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NikonAF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens
 
4.4

(based on 108 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (82)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (72)
  • Durable (53)
  • Easily interchangeable (53)
  • Consistent output (51)

Cons

  • Slow focus (5)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (64)
  • Night photography (41)
  • Low light (39)
  • Weddings (21)
  • General purpose (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (25), Pro photographer (19), Enthusiast (11), Semi-professional (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just wide enough

It was fast enough to get a crisp shot of sunset handheld. It also was able to keep focus on my speedy granddaughter in continuous mode in low light. I shot with my Nikon...Read complete review

It was fast enough to get a crisp shot of sunset handheld. It also was able to keep focus on my speedy granddaughter in continuous mode in low light. I shot with my Nikon D700. The distortion is corrected in LR3 with one click, but sometimes I leave it because I like the effect. Overall I am very happy with it. It is small and light. I can see it being a staple in my bag.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not great on a D800 or D600

Really wanted to like this lens, and in some ways I did. I've seen some very nice images taken with it, but most are from film and slide days, or on lower resolution...Read complete review

Really wanted to like this lens, and in some ways I did. I've seen some very nice images taken with it, but most are from film and slide days, or on lower resolution DSLR's. On FX, especially the D600 and D800, this lens shows its age. As far as size, weight and build, this is a great lens form factor. If you don't need or want a $2,000 24 f1.4, or a 2 pound 14-24 zoom, this is the exact size you'd want for wide prime. Can fit in your pocket.Performance the problem. It can be sharp in the center, but even stopped way down, the edges will always be smeared. Search the web and read the reviews on this lens on modern DSLR's, and note if the use is on a DX or FX. Since DX uses the center of the lens, these older 2.8 D primes like the 20mm seem to be more usable and get better reviews. On FX, most reviews are negative.But there is an effect you may be looking for where this lens can be useful on an FX: center sharp and blurred perimeter. This can be used to draw attention to the center of the frame. Might not be what you want for landscape. But for landscape, for night or evening, if you want the edges to be dark, this lens could be useful. I have seen some very nice images with that effect taken with this lens.If this lens was $300 I might have kept it for those ocasional instances above. At $[$], just can't justify it. Beware of used copies: this is an old lens, and many of the used ones for sale are very old and need servicing. If you want one of these, I'd recommend going new.I bought a refurbed 24-85 VR for $350, and found at 24mm on that lens, stopped down, I can get better results than with the 20mm on my D600 and D800. For what it's worth, the 20mm performed a little better on the D800 vs. the D600. Just a little.This range is a missing link in Nikon's line up: wide fast primes. The new 28mm f1.8G is getting great reviews, but for many it's just not wide enough. Hopefully Nikon will add to the new 1.8G line and update the 20mm and 24mm.

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4.0

Fine at middle of the lens

By monochromatics

from salem, or

About Me Pro Photographer

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        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

        This lens is spectacular if, and only if, it is shot anywhere from ƒ/8 to ƒ/11 (and the 1/3rd and 1/2 stops in between). That's it. If you plan on shooting outside of that range, expect Chromatic abberation (really bad), very soft focus in the corners, or really bad softness from it being stopped down too much. Now someone may be asking themselves, "why is he recommending it then if it is really only a 2-stop lens?" Because at those two stops (and in between) it performs really, really well! You'll get spectacular results! The results are so good that it makes it worth it to only shoot at that aperture range.

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        5.0

        Nice classic lens from Nikon

        By Petit Professeur

        from Marseille, FRANCE

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Good
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

          I bought the lens for my Df, when I was in holidays in NY.

          I wanted to have a wider lens (I own the 24 mm AF-D), for landscape and interior use.
          I also considered the 20 mm AIS, and the Voigtlander 20 mm AIS-P.
          But it was the only one which was available as a sample product, so I was able to try it at the store before buying it.

          I like very much the tiny size, the beautiful colors and sharp pictures I have with it on my Df.
          I don't mind the moving ring when using autofocus, which is very quick.

          This lens seems to be build to last, time will tell (I once fall on a small river with my 24 mm AFD on a FM3A on a trip in iceland in 2004, they still work !!).

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          5.0

          Amazing wide angle

          By JFer

          from Bogotá

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

            I use this lens on a D300s, and on a DF.
            On DX offers an very nice equivalent 30mm view.
            On FX is one of the best wide angle lenses you can have. for the price is amazing. very sharp, fast autofocus, well built and so lightweight that is a joy to carry it around. I love all this D series lenses. made in Japan quality. i love that they look like real lenses. for filters i use an step up ring 62 to 77mm so I can put more than one filter at the time without any worry about vigneting. I recommend to use the optional lens hood to give it a little bit of protection
            I recommend it to someone who like to travel, hiking or walking with the camera all day in search of beautiful landscapes and at the same time, want to improve composition using just fixed focal length primes.

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            1.0

            This glass is terrible

            By Mqnphoto

            from PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

              The lens I received has never been sharp. Often times shifting focus when making a photo. I could have just received a lemon but I would not recommend this lens to anyone. It maybe cheaper but it is not worth the price. Do not buy this lens.

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              5.0

              Best ultra-wide

              By THE Holy Hand Grenade!

              from Albany, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Archetecture
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                Great lens for ultra-wide-angle shots!

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                4.0

                First wide angle lens

                By Tara B.

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                First time user and purchase of a wide angle lens. It's size and weight are perfect and make it a joy to carry and shoot with. There is a bit of a learning curve for me, so if you haven't shot wide yet, don't despair, keep trying, the pictures get better and you will have tons of fun. The pictures are sharp and clear and I use it on a Nikon D600 with no issues.

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                5.0

                Nikon 20MM Solid go to Lens.

                By JKM Pro

                from Minneapolis, MN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                  This lens is a must have prime. Light, Fast, Sharp.

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                  5.0

                  great!

                  By kpb81

                  from texas

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                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                  Love the lens!

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                  5.0

                  Super Sharp

                  By Maxl

                  from Ann Arbor MI (GO BLUE)

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                    Great Lens, super fast ans sharp !
                    Good quality structure
                    amazing pictures

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Rock Solid Performer

                    By Ruckus

                    from Puyallup, Washington 98372

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                      I do Architectural Photography. I have demanding Clients who assume Color Fifelity and Sharpness as matter of course. No F'in round at this level. There is no "Software Save". This Lens is small/Light/sharpa as a Laser and wonderful COLOR rendition..everyone always talks about a Lens "Sharpness" F' Dat!!! How bout it's COLOR and CONTRAST as well. This lens has it. A 20. Not an 8-500....But a good old honest 20...which approximates normal field of view...Isn't that what you want to capture...what's inside your finder?

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                      5.0

                      Most pleasantly surprised

                      By Enrique

                      from San Francisco Bay Area

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                        I had read some not-so-complementary comments about this lens, particularly related to corner softness. Not so. I guess I won the lottery with a particularly great copy of this lens.

                        I did a lot of real-world test shots with my D700, the "newspaper" test, and the AF calibration Spyder tool test. All were superb. They were surprisingly sharp corner to corner at f/2.8. I did get some very slight vignetteting at f/2.8 but this was easily fixed with ARC or PTlens. The same goes for naturally occurring distortion. I am an architect and I am very fussy about these issues.

                        The weight and size of this lens make it a pleasure on European trips over my 17-35mm.

                        Highly recommended if you get a good copy as I did.

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                        4.0

                        Truly a compact wide angle lens.

                        By PhotoJohn

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Small And Pocketable

                        Cons

                        • Coma Indicated Wide Open

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                        Used for landscape and night sky photography.

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                        4.0

                        nice light lens

                        By jcdovala

                        from Thousand Oaks, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                            Though this lens is no super glass, it performs well and is very small, light, and robust. Close focus, fixable distortion, and f2.8 make this guy quite usable for CFWA shots. Nikon needs to update this class of primes.

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                            5.0

                            great investment

                            By mike

                            from new york

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Night Photography
                              • Video

                              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                              I had to grab a lens for a concert gig at the last minute and this lens became my new primary real quick. Best wide angle you can find under 500

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                              3.0

                              Solid Value, But Not Perfect For All

                              By Rizzo Media Factory

                              from Houston, TX

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Distortion

                              Best Uses

                              • Architecture
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                              I purchased this primarily for architectural photography. At the price point compared to other options I knew this lens would be a balance between optics and price. If you use lens correction tools, the wild distortion becomes negligible. If you have to use it wide open, expect softness around the perimeter but stop it down closer to f/8 and it is solid. Very light weight.

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                              5.0

                              AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D

                              By Orlando

                              from Marina, CA

                              About Me Semi-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
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                Solid costruction.
                                Exeptional images.

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                                4.0

                                Great wide-angle prime lens

                                By Paul7e

                                from MN

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                  I bought this lens to use on my D700, and it's a great choice, instead of a zoom wide-angle, for walking around. It's small and lightweight, and doesn't cause people to "gawk" at it. I have not used it on my D7000, yet, but I plan on doing that soon.

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                                  5.0

                                  Wide angle prime

                                  By Muralee

                                  from Seattle,WA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Tough To Attach

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                  I wanted a wide angle prime for my D600. I rented this lens one weekend and did some shooting, and was amazed by the colors produced by it and I also noticed there was only a little flare in my images. I did not think twice before ordering it from B&H. It is a good companion to my 24-70 f2.8
                                  I find it a bit difficult to attach it to the camera mount though, compared to my other lenses.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good lens

                                  By Sam

                                  from Vancouver WA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Small
                                  • Wide

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                    I bought this lens for wider landscape and wedding pictures. Since I bought it, I shot a wedding and used this lens a bunch. It was great for wider sanctuary shots and outdoor group pictures. It was fun to edit a wedding and see some different looks then I've been able to get in the past. I did have some problems with the focus that I'm in the process of researching. At this point, not sure if it's the lens, camera or user. Especially when shooting an individual, I consistently got out of focus subjects and in focus backgrounds. Like I said, I'll be researching to see who the culprit is.

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                                    3.0

                                    Not great on a D800 or D600

                                    By Patriot

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Sharp On An Fx Sensor

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Night Photography

                                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                    Really wanted to like this lens, and in some ways I did. I've seen some very nice images taken with it, but most are from film and slide days, or on lower resolution DSLR's. On FX, especially the D600 and D800, this lens shows its age. As far as size, weight and build, this is a great lens form factor. If you don't need or want a $2,000 24 f1.4, or a 2 pound 14-24 zoom, this is the exact size you'd want for wide prime. Can fit in your pocket.Performance the problem. It can be sharp in the center, but even stopped way down, the edges will always be smeared. Search the web and read the reviews on this lens on modern DSLR's, and note if the use is on a DX or FX. Since DX uses the center of the lens, these older 2.8 D primes like the 20mm seem to be more usable and get better reviews. On FX, most reviews are negative.But there is an effect you may be looking for where this lens can be useful on an FX: center sharp and blurred perimeter. This can be used to draw attention to the center of the frame. Might not be what you want for landscape. But for landscape, for night or evening, if you want the edges to be dark, this lens could be useful. I have seen some very nice images with that effect taken with this lens.If this lens was $300 I might have kept it for those ocasional instances above. At $[$], just can't justify it. Beware of used copies: this is an old lens, and many of the used ones for sale are very old and need servicing. If you want one of these, I'd recommend going new.I bought a refurbed 24-85 VR for $350, and found at 24mm on that lens, stopped down, I can get better results than with the 20mm on my D600 and D800. For what it's worth, the 20mm performed a little better on the D800 vs. the D600. Just a little.This range is a missing link in Nikon's line up: wide fast primes. The new 28mm f1.8G is getting great reviews, but for many it's just not wide enough. Hopefully Nikon will add to the new 1.8G line and update the 20mm and 24mm.

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