Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF

Last updated (16 April’12):
– Review by SLRLensreview

Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF features 20mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f2.8. The lens construction has 12 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 94 degrees (35mm format), 70 degrees (Nikon DX format). Closest focusing distance at 0.85 feet and has a filter size of 62mm. The Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF lens weighs 9.5 ounces and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 2.7 inches long.

Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF Reviews

SLRLensreview reviews the Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“The lens showed rather average performance on a cropped sensor Canon Digital Rebel XTi. Center performance was very good throughout the aperture range, peaking around f/5.6.”
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Popphoto reviews the Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“Test slides were sharp and contrasty from center to corners at all apertures and distances. Light falloff was gone by f/5.6. Flare was very well-controlled at all apertures, with no ghosting visible-an excellent result. Autofocus timing was fast and AF was moderately quiet.”
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Photozone reviews the Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“The resolution is fine for most of the APS-C image frame but the extreme corners never really reach impressive results even at medium aperture settings.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“There is no vignetting when used with a Nikon brand filter. They are thinner than most other brands. I get slight vignetting with Tiffen, Hoya, B+W, Heliopan and most other filters. I have heard that the 62mm B+W slim mount polarizer works OK, too. I have not tried it.”
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Bythom reviews the Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“Sharpness is good wide open and superb edge to edge on full frame bodies at mid-range apertures. Contrast is better than the 20-35mm f/2.8D I used to use.. With the Nikon 62mm polarizer, this lens is nothing short of awesome: sharp, contrasty, distortion and flare free, with color that is intense and dramatic.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF User Reviews

Very Good 20mm lens from Nikon | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is an excellent lens for landscape photography, other travel photography, and perhaps even interior photography, if you need to cover a wide area. This 20mm Nikkor is a relatively old design, dating at least twenty-odd years, but it is still a capable performance with fine contrast and resolution.” – by John Kwok

Amazing lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use this lens with D80, specially for landscape photography. This is an excellent wide angle lens; sharp and fast. “ – by A. Gomez

Sharp, clean, wide. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a fine Nikon lens made in Japan, very quality built, a trust-worthy kind of lens that will last for a life time. It is very sharp and fast, colors are warm and fine, and the frame is just ridiculously wide if you use it on a film or FX. This is a perfect choice for those who would like to have an extraordinary wide, fast and quality prime lens for less money. “ – by Hazim Sabanovic

Compact, put it all in the frame lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I use the 20mm with my D80. My title highlights my two favorite features. I went for the 20 after I analyzed the first month of my shots with the kit lens were over 50% in the wider (18mm) range. With a prime I wanted high image quality, sharpness, simplicity and of course small package. “ – by R. DeFilippo

Great wide angle focal length | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love the 94 degree angle I get with this 20mm lens. I owned one back around 1980 with my Nikon FE. It consistently produces sharp and contrasty shots with great colors. This newer model has Close Range Correction. It’s a great piece of glass to have in your bag that doesn’t take up too much space.” – by Mike in Salt Lake

Great Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“the image quality with this len’s is great I haven’t had any problem’s with flaring. Yes there is some vignetting but it’s a wide angle and it is not very much so where it bother’s me. It is built strong feels like a tank a little heavy but not so much so that I mind when I have it hanging on my neck for hours much lighter and more descret than a large fast zoom. “ – by Douglas R. Michaels

Like a small tank | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought this lens to compliment my other prime lenses for my D700 and it is a very good performer. It is quick in focusing and the picture quality is very good… It is also built like a tank, has nearly the same weight as my 85 f1.4 but at 1/3rd the size (about the size of my 50 f1.8). Overall, I’m very pleased with my purchase. “ – by David Walker

An Amazing Wide-Angle Lens at a Reasonable Price | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was typically stopping down enough that both lenses produced sharp photos. All this changed when I upgraded to a FX camera. With the full-frame sensor this lens comes alive producing amazingly wide-angled views with sharpness all the way to the corners. This is now my go-to lens for landscapes, architecture, panoramas, astrophotography, and abstract street photography.” – by Justin Call

20 mm. F/ 2.8D Nikkor lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is extremely sharp even at full aperture and it works well. It is an old design, and Nikon could probably improve it with vibration reduction, but it works fine as it is. I only have an 85 mm. fixed focus lens which I use mainly for portraits. This wide angle lens helps me with nature and social shots. A zoom would be more versatile but I like the slightly better definition of the fixes focus lenses.” – by R. Travelli

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Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF Specifications

Lens-making is an art–Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world’s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the “glass” that makes the world’s greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 20mm f2.8D AF Wide-Angle Nikkor is a compact ultra-wide-angle lens constructed with superb optical design for architecture, wedding and landscape photography. It features 94-degree (70-degree with Nikon DX format) picture coverage with edge-to-edge sharpness. The Close Range Correction (CRC) system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances, for distortion-free pictures as close as 0.85 feet.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon’s multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Close-Range Correction system
The Close-Range Correction (CRC) system is one of Nikon’s most important focusing innovations, for it provides superior picture quality at close focusing distances and increases the focusing range. With CRC, the lens elements are configured in a “floating element” design wherein each lens group moves independently to achieve focusing. This ensures superior lens performance even when shooting at close distances.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.

What’s in the Box:
Lens, 62mm lens cap, rear lens cap.

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