Summary: One of the best wide lenses ever made. It has a high IQ right from 2.8 and across the frame. This has always been a sought after lens because of its high IQ all over the frame. Most 24mm or wider lenses smear the image at the edges of the lens. This one does not.
Pros: One of the sharpest lenses ever made, fast enough, wide with low distortion
Cons: Mustache barrel distortion, noticeable if you shoot brick walls
Summary: Lens is fantastic to use on my DX Sensor Camera body. The 24mm appears to be 36mm on the D7000 making it perfect for street photography and shots that may need to be a bit more wide. Would highly recommend.
Summary: I've owned both and I don't think either the 24/F2 AIS or the 24 F/2.8 AIS are that great. I've read many places that the "crown jewels" of the wide angle line up from Nikon are the 28's. I shoot with the 28 F/2 AIS and it is truly magnificent. Extreme sharpness from foreground to infinity.
Summary: this is my lens.. if I'm taking my Nikon F3 for that nostalgic street hunts. it's wide, small, fast & sturdy. the mechanics are perfect. I still own this lens and it runs smoothly until now. Optics are good (especially for its era), but no better than any modern lens. Use a modern (digital) body?
Summary: amazing,how a lens so small can produce such exceptional image quality.a first class professional results lens.im sure the much more expensive 24mm is better,but i challenge anyone to prove it on a print,or computer moniter.
Summary: I really wanted a prime wide lens and 24mm is perfect. Gets exactly what I want in a photo. I love how accessible it is. Though the focus isn't perfect it takes sharp photos really quickly. I highly recommend it as a prime lens for those who want a great wide angle lens.
Summary: I have both the 16-85mm and the 24mm f2.8D lens, using a heavy tripod and shooting at f5.6 thru f11, I have found that they compare favorably. The big advantage of the 24mm is its weight and size.
I would recommend this lens, but it's not for everyone.
7 September 2011
Summary: A fantastic wide angle with a wide aperture. Fairly close focus abilities. I purchased for the use of reversing the lens for crazy macro focus and it works awesome for that! Far less flaring and ghosting than other lenses I've used for this purpose.