Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED N - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)
Sunday, 27 January 2008 11:32

Sample Images

Here're some quick 'n dirty sample images taken with the D200 and RAW-converted via RSP 2006.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/320s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1000s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/750s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/640s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 15.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/320s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/800s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 19.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/1000s
Size 2613x3898

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED N is a phenomenal lens. It is the sharpest ultra-wide angle lens tested to date. The resolution figures are simply stunning and unprecedented specifically at 14mm and that's straight from the maximum aperture setting. So far it is the only lens in this class which has the potential to scale beyond the pixel-density of 10mp APS-C sensors. And it doesn't even stop here - distortions and lateral CAs are very well controlled and vignetting is basically a non-issue in field conditions. Naturally even this Nikkor is not perfect in the true sense - it can flare quite a bit with streaking light sources and the bokeh can look a little rough although that's quite typical for lenses featuring aspherical elements. The build quality is exceptionally high and in line to the professional grade scope of the lens. The immense front element may be responsible for the superb performance but it prohibits front filters thus leaving the protruding front element quite vulnerable - a bit of a worrisome thought regarding the high value of this lens. Nonetheless - taking the sum of its qualities into account the verdict can only be ... highly recommended!

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