom that surpasses a majority of the primes within its zoom range from a resolution standpoint, its fast aperture lets plenty of low light in and is built solidly to hold up the harsh handling of a professional photographer (although in combination with the massive amount of glass, earns it the title of the heaviest ultra-wides available and one of the more costly also).

Nevertheless it's not without it's faults. Wherever there's light, there's also shadow, and when you shoot into the light with this 14-24mm lens there are flare spots, too. Also, there's a little vignetting, especially shooting wide open, although it's similar to it's competitors and easy to fix. At the wide range, there's high distortion, but they are have uniform shape and can also be corrected with software.

A few will also object to the lack filter threads to install a polarizer lens or any other filter. Although, it's still an exceptional lens for those photographers that can live with or work around these problems it's currently the better ultra wide zoom lens available.

The lens is heavy, There is no place for a screw-in filter as It has a permanent hood which is immovable because a huge curved glass bulb. Feb 10, 2011 ✓

Features

Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, render outstanding image integrity

With all these features, as well as an incredible resilience to dust, water and general wear and tear, the Nikon 14-24mmf/2.8G ED Lens is a welcome way to meet your telephotography needs.

• AF-S Autofocus lens featuring a Silent wave, coreless, integrated, focus motor (unwrapped in 1996). Basically an updated AF-I Autofocus-Silent sporting a "Silent Wave Motor" (ultrasonic) to focus near silently and fast.

• D- Distance. Denoted after the  f-number. It signifies the lens has the capacity to use Nikon's 3D Matrix Metering on camera bodies where it is supported.

DX - NIKKOR - Compact and lightweight Nikon DX lenses feature a lesser image circle and are specifically created and optimized for the Nikon D-series, digital SLR camera bodies. An ideal option for photographers and enthusiasts who require shooting of expansive landscapes with Nikon DX DSLR

• Two ED- (Extra-low Dispersion)
a necessary element of the Nikon telephoto lens Nikon engineered Extra-low Dispersion optical glass to facilitate the manufacture of lenses that provide superior color correction and sharpness by diminishing chromatic aberrations

• G - labeled after the f-number.
A G-lens contains no aperture ring, therefore aperture may only be electronically controlled by the camera and only autofocus camera bodies featuring function dials have the capacity to control G lenses

• IF- Internal Focusing
The ability to have a lens focus while it's size remains unchanged. Nikon’s IF engineering allows that to happen. All internal optical travel is contained within the inside of the non-extension lens container.

• M/A mode
AF-S Nikon lenses include the exclusive Nikon M/A focus function, that permits switching from auto to manual focus virtually without time lag - even while the AF servo is in operation regardless of the AF mode in play.

• N-Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat consist of an antireflective coat that stemmed from the cultivation of Nikon NSR-series (Step and Repeat type) semiconductor fabricating devices

• PGM - An aspherical lens features a curved surface which is non-spherical but is able to fix aberrations.

• SIC - Nikon Super Integrated Coating
Nikon uses an elite multilayer lens coating to augment the operation of its lens elements which also helps diminish ghosting and flare to minute levels. Nikon Super Integrated Coat also accomplishes several purposes,

• SWM- Silent Wave Motor
Nikon AF-S engineering is yet one more rationale why professional photographers like Nikon telephoto optical lenses.

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Specifications

Overview
Lens styleZoom lens
Zoom ratio 1.7x  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length14 – 24 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 114° - 84° - DX Picture Angle: 90° - 61°  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Aperture annotations rounded blades  
Optical
Total Elements 14  
Number of Groups 11  
Coatings / special elements 2 ED glass elements, 3 aspherical lenses and 1 Nano Crystal Coat - Super integrated coating  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 0.28 m (11.02")  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight970 g (2.14 lb)  
Lens diameter 98 mm (3.86")  
Overall length 132 mm (5.18")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Lens hood included Yes - built-in petal shaped hood  
Lens case CL-M3



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