So, Nikon's emailed rebate promotion finally worked on me. I've taken advantage of the pricing to finally get around to adding the 14-24/2.8 to the bag. Well. That is one hellacious lens. I've got some recurring work that includes shooting in tight quarters, and have been pretty happy with the 16-35/4 ... but when I use it wide (16, 17mm) there's some pretty severe distortion that's always nagged. Yes, software can more or less clean that up, but it's just not very pretty around the margins when shooting wide and especially when opened up. The 14-24 is pretty damn amazing. I have to be careful not to give in and use it at f/2.8 when I need more DoF than what that provides, but that's just something to keep in mind. More importantly, it's a chance to push things a bit OoF in the background when I need it. That said, 16-35's VR is very effective, and allows some hand-held stuff that I otherwise might not be able to get away with. But I really can't say enough about the image quality of this 14-24. Remarkable detail, contrast, and an amazingly flat field considering how wide it is, and that it's an optical recipe that's been around for some years now. Yes, it's heavy and bulbous, and filters are a challenge - though that heaviness comes with a delightfully tank-like build. But for some very specific situations that I face regularly, it's just the ticket. I'll also be mounting it via a Metabones adapter to some Sony video hardware. Nice to save $200 on this beastie. Its reputation is well deserved.