|AFS 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. 20s, f/16, ISO 100, EV +1 | From My Nikon D800|
A few days ago, I brought two flagship of Nikon lenses for landscape photo session at the beach Baron, they were massive AFS 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and AFS 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. Inadvertently I use both lenses because I had dropped and broke filters CND (Circular Natural Density) for 24-70mm lens.
I have included examples of some of the photos I shot with both lenses, including EXIF data in short; Please note that all photo shots generated from single shot mode so it is not a “bracketing” or with the built-in HDR in camera, with the purpose of your can see the difference. All of these images, I have also edit the ACR ver 6.7 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Because I am shooting with 24-70mm f/2.8G AFS by using the filters CPL and GND, then editing in post processing prone and not very time consuming. Instead the photographs that I made with AFS 14-24mm f/2.8G without the use of filters, the editing process is much more complicated and longer, due to the large difference between the bright lighting, shadows and darkness. To facilitate this, I decided I generated a lot of shots with mode “bracketing”, then process it with HDR software.
|AFS 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. 2s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0 | From My Nikon D800|
The conclusion I draw from these two lenses, if designated landscape photographs are as follows:
AFS 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
- Because this lens has a filter thread (diameter 77mm), then we can install these filters for landscape photos, such as GND, CPL, ND8, etc.
- Very useful for landscape with objects that are not too close, not too wide and not too low of angle.
- The results of sharp images, smooth as well.
- These lenses can also be used as a portrait lens photos with amazing results, so you have a lens with multi function.
- Hood provided by Nikon causing difficulty in installing or removing the filter and also hard to see when we are setting up filters.
- Landscape background and foreground might be less dramatic.
- Coverage zoom lens is too far for a landscape lens.
|AFS 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. 3s, f/16, ISO 100 EV +2 | From My Nikon D800|
AFS 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
- The results of its sharp images and color saturation were charming, although not using CPL filter.
- Landscape images produced from this ultra wide angle lens is outstanding and dramatic, so this is a special lens to photograph landscapes, architecture or indoor photos that are more colossal stadium.
- Good shot from the point high, medium or low will produce images that are captivating.
- You can not install the “normal” filter on this lens, there are several companies making special filters to this lens, such as Lee and Lucroit. But they put a high price for a special holder for this lens filter.
- This lens is for me still heavy.
- Lens cap provided by Nikon is very easy to loose and fall with no safety rope or string, so much complained of by most users.
|AFS 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. 15s, f/8, ISO 400 EV +1 |From My Nikon D800|
My final conclusion and my advice is:
- Both lenses are very great and amazing for landscape photography, as long as we are aware of and know how to use it and when to use each of these lenses.
- If you are using AFS 14-24mm lens f/2.8 for outdoor landscape purposes, try to get a filter from Lee or Lucroit. If not, shoot using the mode “bracketing” or HDR built-in camera.
Happy shooting & Cheers,
Blok Pathuk, Ngampilan, Yogyakarta