Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF

Last updated (27 June’10):
– Review by SLRGear

Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF features 24mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f2.8. The lens construction has 9 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 84 degrees (35mm format), 61 degrees (Nikon DX format). Closest focusing distance at 1feet.(0.3m) and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF lens weighs 9.5 ounces and it measures 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.8 inches long.

Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“The images produced on the D700 with the 24mm stay sharp all the way to ƒ/16, between 1 and 1.5 blur units across the frame. At ƒ/22, we note performance of just under 2 blur units.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“With those caveats, the 24mm f/2.8 AF-D is a very sharp lens. It is as sharp or sharper than the 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S at 24mm throughout most of the field Only the farthest corners of the 24-70mm are a bit sharper at f/2.8, but this fixed lens is sharper throughout the rest of the image where it counts.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“The border quality is good at f/2.8 gradually improving towards a peak around f/8 with very-good results. A rather annoying characteristic of the lens are spherical aberrations (focus shifts when stopping down). “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF User Reviews

One of the most popular Nikon lenses? | Rating: ★★★★★
“24mm is a ideal compromise (between 20mm and 28mm). Wider than this becomes quite distorted, longer than this limits your view. It is ideal for landscapes if you want to include an interesting foreground. It is also a solid lens, and I am happy with the built-quality. The lens is certainly fast enough for me. On top of that, the optical quality is excellent – perfect for enlargements or slide projection. Good contrast, good colour.” – by Christo

Sharp lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“For a prime lens, this medium wide angle lens produces sharp images between f/5.6 – f/11. I would not recommend going beyond f/11 for the CA starts looking more and more apparent on print. Other than that, it’s a sufficient wide angle prime lens and definitely produces very sharp images.” – by Ratboy55

smooth focus | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have three nikon primes: 50, 35, & 24. they’re all great, but I prefer this lens because I use manual focus quite a lot, & it focuses much more smoothly. with the 35 & 50, there is a slight feeling of the gears rotating inside the lens (not just my copies — I tested it on a friend’s copy of the 35 & 50). with the 24, I don’t get that feeling — it’s perfectly smooth — perhaps because of the heavier & more complex lens elements. “ – by Raphael J. Matto

Great event lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have a slightly older version of this lens (pre D), but the important point I want to make is the same: This is a great prime lens for events and general shooting on a cropped DSLR. On a D70 (what I have) it acts like a 36mm with the crop factor… These AF lenses will not auto focus on a D40 or D60. They will auto focus on the D50, D70, D80, as well as the higher end pro models..” – by James Fryer

Great Wide Choice for a Digital Camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“When used on a Nikon D300 that applies a 1.5 multiplying factor to the length (this 24mm acts like a 36mm on a DX sensor), this lens is clear, collects lights well, and is extremely sharp. This is a great walk-around lens for scenery, touring, quick crowd shots, and snapshots.” – by G. J. Huba

Surprising Good Prime Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was quite surprised of the close focusing capability of the lens on my Fuji S3 Pro, as well as the relative lack of distortion. The product was delivered on time at a good price. “ – by K. Wong

Better than I thought | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use it only for a month now, but it feels great, looks great, but more importantly delivers nice pics. I use it on a D90, mainly for family shots and on excursions. Rarely replaced by other lenses. Only if its important to have tack sharp portraits. Than I change for my 50mm AF-S. All in all I like it a lot. “ – by Dr. Kovacs Peter

want to do learn composition with APS-C (half-frame) camera ? | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a great lens, because it’s equivalent to 35mm on a D90, the best focal-length to learn composition. if you do want to train yourself to be a serious photographer with a cheap DSLR like D5000/D90, this is the lens to go. It’s light, cheap, at right focal length, and it’s a prime. “ – by Haining Wang

Excellent wide angle carry around lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have used this on both a Nikon D700 (FX, full frame) camera and a Nikon D700 DX camera (on which it is effectively a 42mm lens). On a full-frame D700 the pictures are sharp even wide open at f/2.8 and exceptional at f/5.6. The lens will take superior landscape and people+landscape shots all while being exceptionally small.” – by G. J. Huba

Incredible Bang-for-Buck Wide Nikkor Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is tack sharp, has great bokeh, and very decent low-light performance. Image quality is right on par with the pro-grade 14-24 2.8 zoom; and dollar for dollar, I’d say this lens holds its own very well against anything you want to compare. “ – by madFive

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Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 24mm 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 24mm 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 84-degree (61-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 one foot.

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, 52mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1.

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