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NikonAF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Strong construction (16)
  • Durable (12)
  • Easily interchangeable (11)
  • Consistent output (10)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Low light (7)
  • Night photography (7)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Sports/action (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3)
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4.0

Definitely a niche lens

By Kauffie

from Charleston, SC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sharp

Cons

  • Can't use filters
  • Design Better Lens Cover
  • Difficult to Clean
  • Lens Flare

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

I bought this lens for indoor work, hotel rooms and lobbies, etc. After shooting with it one morning I almost sent it back - even got an RMA from B&H, mainly because I use polarizers quite a bit (even indoors for reflections)and you can't use any filters with this lens, but also because it flares badly which surprised me, also because I'm afraid of scratching the bulbous lens. However, I decided to keep it because sometimes you just need that width and it just might mean the difference between doing the job correctly and not being able to. Also used it for night photography (milky way) and I can see it being useful for big sky shots like lightning strikes. Makes nice stars out of lights.

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5.0

Bought mine in 1999[*]

By sojourner

from New Paltz, NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

        This is a lot of fun, trying to make distortions look normal, and man, do I need that. I use it on an N60 I bought in 1998, but will shift to the F100 when I am through with the roll. I do not like changing filters, as them screws are so small I am afraid of inhaling one? Be that as it may, if you get the filter changing kit from Nikon, which I obviously have, make sure you keep a magnet around to catch those little screws if they stray? I bought a bunch of different wratten (sic.) filters, but only use the green cause of those little screws and so on. Just don't get too close to your subject, or you will scratch the lens.(joke). As to the lens protector, mine works, and if Nikon could have offered something else, I wouldn't have minded, but that is what comes with and I haven't scratched the front or back of the lens in 14 years? I have broken Leicas more than once, but never a Nikon. When Leica still had the R series and also made this lens, the price for the Leica 14 mm was around [$] plus the cost of a camera body. Must have been a monster, the Leica.

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        4.0

        Fantastic on FX cameras...

        By K Hodge Films

        from Boulder, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Can't use front filters
        • DX bodies not worth it
        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

        I originally bought this for us on my D7000 shooting wedding films. Specifically to be my workhorse Steadicam lens. On the DX format D7000 the images were always soft and I could never seem to get it focused very sharp.

        Enter the D800. Holy SMOKES! On an FX camera this lens is like a completely different monster. The images are AMAZING. Sharp, super wide, yummy goodness. And my Steadicam shots with this thing can come out looking astonishing.

        It is a very specific lens to use and even though the lines stay straight, it does distort things when they get too close. If you know why you want to buy it, you should probably buy it... if you just want a wide angle lens, the 14mm-24mm or the 24mm prime might be a better bet.

        Really slow AF.

        One note: You can't fit a lens filter on the front objective because it's too bulbous... so, be careful with this bad boy.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible super high definition

        By Henry one

        from El Paso, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

        It's amazing color and definition even in low light conditions.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Takes Wide-Angle to the AWESOME!

        By Ray

        from Tampa, Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Sharper than a tack

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

        Indoors: Makes realestate pictures REAL--you are able to cover what your eyes see.
        Outdoors: Incredible panoramas. You can stich 360's in no time.
        Great: Sharpness;contrast is excellent. Distortion is minmal.
        Not so great: Having to use a gelatin filter.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Lens!

        By Nick

        from Connecticut

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction
        • Super wide

        Cons

        • Can't use UV filter

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

        I absolutely LOVE this lens. I bought it used on [@] for like half the price and I couldn't be happier. It comes in handy in so many different situations. You can as close to something with the lens as possible and it will still focus to that close object. If you're on the fence about buy this lens just do it and you won't regret it.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice lens

        By Paul

        from Ballarat

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

            Very nice lens in spite of the difficult to manage poor excuse for a lens cap. Sharp as a tack and very little distortion.

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            (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Definitely not an expensive paper weight

            By Paul

            from Ballarat, Australia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

              Love this lens for city scapes and interiors of old buldings such as church interors at weddings. So sharp at every focal length and so little distortion for a lens of this focal length. I do dislike the silly soft lens cap which IMHO cost it a star, because you have to be so carefull putting it back on.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Lens

              By Cool Hands

              from Salt Lake City, UT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

              I've been using this lens for dramatic landscape photos, star photography and HDR. It performs with amazing clarity and works well even on the cropped DX format (D7000).

              The lens is fast, quiet and worth every penny. It's among my heavier lenses for sure, but worth carrying around.

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Amazing Lens

              By CaptZerkon

              from Burlington, VT

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                I would rate this lens a 5 star but I'm not a huge fan of the manual/auto focus switch. Once you are locked into auto mode you can't manually focus. Not a big deal because it is a 14mm.

                Great glass and it is a nice size and weight. So far.... wonderful

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                5.0

                Beautiful Lens

                By Thy Bun

                from Oakland, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                I use this lens for wedding shoot. It is sharp and great images quality. It is kinda difficult focus to shoot at night.

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                • No

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                One of the more useful exotics.

                By dmr_pj

                from New York, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction
                • W-I-D-E

                Cons

                • not AF-S

                Best Uses

                • Architectural interiors
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                The only reason I'm not giving a 5th star is that this should be an AF-S lens.

                Still, the lines are straight. The photos are crisp. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome lens! Perfect for my Needs.

                By Andy W.

                from Bergen County, NJ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wide Angle Architectural

                    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                    I shoot a lot of tight spaces, like TV Studios, Edit Suites, Master Control Rooms. This lens is perfect for that.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love my ultra wide!

                    By A. Trieskey

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                      I love everything about this lens! Its response is super fast. I am shooting with a D90. I am new to ultra wide and have been loving the shots that I'm getting. I have been shooting with it every chance I get. I need more practice getting uncomfortably close to my subjects especially the moving ones!

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                      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Nice Prime

                      By kford263

                      from North Shore, HI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Lens cap

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                      This lens is overall a very well constructed piece of glass. The angle of vision is super wide with minimal distortion. I struggled for a long time trying to decide whether I should go with the zoom 14-24mm or the 14mm prime, and I am glad I decided to go with the latter. Being able to zoom is an awesome capability, but with the prime you can move forward or backwards to achieve a similar focal length and save a few extra hundred dollars. My biggest beef with this lens is the lens cap. Being a soft lens cap makes it kind of tricky to put back on, especially at night. And because the lens protrudes fairly far out, the possibility for scratching it becomes an issue. In terms of photographing capabilities however, great product. I only rated it 4 stars because although it is an amazing piece of equipment, it didn't blow my socks off.

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                      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I call it the Gem

                      By ALFA

                      from Orange County, California

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quick Focus
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                        I just bought this lens two days ago and OMG. What a beauty. It really is a gem. I love it. I've been having so much fun with this lens. It simply brings your creativity out. You can do sooo much with this lens. I bought it initially to shoot Real Estate/Interior and Exterior, but I'm having so much excitement shooting the mother nature. I used it on my D700 and shot a few sceneries. You just want to jump and touch the clouds when you look at them through this lens. I was driving back from San Diego, put my camera on P and Live View and took a few pictures while going under the over passes. When I showed them to friends, they just went, wooow... what a shot!
                        Buy it , then you will know what I'm talking about.

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                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Quality

                        By molgto65

                        from Sterking Heights, MI

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quick Focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                          This lens is great for indoor shots, a fish-eye without the distortion.

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                          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Highly recommended

                          By George

                          from Milan - IT

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Quick Focus
                          • Sharp Focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                            I am an amateur photographer. I like to take pictures while traveling cities. I use it as a candid camera to freeze moments of our times.
                            This camera portraits the world as your eyes see it and allows you to capture exaclty what you experience.
                            Quality wise the lense has high standard. It feels robust and reliable. The huge curved lense might be a bit exposed to damage but i guess there is nothing we can do about it but being careful.
                            The lens is anyway not too big and not too heavy. Much better than the 14-24 F2.8 which is big and heavy, and perhaps less descrete.
                            I use this lense for 80% of the time, the remaining 20% i have a 24-70 F2.8, which i also recommend coupled with this one.

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                            (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            It doesn't just look great. It is.

                            By Doug, Milphog

                            from Poulsbo, WA

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Quick Focus
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp Focus
                            • Strictly class act
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • None whatsoever

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Working stories

                            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                            I had a chance to borrow this lens two years ago to use on my D200. I was very impressed. When I moved to the full frame world recently, I wanted a lens that would give me about the same perspective the Nikon DX 10.5mm did on my D200 and D300.
                            I use that perspective to show people working, with plenty of their surroundings, to tell the whole story with one shot. The 14mm is a significant step up from the DX lens, which I really like.
                            If I wore jewelry, I'd put this lens on a chain around my neck.

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                            (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The Widest Recteliniar lens out there!

                            By Heliotrope Photography

                            from Austin Texas

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Quick Focus
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp Focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy
                            • Scratches Easily

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Special Effects

                            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens:

                            I have used this lens for about 6 months and have loved everything about it. Its well built and THE most important thing about this very wide angle lens. Like I said before Its Recteliniar. Which means it keeps straight lines straight and curved line curved. its the perfect lens for archectural photography and close quarters automotive photography(my forte). There have been several jobs that I could not have done if I didnt have this lens.

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