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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED NIKKOR AF-S

Review Date: Mar 24, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, low CA, flare control, fast & accurate AF, ergonomics ...
Strong distortion bellow 28mm, vignetting/light falloff at WA settings

This 24-702.8 Nikkor is really a fantastic lens and the only real negative aspect of it I can find, is strong distortion bellow 28mm; while not bad at all, the 14-24/2.8 is a much better lens at 24mm than 24-70/2.8 - I own both of these lenses.

What I've also noticed on 24-70/2.8 compared to 14-24/2.8 is a somewhat non-gradual vignetting from center to corner; while vignetting/light falloff on 14-24/2.8 (at 24mm) is much lesser and darkens gradually from center to corner, the vignetting on 24-70/2.8 (at 24mm) is stronger and gradual only for about 3/4 of the distance from center to corner. The last quarter additionally darkens and that makes it hard to get rid of that vignette in PP. And I'm a RAW shooter using Lightroom 2.2 and C1 4 PRO for RAW-JPEG conversions, so in-camera vignette control/reduction doesn't do much for me.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, fast AF, sharp, ergonomics, sharp.
The inability to take filters may be of a problem to some users?

My first (ultra)WA lens was Sigma 10-20, which I used on my D100 and on the D200 later on. Then I replaced the D200+10-20 combo with D3 and this Nikkor 14-24 ...
When I'm talking to other photographers about this lens, I always say "It's a fantastic lens and that's all I'll say; all the rest has to be seen with your own eyes in order you'll be able to believe it!"

If I'd hear 2 years ago, that Nikon is planning to make such a lens, I'd say either it's impossible, or it's IQ will suck.

I can understand why there's practically no chance to implement a filter thread, even of a large diameter, in front of the front element, but still I'm asking myself, if the situation could be resolved by using rear drop-in filters?
Except for the protective (UV or Skylight) ones, I don't use any filters, so it really isn't a problem for me; but it could be to some.

If the lens' focal length would reach 28mm (lesser distortions than at 24mm), it would be, in my opinion, the most perfect WA lens ever made.

Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

Review Date: Aug 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharpness wide open, bokeh, build quality ...
Lame screw-on hood, massive purple fringing, price (considering it is not a SWM motor driven lens)

Definetely one of the sharpest lenses I own, great, beautiful bokeh, really well built, balances great on a D200+grip body. I acquired a deeper metal screw-on lens hood, because the added one is just unusefull on a DX body. It is a shame the lens lacks a SWM focusing motor, so it's kinda slow and noisy on a D200/80 body. Highly recommended lens for everybody shooting in low light or portrait/wedding photography, a must have!