Oh yeah! Look at the goody I get to play with over the holiday! Woot! I love renting new gear to try out from my favorite rental shop, www.borrowlenses.com. They usually offer some nice specials over the holiday months while they are off too, like renting for 3 days, but getting a rental for seven since they are closed over the holiday. It's a good deal and a great way to try out something spendy you've been wondering if you "need" in your camera bag.
This time, I opted to rent the premiere wide angle lens from Nikon. The 14-24mm f/2.8. This is the lens that makes Canon shooters want to switch to Nikon or at a minimum buy an adapter so they can use this baby on Canon. As you can see, its a big lens and fairly hefty too. She's got a lot of glass going on. The front element is enormous and I can't wait to try her out. I threw in a few shots with her alongside my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens so you can see how big she is in comparison, almost as tall, even fatter, and a little heavier to boot.
I have her for a week, so hopefully I will bring back some images to share of what she is capable of. My plan is to put her through some nigh shooting paces. With f/2.8 and a wide angle of view I'm thinking there are possibilities to be had. Now I just need a clear sky, which hasn't been abundant lately. I will be shooting her on a crop sensor camera because, well, it's what I own. I won't be getting the full wide angle viewpoint that she is capable of because of that, but nevertheless it will be be wide and wider than I can currently see. Performance on a FX or full frame sensor would give you the most out of the wide angle capabilities. Regardless, I want to see how she handles and the only way to get Nikon f/2.8 in wide angle this wide is to shoot with this lens. For reference, I have rented the 10-24mm and 12-24mm DX lenses as well as the newer 16-35 f/4 FX lens. This will be a nice comparison to the others I have already tried.
I'll be back next week or so with samples shot with the Nikon 14-24mm. For full specs on her stop by here and for a nice review (by someone who does reviews more thoroughly and thoughtfully than I do) stop by here. And if you want to rent some gear yourself, check out Borrow Lenses. I've had great service from them and I've ordered rentals about a half a dozen times or so now and I've been happy with them.
I've got a goody I'm sharing with you all tomorrow as a special holiday treat from me. So, be sure to stop by tomorrow for that.