16:9 and an euphoric review of the Nikkor 14-24/2.8

16:9 has posted an euphoric review of the Nikon AF-S 14-24/2.8 lens:

“At 14mm, the Nikon 14-24mm gives us a whole new level of performance: it’s not so much that it rewrites the rules, it doesn’t seem to be aware of what the rules are . . . sharp, vignette-free corners at 14mm / f2.8? No problem! With performance this good at f5.6, I think we’ve just found a lens that may challenge the Leica 15mm f2.8 for the title of ultimate ultrawide. Without question, this lens is at least as good as the Zeiss 15mm f3.5.”


Is it perhaps the most impressive wide angle lens ever by a huge margin? Yes, and yes again.

Photozone reviews the Nikon AF-S 14-24/2.8: a phenomenal lens

Klaus Schroiff has posted a review of the new Nikon AF-S 14-24/2.8 lens on his respected Photozone site – and it looks good.

“The Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED N is a phenomenal lens. It is the sharpest ultra-wide angle lens tested to date. The resolution figures are simply stunning and unprecedented specifically at 14mm and that’s straight from the maximum aperture setting.”

Alex Mustard: the D300 out guns the D2X

Some thoughts by Alex Mustard about the Nikon D3 and the D300 posted here including several test pictures:

“I would also add that I think that the D300 also out guns the D2X. It is a big step on from the D200. DPReview said that the D300 is as much as a step over the D200 as the D200 was over the D100. I am inclined to agree. Although the FX chip D3 is getting all the attention, it was the D300 that really exceeded my expectations.”


“From shooting it today I would say that ISO 6400, 3200 and 1600 on the D3 all looked better than ISO 400 on my D2X”


“I also tried the new 14-24mm – wow. This lens seemed to show sharper corners – possibly because it has been designed for digital, unlike my old 17-35mm? It is also really, really wide. I was testing this with an architectural photographer who is very sensitive to distortion. His comment was that the 14-24mm had slight barrel distortion compared to the slight pincushion distortion of the 12-24mm and 17-35mm.”

Delivery dates for all the new toys

Today Nikon announced delivery dates for all the new toys (Nikon D3, D300, all the lenses), at least for Japan:

D3: November 30th
D300: November 23rd
14-24, 24-70, 400VR: November 30th
500VR, 600VR: January 2008

And Capture NX is free for the first 300,000 D3 and D300!

Nikon 14-24 sample pictures, taken with a D200

Fredrik A. Rasmussen has done some sample pictures with the new 14-24/2.8…
Nikon 14-24/2.8

not only with the D3 (currently not shown on his site due to restrictions by Nikon) but also with the D200. He states:

“I did test the lens on the D3 and it’s simply amazing, this lens is wide! The lens is virtually free of distortions. On the D200 with the 1.5x crop the lens is 21-36mm, still wide, but compared to the D3 with it’s FX(full frame) sensor it’s just sad.”

Continue at his site