Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED review: A very impressive ultra-wide performer on the Nikon D800?

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday April 10 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens performance | Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED versus competition | Conclusion

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8_score

With a DxOMark score of 28, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED performs very well for an ultra-wide zoom. Mounted on a Nikon D800, it performs at a similar level to its stable-mate, the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED.

Again, given the extra-ordinary angle of view of this zoom, at 17p-Mpix the Sharpness score is very good. You would expect the distortion to be an issue with a zoom like this but at averaged at 0.4% (actually 1.1% at 14mm) it’s very low.

On the flipside, vignetting at 14mm is quite high. Our averaged score is -1.6EV but wide-open at 14mm this is was quite significant at -2.4EV measured across the field.

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8_vignetting

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Between 14-16mm, the lens also has quite high-levels of chromatic aberration, which may be noticeable at times in the corners of the frame. A concentric ring of chromatic aberration around the centre of the image field was also apparent in our tests, but may be more difficult to see in photos.

score-map

Overall, however, the image quality is very high. An average of the metrics, the DxOMark score map shows that image quality remains high to f/8 where the effects of diffraction can be seen to begin to degrade the image.