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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens
 
4.9

(based on 563 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (503)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (555)
  • Strong construction (419)
  • Consistent output (353)
  • Durable (327)
  • Rugged (271)

Cons

  • Heavy (261)
  • Difficult to clean (40)
  • Scratches easily (19)
  • Pricey / poor value (10)
  • Blurry focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (344)
  • Night photography (240)
  • Low light (201)
  • Weddings (137)
  • General purpose (81)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (134), Photo enthusiast (129), Pro photographer (91), Semi-professional (64), Enthusiast (58)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (303), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Believe the Buyer Reviews!

I shoot mainly Landscapes and some Interiors. This lens is fantastic for both applications. My first recommendation to you is...Read the Professional test results and recommendations about the lens and...Believe...Read complete review

I shoot mainly Landscapes and some Interiors. This lens is fantastic for both applications. My first recommendation to you is...Read the Professional test results and recommendations about the lens and...Believe B&H Buyer Reviews!Only 4 out of 417 gave less than four stars!.....Then make your decision.I have been reading about this lens for several years and finally bought it. It is incredible! My current setup is a...Nikon D800E Digital SLR Camera - Set to FX ModeNikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens USANikon GP-1 GPS Unit Weighing in at 4lbs. 8oz.Not a small package and not a lightweight package!For me these are not problems. They are a small price to pay for the spectacular images this lens records. (Also... I admit I am used to a large setup. When shooting weddings I always used a Mamiya 6X7 Pro with 110mmm Lens and a Sunpak 622 flash.)Think it over carefully and then make your decision. If you choose this lens you WILL BE pleased with the images you are able to record!It's size, weight, and price is worth it when you are viewing the wonderful images you created and can say… "I took those photographs!"

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not What It's Cracked Up to Be!

I bought this lens but sold it after testing it. First off, judging from the sample I received, and after side by side testing, I discovered it to be NOT AS SHARP AS...Read complete review

I bought this lens but sold it after testing it. First off, judging from the sample I received, and after side by side testing, I discovered it to be NOT AS SHARP AS my 1990's Vintage Nikon 20-35 F2.8 This was the main reason I got rid of it. It simply was not optically sharp enough to justify it's other downsides (see below). I know the hype says this lens is the sharpest of the sharp, but this is NOT what I found by any stretch of the imagination.

Yes, sharpness in the far corners was very respectable, but center sharpness was nothing to write home about.

Second downside, and perhaps the biggest disadvantage is the huge exposed front element. I could not relax for a minute walking around with this lens attached to my camera, nor should you.

Finally the lens is huge. You will not get any Henri Cartier type candids with this out on the street. In fact, you WILL get security wondering "what that pro photographer out there is up to".

I honestly feel the 20-35 and 17-35 Nikons are better lenses for most people - by far!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lens is BOMB

By jmscott72

from CDA, ID

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

      I bought this for my D610 and absolutely love it. You don't realize how wide 14mm is until you see how much landscape you can get into a shot. The distortion is only an issue if you don't use an editing software for post production clean-ups. It disappears in one click on Lightroom. The lens itself is extremely solid in feel. Only downside to this lens is that the hood is fixed and can't be removed, so ND filters become very expensive as a result.

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      5.0

      AF-S Nikkor 14-24 f 2.8G ED lens

      By Pete

      from Denver CO.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

          OK, let's start with the minor drawbacks and then finish on a positive high!!

          Cons:

          1. Huge front glass that's a little exposed and required 'mindfulness' when using to ensure it is treated carefully (you don't want to scratch the glass on this baby given the price to acquire it!!)

          2. Some flare at times, so again, requires a little skill when using in daylight.

          That's it on the downer-side. Now the upside......

          Benefits:

          This lens IS THE BOMB! Super sharp, fast, and great colour rendition and high contrast. Great for indoors, architectural (some distortion but not too bad for a wide angle).

          It's a BIG lens, but I also like using it for street photography. It's great on my D300 and also my Df.

          Bottom line, if your budget can take you there....GO FOR IT! No regrets and definitely a keeper lens in my bag.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a great lens

          By Carlos

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

          I was not quite sure whether to get this lens or not. I have the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 and It is my go-to lens. However, I wanted a bit more of wide range for my photography. I use this lens with a Nikon D800, a D750 and a film Nikon f100. I am a fine arts photographer and this lens helps a lot on wide pics.
          I have to be honest and say that I bought this item used from B&H and not new, however, it was as good as new.
          I am very happy whit this lens and it's sharpness.

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          (0 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Lens flare...orbs NOT A FAN

          By Wadefish

          from Houston, Tx

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                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                It's new and mounted on a new D750. All kinds of junk is showing up in post. Lens flare and orbs.I have an old throw down Tokina 12-24 mounted on a D300s. That [$] Tokina - bang for the buck - outperforms that [$] Nikon 14-24 ALL DAY. I did the research before buying. Reviews were convincing. It seems to me that the Nikon Kool-Aid is free to drink. I'm a very disappointed.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wide angle lenses can not get any better

                By Landscape Photographer

                from Roseville, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                This is a fantastic lens!
                Resolution, fine details are absolutely phenomenal.
                Wide angle lenses in this range cannot get any better.
                My favorite lens for all interior photography.

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Performer; Worth Every Dollar

                By MScottH

                from On the road across the USA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  I've used this lens for about 2-1/2 months on a D810; roughly 1500 shots, mostly architectural, cityscapes, and some rural landscapes.

                  This lens is a pleasure to use--super sharp (even at 2.8), great contrast and offers the creative opportunities one expects from a very wide angle lens.

                  Regarding the lens flare that some reviewers have complained about, it is to be expected with any 14mm lens. Just look at the curve in the front element. It's huge! You have to become aware of how to avoid flare altogether or how to use it creatively. But it is easy enough to avoid and is an optical design issue present in all wide angle lenses.

                  Anyway, this is a beautiful lens. Built like a tank; fun to use; professional results. Outstanding when paired with the D810.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great wide angle

                  By ET shooter

                  from Riverside.CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  Shot with this lens at a function in a church. Absolutely wonderful how wide and how crisp the images were.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By VideoMama

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  I use this lens with the Sony A7R and the Metabones adapter. My main focus is star photography and it is superb. It is super sharp and no coma on the stars.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A great special purpose lens

                  By jamorg

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Protect The Glass
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  I use this lens for landscape photography. It offers a unique perspective and is very good in the right circumstances such as urban settings or night sky photography. It is great in low light and produces very sharp pictures. It is a little heavy but manageable. There are no external threads for filters, so protecting the lens with a UV filter is not an real option. There is a filter adapter but it is pretty expensive by itself.

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                  5.0

                  Super Sharp and Wider than I Expected

                  By Nima

                  from El Paso, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                    Purchased this to add to my other two gold ring glasses (Nikkor 24-70 and the Nikkor 70-200). I do a lot of landscape photography, and have been saving up and waiting a long time to make this addition to my gear. Before this, my 24-70 was my work horse and go to lens, however it wasn't wide enough to always capture the whole scene. My workaround was to capture a series of shots and stitch them together in photoshop. However, this does not always prove effective. I have a trip to Northern Finland coming up in just a couple of weeks, and am hoping to catch some Auroras. In this circumstance, you cannot take multiple shots and stitch them as the lights move in the sky. I'm excited to use this lens on the trip to capture as much of the sky as possible.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    LOVE this lens

                    By Meg

                    from Mishawaka, IN

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                      Bought this lens for shooting interior photography and it is amazing. Yes, it is heavier and you have to be careful with the lens because of the glass but you should always be super careful when you are spending this kind of money on a piece of equipment. So glad I purchased this. :)

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Exceptional walk around wide angle zoom

                      By PhotoMan007

                      from Cleveland, Ohio

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                      I often use this lens when I am walking around in an urban setting or along the shoreline. This lens is laser sharp, with a nice bokeh, and really nice for low light situations with the f/2.8 fixed aperature. I've recently obtained some stunning star trails (astrophotography) using this lens as well. The flanged lens shade is great to protect the protruding lens front and the lens is well constructed for easy and fast autofocusing.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Kit Essential

                      By HSPhotoTeach

                      from Escondido, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Can't Attach A Uv Filter
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                      I thought I finished off my wedding lens kit with 24-200 mm range of zoom lenses and a couple of fixed lenses. However, when I was hired to shoot in a situation where space was tight, I rented this lens. After shooting with it for 8 hours, I knew I had to buy it. Beautiful results and now a go to lens from my kit for just about everything.

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                      5.0

                      AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8

                      By johnek

                      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                        Excellent wide angle lens. Superior picture quality, and fast

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                        5.0

                        AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8

                        By jjek

                        from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Excellent picture quality
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                          Great wide angle lens. Excellent picture quality, fast, and works great in low light level. I had some apprehension about the inability to use a filter to protect the lens, but have been very careful, and my anxiety level has dropped.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens

                          By Bill

                          from Maryville, TN

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                            I use the lens for perspective control for close in landscapes. It is especially useful in "big sky" shots. Recently I used it to photograph the interior of a million dollar listing for a real estate broker. Shooting 1/5 second exposures off a tripod I was able to get stunning available light shots encompassing large portions of each room with incredible depth of field. It completes the trinity of Nikon zooms; 14-24, 24-70, and 70-200 mm all at f2.8. Incredible!

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fun! What a treat!

                            By Bigskybill

                            from Taylors, SC

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                            In the last year, I have photographed over 600 of South Carolina's terrific collection of historic churches and temples, mostly with a Nikon 17-35/D600 combination. After "being on the fence" for so long as to whether I should purchase a 14-24 when I already have this nice 17-35, I pressed the B&H purchase button, and I am delighted I did. I so have one regret-I wish I had had the 14-24 before starting the project.I am using the lens for both interior and exterior shots. I was in Charleston last week, retook a few with the 14-24, and was impressed by the increased area, the sharpness and crispness of the colors, and the near distortion free images. I am sure a "techie" could break it all down by the numbers (and I read some of the reports), so my soul (pun! pun!) contribution is that for my church and temple project, this is one terrific purchase. I am delighted to have this lens in my collection. I do have one suggestion-do purchase an extra lens cap. I nearly lost the original in Charleston, and the thought of walking the streets with an unprotected $. Spend the few extra bucks.

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                            5.0

                            New Favorite Lens!

                            By Cooley

                            from San Diego

                            About Me Photography Student

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                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                  Have been using this lens for car photography (all film) and honestly the best lens i used to this date from the glass quality to the zoom length. Will be using it more then my 10.5mm fisheye and 24-70mm. Glad to find something in between both of those! Very impressed!

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                                  5.0

                                  This thing is gold!

                                  By Joe G

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                  If you can afford it and are even thinking about buying this amazing piece of glass, just do it! you will not be disappointed. I read another review about this lens and I think it put it this way: "owning this one lens is like owning a full set of 14 - 24 primes..."

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                                  (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Awesome Glass

                                  By Sam

                                  from Troy, NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction
                                  • TACK SHARP

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                  Have used this lense to shoot everything from the Aurora Borealis in Fairbanks AK in sub-zero conditions to office interiors. It is a solid performer! Tack sharp from edge to edge & beautifully soft bokheat wider aperatures. Whats not to like! Lens is solidly built. Only minor complaint is weight.

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