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Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Manual Focus; Close-Range Correction
  • 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
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Compact and lightweight, the NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens from Nikon provides FX-format F-mount shooters with a wide-angle perspective for capturing a variety of subjects, such as landscapes or architecture. The lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 for good light transmission in low light and can be stopped down to f/22. Also, it has a Super Integrated Coating to limit flaring and ghosting along with Close-Range Correction to maximize image quality at close distances. The manual focus lens also has a 7-blade diaphragm for pleasing out-of-focus areas and a minimum focus distance of 9.8". Additionally, it accepts 62mm threaded filters.

UPC: 018208014156
Performance
Focal Length 20mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 30 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 94°
APS-C Picture Angle: 70°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.3
Elements/Groups 12/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.72 x 1.67" (69 x 42.5 mm)
Weight 9.52 oz (270 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.3 x 3.8 x 3.6"
Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens
  • 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    NikonNIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (20)
    • Lightweight (18)
    • Durable (16)
    • Rugged (15)
    • Consistent output (12)

    Cons

    • Tough to attach (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Low light (12)
    • Night photography (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (4)
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    5.0

    Tack Sharp

    By Don

    from Kansas City

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Smooth
    • Strong Construction
    • TACK SHARP

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

      I recently bought a Nikon D810, several AF-S lenses & lighting equipment. When it came to choosing a wide angle, I purchased this manual focus from B&H to keep my mind in the game and think about exposure and focus rather than being totally automated. I do shoot in (M) manual and spot meter most stills. This lens is razor sharp,, compact, well built, smooth to focus and gives me a nice sense of nostalgia from the 80's when the 120 and 4x5 were totally a manual operation. My total experience with B&H has been for many years, and continues to be a good partnership in helping me see the world through the lens.

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      4.0

      perfect fit

      By AKA Bud

      from chicago, Il

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

        Being used in static setting, fish-eye is acceptable and was expected. Lighting drops off at the edges.

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        5.0

        Excellent Wide Angle Lens

        By George S.

        from Rhode Island

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

          I bought my Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AIS lens for night time Astrophotography.

          When paired with a full body/grip Nikon D800 it's extremely light and easy to shoot with. Hand held shots are easier to perform without shaking. I never tire using this lens.

          What I like most is it's sharpness and warm colors.

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          5.0

          Wonderful example of the way it was

          By Royl

          from Youngsville, LA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

            I could have bought a used 20mm for less, although even older versions of it are pricey. But I wanted the latest coating on the glass, and I wanted to once again see a new lens just as I could have bought 15 or 20 years ago. It seems they do still make them the way they used to. The lens is very well made and gorgeous. Focus is smooth as silk, and the aperture ring has excellent detent. The glass is just beautiful. And with all that, it is a sharp little thing. If you have a Nikon Df in particular, you want this lens. But it would also be fine on a D800/E or any other Nikon camera.

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            5.0

            Traditional lenses rule

            By LeW

            from Sydney, AUSTRALIA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Tight Indoor Shots

              Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

              Compared with too many other lenses, including some from Nikon, it is reassuring to have a lens with no unintentional Carpentier/Schiempflug effect built-in courtesy of 'mechanical slop' & the 'looseness' dictated by AF mechanisms. This lens is smooth, solid, built to a tight tolerance, and a pleasure to use. I also have the matching 28 mm & the Voigtlander 40 mm - no AF, no slop, & smooth operation. B&H were also a pleasure to deal with. Therefore: old fashion optics (& good performance), & old fashion service.

              LeW, AUSTRALIA

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              5.0

              Small and clear lens-+

              By drtansel

              from atlanta

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

              This is light wide angle lens that you can carry always with you.

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              • Yes

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Old School - Beauty

              By Old Harley Greybeard

              from Santa Fe, NM

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentary

                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                Have been shooting nikons since F. This lens is built the way the newer models are not. Beautiful smooth focus. Using it on both film and digital. Stunnng. You cannot go wrong here!

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                4.0

                Superb Old-School Lens

                By Colin F.

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                This is a completely manual lens. You are forced to take a bit more time composing your shot, and as a result it is not the lens for action, sports or things like children or animals.

                That being said, it takes marvelous photos with great color and sharpness, and has a solid construction. The aperture ring is slightly slippy when at the smallest aperture, but sits firmly in its setting. The focus is sharp and easy to operate.

                4/5 only because of the slipping aperture ring, and because it is slightly more difficult to line up than the more modern lenses when you put it on.

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                4.0

                A solid, classic prime lens

                By John

                from Lombard, IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Sharp
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • No lens hood included

                Best Uses

                • Architecture
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                I use wide lenses for the landscape and architectural photography that I do. I already own the 14-24mm Nikkor zoom which is wonderful, but I needed a prime lens that was a bit more portable for situations that require minimal equipment when traveling. I chose this 20mm manual focus because it is sharp, compact and is beautifully built. No plastic. I chose this manual over the 20mm autofocus because I believe it will hold up to more rugged use. I'm planning to take it on a trip abroad later this year and I don't want to have to worry about the 14-24 bulk. I'm using this lens with a D800 and so far it has performed extremely well. I'm pleased with the sharpness, contrast and feel--particularly the feel of the manual focus. The only thing that's odd is that the lens is shipped without a hood. You need to get an HK-14 (had to order this separately.) I suppose there are other lens hoods that are compatible and are easier to obtain, but I decided to just order the HK-14.

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                5.0

                A classic from Nikon

                By Tuts

                from Warwick, RI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

                  Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                  I bought this lens to use as a wide-angle mainly for lanscape. It takes getting used to as it is completely manual. The lens is simply glass and metal. "They don't make them like that any more" certainly applies here. For the typical uses a wide-angle lens like this one, auto focus does not matter and in my opinion manual is better.The focus ring is buttery smooth and very high quality. It is only matched by another classic the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS. I think it might be on its way to be discontinued. It is being replaced by the newer auto focus lenses that don't come close to the build quality or performance of the classics like this one.

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                  4.0

                  Nikkor 20mm lens 2.8 manual

                  By Bigdog

                  from 3542 e. simpson Fresno Calif.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Tough To Attach

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                  Great lens, wish it came with lens hood and pouch for the price.Landscapes,Band shots, indoors close up`s are all great.Took me awhile to notice the black dot on the lens to help attach it to camera body.

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                  5.0

                  Wonderful lens!

                  By spero

                  from Mesa, AZ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                    Excellent Nikon quality and very well built. Solid, durable. Sharpeness of the lens is as good as it gets.

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                    4.0

                    Stopped down its awesome

                    By Fieldguy

                    from Madison, WI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Very sharp stopped down

                    Cons

                    • Not good wide open

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                    I bought this for an FX body to 1) provide a filter-capable option to the 14-24mm f/2.8, and 2) provide a wide-angle option for a light hiking kit when I do not want to lug around the f/2.8 zooms. I went for the manual focus versus the AF version of the 20mm due to reviews. At f/2.8 center is sharp, but things degrade badly even half-way out toward the edges. At f/5.6 things are pretty sharp, and at f/8 and f/11, it approaches (but does not equal) the 14-24mm. If you need f/2.8 this is NOT the lens you want. Even stopped down, does it match the 14-24? Of course not, but it is a joy to carry, and to me its nice to be able to use normal filters rather than the expensive (and physically large/cumbersome) options for filters with the 14-24.

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wonderfully Sharp and Water Tight!

                    By Michael

                    from Plano, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                      Bought this lens to use with the D800E on a trip. Left shutter open on a star trails shoot and did not notice it started to rain. One hour later, the lens wiped dry it appeared to be in great shape and water tight!@

                      Used the lens extensively on some landscape shoots and am extremely happy with the fine results on the super D800E.

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                      5.0

                      The Sharpest and Most Elegant Lens

                      By Judith

                      from Salt Lake City, UT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                        This lens is small in size but is wide and sharp in it's breadth of use. It is a standard that should be in everyones' collection of hardy, light weight, elegantly simple, and unbelievable sharp lenses.

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                        4.0

                        Great lens

                        By Geoshare

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                          I purchased this lens for timelapse work on Nikon D3X/D2X cameras. With the D3X the 20 mm is wide enough for fairly wide field shots for nightime timelapses of stars. The lens is sharp wide open. the focus ring has a nice feel.

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                          5.0

                          Great Compact Lens

                          By Photowalla

                          from Bangalore, India

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                            When large wide angle zoom lenses become inconvenient to carry along, I take this little beauty out. It is beautifully built and performs excellently at all apertures. Its light weight and compact design makes it a very viable lens. Its manual focus is sure and precise. While shooting in harsh sunlight, a lens hood is recommended.

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                            5.0

                            Another beauty from Nikon's AIS stable

                            By TomLK

                            from Atlanta, GA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                              For landscapes, street roaming, close quarters; beautifully made the oldfashioned way never surpassed by Nikon; has silky smooth focusing and,
                              oh yes, the aperture ring with reassuringly firm clicks at full stops.

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                              5.0

                              Great manual prime lens

                              By Mike

                              from Santa Rosa, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Easy to focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                                I like manual focus lenses. This 20mm lens is compact, quick to focus, and has a solid feel. I use it on a Nikon D300 and am very pleased with the results.

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                                5.0

                                Wonderful wide angle

                                By Ben

                                from Minneaplis, MN

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Low Light
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • architectural
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens:

                                This is my favorite wide angle to date. I was in Istanbul recently and this was on my camera about 80% time. Between it and my 85mm f/2 AI I didn't nee anything else. Minimal distortion makes it a great architectural lens. It's incredibly crisp from f/4 to f/16 and definitely seems sharper than the AF 20mm (which is sharp to start with). Keep in mind it won't meter with anything under a D7000; and no autofocus means its not much for moving targets, but for any sort wide angle still short of 14mm sort of ultrawide its pretty ideal. And the construction just feels so right to the touch. Nothing quite like manual focus Nikkors

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