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NikonAF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens
 
4.6

(based on 155 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (123)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (116)
  • Consistent output (78)
  • Easily interchangeable (75)
  • Strong construction (69)

Cons

  • Slow focus (5)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Tough to attach (3)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (104)
  • Low light (71)
  • Weddings (45)
  • Night photography (38)
  • General purpose (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (59), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (24), Enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99), 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

 

I really wanted it to work...

I bought this lens in hopes of having a quick, sharp wide angle that would eventually carry over when I upgrade from my D90 to a full frame body.

I own...Read complete review

I bought this lens in hopes of having a quick, sharp wide angle that would eventually carry over when I upgrade from my D90 to a full frame body.

I own the 50mm f/1.8D and the 85mm f/1.8D. Both of these lenses are of the same product line as this 24mm. I have been extremely satisfied by the quality of these two lenses over the past several years and expected the same performance from the 24mm.

Sadly, the 24mm did not match up. The photos were just not sharp. I took countless tests, used manual focus, and compared it with lenses of the same focal length that I rented but it consistently produced smudgy images. I ended up selling it after 2 years of trying to look past this issue.

The lens had a nice heft to it for it's size. Just enough weight to remind you it's no kit lens. Very quick autofocus. Manual focus ring was milky when adjusting. Sturdy construction of lens body but front focus ring was loose and would rattle.

All in all, I really wish I could have kept it. I wanted to make this lens work but I just couldn't look past the poor image quality for a lens of this caliber. The rattle didn't help either. I feel like the lens had so much more potential than I was seeing in my copy. It may have been that I had a dud but I'll never know.

Three stars because I still have faith that somewhere out there, there is a flawless copy of this lens that is making someone happy. If you can, find a copy of this lens and try it first before purchasing.

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5.0

Great sharp, light weight lens for a great price

By Paul

from Dubai

Verified Buyer

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

Great sharp, light weight lens for a great price. I am very happy with it.

 
4.0

Nikkor 24 mm

By Tboy

from Undisclosed

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

Loving it for my IR work!

 
4.0

A reliable lens.

By Joey

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens because I needed a wider prime that wasn't too extreme since I am not really a fan of ultra wide angle photography but I wanted to take natural looking wide photographs without paying a small fortune. The f /2.8 aperture is a relatively fast aperture that produces nice round bokeh wide open. I wasn't too worried that lens wouldn't be fast since I planned on taking mostly landscape shots or something that involves more background that anything else. I found that in order to get a really creamy bokeh effect with this lens you needed to get pretty close to the subject. (which was expected with the 24mm focal length) There is an auto focus feature if your camera is compatible with it, but if not you are stuck with manual. When I was using manual I found myself wishing the focus ring had a bit more distance between the minimum focus distance and infinity because I felt like I just wasn't getting the sharpest images I was wanting at times. When you land that focus, though, this lens is very sharp especially at smaller apertures (and pretty sharp wide open too) and its 24mm focal length really gets a lot of the situation in the photo to really capture that moment you're photographing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not as fast as the 1:8 but a lot smaller and handier

By skip

from chattanooga tennessee

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Very handy to have with me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      GOOD LENS FOR PRICE

      By KC

      from Louisiana

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

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

      This lens was exactly what I expected for a lower end fixed lens. Great for the price.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Light weight less expensive alternative for landscapes

      By Chefjeff

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        The Nikon 24mm f2.8 lens is the older design so you need a body which has an auto focus motor in the body, but it is light weight, and sharp. I looked at reviews of the new 20mm f1.8 lens as a good travel lens for landscapes and building interiors and decided I did not need the extra 4mm and speed on my D610 for over twice the price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love It!

        By Duane

        from Kentucky

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

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

          I bought this lens to take to Disney World. I wanted to shoot wide without the weight of a zoom. I got a lot of pics that I'm very happy with! Glad I bought it. As usual B&H got it to me quick.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great lens!

          By Laura51978

          from Greensboro NC

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            Great Lens..I ordered it but sent it back because I realized I needed to probably go ahead and invest in the 24-70. However, this is a good substitute if your not ready to invest in the 24-70 and you need to get wide shots.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (6 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Lens; Great price

                By Spencer

                from St. Louis, MO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens by Nikon

                By johanlon

                from Oklahoma

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Sharp, fast

                      By Ksmith4278

                      from Buffalo, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome Lens

                        By DBM

                        from Roanoke, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        excellent lens for the price

                        By robert jerrom

                        from San Jose,Ca

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        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

                          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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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!

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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