Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED
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Just as expected - excellent!
6 July 2013
Summary: First of all, it cracks me up that one of the few reviews I read that was on target and really put this lens in it's proper place was one by a review site that is constantly derided for reviewing things he's never owned. Well, he was right on target for this one, and obviously owned and used it. If you're cruising the web for reviews, then you know who I mean.
Summary: This is one beautifully crafted lens and so solidly put together with none of that plastic fantastic stuff that have on more modern designs, which worries me. It is not particularly sharp out the corners at f2.8 with fairly significant vignetting, but that does not concern me one little bit because the much heralded 13mm only opened out to f5.6 and was a far more expensive and much heavier lens than this one.
Summary: I've always favored the wide-angle end of the photographic spectrum. The 14mm f/2.8 lens has great utility for grabbing ultra-wide angle shots, however, it's not as sharp as it could be. (I prefer my Nikkor AIS 13mm f/5.6 for its significantly sharper optics--but you pay a higher price in that that lens is significantly larger).
Summary: I purchased this lens as a refurbished Nikon USA product. I use it on a Nikon D7000 (APC-C size sensor), so it gives me an effective 21 mm focal length. This is perfect for my usage, as I am not interested in grossly exaggerated wide angle images. It is sharp corner-to-corner, even at f/2.8 with one caveat: It back focuses. I tried another sample and it also back focused.
Summary: After using/owning Nikons since 1975 (I still have my F2 and lenses), the 14mm is my all-time favorite!! It takes a little getting used to so that you avoid including your toes in the frame, but the results for so many types of photography (travel, interiors, close-ups, etc) are great and it actually promotes creativity. For some unusual angles, put this lens on and shoot from the ground up. After owning the 14mm for 10 years, I'm still amazed at what it can do.
Summary: This is a fantastic lens -- there's no doubt about it... Just be sure that you need it, first, and second, that you know how to use it. If you do those two things, you'll love it. Otherwise, not having the SWM and having to switch modes manually, and having to deal with the funky "lens cap" design (it's necessary, but can get annoying if you need to take out and store this lens often...)...all those little things will really bother you....
Summary: Excellent quality lens as are all Nikon pro level lenses. As an extreme-wide glass, it should be used carefully. There is little distortion, but it works best when including an object near to the camera and focusing about 1/3rd of the way in and at f/11 - f/22. Try to keep the camera level and you will achieve astounding results.
Summary: I bought this lens to take full advantage of my D700. It's my go-to lens for dramatic wide shots. I love this lens because it's relatively compact, and built to the HIGHEST quality standards. I use a range of Nikon camera bodies from an FM3A and F100 to a D200 and D700. This lens with the trusty aperture ring works great on every camera.