Since I took my Nikon D800E at my last trip, I thought it would be a good idea to also take the 14-24 f/2.8 lens with me. Although for landscapes I would prefer the 16-35 f/4 mainly for its ability to take filters, I chose to buy 14-24 as my wide angle zoom lens. The extra 2mm make a huge difference in wide angles, the one stop advantage is very useful and the image quality of course is superb.
Shooting a wide angle can be very challenging, since distortion lurks in every image. The built in levels readout in the viewfinder (and the live view) are very helpful when you are doing ultra wide angle shots. The above image may resemble a HDR look, but its just the vast dynamic range of the D800E (I managed to partially blow some highlights but that was due to my inaccurate metering).
This is one of the photos that can easily be severely distorted since I can almost touch the tree, I am that close. The live view feature was very helpful here,since it allowed me to hold the camera over my head and take the shot. That resembles a shift movement and even a few inches higher can make a huge difference.
With a wide angle like this, you can shoot a great variety of subjects and as you move close to 14mm there is a unique perspective. I think I am going to use more this lens at he future !!
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