Wide angle images with Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8

The Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 is is a state of the art wide angle zoom lens, capable of producing stunning quality images. Mount it on a full frame camera like the D700 and you get a superb combo for ultra wide photos.

I have only used this lens only once and I thought i give it one more try. I always use the Voigtlander 15mm and 21mm on a film Leica M when I want to shoot wide angle, but the ease of digital tempted me to try the Nikkor.

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The image quality of this lens is excellent, and the 14-24 range logically makes it easier to capture what you want. Being a wide angle means that you shoot with extreme caution since its very easy to produce distorted images if you don’t pay attention.

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The images above present very good examples of this distortion. I could shoot a little bit wider the second image and try to correct it with Lightroom, but being confined in closed spaces does not make this always possible.

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The above images is HDR composed from five different exposures to produce the final result. The fast (for a zoom) f/2.8 aperture makes it easy to shoot at higher speeds without increasing much the ISO.

Now, when I look at these images I can definitely say that they are some of the worst wide angle images I have ever shot (with the exception maybe of the first one). The problem for me, is that I just don’t enjoy shooting a DSLR camera with a huge zoom lens. It’s large, heavy, and my hand easily gets tired from carrying all this weight. If I compare it to the Leica M7 / Voigtlander 15 or 21 combo, the difference in bulk, weight and ease of use is huge. I have also made some images with the Leica M at the same day, and I am sure that when I develop the film, I will get much better images.

It all gets down to what tool really inspires you for going out and making images. For a professional shooting the D700 / 14-24 setup is excellent, but for my photo trips it just doesn’t serve my needs. So, I will stay with my usual gear for now !!

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2 Responses to Wide angle images with Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8

  1. Angus says:

    Consider using the manual Tokina 17mm 3.5. It’s really not that big (280g) and takes a 67mm filter. It’s a lot wider feeling than my 20m Nikkor prime. A nice alternative to the pricey and heavy modern lenses and really who needs autofocus on a super wide angle? Read more on this lens here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/17tokina.htm I got mine for under $200.

    • kbesios says:

      Thank you Angus. I am really thinking of investing on a wide angle prime since I rarely carry the 14-24 with me (in addition to the bulk, the fact that it cannot take filters is a great disadvantage for me). The Nikkor 20mm was one of my candidates, I will sure also take a look at the Tokina you mentioned !!

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