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NikonAF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens
 
4.6

(based on 147 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (118)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (113)
  • Consistent output (74)
  • Easily interchangeable (72)
  • Strong construction (68)

Cons

  • Slow focus (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Tough to attach (3)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (102)
  • Low light (70)
  • Weddings (43)
  • Night photography (37)
  • General purpose (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (56), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (23), Enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (94), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Lens!

Not much to say that hasn't already been said about this little jewel. So I'll tell a bit about my style of shooting and perhaps that may help you decide what is best for...Read complete review

Not much to say that hasn't already been said about this little jewel. So I'll tell a bit about my style of shooting and perhaps that may help you decide what is best for you.I've shot film (35mm and Medium format), digital (full-frame and crop sensors), both Canon and Nikon, plus mirrorless, rangefinder, etc.I've owned many zooms including the 16-35, 17-40, 24-70, and 70-200 zooms but have sold my zooms and only use primes (which I've used on and off for the last 20 years).If you shoot primes and don't need or want the expensive f/1.2, f/1.4, or f/2, then this 24mm f/2.8 will please you. It's small, lightweight, affordable, uses 52mm filters, and is a great performer.If you are shooting full-frame (like me) the 24mm, 50mm, 85mm combo may be all you really need. For crop sensor DSLRs, the 24 will be more like a 36mm (which is a handy focal length as well and would work nice with a 35mm and 50mm).I prefer the 24mm prime over the more expensive and bulky 16-35 f/4 VR (which is a wonderful lens). While it doesn't zoom nor get as wide, it is just as sharp at 24mm. The wider shots tend to be too wide for my style and the big lenses are always contrary to my style of shooting.I like to keep my photography fairly simple so that the gear doesn't get in my way of creating images. Just my two cents.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

solid build, so-so images on a D90

This lens might, as other reviews have said, be great on film bodies. And it does feel well-built. But on my D90, on which it's effectively a 36mm or so lens, it...Read complete review

This lens might, as other reviews have said, be great on film bodies. And it does feel well-built. But on my D90, on which it's effectively a 36mm or so lens, it consistently produced flat, dull images that lacked contrast and seemed slightly distorted. Grass on a field, for instance, had a persistent yellow tint through this 24mm; the same scenes looked more real through my newer 50mm 1.4g. And the geometry of certain objects seemed very slightly skewed... which might be ok for landscapes and non-critical architectural shots, but definitely not ok if people are in the picture.

On the plus side, the 24mm does focus quickly and accurately, and produces sharp images. It feels good in hand, if maybe a bit too small to cradle in the hand as you shoot. Solid build -- made in Japan.

My 50mm 1.4G lens is much slower to focus, but makes pictures that look more accurate and more vivid than those from this 24mm.

I will miss the expansive view of the shorter focal length. But rather than continue with this fixed 24mm, I'll settle for the also-mediocre images that the kit 18-105 lens produces.

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5.0

Exceptional

By Lisa lisa

from Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

    I replaced my telephoto lens with this fixed lens. The telephoto was also a wide angle lens but much bulkier and heavier.
    This lens does exceptional as a wide angle lens photographing an average group of 70 people.

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    5.0

    compact

    By J-Smo'

    from San Francisco, Ca

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

      i use this as a 24 (FF) and 36 (DX) on my D810-- compact, versatile, lightweight. Better for PJ work than my 24-70 when i need a compact lightweight set up.

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens; Great price

      By Spencer

      from St. Louis, MO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

      This is a great (and economical) lens. I wasn't ready to drop $ for a lens so I nervously picked this out and have been pleasantly surprised. My shots have been sharp and without much distortion. Definitely a great purchase.

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      5.0

      AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens by Nikon

      By johanlon

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

        I use this lens for a lot of great pictures in the woods where there is low light and it works very well

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        4.0

        Nice lens for price

        By Mike

        from Marysville, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

          Needed prime lens for night work and macro work with close up filter set. Lens is perfect, able to provide the wide f stop and appears clear at all ranges. Still experimenting and waiting for a really cold crisp night that doesn't have the Seattle cloud cover.

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          5.0

          Instantly became my favorite lens

          By Anna-Elizabeth

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

            Stunning. Perfect for indoors.

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            5.0

            Sharp, fast

            By Ksmith4278

            from Buffalo, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

              I use this for interiors photography, and is fine in most average size spaces. Also great on my Nikon D610 with a steady cam rig. Not too heavy, and easy to balance.

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              5.0

              Awesome Lens

              By DBM

              from Roanoke, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

              I started out with a kit lens and found myself leaving it set to 24mm and decided to give this prime a try. I'm very glad I did. For landscapes, night skies, and even street photography, it's almost perfect. It is extremely sharp and has a hard infinity focus stop that makes it great for night skies. It is light and easy to cary all day. I wish every lens were this good.

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              5.0

              excellent lens for the price

              By robert jerrom

              from San Jose,Ca

              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 AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                I bought this lens for landscape work primarily but have since put it to work for night shots , hoping to get out and get some Milky Way shots.I also looked at the 20mm f/2.8 but wasn't able to justify he extra $$ for the extra 10deg of view .Lens is fast,sharp and has pretty close focus capabilities too.

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                5.0

                Wide enough

                By Guillermo

                from Finger Lakes NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                  Used for landscape photos, individual images have good color fidelity and sharpness. They are wide enough to be nice images by themselves. Three appropriately spaced images can be stitched into Pans of about 125 deg. Narrower on a DX camera.

                  The lens is small and light, a nice feature on the trail. This lens does not auto focus on a DX camera which might be an issue for some.

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                  5.0

                  Good little prime lens made in Japan

                  By check

                  from Toronto Canada

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                  it feels solid, and takes sharp pictures, I like it!

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                  5.0

                  fast

                  By Joseph Churchill

                  from Houston Texas

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                    very wide angle yet clear

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                    4.0

                    Good Lens

                    By Appear Photo

                    from Birmingham, Al.

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                      I primarily use 24-70 or 35 1.4 for group shots but purchased this lens for when I do not have my 24-70 handy and need something a little bit wider than my 35 1.4mm. I have used this lens primarily for group images and receptions and have been happy with the results. Not the best lens in the bag but then again if I wanted it to be one of the best I would have purchase the 24 1.4mm but I don't use it enough to spend that kind of money on one. Bottom line is if you need a wider lens but not ultra wide for group shots and such this is a great lens but I would not want it to be my primary lens.

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                      5.0

                      great wide angle lens

                      By Tommy Mac

                      from Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                        Very well made and works great on my D800. Small and lightweight enough for travel.

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                        4.0

                        Nice wide angle lens

                        By Juan Luis

                        from Quebec city, Quebec-Canada

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                          Light and small.. easy to carry everywhere.. really sharp images.. i use it for outdoor.. landscapes.. acrobats portraits.. etc.. and it works really nice it gets the job done with no problem!

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                          5.0

                          Useful lens

                          By MtnAndy

                          from SLC, UT

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                            I use this lens to shoot landscapes, alpine climbing, and ski touring. This is a great lens that won't add much weight to your bag and will fit almost everything you can see into your photo. Auto focus is fast and accurate.

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                            5.0

                            Great wide angle lens

                            By Salt Lake City Photographer

                            from Salt Lake City, UT

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                              This lens is sharp and wide with very minimal distortion around the edges.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Lens.....

                                By Vu Nguyen

                                from Houston TX

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                    This lens is very sharp wide open @ 24mm, it even sharper than Nikon 24-70 mm f2.8 @ 24mm.

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                                    5.0

                                    great little lens

                                    By d_hillphoto

                                    from South Portland, Maine

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                      This lens is small, lightweight, unobtrusive, and a simply awesome. The focus is fast and accurate, and the colors are rich and vibrant. I have noticed a little distortion and vignetting at the very corners, this was easily fixed in post. vVry happy with this purchase.

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                                      5.0

                                      A ' Must Have' lens

                                      By Rico

                                      from Arlington, VA

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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
                                        • Weddings/Events

                                        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                        I know Zoom lenses are the preferred form of glass these days, but nothing compares to the 24mm f/2.8D fixed focal length. If you haven't shot one. Try it. I've been a working pro for almost 40 years. What was true in 1975 is true today. You need a 24mm in your case. In addition to the tack sharp 82 degree view per frame. You can stitch as many frames as you need to create unequaled panoramic's. It's a true classic that still delivers.

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