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Personal Usage Notes and Reactions

My own experience and reactions to these lenses.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

This lens is top-notch, with outstanding image quality. Few primes can match its performance, which is even more astounding given its remarkable ultra-wide zoom range. Color, contrast, sharpness are all terrific, albeit with some field curvature and corner weakness, especially at wider focal lengths.

The ergonomics of the 14-24 are awkward enough in terms of mass and length that I rarely shoot it. It’s great for indoors, crowds, fast shooting, etc. But it’s not a lens I want to carry on a hike (I’d probably have destroyed the bulbous front element by now on a rock while climbing around).

If it were not a versatility-killing “G” lens, I’d probably be using it a lot more for double-duty on Canon bodies. But it is a G lens, so I don’t— I use Zeiss primes instead.

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