NIKON AF-S 14-24MM F2.8G ED
It can’t compete with the Canon and Sigma lenses for sheer viewing angle, but this offering is competitively priced for an own-brand lens
Own-brand Canon and Nikon lenses are often relatively expensive compared with third-party equivalents from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. That makes this Nikkor look something of a bargain, significantly undercutting the Canon lens for cost. It loses out in maximum viewing angle but boasts a faster f2.8 aperture rating than the Canon and Sigma f4 lenses.
Currently the widest of Nikon’s four wide-angle zooms for full-frame DSLRs, this one has a maximum viewing angle of 114 degrees. Build quality is of a fully professional standard, complete with weather seals. The zoom and focus rings are large and have a smooth action, but the short rotational travel of the focus ring makes manual focusing lacking in precision.
AF performance is equal to the Canon for speed and quietness, although the Nikon’s M/A mode gives priority to manual focusing in autofocus mode. This is an advantage as you don’t need to wait for autofocus to be achieved before applying manual override. High-grade optics include two ED (Extralow Dispersion) elements, three aspherical elements and nano-structure coatings.
Sharpness is excellent across the whole image frame at most aperture and zoom combinations, although it drops off a bit at mid to long focal lengths at f2.8, both at the centre and towards the edges. Colour fringing, ghosting and flare are all minimal, but barrel distortion at the short end of the zoom range is the worst on test, despite the relatively modest maximum viewing angle.
FIGHTING ITS CORNER Narrowing the aperture a little at 14mm certainly pays dividends in terms of excellent corner sharpness Left
DOWN TO ZERO Barrel distortion is pronounced at the short end of the zoom range but drops off at longer settings