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NikonWide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 66 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (38)
  • Strong construction (38)
  • Durable (37)
  • Rugged (22)
  • Easily interchangeable (18)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)
  • Lens creep (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Architecture (17)
  • Macro photography (12)
  • Special effects (9)
  • Landscape photography (8)
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Indispensable for interiors/landscapes

My only criticism of this great lens is that Nikon did not take a leaf from Canon's new 17 TS-E, which allows the tilt axis to be rotated independently of the shift axis (as...Read complete review

My only criticism of this great lens is that Nikon did not take a leaf from Canon's new 17 TS-E, which allows the tilt axis to be rotated independently of the shift axis (as shipped, these are fixed at 90 degrees from on another, and their orientation may not be changed, officially, except by Nikon Service Centre).

The capacity to change this alignment is so fundamental to using tilt and shift simultaneously that I considered buying a Canon FF body just to be able to use the new 17 TS-E lens.

Even if one takes this route and has the axis orientation changed, the owner must decide, and stick to the choice. The reason the Canon solution is SO much better is that one needs to change this orientation job-by-job. I have decided that, for this focal length, the best arrangement is to have the tilt and shift axes aligned and this I have done.

This 24 PC-E is a brilliant lens, and is so good i now need the 45 and the 85. To be able to control the plane of focus is simply liberating: no need to risk diffraction to get needed depth of field; just a simple tilt and it's done.

Same with shift: correcting perspective in-camera is simple, and this is where Nikon's Live View is simply the best solution around: sub pixel magnification (if necessary) allows pin-sharp focus checks, anywhere in frame (I use 2 D700s).

Potential buyers need to be aware that the shift knob can touch the flash housing if the lens is rotated to the full extent; this clears on the D3 (no flash). The solution is simple, though; just rotate the other way; makes no difference to the operation.

Users need to be aware of not over-tightening the lock knobs for tilt and shift; fortunately the knobs are small—I do not know if I could used this lens in really cold locations for this reason.

The lens is extremely sharp, even wide open, and corner to corner. The manual focus helicoid is pro standard, and feels beautiful to use.

An excellent lens, but I will be an early buyer of any future version that works the way the new Canons do.

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Amazing, until it fell apart

Stunning lens helped me produce some amazing images. But always had an odd rattle and was difficult to set the shift. The shift pressure screw fell out, along with the bracket that holds...Read complete review

Stunning lens helped me produce some amazing images. But always had an odd rattle and was difficult to set the shift. The shift pressure screw fell out, along with the bracket that holds it together inside the lens. Useless now.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Stevenh111

from Iowa & Arizona

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Tilt - Shift Relationship

Best Uses

  • Architectural Photo
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Table Top Product Photo

Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

I come from 35+ years of view camera studio and environmental background and 40+ from 35mm and medium format. Including teaching in workshops, Higher Ed, commercial and fine arts.I am using this on a Nikon D800E.While this is a step back from the total control I have using my view cameras it is the next best thing. Focus stacking can be used with it if you can't get all that you need from the tilt/swing, but stacking is such a pain. The lense is as sharp as one could wish. I do not think that I will have the shift/rise axis converted to "landscape compatible" mode as has been suggested by others. I find that I prefer the 90* opposed shift for composing landscape.I DO wish that Nikon had made the shift/rise and tilt/swing on two separate rotating rings as some other manuf have done. If they did that this would be an absolute winner in all aspects. As it is, though, I still feel this is the best choice on the market for less than $

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5.0

Top gear

By feetwetphotos

from Washington, DC

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Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Architecture

    Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

    Best used for Architecture, some usefulness for Landscape if you need to Scheimpflug. If you don't know this word you don't need this lens.
    Best way to correct perspective while putting camera a right level to record scene. Next best thing to a view camera.

    Good: Great optics, sharp, contrasty and easy to understand. Outstanding build and overall excellent piece of glass on a D800. There is remarkably little distortion for a 24mm lens. Electronic stop down function is clever and helpful. The movements are surprisingly extensive. I rarely have need of tilt function.

    Not perfect: Slight barrel distortion easily corrected in your raw editor. Knobs are small but if larger would interfere with camera body and certain movements. I classify this as a concession to reality. There is some vignetting at maximum shift at wide apertures but I've rarely needed that much shift on assignment.

    Stuff you'll want to know: This has manual focus and manual aperture setting. On this lens you set the aperture but focus and compose wide open, the camera (most of them, check compatibility chart) stoops down at shutter release. On the older version of the PC lens (the one without tilt) it was easy to forget to twist the aperture ring after composing and focusing.
    Few current DSLRs have view finders designed for manual focus. They are small and dim compared to film SLRs of yore. You'll need plenty of light for accurate focus. However, at 24mm inherent depth of field of the optic is great so you won't find it impossible to get acceptable focus if you stop down a couple of stops.

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    5.0

    Sharp and Versatile

    By Marsala's Dad

    from Easton, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction
    • TACK SHARP

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

      I already owned the 45mm PC-E Nikkor, and loved it so much that I finally decided to pony up the additional cash for this wide angle tilt/shift companion lens. Very glad that I did. I don't miss the film days, but the tilt/shift control of my old 8x10 view camera allowed me to take pictures that you simply couldn't take otherwise. These high quality lenses bring much of that capability to the full Frame DSLR world, and they are worth every penny.

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      5.0

      It's a must have

      By Hardi

      from San Diego, CA

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Architectureadvertizing
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

        Perspective control, extreme depth of field, excellent optics - describe this product best.
        To be able to rotate the lens was unsuspected positive, after reading previous, now obsolete reviews. Glad that Nikon responded to this important demand.

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        5.0

        Sharp on D800

        By mzbarsk

        from Vienna, VA

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Architecture
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

          A very sharp PC lens when used on a D800. One of the knobs clips the body a little but doesn't really affect the usability of the lens much. Overall, very pleased with its performance.

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          5.0

          Perfect for Architecture/Landscape

          By PhillyPhotog

          from Philadelphia, PA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

            Great for architectural/landscape photography. Enables beautifully seamless panoramas. Sharp with a nice contrast. Pricey but worth it.

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            5.0

            Not a Lens for Everybody

            By BSchirm

            from Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

              This is a very well made lens, which can produce outstanding quality images. However, it is also a lens which has a significant learning curve. There are technical aspects about a PC lens which one must know and understand to get the best results out of this type of lens. For landscape purposes, the ideal set up for the lens would be for the tilt and shift functions to be parallel to one another, instead of a right angle. Nikon will modify the lens to this configuration if you choose (at a cost). However, the Canon equivalent lens allows you to switch back and forth on the fly, which seems like a better design in that respect.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Stfisher

              from Houston, Texas

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                Very very sharp..........

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                5.0

                has changed my photography

                By gastwa

                from rockville, md

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                  This lens really allows you to compose creatively where other lenses do not. Shooting landscapes with this lens using only 1-2 degrees of tilt allows for larger apertures and lower diffraction than normal lenses. Do not overdo the tilt unless you are going for the diorama effect. Use the left-right shift for seamless panoramas. Use rise shift for architecture. Once you learn how to use this lens, you will not want to take it off.

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                  5.0

                  A must have for Landscape/Architecture

                  By Ron

                  from Dallas

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecture
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                    This lens is very sharp all the way to the edges at any stop. It was my first tilt/shift for SLR work but very easy to figure out and work. I read all the cons on the lens before buying and have yet to confirm one on my own. This lens will definitely be in my bag at all times. Only thing I do not like, as shipped, the angles are set the wrong way for landscape and tabletop photography. You can't get tilt at the same time as rise/fall — you only get swing. You can send the lens to Nikon and they will make the correction, for a fee.

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                    5.0

                    dream lens

                    By Eugenius

                    from Fort Lauderdale

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Very Sharp

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Lens Creep
                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Windows and gates

                    Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                    I like photographs of windows, gates and similar. This lens is just perfect for that purpose.

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                    5.0

                    Love the lens

                    By Mike

                    from Golden, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                      Sharp, tilts, shifts. Makes 3x1 panos easy. What's not to like.

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                      5.0

                      For contemplative work, a must have.

                      By Mike

                      from New Jersey

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Outstanding Optics
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Architectural photography
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                        Being accustomed to shooting 4x5 I consider this lens an absolute must have for landscape and architectural photography. It's incredibly sharp and contrasty across a wide aperture range, the manual focus and aperture rings are large, comfortable and precise and overall build quality excellent. Unlike many reviewers I have no issue with the control knobs and button locations on this unit. A surprisingly welcome feature is the electronic aperture control which offers the benefits of not only convenience but also speed allowing the lens to double a useful walk around manual focus wide angle (when zeroed); something I really never considered practical for my old Nikkor 28PC with its manual preset aperture. Only problem is now I really want to add both the 45 and 85mm PC-Es.

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                        5.0

                        A landscape photography must

                        By Numael

                        from Destin, Fl

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Architecture
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                          The possibilities with this piece of glass are endless. For increasing your DoF, stitching panoramas or architecture projects this lens brings a lot of options.

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens all I speted and more

                          By Ricardo Rodriguez Alba

                          from Tuscaloosa, Al

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Rugged
                          • Sharp at all focal length
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Well built quality

                          Cons

                          • Expensive but unmatched

                          Best Uses

                          • Architectural photography
                          • Interior Architecture
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Product Photography

                          Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                          I'll use this lens for architectural photography and interiors and landscapes, extremly sharp and well built...
                          A littel expensive but all good thins are..!

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                          5.0

                          Must have for Architecture!!

                          By Nate

                          from Denver, CO

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • architectural

                            Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                            Love this lens s far. Great quality, great glass, great shift travel!

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                            5.0

                            Great lens!

                            By C-

                            from San Antonio, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Architectural photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                            I used this lens for Architectural photos with my D700. The images are crisp, the bokeh is creamy. It might be heavier than I expected. But, it is solidly built. I love this lens.

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                            4.0

                            A little stiff on tilt one way .....

                            By kiwidamien

                            from Whittier, CA

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to adjust tilt

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                            I bought this so that I could take photos of landscapes and have the entire landscape in focus. For that, it seems to work well. Some people use a focussing screen to assist placement of the focal plane. I use a Marshall's on-camera monitor (w/ peaking) to ensure the focal plane is where I want it. It is possible through the viewfinder, but difficult!

                            My biggest cause for concern is that the tilt work one way fine, but is tight and difficult to use in the opposite direction.

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                            5.0

                            Incredible lens

                            By Syarish

                            from Scottsdale, Az

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                            Pros

                            • Focus control with shift
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Perspective control

                            Cons

                            • Cheap knobs
                            • Heavy
                            • Manual focus only

                            Best Uses

                            • Architecture
                            • Still Life

                            Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                            I primarily use this for architectural photography. Takes a little getting used to, but with a little time it performs brilliantly. When using with a nikon D700 you lose a little of the shift movement when raising due to the overhang of the onboard flash. The locking knobs feel somewhat cheap for such an expensive lens.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Lens!

                            By Nasim Mansurov

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Manual Focus Lens:

                              This lens is as good as it gets. If you are into landscape photography, you will love the results. See my full review here: [@]

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