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shadowblade

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Optical quality - Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 vs Canon 11-24 f/4
« on: July 31, 2015, 11:46:38 am »

Has anyone compared the sharpness and aberrations (CA, etc.) of these two lenses at similar apertures, preferably on the same body? Which gives a sharper image (particularly in the corners)? What about aberrations?

Obviously there are differences (f/2.8 vs f/4, and 11mm at the wide end vs 14mm, as well as being entirely different lens mounts), but, for the average landscape photographer, who can use both lenses on a Canon or Sony body and doesn't usually care too much about AF or f/2.8, they're comparable lenses.

Photozone has tested both of these, but, as the Canon was tested on a 50MP 5Ds and the Nikon on a 24MP D3x, the numbers generated aren't directly comparable.
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Re: Optical quality - Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 vs Canon 11-24 f/4
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 12:19:40 pm »

I plan on selling my 14-24 and replacing it with the new Canon 11-24 myself as soon as I hear some feedback on comparisons. Using the Nikon zoom on anything other than a Nikon body is a terrible inconvenience to say the least, and getting down to 11mm is a wonderful advantage. The 14-24 has been setting the bar for quite a while and hoping the Canon is at least as good if not better.
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Re: Optical quality - Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 vs Canon 11-24 f/4
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2015, 01:10:37 pm »

I plan on selling my 14-24 and replacing it with the new Canon 11-24 myself as soon as I hear some feedback on comparisons. Using the Nikon zoom on anything other than a Nikon body is a terrible inconvenience to say the least, and getting down to 11mm is a wonderful advantage. The 14-24 has been setting the bar for quite a while and hoping the Canon is at least as good if not better.

What body are you shooting it on?

According to Photozone, the 11-24 shows significant corner softness on the 5Ds, especially at the 11mm and 24mm ends (not so much in the middle) and at f/4-f/5.6. I wonder how it compares with the 14-24 on the same sensor, though (obviously only comparing the apertures and focal lengths available on both lenses - any ability to shoot at 11mm is better than none at all).
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Re: Optical quality - Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 vs Canon 11-24 f/4
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2015, 04:26:01 pm »

What a majority of folks would really need as a lens is an excellent and slightly lighter 14-28 f4 I would think. ;)

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Re: Optical quality - Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 vs Canon 11-24 f/4
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015, 04:46:55 pm »

Frankly, I am impressed that you can find something interesting enough to shoot in order to justify the $3,000.00 lens. I find it very hard to compose non-sky-heavy shots at 14mm (the cheapo Samyang manual lens). I don't do architecture interiors, though.
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Re: Optical quality - Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 vs Canon 11-24 f/4
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2015, 02:45:47 am »

Frankly, I am impressed that you can find something interesting enough to shoot in order to justify the $3,000.00 lens. I find it very hard to compose non-sky-heavy shots at 14mm (the cheapo Samyang manual lens). I don't do architecture interiors, though.

At least half my shots go that wide. Usually I'll take the shot using a panorama technique (shift-stitched using the TS-E 24L or TS-E 17L or rotationally stitched using a 35mm or 50mm lens) but some situations don't allow for multiple-exposure techniques.
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Re: Optical quality - Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 vs Canon 11-24 f/4
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2015, 05:15:47 pm »

Frankly, I am impressed that you can find something interesting enough to shoot in order to justify the $3,000.00 lens. I find it very hard to compose non-sky-heavy shots at 14mm (the cheapo Samyang manual lens). I don't do architecture interiors, though.

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Wasn't that long ago, that anything under 20mm on FF was considered super wide.  I also struggle with composition with superwide.  That is why I shoot the Nikon 16-35mm even though it has bad distortion at 16mm.  I just don't shoot it that wide most of the time.  A lot of times I look at a subject I and think wide, I end up selecting an image that is shot at a much longer focal length.
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