I guess it's possible you have a bad copy. Everything I have read about the lens indicates that you should expect stellar performance. I've been shooting with the 14-24G for ten years...it's my most frequently used lens. Sometimes I wish the corners were sharper--but overall I've been very pleased with it. One of the reasons I think I'll like the 14-24S is that it's going to be far more convenient to use filters. I already have the NiSi filter system for it.I've owned the older 14-24G, Nikon 20G, Zeiss 21 Distagon, Leica 21SEM, and tried both the Nikon 20S and 14-30.
Both the Zeiss and Leica did not have great corners, but I did find the others to be pretty good.
I need to put the new 14-24S through its paces but so far, I am a bit disappointed.
I hope some more people chime in here with some thoughts. It seems if I shoot F8 or F11 it is acceptable, but anything lower and I wonder why I spent $2400 on this lens.
Can you post some examples of your photos? All we have read, seen and heard is this a much better lens than the 14-24 f mount. As Glenn said perhaps your copy is misaligned.Anyone using this lens?
I purchased one yesterday and am not sure what to think yet. Corner sharpness seems unimpressive and generally not even as good as the 14-30.
I see what you are talking about here. I don’t have any similar images to compare to, maybe I’ll try to capture a few with my copy to see if it behaves the same. Maybe there is some field curvature or other optical phenomenon going on in the corners in front of the focus plane? The top left corner doesn’t seem to exhibit the same issue.Here's an even better example:
Look at the flowers in the foreground and compare the left edge to right edge of the flowerbed in the lower center or the frame. Note also that the wall does not change from edge to center, so the problem is only at the lower edge which does get worse further down towards the corner. Also look at the lower right edge...the pavement. It appears to smear up a bit as well.
It's harder to see any smearing in the upper corners, but I suspect that this is due to the fact that it was the wall that I focused on, so those corners don't stand out as much...especially the right one which also happens to be in too much shade to properly evaluate.
Nothing really earthshakingly bad here but I just think that a supposed improvement over a classic should do better than this, especially since the 14-30 does not seem to exhibit this behavior.
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There wasn't any wind blowing those bushes? At those shutter speeds, that cant be the cause. Definitely, apparent in these examples.I think field curvature is the obvious thing to suspect but if that's what it is, I just don't get it. What I am seeing is worse than the G version, and the 14-30. If Nikon can avoid this in those lenses, why not this one? BTW, if I take a brick wall shot, I do not see this problem, so yes it does have something to do with foreground which is closer to the frame than the background again pointing towards field curvature issues.
Yes please, if you can do some shots where you can clearly see the lower corners, I'd appreciate it. Maybe try one or two at 4 or 5.6 and a third at f8?
BTW, if I open the JPG on my desktop I do indeed see it better and yes the upper left corner is a bit smeared too, just not as badly as the bottom right. I just think it doesn't look as bad because it's on the actual plane of focus (the wall).
Jay, off topic - your username = 968 Porsche by any chance? I adapted username to reference my 911 turboNo wind, none.
For what it's worth, it is very overcast here right now so I can't do what I'd like but I did just take the camera and lens outside and shot some things at F9. At that aperture, the issue much improved.
Yes I have seen Thom's review and generally listen to what he has to say but I am skeptical of a lot of reviewers as I have seen many from those who couldn't possibly even have had the item in their possession when they did do their reviews.
Again, just looking for comments, suggestions, and those willing to shoot some shots to compare.