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D700 + Tamron SP AF 14mm f/2.8

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by bharada, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. bharada

    bharada

    352
    May 25, 2006
    SF Bay Area, CA
    UPS delivered this at 8:00pm last night so I didn't get a chance to play with it until I got home from work today. Like all 3rd-party lenses I was a little nervous awaiting its arrival since there are always enough negative reviews online to put doubt in the back of your mind. But after noodling around with it on my D700 I am more than pleased with its performance.

    _D7B4131.
    NIKON D700    ---    14mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 800

    D700; 14mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 800

    And a 100% center crop...
    _D7B4131_crop.
    NIKON D700    ---    14mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 800


    Now to counter the excellent center sharpness wide open, the lens does flare like crazy with its bulbous front element...

    _D7B4132.
    NIKON D700    ---    14mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 200

    D700; 14mm, f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 200

    And has some CA at the corners...
    _D7B4138.
    NIKON D700    ---    14mm    f/4.0    1/640s    ISO 200

    D700; 14mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 200

    Upper left corner 100% crop...
    _D7B4138_crop_up_lt.
    NIKON D700    ---    14mm    f/4.0    1/640s    ISO 200


    But again, I love the center sharpness...
    _D7B4138_crop_center.
    NIKON D700    ---    14mm    f/4.0    1/640s    ISO 200


    All these were shot as 12-bit NEFs and converted for web in Lightroom 2. Not adjustments made except to resize.

    Along with the Tamron (which I purchase new from Amazon) I also received a used Tokina 24-200 f/3.5-5.6 from B&H. This lens performs like most super-zooms with sharpness peaking about 2 stops from wide open. But as a replacement for the 18-200 I gave up in switching to the D700, I think I can live with it until Nikon get's back into producing non-pro FF zooms. 24-120 f/4 VRII anyone? :) 
     
  2. For a wide lens I would consider that CA "well controlled". Not enough to bother me. At least in that situation/picture. Enjoy your kit :smile:
     
  3. bharada

    bharada

    352
    May 25, 2006
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Yes. The CA is very managable.

    Here's the corner after Photoshop ACR CA removal...
    _D7B4138_crop_up_lt_no_CA.
    NIKON D700    ---    14mm    f/4.0    1/640s    ISO 200
     
  4. Thanks for this post and pic's. I was wondering about this lens on the D700. I have started to get into ultra wide angles this summer and have the Tamron 17-35 which I like and it looks like this lens is in the same quality as the 17-35. This will be my next lens.
     
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