Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED – razor-sharp glass

the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1,8G ED ED is a compact and lightweight lens, which has twelve lens in nine groups with two ED elements, two aspherical elements, with Nano Crystal Coat and a 7-blade rounded aperture.The AF works very well, it’s super fast the same like other Nikkor 50mm f1.8G.

The build quality is similar to the other f1,8G lenses. Weighing almost half of the AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1,4G, so it is a relatively small and lightweight lens that is easy to carry and handle. It comes with a rubber gasket on the lens mount, which provides good sealing against dust making its way into the camera (the rubber gasket definitely helps not only in reducing sensor dust, but also in reducing the amount of dust that could potentially end up inside the lens). It has a much smaller and less round front element than the Nikon 24mm f/1,4G and a thinner barrel, making the lens less bulky in comparison. A smaller barrel also means a smaller filter thread – the Nikon 24mm f/1,8G takes 72mm filters.

The image quality is amazing. At the minimum aperture it is sharp in the center of the frame with blur bokeh and soft corners. Above aperture of f2,8 the quality of the entire shot rise significantly. If we are talking about landscape photography, it create the best images from f/5,6 to f/11.

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Short compared with other wide-angle prime lenses

Nikon fans have a choice of three twenty-four „pro“ lenses, available on the market. The long time leader AF-S Nikkor 24mm f1,4G ED, ranked AF-S Nikkor 24mm f1,8G ED and the best european DSLR lens 2015-2016 of EISA – the Sigma 24mm f/1,4 DG HSM Art. Sigma 24 Art is really amazing steel lens. I agree with the opinion that sigma giving something extra. I like the image quallity of this lens, warmer shades and blur. With retro camera Nikon Df it works really cool and looks very well. My problem is the weight, as well as in the case of the most expensive Nikon 24 f1,4.

I also use 20mm f/1,8G ED which is amazing lens too, especially in direct sunlight. However, 20mm angel isn´t ideal to a town. From my perspective, it is perfect lens into the nature, without disturbing the urban elements. My previous lens AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1,8G was a good too, but from the beginning, I had a problem with his angle. It is narrow in nature and so wide for the street photography. Ithink it´s universal wide angle glass. Still I think, that the step above is the focus of a 24mm, which makes the perfect job in the town and in the countryside.

 * AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1,8G ED vs 24mm f/1,8G ED
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Merit:
  • Image quality
  • Excels in low-light and nighttime applications
  • Large and smooth focus ring
  • Small size and weight of 355 grams
  • Excellent aperture at f/1.8
  • Lns caps, hood and case included
Cons:
  • Worse in the sun backlighting compared with a fixed 20mm f1.8  or 24mm f1.4
  • Isn’t sealed against dust and water
  • The body is made mainly of plastic
Summary:

Nikon’s 24mm f/1,8G ED is an excellent addition to its prime lineup. It’s small, tough and optically superb. It’s a great lens all around. Sometimes a take it on a bike or use it as a compact lens, when I walk my wild dog, so every saved gram is +. In the countryside, where I usually take images for the higher value of the aperture, it is absolutely comparable with both Sigma and Nikon f1,4G lenses.


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Specifications:

Lens type: Wide
Focal length: 24 mm
Maximum aperture: f/1.8
Minimum aperture: f/16
Lens construction: 12 elements in 9 groups (including two ED glass and two aspherical lens elements)
Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
Angle of view: 84° (on DX-format D-SLR cameras: 61°)
Minimum focus distance: 0.23 m/0.75 ft from focal plane
No. of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded) 
Filter-attachment size: 72 mm 
Diameter x length: 77,5 mm x 83 mm
Weight: 355 g/12.6 oz (excluding hood)
Accessories: LC-72 72 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, 
             HB-76 Bayonet Hood, CL-1015 Lens Case

* sample images from Nikon 24mm f/1.8G


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