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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED

22 March 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

3. Build quality

The Nikkor 14-24 mm is a big fat dragon of a lens. Its front element is very convex and really huge. To tell you the truth these significant dimensions of the lens ( and you can see them very well in the photo below there the tested device is positioned next to the Nikkor 1.8/50 and the Sigma 17-70 mm) made us very happy. It is the first sign that during the lens designing constructors got the upper hand over accountants. Apparently somebody assumed, and they were perfectly right, that a professional would understand you must pay with dimensions for good quality in this class of focal lengths.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED - Build quality

The lens features a build-in petal-type hood inside which, when zooming, moves the front element. It is maximally extended at 14 mm and collapsed at 24 mm. Behind the hood there is a comfortable, big, manual focus ring which works correctly. Under it you can find a clear distance scale next to which there is an AF mode switch. Then we meet a comfortable and wide zoom ring. You can hardly have any reservations here – everything is positioned where it should be, it works properly and is made of high quality materials.


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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED - Build quality

When it comes to the inner construction, there are plenty of frills too. The company used the whole arsenal of the highest class optical technology. We get 14 elements positioned in 11 groups including two low-dispersion ED glass elements, three aspherical elements and one with a Nano Crystal Coat layer. This image is complemented by an aperture with 9 diaphragm blades which can be closed down to f/22.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED - Build quality

Due to the huge convex front element we can’t use filters. It’s a pity, though, that the company didn’t anticipate a possibility of using smaller filters from the side of the mount.

The buyer, apart from the lens, gets a hard case included in box.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED - Build quality