I just got a Nikon 14-24mm AFS f/2.8 G ED for my D700 and took it on a walk around the neighborhood for some test shooting at the 14mm length. This is my first wide-angle lens (not counting point and shoot cameras). Looking at the photos in Lightroom, I noticed a few things: (1) It is really hard to get good compositions with this lens. Even if you get close to your subject, this lens covers a huge field of view and chances are there's a lot of boring stuff toward the edges that detracts from the overall image and would be better off just cropped out. Maybe this is just because of my setting, walking around the streets of my hometown. I am sure that if I went to the Grand Canyon or someplace like that, even the edges of the pictures would be interesting! But if you are in a humdrum everyday environment, you can't count on just focusing on an interesting subject. The boring stuff you're not interested in will be in the picture, too. And on the other hand, if you stand back a bit, your subject appears tiny. You really need to "make the whole photo the subject" with this lens, if that makes any sense. (2) It's also hard to maintain focus across the whole photo, especially when you get close. When taking a close-up shot of a bunch of flowers, for example, even stopped down to f/16 or f/22, I often found that objects at the edges were less sharp than at the center. (3) Worst of all, if I shot with sunlight coming towards me, the photos tended to show lens flares and ghosts, ranging from tiny to absolutely enormous. I don't know if this problem would have gone away at a longer focal length, but it seems like at 14mm, you really don't want the sun shining towards you. (4) The best shots I took with this lens were indoor shots, where lens flare, etc. was not an issue and where I could more easily control the composition of the photos. (5) This is not related to the quality of the photos it takes, but knowing you could destroy this filter-less lens at any moment by bumping it into your subject, or tripping and falling, is absolutely terrifying! I really do like this lens a lot, but it seems to me I will need to practice to get good photos with it consistenly, whereas with my other lenses, my "keeper" ratio was a lot higher right from the start. Any advice on how to use this lens more effectively would be much appreciated. Thanks.