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D700 and 14-24 f/2.8, my impressions

Arash Hazeghi , Dec 23, 2008; 10:06 p.m.

I received my D700 and 14-24 f/2.8G today, I just came back from a quick field test. I have been an exclusive Canon shooter for the past 5 years and all I can say is that I am truly stunned by the quality of the images this body/lens combo can produce. There is no color noise or artifact in the images and photos are razor sharp across the frame from 14mm to 24mm at all apertures, it is a superior optical design with no compromises that puts even some of my telephotos into shame. I am also pleased by the handling and performance of the body, focus is silent and snap on I shot more than 100 photos in dim conditions and did not get even one out of focus frame. here is one example at 14mm.


Nikon D700 with 14-24 @ 14mm

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Arash Hazeghi , Dec 23, 2008; 10:07 p.m.

and 100% crop from masked areas above to demonstrate pixel sharpness

Matthew Brennan , Dec 23, 2008; 10:31 p.m.

The clarity of the main photo and both crops is rather good to put it mildly. This is a beautifully lit night scene, I'd also like to see the same frame shot in broad daylight with same test crops. It appears this lens is worth every penny from your quick tests here. Happy shooting!

Ellis Vener , Dec 23, 2008; 10:31 p.m.

Yep. They are keepers.

Arash Hazeghi , Dec 23, 2008; 10:48 p.m.

Thanks Matt, daylight tests due tomorrow.
The zoom ring is a bit less "stiff" than the 17-35 and my Canons, there is no play but it is not as tight as I am used to either, but I guess this is just the design, especially now that I have confirmed sharpness. The price is very attractive at less than $1500 when you compare to the competition, or therefore lack of.

Bahram Monshat , Dec 23, 2008; 10:58 p.m.

Arash: "The zoom ring is a bit less "stiff"...."
My 14-24 is exactly the same. Should be the design, which is perfectly fine with me.

Dan Brown , Dec 23, 2008; 11:24 p.m.

Impressive. The crop from the upper corner is really crisp for being so far into the corner.

Nicholas Andre , Dec 23, 2008; 11:55 p.m.

If only I had that much money to burn...

Arash Hazeghi , Dec 24, 2008; 02:13 a.m.

What is more impressive is sharpness at wide open setting across the whole frame, in the past I was always hesitant to use maximum aperture for a wide angle zoom lens, but this one is an exception, here is one example at 14mm f/2.8


14mm @ f/2.8

Arash Hazeghi , Dec 24, 2008; 02:14 a.m.

and 100% crop


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