Summary: The Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 raised the standard for ultra wide angle lenses, and some have argued, made every prime in its range obsolete. Yet, for equally sharp images from f5.6 upward, this 14mm f2.8 is absolutely AWESOME! Light weight, compact size, and half the price of the new standard 14-24mm, this lens travels well and won't disappoint.
Summary: I find this lens to be very sharp. The one I purchased on ebay is the older push pull zoom and focus style. Mine was in bargain condition with a few cosmetic issues, the glass is clean though and the images are crisp. A 70-200 VR is nice but you wont find one cheap. The two ring 80-200 is an improvement on this design and includes a tripod mount, but generally those lenses run about twice as much as this one.
Summary: An excellent improvement to the already sought after 15mm Ultrawide Rectilinear design. It is sharper at all apertures, has less flare issues when light hits the front element and is great for indoor architecture due to its Ultrawide Rectilinear design. The rectilinaer design greatly minimizes the distortion you get from standard wide angle or fishey lenses and saves you from having to free transform or "fix" in Photoshop.
Summary: As you know prime lenses are super sharp and this one is no exception. This lens is fast focusing and super quiet. The fast f/2.8 aperture make this lens exceptional for photographing in low light. It's an awesome lens for up-close concert photography, landscapes, photo-journalism, architecture, or whatever else you can think of. The ultra-wide lens can give your photos a unique perspective with a 114º picture angle and virtually no barrel distortion.
Conclusion: So I purchased this lens for a lot of my hotel photography shot before I bought the 14-24mm zoom version of this lens. To be perfectly honest, I dont notice much of a difference in sharpness and image quality between the 14-24mm and this 14mm prime. For that reason I would recommend spending the money on the zoom version of this lens. Also, 14mm on a full frame sensor is mega wide and may be too wide for most.
Pros: Sharp, Ultra Wide (on FF), Fast Motor, Drop in rear filters.
Summary: The Nikon 24mm f2.8 AF-D is a lens that has been in the Nikon line up virtually unchanged since it's manual focus introduction in 1969. As the years progressed, it became first an autofocus design and then, finally, was given the D chip (a meaningless upgrade IMHO). Once considered the most affordable of the "superwide" lenses and, consequently, one of the first that many amateurs aquired, the optical multiplication factor of modern digital sensors have relegated this...