Nikon’s ultra wide-angle zoom continues to receive wide acclaim. Despite being over a decade old it remains well matched to landscapes, architecture and many shooting situations that demand an extremely wide field of view. There’s no getting away from the fact it’s heavy to carry and that its bulbous front element requires use of a third party adapter to attach filters, but this is offset by the fact it’s weather-sealed, incredibly robust and returns impressive sharpness from edge to edge when it’s stopped down from f/2.8. It’s hugely popular with Nikon F-mount users, but the Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S for Nikon’s Z-mount mirrorless cameras does sit a league above.
Nikon’s professional standard zoom has a lot going for it, not least its constant f/2.8 aperture and reliable focusing under tough low-light conditions. With no optical stabilisation it weighs less than a kilogram. It upholds good levels of sharpness from the centre to edge at f/8, however it does suffer from field curvature, resulting in fairly soft corners at wide apertures. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat is effective at mitigating ghosting and flare when shooting towards the sun and the colour and contrast of the lens is excellent. It serves Nikon full-frame users well and is only outdone optically by its heavier and more expensive 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR cousin.