Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens

Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens

Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Close Range Correction System
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Overview

  • 1Description

Distinguished by its impressively broad field of view and manual focus operation, the NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 from Nikon is a compact and lightweight lens well-suited for landscape, interior, and travel photography. Its modest f/2.8 maximum aperture helps achieve a balance between its sleek size and being fast enough for working in low-light conditions. In regard to the optics, Close Range Correction helps to ensure consistent image quality and accurate rendering throughout the focusing range. Additionally, a seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Wide-angle prime lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 30mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is suitable for working in a variety of lighting conditions and also contributes to the compact, lightweight form factor.
Close Range Correction system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 9.8" to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by engraved focus distance and depth of field scales.
Seven-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
UPC: 018208014156
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Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens
  • 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Warranty Extension with Online Registration
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    Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Specs

    Focal Length 20mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 94
    Maximum Magnification 0.12x
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 62 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.60 x 1.69" / 66 x 43 mm
    Weight 9.5 oz / 270 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.78 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.45 x 4.0 x 3.6"

    Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Reviews

    NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens for Landscapes I purchased this lens in 1993 before heading to Nepal for two years. This lens became one of my favorite lenses very quickly. I purchased it for use on my F3 and FM bodies but have since then purchased several digital bodies. The 20mm lens works fine with these bodies as well in manual focus but with the DX format renders a 30 mm equivalent. Look forward to purchasing an FX body to put this lens back to work for full 20mm. Slight vignette at f2.8 but images are very sharp. Use the depth of field scale frequently to get maximum depth in images. I miss the depth of field scale on newer lenses. Glad to see this lens is still available!
    Date published: 2011-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic from Nikon I bought this lens to use as a wide-angle mainly for lanscape. It takes getting used to as it is completely manual. The lens is simply glass and metal. They don't make them like that any more certainly applies here. For the typical uses a wide-angle lens like this one, auto focus does not matter and in my opinion manual is better.The focus ring is buttery smooth and very high quality. It is only matched by another classic the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS. I think it might be on its way to be discontinued. It is being replaced by the newer auto focus lenses that don't come close to the build quality or performance of the classics like this one.
    Date published: 2012-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful wide angle This is my favorite wide angle to date. I was in Istanbul recently and this was on my camera about 80% time. Between it and my 85mm f/2 AI I didn't nee anything else. Minimal distortion makes it a great architectural lens. It's incredibly crisp from f/4 to f/16 and definitely seems sharper than the AF 20mm (which is sharp to start with). Keep in mind it won't meter with anything under a D7000; and no autofocus means its not much for moving targets, but for any sort wide angle still short of 14mm sort of ultrawide its pretty ideal. And the construction just feels so right to the touch. Nothing quite like manual focus Nikkors
    Date published: 2011-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful example of the way it was I could have bought a used 20mm for less, although even older versions of it are pricey. But I wanted the latest coating on the glass, and I wanted to once again see a new lens just as I could have bought 15 or 20 years ago. It seems they do still make them the way they used to. The lens is very well made and gorgeous. Focus is smooth as silk, and the aperture ring has excellent detent. The glass is just beautiful. And with all that, it is a sharp little thing. If you have a Nikon Df in particular, you want this lens. But it would also be fine on a D800/E or any other Nikon camera.
    Date published: 2014-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tack Sharp I recently bought a Nikon D810, several AF-S lenses & lighting equipment. When it came to choosing a wide angle, I purchased this manual focus from B&H to keep my mind in the game and think about exposure and focus rather than being totally automated. I do shoot in (M) manual and spot meter most stills. This lens is razor sharp,, compact, well built, smooth to focus and gives me a nice sense of nostalgia from the 80's when the 120 and 4x5 were totally a manual operation. My total experience with B&H has been for many years, and continues to be a good partnership in helping me see the world through the lens.
    Date published: 2015-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Lens, Great Value As a nature photographer, this lens is a 'must have for my bag. It is one of the lightest lenses you will find, anywhere (270g), it is extremely sharp, and (best of all) you can buy a Nikon BR-2A adapter+ a BR-5, flip the lens around, and use it for super-macro photography (3.4x), giving you essentially 2 lenses for the price of one. You get a good wide angle lens and a super-macro lens in one purchase. It doesn't get any better than that. Check out the images below and you won't find this kind of quality + versatility in many single lenses. Manual aperture ring allows you to control the aperture, even when reversing the lens (AF lenses don't let you do this). Credit to Nikon for keeping their great, original MF lenses alives.
    Date published: 2017-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wide Angle To Use Currently I'm using a 3 lens set up. Sold all my zooms except the Nikon 75-150mm F3.5 (A Jewel Lens). This 20mm lens, the Voigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron (Magnificent Lens) and the Nikkor 85mm F1.8 AF-D are all I need for the magazines I shoot for. The Voigt and the 20mm are lenses made to last! I've been shooting Nikkors since the late 60's. The pics that this lens produces allows you to suck the viewer into the picture. They have no choice. They just get sucked in. That's what I like about this focal length. End of story!
    Date published: 2016-03-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stopped down its awesome I bought this for an FX body to 1) provide a filter-capable option to the 14-24mm f/2.8, and 2) provide a wide-angle option for a light hiking kit when I do not want to lug around the f/2.8 zooms. I went for the manual focus versus the AF version of the 20mm due to reviews. At f/2.8 center is sharp, but things degrade badly even half-way out toward the edges. At f/5.6 things are pretty sharp, and at f/8 and f/11, it approaches (but does not equal) the 14-24mm. If you need f/2.8 this is NOT the lens you want. Even stopped down, does it match the 14-24? Of course not, but it is a joy to carry, and to me its nice to be able to use normal filters rather than the expensive (and physically large/cumbersome) options for filters with the 14-24.
    Date published: 2012-07-12
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    Can this lens be used with a Nikon D5200 camera?

    Can this lens be used with a Nikon D5200 camera?
    Asked by: Bob
    Yes, you can mount this all manual focus and aperture lens on a Nikon D5200 camera. That is what having a company supporting its 60 year old F mount gets you.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2019-03-13

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    What hood can I purchase to fit this lens?
    Asked by: Caryn C.
    The original Nikon HK-14 with thumb screw is the right lens shade for the AIS version of this lens. Hard to find in USA.
    Answered by: John
    Date published: 2019-04-07

    question

    Hi - I just purchased this lens for use on the D600 which I bought last year (both from B & H). My first manual focus lens. I understand it only works in M or A mode. In either mode I seem to be unable to change shutter speed - at least so the shutter speed is shown in view finder. If I change ISO it shows in the view finder. I am not sure how to correct this - thanks.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    When using this type of lens, the shutter speed is controlled through the camera's Shutter Command Dial. Depending on how you have the D600 set up its either the dial (wheel) by your thumb or forefinger.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Do work with d 750?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes. This is an FX format lens for full frame Nikon cameras.
    Answered by: Lawrence C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    I am looking for the nice Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AI-S, yet this one does not show AI-S , is it by default(since this is not the AF one)? And would it work finely with D810? Thanks.
    Asked by: Kane
    Yes this is AI-S & yes manual focus, but this classic lens is built like tank, all glass & metal. ( Auto-focus is for sissy - haha jk ) & yes works very well on my d810.
    Answered by: brian n.
    Date published: 2019-01-02

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    Will this work on my Nikon D7100?
    Asked by: James D.
    The Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens is compatible with the Nikon D7100.
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

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    What is the difference between the 2 Nikkor 20mm f2.8 lenses besides the $30 in price?
    Asked by: Anthony H.
    My experience is only with the lens pictured here, the AIS manual lens. I planned on using it with a Sony A7r mirrorless camera, not a Nikon. I don't know how this lens would perform on a Nikon body. It was not up to my standards on this camera and I returned it. Quite simply, it was not very sharp. I have been using other legacy lenses with this camera that I already owned from my film days with Leica and Nikon. This one was not as good as my other lenses.
    Answered by: Max B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

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    What is the difference in the Nikon AF-SNikkor 20mm f/1.8g ed and Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Lens?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I believe you intend to indicate AF Nikkor 20mm f2.8 As far as I was informed by Nikon the optics are identical. I own both of them and cannot see the difference in image quality. But I did not conduct a propertechnical test. The only reason I bought the Nikkor 20mm f2.8 Ai Lens is I have a range of film cameras requiring manualfocusing. If you have tried using the focusing ring' between the AF and Ai lenses you will understand what I mean. It is like driving an automatic car using manual selection. But it all boils down to personal preference, for me you cannot teach an old dog new tricks .
    Answered by: Cheng Yin L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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    Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Q&A

    Nikon NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 Accessories

    Designed For Use With:

    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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