Going Beyond 18mm, at Last!
After much deliberation, testings seen on Part 1 and Part 2 and sitting on the fence, I’ve finally purchased a lens that goes beyond 18mm. Yay! It’s Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) . With the price tag of USD2000, it has become one of the most expensive stuff I own (probably only second to the flat we live in now), but I believe this lens is going to be a game changer for a cityscape photography enthusiast like myself.
I know some people might be raising eyebrows about my decision cos this lens is one of the least-talked-about ultra wide lenses on photography forums and has always taken a backseat to more illustrious Nikon 14-24mm (f/2.8) , Tamron 15-30mm (f/2.8) and Samyang 14mm (f/2.8) .
The Deciding Factor: Nikon 14mm Can Take ND Filters
Then, why Nikon 14mm? Firstly, I didn’t want to get an ultra wide “zoom” lens cos I was reluctant to replace my trusty Nikon 18-35mm (f/3.5-4.5) , which effectively eliminated the likes of Nikon 14-24mm and Tamron 15-30mm from my consideration. Although 18-35mm sits as Nikon’s cheapest full frame compatible wide angle lens, I’m quite happy with its image quality and the fact that it’s super lightweight (385g only).
Nikon 14mm (f/2.8). With 667g, it’s not as light as my main lens, Nikon 18-35mm (385g), but much lighter and smaller than Nikon 14-24mm which weighs whopping 1kg.
Lastly, among ultra wide “prime” lenses, I chose Nikon 14mm over much cheaper yet reputable Samyang 14mm. The deciding factor is that Nikon 14mm can take neutral density (ND) filters (via a small gel filter slot at the rear of the lens) while Samyang 14mm has no such option. ND filters are a big part of my blue hour photography, and I simply couldn’t miss it for the world!