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

Performance on Infrared Cameras

I did some quick tests with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S with my infrared-converted (720nm) Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera. I quickly discovered that this lens produces significant hotspots at pretty much all apertures, especially at 14mm. I would not recommend the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S for infrared photography.

Comparisons with other super-wide Nikon lenses

I compared the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S with the other two super-wides in the Nikon lineup: the 14-24mm f/2.8G (F-mount) and the 14-30mm f/4S (Z-mount). My results confirmed that the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S is definitely Nikon’s best wide-angle zoom to date. It completely outperforms the 14-24mm G lens in terms of edge sharpness and corner clarity, and there is no contest when it comes to flare resistance.

One thing that surprised me during my tests was the performance of the 14-30mm f/4S Nikkor. It was a very close second in terms of edge sharpness and flare resistance, and also beat the 14-24mm f/2.8G hands-down. Considering the price difference between the 14-24mm and 14-30mm, landscape and travel photographers will be very happy to know that the 14-30mm f/4S delivers 95% of the performance as it’s f/2.8 big brother, with a price tag that’s over $1100 lower.

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