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NikonAF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED Autofocus Lens
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Strong construction (17)
  • Durable (14)
  • Consistent output (12)
  • Easily interchangeable (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (15)
  • Night photography (9)
  • Low light (8)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Widest Recteliniar lens out there!

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...Read complete review

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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Unacceptable Distortion

I bought this lens because it claimed to be rectilinear. Well, sort of. But in fact, the distortion is so complex that I can come up with no way to correct it....Read complete review

I bought this lens because it claimed to be rectilinear. Well, sort of. But in fact, the distortion is so complex that I can come up with no way to correct it. I have found no profiles available for Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Notice in the image that I'm uploading, how the horizon is nowhere near flat. It bulges up in the middle, then down towards the sides, and then up again at the very edges. I consider this lens to be completely unusable on a full frame camera for anything containing straight lines. Architecture? Forget it. When I first purchased it, I was using a DX format camera. Had I been using a full frame camera, I would've seen the full complexity of the distortion, and would certainly have returned it right away. The Canon 14 mm lens is completely without distortion. Why can't Nikon do this?

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1.0

Unacceptable Distortion

By ChuckWilliams

from Cozumel Mexico

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

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

        I bought this lens because it claimed to be rectilinear. Well, sort of. But in fact, the distortion is so complex that I can come up with no way to correct it. I have found no profiles available for Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Notice in the image that I'm uploading, how the horizon is nowhere near flat. It bulges up in the middle, then down towards the sides, and then up again at the very edges. I consider this lens to be completely unusable on a full frame camera for anything containing straight lines. Architecture? Forget it. When I first purchased it, I was using a DX format camera. Had I been using a full frame camera, I would've seen the full complexity of the distortion, and would certainly have returned it right away. The Canon 14 mm lens is completely without distortion. Why can't Nikon do this?

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By Stanley A.

        from Easthampton, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is truly awesome lens that may be used on both FX and DX format cameras. The field of view is fantastically wide without being really distorted like a fisheye lens. The build quality is very, very good, what you would expect from a Nikon lens. It is not to big and not too heavy; it is very manageable and is an absolute pleasure to use. The autofocus is quick and accurate.

        I use this lens for landscape and indoor photography and find the wide field of view to be very useful without being too wide. I chose this lens over the 14-24mm zoom as I already have a 16-35mm zoom, so I had that range covered; I needed something to cover the super wide focal length and this lens covered the gap very nicely. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a solid, super-wide lens, without getting into a super-wide zoom.

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        5.0

        Good product

        By wallstar314

        from College Station, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video

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

          Lens is very good with nice DOF

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          • No

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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

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                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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                5.0

                Incredible super high definition

                By Henry one

                from El Paso, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                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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                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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                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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                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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                    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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                      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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                      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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                        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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                        5.0

                        Awesome lens! Perfect for my Needs.

                        By Andy W.

                        from Bergen County, NJ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

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                          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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                            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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                              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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                                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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