A high-performance ultra-wide-angle lens like the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is great for capturing expansive landscapes in one shot, especially when paired with your D750. In this article, we put this lens to the test and take a look at how it performs when paired with the D750. (Photo and report by Wataru Kohayakawa).
FL: 14mm/ Manual exposure(F/9, 1/250 sec)/ ISO 100 / WB: 4900K
I took this shot at noon, when the colour of the sea was at its most beautiful. To express the natural beauty of the circular beach, I selected a focal length of 14mm. There is very little distortion, and the image is clearly depicted right to the edges of the photo.
FL: 24mm / Manual exposure(F/3.2, 1/800 sec)/ ISO 100 / WB: 5100K
I widened the aperture to capture the bougainvillea flowers in this shot and managed to obtain simple bokeh with no idiosyncrasies, as well as faithfully reproduced colours for my subject. When photographing natural landscapes, it is important to ensure that the lens you choose will not result in colour bleed in your image.
The AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is one of Nikon’s three zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 through the entire zoom range. These lenses, sometimes also known as the third generation of NIKKOR's "Three Big Dragons", are more commonly referred to as the"Nikon Holy Trinity" and form Nikon’s highest class of lenses. Each member of the Trinity covers a different zoom range (wide-angle, normal and telephoto), and the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is quite obviously the lens with the wide angle. Boasting superior depiction performance that can capture high image quality over a wide range, with a picture angle of 114 degrees (wide-angle end) in FX format, the lens is well acclaimed by photography enthusiasts worldwide.
Thanks to the three aspherical lens elements, this lens properly suppresses distortion aberrations resulting from the distortion of straight lines, which were until now generally a given if you were shooting at the wide-angle end. There is also no visible vignetting. The ability to depict an image extremely clearly right to the image peripheries is very reassuring.
The maximum aperture is f/2.8 through the entire zoom range. If you take advantage of the minimum focusing distance of 0.28 to 0.3m and get right up close to your main subject, you can create a good, creamy background effect while properly capturing the periphery information in the image.
Also, in landscape photography, the sun is often placed in an image as an accent of the composition. However, ghosting and flaring is minimal because the lens employs a Nano Crystal Coat. Therefore, you can go ahead and include the sun in the frame of your image.
The AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is an ultra wide-angle zoom lens with both reliable expressiveness and good bokeh quality, which is best demonstrated in landscape photography, scenes such as where you want to photograph high-rise buildings in detail, as well as street photography. It is even useful when shooting inside a narrow room using a wide angle and the very short minimum focusing distance. With this one lens, there is no doubt that you will be able to expand the range of your photographic works.
ED lens elements
Aspherical lens elements
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Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1974, Kohayakawa started working as a landscape photographer after moving to Okinawa in 2005. He spends a few months of the year in the Okinawan islands, photographing colourful moments created by nature in the tropics. Kohayakawa also manages a stock photo website, "Okinawa Photo" (htpp://okinawa-photo.net), which contains a collection of photos of Okinawa.