Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
It’s a close call but Nikon’s flagship ultra-wide zoom takes top honours
With its premium build quality, ultra-wide maximum angle of view, fast and constant f/2.8 aperture, refined handling and gorgeous image quality, the Nikon 14-24mm is the most desirable lens in the group. The Nikon 24mm prime lens has an even greater f/1.4 aperture, but for sheer angle of view it doesn’t give you any more than a standard zoom lens.
The Nikon 14-24mm is undeniably very expensive and, for about half the price, the Sigma 12-24mm gives an even more extreme maximum viewing angle while keeping overall image quality to a high standard. However, its relatively slow variable aperture range drops to f/5.6 at the long end of the zoom range.
If a fast aperture is important to you, the Tokina 16-28mm is an impressive lens, although it’s better value in the USA than in the UK. For good performance on a tighter budget, the Nikon 18-35mm is our pick, but it’s worth considering the Samyang 14mm, if you’re not fussed about autofocus.
What’s good: Supreme build and image quality, super-fast autofocus, ultra-wide view.
What’s bad: Twice the price of the competing Sigma and Tokina zoom lenses.
Our verdict: It’s simply the best ultra-wide FX lens, if you can stretch to the asking price.