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Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor

 
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Lab Test Results

  • Blur
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Vignetting
  • Geometric Distortion
14mm $1,869
average price
image of Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor

(From Nikon lens literature) With its 114 degree picture angle and f/2.8 fast aperture, this lens offers a dramatic angle of view in demanding situations. Extra Low Dispersion glass and two Aspheric lens elements ensure superior image quality and compact design. Built-in rear filter holder accepts gelatin filters.

Test Notes

We confess to being a little disappointed in the Nikkor 14mm f/2.8's performance in our tests, we were expecting more from a $1,400 prime lens. If you need the f/2.8 maximum aperture, this might be a good choice for you, but we found that many ultrawide zooms better it in most areas, apart from maximum aperture and (very slightly) center sharpness. Read the "Tanner Report" for this lens for all the info, including detailed comparisons with a range of other lenses you might want to consider. (Do note though, that we haven't tested any other 14mm primes at this point, so it's possible that there may be another prime out there that'd be a good choice as well.)

Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor User Reviews

7.8/10 average of 4 reviews Build Quality 10.0/10 Image Quality 7.5/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by (7 reviews)
    Central to foreground sharpness and zero window glare problems.
    can't protect it with a filter and some moustache distortion.

    This lens may be a soft out on the corners at full aperture for sharpness but it more than makes up for it with central and foreground sharpness which astounds me no end, and it is only when pixilation become an issue with my D700 camera sensor image quality becomes an issue.

    I usually avoid having round objects like clocks on a wall or cups on a coffee table in the corners of the image for such ultrawide lenses because they become strangely elongulated so I rarely have anything much worthwhile in the corners anyway and place the more important elements of the image closer to the centre of the image which is where the sharpness of this lens is untouchable. When shooting with this lens I usually have it set for f8 to f11 and never below f5.6 because I only use such lenses to maximize the depth of field.

    No perceptable window glare is another strong point in this lens which is a big issue with my 20mm. I can shoot interior shots with this lens and there is none of that nasty halo around the windows at all and fine detail such as with leadlight window's leading was completely untroubled by the strong background light.

    reviewed December 3rd, 2011 (purchased for $1,400)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (7 reviews)
    A professional caliber prime lens
    Only takes gel filters

    This len when found under $1000 is still a fine performer and value. Gives sharp contrasty images as long as you watch where you point it avoiding light sources on the front element. Can still be used on your manual focus bodies from yesterday with it's aperture ring intact.

    Has been superseded by the excellent 14-24 f2.8 which is quite sharp out to the corners so if price is not an issue go for it.

    reviewed June 14th, 2011 (purchased for $900)
  • 4 out of 10 points and not recommended by (6 reviews)
    Build quality is OK
    pricy, IQ

    This lens doesn't have any reason to exist anymore. The same priced Nikon 14-24 beat it hands down. Go for the 14-24 zoom!

    reviewed October 23rd, 2008 (purchased for $1,450)
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by (3 reviews)
    ultra wide angle with low distortion and high image quality
    expensive

    Contrary to some of the reviews that I've seen I'm fairly satisfied with this lens. It has very good color and contrast, sharpness is acceptable and f2.8 but gets much sharper as you stop down.

    It has a substantial build which I like with good, smooth manual focusing. I haven't noticed any CA with my cameras but its prone to flaring, so don't point it towrds sun

    reviewed August 22nd, 2007