Nikkor 14-24mm/F2.8 lens is one of Nikon’s The Holy Trinity lenses. But unlike its bigger brothers 24-70mm/F2.8 and 70-200mm/F2.9 lenses, the 14-24mm super wide lens can’t use protector or filters because its front optic is a “bulb” glass element. It was this inability that led many to sell their beloved 14-24mm/F2.8 and then opt to buy a 16-35mm/F4 when the latter was available earlier this year.
Nevertheless, there are also some photography enthusiasts who’d rather come up with their own idea to use DIY protector or filters.
Too1, a user of famous Chinese photograhy forum Xitek.com, used the cap of 14-24mm/F2.8 lens, 95mm B+W UV protector and super glue to make a DIY UV protector for his lens. What he’d done was that he first cut off the front facet of cap and then replaced it with 95mm B+W UV by using the super-glue. He said the procedure took him about one hour, if with good tools, he could finish in half an hour. The resultant DIY UV protector caused minor vignette when the lens was used 14mm/2.8 on the DX format camera.
Tanglin, followed T001’s thread and posted his own solution to use a filter on the same lens, check out photos below, you can make your own’s if you have the similar materials.
This DIY filter can be used on DX cameras without vignette the full focus range. When used on FX cameras, there is no vignette from 18-24mm, but does have below 18mm.