AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
Sharp FX Street Shooter and Great Landscape Capture
Purchased this Nikon 24mm 2.8 for a combination of coverage, optical quality, and lower price than Nikon's superb but more expensive 24mm 1.4 wide angle, for night time street and indoor event coverage. This lens preforms better than my 25 year old original Nikon 20mm 2.8 with less edge fall-off and much less edge distortion. I like the reduction in size and carrying weight of the 24mm 2.8 when used with a D600/D610 as a 24mm or as a 36mm coverage on my D7000/D7100 bodies. I am planning on replacing my 20mm 2.8 with Nikon's new 20mm 1.8 G lens that I have recently tested on my D600 and D7000/D71000 systems with stunning low light results, coverage for architectural interior use with the Nikon 24mm 2.8. I also do use a Nikon 10-24mm DX on my D7000/D7100 with excellent ambient light results and the Nikon 18-35mm FX Zoom on my D600 with excellent results. Light weight faster primes especially for low light wide angle landscape and architectural work just seem to be a very effective and are a lighter weight travel tool to add to my travel gear as compared to the heavier wide angle and fast stop telephoto zooms. The 24mm 2.8 is a classic lens with excellent build qualities that match its optical results at a reasonable price.
October 27, 2014
A fantastic prime with many uses.
I bought this 24mm 2.8D because I shoot on the DX format. On DX this lens has a 36mm field of view which is perfect for general use. It works great for still life, landscapes, street photography and many other types of photography.
This lens is small and well balanced on any DSLR. Its also very sharp. At f2.8 this lens is great but stop it down to f4 or smaller and this lens comes into its own. The detail and color you can get with this little gem is impressive.
Being an AF-D lens you'll need a body with a built in AF motor if you want to auto focus with this lens. So if you own a D7000 or higher then you'll be fine. As for focus speed this lens is very quick. It has no trouble acquiring focus when you need it to. Also since this lens has CRC distortion is very well controlled. On my D7000 you really don't notice any distortion at all.
This lens is also great for video. If you own a D7000 or higher end body then you can enable the aperture control ring in the custom menu (Custom function f6 on the D7000). This will allow you to adjust the aperture while in live view and while shooting video. I also own the 50mm 1.8D as well. Both lenses are very sharp and work great for video. In my opinion AF-D prime lenses are great. They are very affordable, compact and still produce the goods when it comes to image quality. AF-D lenses are also well built.
Overall I'm very happy I bought the 24mm 2.8D. Its just an awesome prime lens that has a great field of view for my needs.
April 19, 2014
the greatest lens purchase ive ever made
I love this lens so much it is the only one I reccommend to all photographers. I found myself working for a newspaper having to take group shots at least once a week and had to make do with a 18-55mm kit lens, a 35mm 1.8 and a 50mm 1.4. All fantastic lenses(yes even the kit lens, if you use it correctly) but I just wanted a wide prime that didn't distort and could work without flash in low light situations when needed. Enter the 24mm 2.8. For about a week I fought with myself back and forth about getting this or the 24mm 1.4 and couldn't justify the extra investment when I knew a 2.8 aperture on a wide angle was plenty. I ordered it online, it arrived within two days and from that day forward it's the main lens on my D700 60-70% of the time. Group shots are easy with this lens, vehicles and buildings can be shot beautifully with it and you can even do a few portraits if you are inventive( I use quite a bit of negative space when shooting portraits with it.). Don't waste your money on the faster 24mm or the 24-70mm zoom, great price for an amazingly versatile lens.
October 8, 2012
Love it. Perfect match to my D300. Compact Lightweight and the pictures are tack sharp.
June 23, 2011
Perfect for walk-about
I bought my 24mm F/2.8D in L.A. for my D90 body. The lens performance has exceeded my expectations. The focusing is instantaneous and the image is clear and sharp. Simple to use and light to carry make this lens as my default. Now, I don't even have to be bother with changing into other lenses unless I needed to zoom. All in all, a great lens to have in the collection.
August 10, 2010