I know some here have used and/or own the 14-24, but I rented the 14mm prime for this weekend from Pro Photo Supply here in Portland. I was doing some shooting yesterday and some night shooting earlier this morning and when I got home in the give or take 400 pictures I shot over the last 12 hours all had the same behavior with this 14mm lens: A large area on the left of the frame, not on the edge, but towards the center is VERY soft, but the rest of it, even the corners are generally pretty sharp, albeit with color shifts. I was wondering if anyone else on here noticed the same kind of behavior with the Nikkor 14mm. It's really disappointing because I was planning on using it to print about 24x36, but when there's a big soft spot on the left, it's kind of hard to do. Camera used is a D700 and a very sturdy tripod and remote was being used. EDIT: Top seems to be consistently soft too.. will post an example soon.