PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED
I dream of architecture
Very little distortion, vignetting and lateral color fringes.
Using Lightroom and Photoshop I developed scripts to batch correct the very little distortion their is on this lens ( just about +0.5 ), color fringes and vignetting also are corrected very easily since their is none at center point ( no shift/tilt ). As for tilt and shift movements, when they are applied, I leave a comment on pictures with rise/fall and left/right shift to correct them accordingly. So what's left to say is that this lens is perfect for architecture. The drag and feel of all the adjustments (focus, aperture, rise and tilt) is just perfect. Someone did their homework. Everything is easy to move and it stays put. Controls do feel like they could be bigger, but if you consider replacements are available from Nikon then this is no problem. They did consider the fact that not everybody owns a D3 ( for clearance ).
August 17, 2010
Excellent glass, sharp and vibrant.
This lens delivers the high quality I expect from Nikon. Very sharp, excellent contrast and color. Negatives: the control knobs are a little difficult to access when the lens is rotated and there are some positions that are not available on my D700 due to the prism position. All in all I prefer the functionality of the old 35 PC and 28 PC that I still use, though the glass is clearly as good or better on these new PCE lenses.
July 30, 2010
This is an excellent lens overall. Used with NX2, it controls fringing very well. The manual isn't very helpful - if you've never used a view camera you may want to do some research on the web to help with tilt/shift adjustments. I'm enjoying the control that I missed when I gave up my view camera.
My only gripes are these:
*The locks are hard to tighten adequately, especially with the small knobs. (Nikon will put on larger knobs for a fee).
*Landscape photographers will want the tilt/shift and the rise/fall on the same plane. Nikon charges $125 to do this. However, the modification is a simple one and can be undone easily; there is a video on the web that shows this step-by-step.
July 30, 2010
Optically good but mechanically bad
I do a lot of architecture and high end realty. I use the 24mm PC a lot, in all conditions. Although I love the lens for its optical quality, mechanically I have problems with it, especially working outside in the cold in Montreal often with gloves on. The shift and tilt knobs are too small. In the different temp. conditions, the shift lock sometimes jams completely. I now find its difficult to keep the shift locked, it slips sometimes while focusing. I use the tilt mainly with very small increments around zero and its difficult to control accurately. Other manufacturers have done a better job mechanically in-spite of the obviously challenging size constraints.
July 30, 2010
Great for Architecture, Interiors, & Landscape
I definitely have a love/hate relationship with this lens. The love part is great. Very sharp lens, relatively wide range of movements, very solid construction. The CA (chromatic aberrations) are also very well controlled. It just feels significant in your hand as it should be as this is most decidedly a professional lens.
Now for the hate part. First off, the knob to adjust the shift of the lens is ok, the locking knob for the same movement is way too small, making it very difficult for me to lock the movement in place. It's actually easy to over tighten this control and consequently strip the locking knob. This actually happened to me and it took Nikon 4 months for them to repair it. They indicated to me that I had actually caused the damage myself - go figure. They finally gave me a new lens and it hasn't given me much trouble so far. That was 5 months ago. Second, when the camera orientation is changed for a vertical shot, it suddenly becomes very easy for the tilt mechanism to slide downwards toward the ground unless FIRMLY locked. Again, over tightening this control could present problems as well. All in all, a very good, solid lens, which definitely requires a tripod and knowledge of view camera movements to get the most out of it. If used as a straight 24mm wide angle lens, it is possible to hand hold this beast of a lens. Contrary to popular belief, this lens works flawlessly on the D700. You just need to be a little cautious when rotating the lens.
Still waiting for Nikon to come out with a 16mm or 18mm version of this lens.
April 27, 2015
It's been only a few months, but this lens had already become my favorite wide-angle for landscapes and cityscapes in tandem with my D3.
The perspective control is allowing me to do things I was not able to previously, not only correcting perspective, but also being able to shoot near-far compositions with good dof at moderate apertures. The combination of low noise @ high ISO on my D3 and moderate aperture allows me to shoot high shutter speed HDR's under less than optimal conditions outdoors (windy!) and still render excellent subject detail.
The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the set screws to hold the shift and tilt settings are not large or robust enough to hold the shift and tilt settings under all conditions (walking around etc.). This shouldn't be considering the cost of this lens.
Other than that, this is an excellent lens.
December 5, 2011
Optically Superior - Mechanically Average
I waited a long time before I plunked down the 2k for this lens. I shoot a lot of architectural images and this lens has been on my wish list for quite a while. I have not been disappointed by the wonderful images that it has delivered. I don't mind it being all manual either - it makes me think about what I'm about to do. However, the little tiny thumb-screws used to unlock and tilt/shift the lens are way too small. I'm a big guy with big hands. This is just frustrating to deal with. I would think that Nikon could have come up with a better solution.
October 17, 2011
This is a great daily workhorse for architectural assignments, and a must have lens. Terrific optics & lots of shift latitude. On a D3X with heavy tripod and pre-released mirror mode the results are stunning. That said, I prefer the old 28 & 35mm pc design, as the mechanical features of this unit slow me down. The shift lock often slips and clunks the adjustment fully to the negative end, which I'd never use anyway. The old design allowed me to rotate either direction from a vertical format for a quick combination adjustment of rise & "shift". I'd buy a Nikkor 18mm or wider pc if offered.
August 2, 2010