The Nikon 14mm f/2.8 AF-D is a huge improvement over the manual focus 15mm f/3.5 AI-s and other older ultra-ultrawide lenses. This fixed 14mm is smaller and weighs exactly 2/3 what the huge new 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom (introduced in 2007) does. This means this fixed 14mm weighs 333g (12 oz.) less than the zoom!
So the hypothesis is that if quality/clarity is the only main difference then it could be correctable in post processing. I put both images together and created a set of actions that made the D3 image look the same in terms of hue/saturation, brightness, contrast – the results were as such.