Nikkor AF 14mm f/2.8 D ED - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Christian Becker!

Introduction

The Nikkor AF 14mm f/2.8D ED is the most extreme, corrected wide-angle fix-focal in the current Nikon lens line-up. Back in 2000 it replaced the manual focus Nikkor Ai-S 15mm f/3.5. Typical for such lenses the price tag is on the steep side at around 1500€/US$. However, as you may notice from the product shots below you're also getting quite a bit of big glass for your bucks.

As usual we'll have a look how it performs on a modern APS-C DSLR (Nikon D200) where the AF 14mm f/2.8 has a field-of-view equivalent to 21mm on classic full-format cameras. Within this scope it is still an ultra-wide angle lens but obviously to a much lesser degree.

The AF 14mm f/2.8D ED is a beautifully crafted lens with most parts made of metal with a marginally textured finish. The rubberized focus ring operates very smooth without being damped. The built-in lens hood cannot be removed - probably a good idea anyway because the immense front element is extremely vulnerable. Consequently the lens does not accept any filters.

The Nikkor has an RF (rear focusing) design so its length remains constant regardless of the focus setting. The lens has an independent ring for switching between AF and manual focusing. Typical for older Nikkors there's no internal AF motor so the 14mm f/2.8ED does still rely on the slotted drive screw operated by the camera. Consequently AF operations produce a moderate degree of noise. The AF speed is reasonably fast but this is a rather meaningless topic for such a lens.

Specifications
Equiv. focal length21 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/4.2 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction14 elements in 12 groups inc. 1 ED and 2 aspherical elements
Number of aperture blades7
min. focus distance0.2 m (max. magnification ratio 1:6.7)
Dimensions87 x 87 mm
Weight670 g
Filter sizenone
Hoodbuilt-in
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information to the camera.




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