Excerpt: I bought this lens in hopes of having a quick, sharp wide angle that would eventually carry over when I upgrade from my D90 to a full frame body. I own the 50mm f/1.8D and the 85mm f/1.8D. Both of these lenses are of the same product line as this 24mm. I have been extremely satisfied by the quality of these two lenses over the past several years and expected the same performance from the 24mm. Sadly, the 24mm did not match up. The photos were just not sharp.
Excerpt: This is probably a great lens on other cameras, but definitely too soft for the D800e. With the large sensor the D800e and D800 have using this lens will result in really soft edges. In fact When I was looking over some of the images I took I found that only the middle portion of the photograph was in focus. The rest of the image turns out soft.
Excerpt: I sold the 35mm 2.0 AF-D lens to purchase this 24mm lens as I wanted to go wider. My research indicated that the two were very similar, but I did not find that to be the case. Though I wasn't knocked out by the 35, I found it to generate acceptable image quality. I can't say the same of the 24. I used the 24 for a few studio shoots and won't be using any of the images I took with it.
Summary: One the main reasons I rushed to own an FX Nikon is to use wide angle lenses like this one. The 24mm f2.8's speed is of no concern to me, as I am usually in good light, outdoors, or use a tripod. I'd expect this lens to be sharp and it is, in the center, gradually becoming quite unsharp in the corners. I assumed this was field curvature and shot some subjects where the edges are about the same distance as the center and they are still rather soft.
Summary: I purchased the Nikon 24mm f/2.8D to use in conjunction with my Nikon D300s. I am going through my "prime phase," which was precipitated by a bad encounter with a Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras that I could just not get to perform under any circumstances. I go through this phase about every 3 years, selling off my Nikon Zooms and replacing them with Nikon prime lenses. First, the good.
Excerpt: Got this lens to act as a "light" wide on a D300s DX format; Nikon lens build quality is without question and the lens generally small and light. I have a 35mm 2.0D that I use as a "normal" lens and the image quality and sharpness seem great throughout the full range of f-stops; unfortunately, the sharpness on the 24mm 2.8D is far below that of the 35mm 2.0D.
Excerpt: This lens might, as other reviews have said, be great on film bodies. And it does feel well-built. But on my D90, on which it's effectively a 36mm or so lens, it consistently produced flat, dull images that lacked contrast and seemed slightly distorted. Grass on a field, for instance, had a persistent yellow tint through this 24mm; the same scenes looked more real through my newer 50mm 1.4g. And the geometry of certain objects seemed very slightly skewed...
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this lens as a 35mm equivalent for my D90. Manual focus is a breeze with this lens, it's very compact and light, and a joy to use in field (of course AF works, but the focus ring is so nice to use that I almost always used it in MF). It's too bad that newer Nikon lenses aren't built as well as this lens.There is only one major drawback to this lens, and it is it's sharpness. This lens is not among Nikon's sharpest lenses.
Summary: Bought this lens for head-to-toe candid shots from five-ten feet away in uncontrolled/variable light settings with my D-80 . Auto-focus is slow and unreliable. Can't recall a single picture taken with this lens which I liked. Pictures are ultimately soft.