Conclusion: This lens is not good for general use, including portraits. Before purchasing it, realize that it is a specialty lens with lots of visual distortion. If you are looking for a general lens, the 24-70 is a better fit. Also, this lens is not for the dx camera user. It works best on full frame cameras. I use this lens mainly for weddings for that super wide angle effect. It is also great for "the big cow nose effect". Overall, of is a fun addition to my collection.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikkor Lens reviews on practical experience
15 October 2011
Summary: I just used it to take pictures of michigan lake. 1. Disadvantage is that it's not easy to focus at unlimited distance and Imaging efficacy isn't so sharp under this case. 2. Suggestion is to try to identify a proper aperture size and use manual focus.
Summary: This lens will attract any photographer, especially photo journalists and landscape photographers. Aside from the amazing image quality, which is deservingly praised here, what really bothered me was the exposed front element. I like to invest in high quality front clear filters (especially the Nikon NC filter), because sometimes Mother Nature is unforgiving. I can recall times when I've shot at the beach on a seemingly "perfect" day with a very slight breeze.
Summary: DOF and close focus capabilities are truly incredible & theres only one thing wrong with this lens. yes it is big & heavy but so what. the issue of not being able to protect the front element makes it less useable in the real world.
Summary: This Nikon lens is too wide and heavy for professional use. Discriminating pros--you know who you are--you don't want to lug a ginormous lens around on your shoots. The 20mm f/2.8 prime Nikkor lens also fits on Nikon camera bodies (both film and digital) is much lighter, can fit all the sky/groupshots/goldengatebridges in and accepts filters (this 14-24mm does not).
Summary: I rented this lens for a wedding job. I took all my shots with this while I had someone doing close ups. This lens gave me the majority of shots I needed. I was able to get some great dance shots in dim light at the reception...all sharp..using a diffused flash(sb600). I was able to get up close and still get full good body shots. In the cramped room of the reception, I was able to take lovely shots of the whole room...and I was using the D90, APSC format.
Summary: Before buying this lens, I had used a Sigma 10-20mm on my D90. The Siggy was a fun lens and good for the price, but I was not happy with the sharpness and wanted to get a sharper and more professional lens on the ultra wide side. Unfortunately, I am also in the market for a D700 or another full frame camera (as of this writing its replacement isn't announced) and didn't want to invest in any more DX lenses since I lost so much value when I finally did sell the Sigma.