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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


Hello

I used to own a Nikon 14-24 mm f2.8 G and still own Nikon 20mm f1.8 which is an incredible lens, I really love shooting with this lens, but I am looking to add a 14-15 mm to my arsenal, some options that I have include:

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 S
Venus Optics Lawa 15mm f2
Voigtlander 15 mm f4.5
Nikon 14-30mm f4

the majority of use at 14-15mm, I am disregarding the price because of the focus on image quality and durability of the lens. I do have experience with the Voigtlander lens for MFT which was a great lens but no experience with z mount
the primary use is landscape, architecture and occasional night sky.

any real-world experience from fellow photographers would be appreciated

Thanks



May 20, 2024 at 10:16 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


From real world experience, the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 S is the best option, especially at the wide end.

Zeiss offers a 15mm and an 18mm prime lens in the Milvus line. I have the 18mm (and the 25mm). These lenses can be just a tiny bit better than the Nikon (zoom) lens (color and contrast in challenging light), but I'd go for the higher flexibility of the S line zoom.

The 14-30mm f/4 is not a slouch either, but is a bit soft in the extreme corners at 14mm and has more vignetting, which is quite non-linear at f/4 and f/5.6. With landscapes, these extreme corners are often not that important (sky and clouds don't suffer much from a tiny bit of softness, and at 14mm, you often don't use the entire vertical angle anyway). With architecture and cityscapes, the extreme corners are often more important.

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May 20, 2024 at 10:32 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


My only experience is the Voigtländer, which I think is a faboulus lens. Sold the M-mount version III when the Z-mount was released.


May 20, 2024 at 10:37 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


Zeiss also makes a 15mm f/2.8 Distagon that can be had for cheaper than the Milvus but without any loss in optical quality. If you’re going to shoot night sky, I suggest you go f/2.8 or wider.


May 20, 2024 at 11:02 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


i use the 14-30/4 S. it is a pretty much used work lens. perspective easily adjusted to final taste in post with DXO Viewpoint 4

all shots below were done at 14-15mm





































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May 20, 2024 at 11:13 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


groob wrote:
Zeiss also makes a 15mm f/2.8 Distagon that can be had for cheaper than the Milvus but without any loss in optical quality. If you’re going to shoot night sky, I suggest you go f/2.8 or wider.


To my knowledge, the 15mm f/2.8 Classic Distagon is discontinued. It may be a good choice if you can get a used copy. I've heard that the Milvus lenses that don't have a new optical design still feature improvements with regard to coating, weather sealing and other aspects. I can't say if it's worth the price difference, and this also depends on the particular use case.

Speaking of use cases, most annoying with the 25mm Milvus is the fact that sharp contrasty edges (especially in architecture) result in color moiré artifacts, as the lens resolution is higher than the color subpixel pitch of a 45 MP sensor. Thus, be careful what you wish for.



May 20, 2024 at 11:14 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


Thanks, and good images.


May 20, 2024 at 11:35 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


Thank you everyone for sharing your experience and insights, that will definitely help in making decision.


May 20, 2024 at 11:35 AM
 


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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


Frazanjum wrote:
Hello

I used to own a Nikon 14-24 mm f2.8 G and still own Nikon 20mm f1.8 which is an incredible lens, I really love shooting with this lens, but I am looking to add a 14-15 mm to my arsenal, some options that I have include:

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 S
Venus Optics Lawa 15mm f2
Voigtlander 15 mm f4.5
Nikon 14-30mm f4

the majority of use at 14-15mm, I am disregarding the price because of the focus on image quality and durability of the lens. I do have experience with the Voigtlander lens for MFT which was a great lens but no experience
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I have owned the 14-24mm f/2.8G and sold it after trying a Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8. The Tamron was sharper both in the center and corners, wide open at the widest focal length. In addition, the Tamron has built-in image stabilization (which is more effective than IBIS alone).

I have sold both the above for the Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 III (in M mount), which I still own and use. Note that the E and Z mount versions are optically identical to the M mount version, and that there are reports about sample variation with this lens. The Voigtländer is usably sharp wide open across the frame and maxes out in the center at f/8. The coatings are excellent, so images shot with the sun or points of light seldomly causes problems. In addition, the aperture blades create nice sun-stars. It is very compact for what it is, too. The only drawback I can see is the obvious: It's slow max aperture.

The Nikon Z 14-30mm is supposedly a good lens, but it creates enormous distortion at 14mm which is corrected in software, but such compensation comes with a price (lowered resolution near the edge and corners). Regarding the Laowa, check out the review at philipreeves.net but Bastian Kratzke. He likes it.



May 20, 2024 at 12:11 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


I have owned the Z 14-30/4 S, Z 14-24/2.8 S, Voigtlander 15mm among those. The clear winner in pure image quality is the 14-24mm f/2.8 S. It's the best ultra-wide zoom I've used overall, and the best 14mm lens overall. It's a phenomenally good lens. Significantly sharper in the corners at the wide end vs the 14-30, and sharper than the CV 15 as well. Also has excellent flare resistance, reasonably well controlled distortion for an ultra wide zoom (far less than the 14-30 when uncorrected). Only real down side is price and the fact that you need large and expensive 112.5mm filters. But I find the tradeoff worth it.


May 20, 2024 at 12:19 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


If it doesn't necessarily have to be 14/15mm, the new Viltrox AF 16mm F1.8 Z would certainly also be worth a closer look.

I currently own the Z 14-30/4 S and all in all I am very happy with it.
The lens shines due to the sum of its characteristics, large focal length range, extremely compact for the lens category, relatively light, accepts screw-in filters with 82mm filter diameter and, in contrast to the Z 14-24/2.8 S, is an excellent IR performer.
The filter factor in particular is essential for me, as I use many filters, from CPL to various ND's, Natural Night, Black Mist, IR....
Since I like to use a super-lightweight multi-row nodal adapter for many of my photographic adventures, I use my Voigtlander 35mm f/2 Apo-Lanthar most often in the wide-angle range, i.e. also where much larger FoVs are actually required.
I'm currently even using my old Canon 85mm f/1.2 L adapted to Nikon Z more often for super wide/wide bokeh panoramas.

If I were looking specifically for a solution for the extreme super wide-angle range, 14-15mm is very rarely used by me, then I would tend much more towards the Z 14-24/2.8 S, or as someone for whom the significantly more expensive, bulkier and heavier filter solutions of the Z 14-24/2.8 S are an absolute knock-out criterion, the new Viltrox 16mm f/1.8 Z, which is not only suitable for 77mm screw-in filters, but also receives outstanding reviews.

https://www.photozone.de/sonyalphaff/1171-viltrox16f18

https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-viltrox-fe-16mm-1-8-af/

https://dustinabbott.net/2024/05/viltrox-af-16mm-f1-8-z-mount-review/




May 20, 2024 at 01:21 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


Jman13 for the win!

I have both the Nikon 14-30/4S and 14-24/2.8S, and previously had the 14-24F and f mount Zeiss 15mm. I love the 14-30 for the range, size and filters. If I'm hiking longer distance, taking a long trip where size/weight matters, or going someplace where changing lenses will be difficult, then I'm always glad I have the 14-30. That said, if ultimate IQ is the issue, and most especially if I'm doing astro and/or shooting towards the wide size, then it is always the 14-24S. The IQ is fantastic.



May 20, 2024 at 06:06 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


My Sony 14 1.8 GM works perfectly on my Z8 with MegaDap. Just a thought as it is class leading for a 14 mm Prime IMHO.


May 21, 2024 at 01:31 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


I'd recommend the 14-30 f4, as it is one of my most used lenses. I have had the 20 1.8 S, 14-24G, tamron G2 15-30 f2.8, and the 18-35G, and the 14-30 appeals to me because it's sharp at f4, small and light, takes regular filters, and can be found used for around $750-800. As nice as the 14-24 2.8 S is, I would actually rather have the extra range at 30mm than an additional stop of light. When I travel, I'll often just bring a 50 1.8 S and 14-30 f4 plus the Z8 packed into a small sling bag.


May 22, 2024 at 10:58 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 14-15 mm Lens for Nikon Z, recommendation


Megadap ETZ adapter and get a Sigma 14-24 2.8 DG DN


May 22, 2024 at 12:53 PM







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