Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

It’s a close call but Nikon’s flag­ship ul­tra-wide zoom takes top honours

NPhoto - - Test Team -

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.

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