Introduction

Nikon’s Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.Eight S is a shiny wide-angle zoom lens for the corporate’s Z-mount mirrorless cameras.

With a focal vary of 14-24mm on full-frame our bodies or 21-36mm on APS-C our bodies, it is an amazing walkaround lens for landscapes and cityscapes alike. It is also an fascinating possibility for astrophotographers, and performs equally effectively as a wide-angle video lens.

Out there since November 2020, listing pricing is ready at $2399.95.

All photographs edited in Adobe Digicam Uncooked 12.Four except in any other case famous, with changes restricted to white steadiness, publicity, highlights, shadows, white and black ranges. Sharpening and noise discount at defaults.



Key specs:

  • Focal size: 14-24mm (21-36mm with APS-C crop)
  • Aperture vary: F2.8 – F22
  • Stabilization: No
  • Filter thread: 112mm (with included HB-97 lens hood)
  • Shut focus: 0.28m (11.0″)
  • Most magnification: 0.13x
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Hood: HB-96 and HB-97 hoods included
  • Weight: 650g (1.43 lb)
  • Optical building: 16 components in 11 teams (Three aspherical, Four ED)

Though it has no direct rivals on the Nikon Z-mount, the Z 14-24mm F2.Eight is the religious successor to the wildly common – however famously giant and unwieldy – AF-S 14-24mm F2.8G ED, which made its debut for F-mount DSLRs in 2007.

In comparison with that lens, it is a a lot much less hefty optic, albeit additionally one which’s priced $650 increased. Its solely fractionally (7mm / 0.2″) shorter, which is maybe slightly shocking given it has a detachable hood, the place the DSLR lens’ hood was built-in.

ISO 64 | 1/60 sec | F5.6 | 24mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Barney Britton

But it surely’s a worthwhile 10mm (0.3″) narrower, and at 650g (1.44lb), far much less tiring to hold than the 1000g (2.21lb) DSLR lens. And that is regardless of it really having a extra complicated optical system and added filter assist.

Plus if one had been to contemplate the AF-S 14-24mm F2.8G ED as an alternative choice to the Z-mount 14-24mm, you’d have to issue within the weight and dimension of the Mount Adapter FTZ. That may add one other 31mm (1.2″) in size and 135g (4.8oz) in weight, giving the mirrorless lens a way more vital benefit over its DSLR sibling.

ISO 400 | 1/200 sec | F2.8 | 14mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

As for its mirrorless equivalents on different mounts, there is no shut different on Canon’s RF-mount, the closest equal being the longer-ranging, less-wide RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM. The closest match is the Sigma 14-24mm F2.Eight DG DN Artwork, which is out there on each Leica L and Sony E-mounts.

The Sigma is a way more inexpensive lens, costing a bit lower than two-thirds as a lot because the Nikon Z 14-24mm F2.8. Its barrel diameter is simply fractionally (4mm / 0.1″) decrease, nevertheless it’s 7mm (0.3″) longer and nearly 1 / 4 heavier.

ISO 64 | 1/60 sec | F5.6 | 14mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Barney Britton

For that, the Sigma will get you an much more complicated optical system and two further aperture blades, for a complete of 11. And whereas the Sigma would not settle for front-mounted filters (as can the Nikon courtesy of one among its included lens hoods), it’ll match gel filters in a holder on the rear of the lens.

On E-mount, there’s additionally the Sony FE 12-24mm F2.Eight GM, however whereas it does cowl the complete vary of the Nikon Z 14-24mm and provides much more protection on the vast finish of the vary, it is considerably ($600) dearer and provides no built-in answer for front-mounted filters.

ISO 64 | 1/25 sec | F3.2 | 14mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Barney Britton

It is also even bigger even than Nikon’s DSLR lens, and heavier than the Z-mount lens by 197g (6.9oz). It does have a particularly swift linear autofocus drive with a complete of 4 motors, in contrast to the stepper motor drive of the Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.8, nonetheless. (However as we’ll see, the Nikon isn’t any slouch within the AF division both.)

In comparison with…

Nikon Z 14-24mm F2.Eight S Nikon AF-S 14-24mm F2.8G ED Sigma 14-24mm F2.Eight DG DN Artwork Sony FE 12-24mm F2.Eight GM

Value (MSRP)

$2399.95 $1749.95 $1499 $3000
Format Mirrorless DSLR Mirrorless Mirrorless
Mount(s) Nikon Z Nikon F Leica L and Sony E Sony E
Optical building 16 components, 11 teams 14 components, 9 teams 17 components, 12 teams 17 components, 14 teams
Aperture blades 9 9 11 9
Climate sealed Sure Sure Sure Sure
AF drive Stepper motor Ultrasonic motor Stepper motor Quad linear motors
Minimal focus distance / max magnification 0.28 m (11.0″) / 0.13x 0.28 m (11.0″) / 0.15x 0.28 m (11.0″) / 0.14x 0.28 m (11.0″) / 0.14x
Lens hood Two detachable hoods bundled Constructed-in hood Constructed-in hood Constructed-in hood
Filter dimension 112mm or rear gel filters N/A Rear gel filters Rear gel filters
Diameter x Size
(no hood)

89mm x 125mm (3.5″ x 5.0″)

98mm x 132mm (3.8″ x 5.2″)

L-mount: 85mm x 131mm (3.3″ x 5.2″)

E-mount: 85mm x 133mm (3.3″ x 5.2″)

97.6mm x 137mm (3.8″ x 5.4″)
Weight

650g (23.0oz)

1000g (35.3oz)

795g (28.0oz) 847g (29.9oz)

Again to prime


Dealing with

Though it’s extremely compact for what it’s – and Nikon is definitely right in calling it each the world’s shortest and lightest full-frame F2.Eight zoom lens with a 14mm discipline of view – it is nonetheless not a small lens by any means.

At round 124.5mm (5.0″) lengthy with a barrel diameter of 88.5mm (3.5″) and a weight of 650g (23.0oz), it is a pretty chunky lens, however that is not shocking for a shiny, wide-angle zoom. And it is definitely very well-built, with a stable, high quality really feel regardless of a predominantly plastic exterior shell. It balances fairly effectively on Nikon’s newest full-frame our bodies, with only a contact of ‘front-heavy’ really feel that does not actually change as you zoom the lens.

Proven with its slightly cumbersome HB-97 lens hood connected, the 14-24mm F2.Eight has six controls in all.

In addition to a spotlight ring on the entrance of the barrel and a zoom ring instantly behind it, the 14-24mm F2.Eight S additionally provides a customizable management ring close to the rear of its barrel. This can be utilized to regulate the lens’ aperture, ISO sensitivity or publicity compensation (although it lacks detents, which some customers discover useful when manipulating all these settings). All three rings flip easily, with each the guide focus ring and management ring being properly dampened.

In between the zoom and management rings you may discover a small data show and two buttons. The L-Fn button on the left quadrant of the barrel is one other configurable management which might be set via the digicam’s menu system to choices together with autofocus lock, topic monitoring, picture playback and extra.

Atop the 14-24mm F2.Eight is a small however very useful monochrome OLED data show.

The Show button, which is nearer to the OLED panel itself, cycles via three completely different show modes: focal size (to the closest 0.5mm), aperture or focus distance. The aperture worth is barely proven in aperture-priority or guide modes, and in these modes the main target show additionally positive aspects a depth-of-field indicator beneath the space scale.

Lastly, of the left aspect of the 14-24mm F2.8’s base is a spotlight mode swap. The lens is absolutely sealed towards mud and moisture, with seals not solely on the base, but in addition at its management rings, buttons and focus mode swap, in addition to at joins between parts.

The Nikkor 14-24mm F2.Eight is weather-sealed all through, not simply on the lens mount.

There isn’t any optical picture stabilization on this lens, however that is par for the course in wide-angle lenses. Most Z-mount cameras provide in-body picture stabilization anyway, and blur from digicam shake is often much less of a priority for wide-angle images within the first place.

The entrance lens aspect is fluorine-coated to withstand fingerprints and smudges. It is also flat, which is a significant distinction to the massive, bulging entrance components of the sooner DSLR lens and most related optics. Whilst you cannot connect filters on to the entrance of the lens, two detachable hoods are included and one among these does characteristic filter threads.

The Z 14-24mm F2.Eight appears a great bit extra svelte with out both of its optionally available hoods connected, although there are built-in mini-hood petals seen right here that provide at the least minimal safety.

The HB-96 lens hood is the smaller and lighter of the pair, and is suitable with the usual lens cap. The HB-97 lens hood is way bulkier, particularly when you’re utilizing its big lens cap, nevertheless it does settle for 112mm screw-on filters. It is not a very commonplace dimension (and can show to be a really costly one), however each Nikon and B+W do make filters on this dimension.

For those who do not want fast entry to the filter or the flexibility to rotate it, you may doubtlessly get monetary savings by as an alternative utilizing trimmable drop-in gel filters that slip into the rear of the lens previous to mounting. In contrast to some rivals, Nikon would not embody a filter template, however dimensions are proven in the product guide. (Principally, it is a 38 x 30mm filter with a 5 x 5mm triangle minimize off all 4 corners.)

Again to prime


Autofocus and focus respiratory

ISO 125 | 1/15 sec | F16 | 14mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Barney Britton

Nikon has primarily based the autofocus system for its Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.Eight S round a stepper motor. Sometimes, that is a alternative which interprets to clean, quiet however less-than-swift autofocus.

The good information is that this is not true right here. Regardless of the usage of a stepper motor, we had been shocked to search out its AF to be not simply very clean and utterly silent, but in addition very quick. We measured the full-rack autofocus time at roughly half a second.

ISO 64 | 1/640 sec | F4 | 24mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Barney Britton

The 14-24mm is not a macro lens, however with a minimal focusing distance of 0.28m (11″), it’ll yield the same magnification to equal lenses on different mounts, and can get you simply as shut. That most magnification of 0.13x (1:7.7), you will not be focusing in on particular person flowers, however it’ll definitely suffice for traditional ‘wildflowers at sundown’ landscapes and the like.

ISO 1600 | 1/15 sec | F2.8 | 24mm | Nikon Z7 II
Picture by Jordan Drake, edited in Seize One 21

Videographers shall be thrilled to listen to that Nikon has executed an amazing job of controlling focus respiratory, simply because it did within the different members of its Z-mount F2.Eight zoom trinity, the Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.Eight S and Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.Eight VR S. For customers of guide focus, you may select your required course of rotation for the main target ring, and the ring’s dampening makes it straightforward to make clean changes.

Sadly, although, the present crop of Nikon Z-mount our bodies would not assist you to swap from speed-sensitive response to linear response for the main target ring, which means it will be troublesome to make repeated guide focus pulls with precision.

Again to prime


Picture high quality

Given its worth premium over the sooner DSLR-oriented design, you may doubtless count on nice issues from Nikon’s 14-24mm F2.Eight for mirrorless, and in nearly all respects it delivers. It could actually ship tack-sharp photographs throughout its zoom vary, and the one slight weak spot is a bent in the direction of overly-busy bokeh.

Sharpness

ISO 64 | 1/250 sec | F2.8 | 14mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

On the wide-angle finish of the zoom vary, middle sharpness is already wonderful even with the F2.Eight most aperture, and there is no noticeable enchancment from stopping all the way down to F5.6. Sadly, this sharpness drops off dramatically as you method the perimeters, such that even areas of the picture only a third of the way in which from the middle to the sting are noticeably smooth. The intense edges and corners are noticeably smooth wide-open, however focusing within the corners sharpens them proper again up, indicating a level of discipline curvature (seen within the grass, right here). Happily, stopping all the way down to F5.6 results in a reasonably flat discipline, with many of the body sharpening up properly.

Zooming in to 24mm, middle sharpness is additionally wonderful wide-open at F2.8, and there is solely a particularly slight enchancment from stopping all the way down to F5.6. The intense corners are slightly smooth, albeit much less so than they had been wide-open at 14mm, however once more, each focusing within the corners and stopping all the way down to F5.6 assist to yield fairly crisp outcomes.

General, the Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.Eight S turns in an amazing efficiency throughout its zoom vary when it comes to element, offered you are keen to cease down a bit. We would fortunately shoot single topics wide-open at F2.Eight in a whole lot of conditions, however when taking pictures landscapes, structure, flat fields, or any scene the place we want many of the body to be tack sharp, we would counsel stopping down at the least a cease or two. In a lens panorama lately crammed with lenses which are tack sharp vast open and sometimes throughout extra of the body, that is maybe a bit disappointing.

Bokeh

ISO 400 | 1/15 sec | F2.8 | 24mm | Nikon Z7 II
Picture by Chris Niccolls, edited in Seize One 21

In most respects, bokeh is kind of pleasing too, but when we needed to choose a weak spot this is able to nonetheless be it. Specular highlights are very clear with no onion ring, solely minimal cat’s eye impact within the excessive corners, and a pleasant, spherical form at the same time as you cease down considerably. Sadly, in addition they have a noticeably brighter define or cleaning soap bubble impact which might make the bokeh very busy-looking.

‘Nisen bokeh’ can lead to what appears like movement blur the place there’s none, or double-edges to barely out-of-focus topics. It is notably a problem in transition zones, and tends to get higher as you cease down.

And we additionally seen that whereas the transition from out of focus to sharp and again once more is kind of pleasing, in areas which are solely barely out of focus the transition may give the looks of a double picture that nearly appears like movement blur, as you may discover within the cobweb on this picture. That is sometimes called ‘Nisen bokeh’, and whereas it does largely go away as you cease down slightly, it is one thing to be careful for regardless. We have seen it more and more in quick, vast lenses, and it appears like this Nikon is not resistant to it both.

Flare, ghosting and sunstars

ISO 64 | 5 sec | F11 | 24mm | Nikon Z7 II
Picture by Chris Niccolls, edited in Seize One 21

As we talked about within the dealing with part, the 14-24mm F2.Eight comes with not only one lens hood, however a alternative of two. It additionally handles shiny mild sources that make it to the entrance lens aspect very effectively. Flare is managed properly, with no ghosting or reflections and not a lot lack of distinction both.

It additionally offers moderately good 18-pointed sunstars, because of its nine-bladed iris. They seem to be a bit much less crisp than these of some rival lenses, however the spikes are pretty even in size even when they diffuse pretty rapidly. Followers of the DSLR model of this lens will really feel proper at dwelling with the same rendering.

Longitudinal / lateral chromatic aberration (fringing)

ISO 64 | 1/2500 sec | F2.8 | 14mm | Nikon Z7 II
Picture by Chris Niccolls, edited in Seize One 21

Lateral chromatic aberration or LCA exhibits up as cyan/inexperienced and crimson/purple fringing round edges on the outer peripheries of the body, notably on the broader finish of the zoom, nevertheless it’s simply corrected for in post-processing with out a lot of a destructive affect in your picture. And as for longitudinal chromatic aberration (LoCA), which causes colour fringing within the foreground and background and might be laborious to right post-capture, this lens handles it fantastically. General, a really spectacular end result when it comes to aberrations!

Again to prime


Conclusion

What we like What we do not
  • Light-weight and compact for its class
  • Complete weather-sealing
  • Very sharp and freed from most optical aberrations
  • Very quick autofocus
  • Helpful multi-function OLED show
  • A alternative of entrance or rear filters
  • Works effectively for video too
  • Extensive open sharpness drops off rapidly as you progress away from picture middle
  • Bokeh might be distracting attributable to cleaning soap bubble impact
  • Double-edged bokeh in transitions zones
  • Costlier than its DSLR equal
  • Entrance filters are big, costly and require a cumbersome hood/lens cap

The Nikon Z 14-24mm F2.Eight S completes the corporate’s Z-mount trinity of shiny, high-quality zooms. Alongside the Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.Eight S and Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.Eight VR S, Nikonians can now zoom from a 14mm wide-angle to a 200mm telephoto with no gaps in protection and with a shiny F2.Eight most aperture all through.

Like these earlier lenses, the 14-24mm F2.Eight focuses rapidly and delivers crisp, satisfying photographs in most respects. It represents a noticeable step past its DSLR-oriented predecessor when it comes to sharpness and but is much lighter and noticeably extra compact. There are some flies within the ointment although.

Whereas central and peak sharpness at your level of focus are each excellent vast open, throughout the body consistency is missing. Stopping all the way down to F5.6 improves issues, however we’re more and more spoiled by lenses performing close to their greatest vast open, so this can be a little bit of a let-down. Moreover, bokeh can at instances seem busy attributable to double-edged bokeh in transition zones and shiny edges on specular highlights (suppose out-of-focus vacation lights) that offers specular highlights a ‘cleaning soap bubble’ impact.

ISO 64 | 1/160 sec | F8 | 14mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Barney Britton

It is not only a stills lens, both. It is equally well-suited to video seize, making it fairly a flexible choose. And we appreciated its useful LCD information show, which makes it straightforward to verify your exact focal size or focus distance, and even to guage depth of discipline.

It is also very solidly constructed, comprehensively weather-sealed and offers you a alternative of both screw-in entrance filters or gel filters on the rear. Admittedly, you may need to persist with the latter each time doable as its 112mm screw-in filters shall be each costly and difficult to search out, however rivals lack this feature altogether.

ISO 64 | 1/2000 sec | F2.8 | 21.5mm | Nikon Z7 II
Picture by Chris Niccolls, edited in Seize One 21

And talking of rivals, we love Canon’s lineup however with the arrival of this lens, we expect Nikon’s Z-mount lineup is now just a bit extra constant. And whereas it isn’t an enormous distinction, there is no denying that the Nikon 14-24mm is each shorter and lighter than its nearest rival on one other platform, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.Eight DG DN Artwork for Leica L and Sony E-mounts.

As for the Z-mount particularly, there’s realistically no different to this lens, wanting utilizing a DSLR lens with the FTZ mount adapter — and that will not be remotely as satisfying an expertise, with lesser picture high quality, its personal complicated discipline curvature points, and way more bulk, even when you’ll save slightly when it comes to the associated fee.

ISO 110 | 1/20 sec | F2.8 | 14mm | Nikon Z7
Picture by Barney Britton

For a lens of this kind, it is comparatively small and lightweight, very sensible, and actually makes the many of the quick flange-back distance of mirrorless cameras typically, and the Z-mount particularly! It is a comparatively aberration free lens, and lots of will both simply work round, or forgive, its shortcomings round across-the-frame consistency and bokeh. And whenever you do, there’s loads to love concerning the photographs it is able to.

Again to prime


Scoring

Again to prime


DPReview TV evaluate

See what our crew at DPReview TV has to say concerning the Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.Eight S.

Again to prime


Pattern galleries

Please don’t reproduce any of those photographs with out prior permission (see our copyright web page).

Nikon Z7

Nikon Z7 II

Again to prime

Shop Amazon