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Overview and introduction

The 24mm focal length has long been a popular one, but also a “cross over” focal length. Nikon’s new 14-24/2.8 and 24-70/2.8 zooms apply to quite different scenarios, yet the both offer a 24mm setting, and the question is commonly asked which is “better”. That the two lenses are very different in application should be clear, so in some ways the question is a bit silly. Still, the question lingers.

Here we’ll examine the Nikon 14-24/2.8G, the Nikon 24-70/2.8G, the older Nikon 24/2 AI-S and the new PC-E Nikon 24/3.5. All but the 24/2 AI-S are new designs and should offer a very high level of performance, but the 24.4 megapixel Nikon D3x puts severe demands on optics that these lenses are hard-pressed to meet across the frame.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Nikon 24/3.5 (left), 14-24/2.8G (center), 24-70/2.8G (right)
Variants 14_24, 24_70, 24f2 available in full article

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