Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
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Good, but not great
D7000 shooter, Nikon
29 September 2011
Summary: The lens is good, but not great. I also own the 35mm 1.8G and the 50mm 1.4G. In terms of image quality, both of these lenses are better than the 24mm 2.8D. At f2.8, the 24mm isn't as sharp as the 35 or 50mm. The sweet spot of the 24mm must be somewhere between f4 - f11, with f5.6 to f8 being ideal. The color and contrast of the 24 also isn't as good as the 35 and 50mm "G" lenses.
Summary: For a wide angle, my options were the 20mm f/2.8, 28mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/2. I own the 50mm f/1.8 & 18-55mm af-s VR. My camera is DX format. My 50mm is too long of a focal length sometimes, and the 18-55mm is slow, sometimes horrible with color fringing or pictures would look muddy. 24mm = 36mm on DX format, so it's great for wide and general use! I didn't choose 35mm because it was too similar in focal length with the 50mm.
Pros: Picture quality, Fast, Slightly Wide on DX format, not too much distortion, but enough to play with, Warm colors
Cons: Fixed focal length, lens flare (not too bad, but definitely more flare than my other lenses)
Summary: This is an excellent wide angle lens thats great for dramatic portraits and dramatic perspective shots. I wish it was an f/2 but that issue is pretty my resolved with my D90. This lens will really help you get the most from your cameras sensor when shooting raw.
Summary: I've used both this 24mm f/2.8 AF-D prime and the 24-70 zoom lens and still prefer the prime on my camera. It's light, it won't weigh you down, and it's very responsive. It does have some CA problems because of it's lack of newer coatings/glass elements but it can be corrected in post easily with software. It doesn't have focus override either, but I still prefer it over the zoom because it's just as durable, quick and sharp, in a smaller package for less money.
Summary: As noted by a previous reviewer, this lens performs better on film than digital, but it's still quite usable for digital. It has some chromatic abberation around the edges which can be easily corrected in software. The edges can be a little soft too, but nothing I would consider bad.
Summary: Sharpness: Fine at the center, where it really matters. Borders could be better, but viewers won't notice anyway. Color rendition: A bit on the warm side. Distortion: Not a big issue, I've seen much worse. Flare and ghosts: Yes, beware when you have light sources in the frame. It won't be as bad as with a zoom, but ghosts will be there to spoil the picture. The lens is usable for night shots, but you should be really carefull.
Summary: Fast wide angle at a decent price? This is your lens. I got this glass when I purchased my first modern film camera (Nikon F80), the salesperson who was helping me at the store said that this was the best for a 'normal' lens for the camera, and he was right. This lens very rarely leaves the camera body.
Pros: * Sharp Lens, * Great for a Film body, * Fast Autofocus, * Fast Wide Angle Lens