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The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G zoom is the world’s finest wide angle zoom, so how does the older design 14mm f/2.8D stack up against it? And how does it perform in general?
All images in this review taken with the 24MP Nikon D3x, except as otherwise noted.
- The 14-24 zoom has faster AF-S focus with easy manual override. The 14/2.8 autofocus is not supported by Nikon’s low-end DSLRs, like the D40;
- Both lenses have ED glass for control of color aberrations, and both have aspherical lens elements;
- The zoom weighs 2.2 pounds (1000g), the prime weighs 1.48 pounds (671g).
- The 14/2.8 is appreciably smaller; the 14-24 is large and protruding;
- Bot lenses have bulbous front elements, and neither can take standard screw-in filters in front;
- The 14-24 zoom has Nikon’s latest lens coating technology, which contributes to superior flare resistance and color rendition.
- The 14/2.8 focuses as close as 8" (from film plane). The 14-24 focuses to 11".
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