Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S Lens Hands-on Review

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The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S Nikkor Z lens is one of the finest super-wide lenses Nikon has produced to date. It offers comfortable handling, excellent build, and optical performance that is simply outstanding. Although you can use 112mm front filters, doing so requires the use of a very bulky lens hood. 112mm filters are also hard to find, and those that exist are extremely expensive. This lens is really designed to be used by photographers who need that extra bit of aperture for getting fast, accurate focus in lower-light/indoor settings. It would also be an excellent choice for landscape and outdoor photographers who demand the very best glass and are willing to pay a premium for it.

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Will I buy this lens?

I was very thankful to B&H Photo for loaning me a production copy of the 14-24mm S to test. However, I can say with conviction that for my own personal needs, I’ll be sticking with my versatile 14-30mm f/4S. Why? For me, size and weight are important, and the 14-30mm f/4 is much smaller and lighter than the 14-24mm. In addition, while 82mm filters are expensive, they are still much easier to find than 112mm filters. I also prefer the slightly longer focal length range of the 14-30mm; it’s one of the reasons I quickly adopted the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 over the 14-24mm f/2.8G. Lastly, because I do like to shoot with my infrared camera, the 14-30mm is the hands-down choice here. Nevertheless, if your photographic needs fits the niche for a super-wide f/2.8 lens, I would recommend the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S without hesitation. It’s just a fantastic lens!

Performance Ratings: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S
  • Build & Handling: 5/5
  • Optical Performance: 5/5
  • Flare resistance: 5/5
  • Infrared performance: 1/5

Best for: Photojournalism/event photography/astrophotography/real estate photography

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