Nikon 24mm f/1.4G vs. Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 vs. Nikon 16-35mm f/4G

Started Sep 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
Kyle Pozan
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Re: Nikon 24mm f/1.4G vs. Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 vs. Nikon 16-35mm f/4G
In reply to Paul Richman, Sep 4, 2012

Paul Richman wrote:

2. I considered the 14-24mm when I purchased the 16-35mm, but I chose the 16-35mm for a number of reasons: a more useful range (and VR for nighttime street photography), the ability to use standard filters and it's a sharper lens (hard to believe, but see for yourself: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/03/d800-lens-selection ). The 14-24mm is very soft in the corners.

Interesting. Photozone gives good graphs of the 14-24 performance, and tends to confirm some corner softness. I shoot mainly at f5.6 - f8, so it's not much of a problem for me.

What concerns me about the Zeiss 21mm is the mustache distortion, which can spell trouble for architecture photography, and its lack of AF for street photography. Although I started this process leaning toward the Zeiss 21mm, I am now leaning toward the Nikon 24mm.

The mustache distortion is definitely there and hard to fix. I think you'd be better off with the Nikon 24.
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I wasn't trying to detract from the greatness of the 14-24mm, but at $1,200.00, the 16-35mm was a steal based on it's sharpness and focal length for what I wanted to use it for. The one advantage the 14-24mm has over the 16-35mm is distortion.

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