During my last photo trip, I had with the Nikon D800E and the Fuji GSW690iii, since I tried to do a few shots with both cameras in order to further evaluate if the D800E is on par with the 6×9 MF camera. More on that on the next post.
I also had with me the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 which is a truly fantastic wide angle zoom lens, with super image quality, so I also did a few images with this combo.
Concerning quality, this is the best wide angle zoom ever made. There’s nothing bad to say for this lens, it excels in every aspect. But (there should be a but of course !!), it does not take filters. For landscape work (and not only), I rely heavily on the use of filters. I don’t miss the polarizer since in a super wide angle these filters create an uneven sky, but ND filters are something that I would like to able to use. There’s the option of the Nikon 16-35 f/4 of course for landscape shooters which is also a great lens, but even a couple of mm in wide angles really makes a difference. The one stop faster aperture is also very important (not for landscapes but for interior or similar kind of work).
You can use filters with the 14-24 with solutions from LEE and Fotodiox, but they are expensive and I wouldn’t want to add another filters systems to my current one. So, for now the 14-24 stays without filters. After all, its a lens I use for very specific work, mostly interiors or architecture.
The D800E has a huge dynamic range and with bracketing I can emulate the use of ND Grads, so the only thing I miss is mounting a 10 stops filters for long exposures during daylight.
Enjoy the rest of the images.
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