Pardon the cheap Halloween reference.
For the following image I used a Nikon D850 with a Nikkor 14-24 ISO100 f/14 1/160sec. Is there a better lens that has less lens flare? is there a technique I can use to reduce it?
I read somewhere that the 20mm f/1.8 has very little flare.
Here is the image that would have been much better without the flare.
It was a great idea to take that shot. But shooting into the sun is the worst possible
case for flare (and a hood won't help). A zoom is pretty hopeless in that situation.
Also, there is noticable barrel distortion in addition to the perspective distortion
one would expect (the grass all appears to be leaning away from the lens).
Do you happen to know off hand the focal length setting that you used?
If it was very short, then barrel distortion is to be expected.
If you decided to carry a couple of prime lenses instead, you would reduce flare,
gain contrast, and perhaps reduce some barrel distortion.
Nikon's official list of recommended lenses for the D850 includes your zoom,
and the following ultra-wide and wide prime lenses:
AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED*
AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
*--not "nano-crystal coated"
Maybe somebody here knows what available from Tamron, Sigma, etc.
It's not a bad zoom---far from it. But sometimes a zoom is not the optimal lens.
Quite often actually.