Advice between Nikon 14-24 or Similar Primes on D850?

Started May 13, 2019 | Discussions thread
Gearsau Senior Member • Posts: 2,034
Re: Advice between Nikon 14-24 or Similar Primes on D850?

dave gaines wrote:

StephaneB wrote:

nikit267 wrote:

I know there's also the 16-35 f/4 but I've yet to hear anyone that loves that lens compared to the 14-24. I already have a 35mm prime, so I never really considered it.

Well, I think it is a shame, the 16-35 f/4 is actually an excellent lens. ...

Anyway, compared to the 14-24, the 16-35 has only two weakness:

  1. Obviously it doesn't go down to 14mm. If that's important, no debate.
  2. There is more distortion at 16, getting very moderate at 18 and gone at 20mm. Lightroom corrects it very well.

But then, it has several advantages:

  1. It is lighter
  2. It is more compact
  3. It can easily take filters, 77mm, very common size
  4. It flares less, and that is part of image quality too
  5. It is much less expensive
  6. It has VR which makes it at least as hand-holdable as the 14-24mm, I'd venture more hand-holdable.
  7. It goes to 35mm, which is very handy

Never handled a 14-24mm, but the 16-35mm is a joy to use.

The Nikon 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens is a better, sharper option, IMO.

The 14-24 mm lens has more flare at 14 mm because it's taking in more of the sky. It's very easy to get points of light like the sun into the image at that focal length because the angle of view is much wider than 16 or 17 mm. It's also possible to shade the corners of the 14-24 mm lens with your hand or anything that's handy and not get your hand into the image. This will work on the 16-35 or 17-35 mm lenses too.

I've heard people say VR is good for dark interiors when a tripod or flash is not allowed, such as inside historic cathedrals and castles. Otherwise, VR is not required for most hand held work at such wide angles. You can shoot 14 mm at 1/15 second or 17 mm at 1/20 sec. I usually choose faster shutter speeds though. A monopod can reduce the need for VR in most lenses.

The 14-24 mm f/2.8G is one of the sharpest ultra wide angle zooms around. It is sharper than the Nikon 14 mm f/2.8, according to all reviews I've read.

Totally agree with you. Love my Nikon 14-24 f2.8 lens. 

Regards Peter

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