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NikonAF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D Lens
 
4.4

(based on 110 reviews)

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    (68)

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    (31)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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    (6)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (84)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (73)
  • Durable (54)
  • Easily interchangeable (54)
  • Consistent output (52)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (65)
  • Night photography (41)
  • Low light (40)
  • Weddings (22)
  • General purpose (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (25), Pro photographer (20), Enthusiast (11), Semi-professional (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (65), Yes (7)

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

 

Solid Value, But Not Perfect For All

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,...Read complete review

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

wide angle wonderment

By Jacquelynn

from tucson az

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

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

    much more practical than a fisheye for getting just that little bit more width for photojournalistic and set up shots for weddings

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    • No

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    5.0

    Bought this for my daughter .

    By fangster

    from Green Valley, AZ

    About Me Casual 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

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

      The best lens she has for her realty business in showing interiors of homes she has listed.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Fine at middle of the lens

      By monochromatics

      from salem, or

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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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            • No

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            5.0

            Nice classic lens from Nikon

            By Petit Professeur

            from Marseille, FRANCE

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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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              • No

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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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                • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      great!

                      By kpb81

                      from texas

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            nice light lens

                            By jcdovala

                            from Thousand Oaks, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            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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                                  • No

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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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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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                                    • No

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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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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Wide angle prime

                                      By Muralee

                                      from Seattle,WA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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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                                      • No

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