Wide-Angle Summer Fun
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Mike and Grace, Me and Luke me with my brother and his kids, at 14mm -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mike and Grace, Me and Luke
me with my brother and his kids, at 14mm

When I got my Nikon D700 last year, I also picked up the new Nikkor 14-24 zoom. On the D700's full-frame sensor, the 14mm is about as wide angle as you can get without being a fish-eye lens. I haven't used it much, mostly because it's big and heavy specialty lens that I have to switch to for the one moment in an event where I think it might be useful, then switch back, and I often don't think it'll be worth the bother.

I have used it around the house a bit, having posted photos with it here and here, and occasionally since. I did bring it along on my current trip to Ohio, so I thought I'd post some of the results.

The main benefit of a wide-angle lens is, of course, its wide angle, but objects that are near the can be severely distorted. Sometimes that can be used for effect, as I did in Fun at 24mm, and here:

Swoosh -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Swoosh
Apple Right Off the Tree -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Apple Right Off the Tree
Cooperative Transportation I should have included this on the Josh/Grace Driving post the other day -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cooperative Transportation
I should have included this on the Josh/Grace Driving post the other day

Distortion diminishes if most things are roughly the same distance from the lens (where anything more than 10 or so meters away is equally “far”), and you get more “wide” and less “angle”, but then, anything more than 10 or so meters away becomes tiny in the frame...

Chasing Geese if you click to open the large version, and squint, you can see a flock of geese taking off -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Chasing Geese
if you click to open the large version, and squint, you can see a flock of geese taking off
After the Storm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/80 sec, f/14, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
After the Storm

After a big thunderstorm yesterday, the sun came out and we had bright light to one side, and dark, foreboding clouds rolling away on the other, and we thought for sure we'd get a spectacular rainbow, but no such luck.

Sometimes you just want to get everything in frame, and 14mm is what it takes...

Videos on Uncle Mikey's 'Puter -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Videos on Uncle Mikey's 'Puter
Only in Grandma's House -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Only in Grandma's House

The particular Nikon lens I have zooms to 24mm, an unimpressive 1.7× zoom range on paper (for comparison, an 18-200mm zoom has an 11.1× zoom range), but the difference is notable, with much less distortion because there's much less to try to fit into the frame...

Eric Carle's Morning Glory ( Eric Carle wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar ) -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Eric Carle's Morning Glory
( Eric Carle wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar )
Big Gracie -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Gracie

I don't use this lens much, but it's fun when I do.

Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Although I own a D300 and don’t have the advantage of a full frame sensor, I would love to have a wide-angle lens. Thank you for showing me what it’s capable of. I’m impressed and see why it’s a lens that belongs in my bag.

— comment by Karen from Florida on August 13th, 2009 at 11:52am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

The wide end of the spectrum is something I haven’t had a lot of experience with. It looks awesome. So, how is the conversion to the D700 going? Your Blog is part of the what help me make the decision to jump from the D70 to the D200. Love it so far!

Between yours and David Hobby’s Strobist Blog, I’ve been very motivated this summer to get off my backside and get busy doing different things with my camera.

Conversion to the D700? Let’s just say that I think I still have a D200 body somewhere, under a layer of dust. Somewhere. —Jeffrey

— comment by Stanley Chen on August 14th, 2009 at 12:55am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Karen,

Check out the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Ok, there is no DX lens that gets out to the field of view of 14mm on an FX frame, but the Tokina 11-16mm is generally regarded as THE best DX wide angle (regardless of price, but the price of the Tokina ($600 at B&H) is in the same range as the lesser offerings by Nikon for DX) . The 11mm end gets you out to about the field of view of 16.5mm on a FX sensor. Incidently, according to Ken Rockwell, the 11-16mm will actually fill an FX sensor when zoomed to 15mm or 16mm if you take off any filters. (still not as wide as the 14mm, but close.)

— comment by Josh on August 14th, 2009 at 6:09am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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