Nikon wide lens test/review database

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Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D

Image quality rating: 85,00%

Overall rating: 96,80%

Main points:
  • A special purpose lens that gives you a special view of the world
  • Extremely sharp lens


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Moment Corporation
4/5
5/5
'The Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye-Nikkor is definitely a good upgrade over the manual focus version. Sweet-spot of the lens is from f/8-f/16 in the worst case scenarios, or if you want perfection. In normal shooting conditions the sweet-spot is f/4-f/16. My main complaint is the CA and corner performance'
SLR Gear
9.5/10
9.5/10
'But with my D700 the 16mm fisheye is fantastic!'
Ken Rockwell
'Get one now before the run on them for the D3 starts. They aren't often in stock new, so if you wait, it could be a long wait.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.7/10
'It is a * MUST * have. this lens is definitively * SO * sharp ...'
Bjorn Rorslett
4/5
'The faster full-frame 16 mm lens has a radically different optical formula from its predecessor, and this helps give better corner sharpness and even image illumination.'
Image power
'this lens is extremely compact and lightweight! This is why I carryit amongst more important lenses on many assignments'
Dxomark
Stuck in Custom
'One great thing about the lens is how TINY it is. You can throw it in your bag and it hardly even counts as another lens. With my other lenses, there is always a decision process in place! But with this little fisheye, it’s basically an afterthought. It’s about 1/4 the size of my hulking 14-24!'


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED

Image quality rating: 84,00%

Overall rating: 85,43%

Main points:
  • Great optical performance
  • Best between f/2.5 and f/11


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Photography Life
'Nikon once again set a new record in image sharpness and contrast with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G lens, which has unbelievable performance at all apertures. No current Nikon lens, whether prime or zoom, can deliver this much sharpness at a maximum aperture of f/1.4, putting this lens in the lead. It’s superb optical performance make the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G an ideal candidate for portrait photographers, where subjects are beautifully isolated from the backgrounds and maximum sharpness of the subject is preserved. At the same time, the impressive performance from center to corner also make the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 a superb lens for landscape photography for apertures between f/4 and f/16.'
Photozone
4/5
3/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 24 f/1.4 is an impressive lens. At large apertures it produces very sharp images in the image center with somewhat soft corners wide open, but stopped down it shows very good to excellent sharpness across the whole (DX) frame. Distortion is very low and CAs are moderate. LoCAs are present at larger apertures but this is typical for such a fast prime. Vignetting is well under control for such a fast lens. The bokeh is very smooth and actually pretty much outstanding for a wide angle lens.'D200
Photozone
3/5
3/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 24 f/1.4 is an impressive lens. At large apertures it produces very sharp images in the image center with somewhat soft corners wide open and stopped down it's sharp enough even for landscape work, although it's certainly not meant to be the primary choice for this kind of application. CAs are moderate on a full format DSLR. LoCAs are present at larger apertures but this is typical for such a fast prime. Severe light falloff at wide open aperture is the primary weakness of this lens. The bokeh is very smooth and actually pretty much outstanding for a wide angle lens. Flare is well under control.'D3X
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4/5
'It is a bit pricey though, especially for a lens many photographers will struggle to use as often as a zoom in the same range but if you shoot often in low light conditions using available light having a lens such as this in your armoury may pay dividends. For others it may prove too expensive to justify.'D700
Ishootshows.com
'For any Nikon shooter who has ever lusted after the Canon 24mm f/1.4L, your day has come. After shooting with the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G, Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, and now the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G, I don’t have any doubt that Nikon shooters now have access to the very best primes available.'
SLR Gear
10/10
10/10
'At $2,200, the expectations for this lens have to be high. The 24mm ƒ/1.4G almost reaches them. Certainly, stopped down, the lens produces exceptional results, but as the main feature of the lens is its extremely wide aperture - ƒ/1.4 - we imagine the lens will spend much of its time here, otherwise, it's much better on the pocketbook to get the ƒ/2.8 version of the 24mm lens. At ƒ/1.4, it's not tack-sharp, and corner softness is notable on FX lenses. But then, this isn't a lens you buy to shoot test charts, it's a lens you buy to get a unique perspective in your photographs, and you'll definitely want to try it before you buy it, if you can.'D300s, D3X
Lenstip
'Once again we are dealing with a fast prime lens, manufactured by a reputable company, costing a lot of money, which, despite many unquestionable advantages, has several painful slip-ups as well. A similar situation was in the case of the Canon 1.4/24, which vignetting was monstrous and the coma – high. The Nikkor doesn’t correct the coma well either. It manages to control the vignetting much better but its problem with spherical aberration is really serious for a change. What’s more, its work against bright light is just average and, with such a wide angle of view, it can often cause problems in real life photos.'D3X
The Photographer
'The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED in a spectacular lens. Its proper use is only limited by the photographer’s mind’s eye. I was fortunate to be able to shoot with this lens'
Photoreview
9/10
'As anticipated, the review lens delivered an impressive performance in Photo Review's Imatest tests, which showed consistently high resolution throughout its aperture range. Best figures came from apertures between about f/2.5 and f/11 but resolution was maintained right up to f/16, where there was no evidence of resolution loss due to diffraction. Edge softening was found at wide apertures but at a relatively minor level. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests.'D3s
Pop photo
'Right now, if you want the best wide prime for your Nikon DSLR, this is the one.'
Ken Rockwell
'If you shoot FX or 35mm film on a modern camera in low light, get one of these 24mm f/1.4 super-stars today.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.9/10
'I love the look it produces! That's why I have it. There is no other Nikon lens which creates pictures like this. Period. '
Dxomark
Neil Van Niekenk
'I’m in love.  Fair enough, I’m in love with the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II, as well as the Nikon 85mm f1.4 too.  This new lens by Nikon is long overdue, and in my opinion is an essential lens if you do any kind of work in low light levels, or desire that look that a fast prime lens will give you.'


Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

Image quality rating: 82,25%

Overall rating: 84,77%

Main points:
  • Very sharp lens
  • Greate in low light


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Photography Life
'I was very excited when Nikon announced the 35mm f/1.4G, because the 35mm line desperately needed an update and considering how good the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G and Nikon 85mm f/1.4G are, I knew that this lens would not disappoint. While the 35mm focal length is not very popular among photographers, due to 35mm being not wide enough for tight shots and not long enough for portraiture, I actually really enjoyed working with this gem. I found the 35mm focal length to be a nice compromise on full-frame cameras, especially when shooting weddings. Lola and I shot a wedding with the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G and I was certainly impressed that some of the best images from the wedding were shot with it. Images came out beautiful and colorful, just like how our client wanted them.'
Photozone
3.5/5
3/5
'It took Nikon a while to get into gear regarding their fast primes, but at least in case of the AF-S 35/1.4 G the result is impressive and was worth the wait. The image center is very sharp right from the largest aperture, the borders and corners follow only slightly behind and offer very good sharpness slightly stopped down. Distortion as well as CAs are moderate on a full format DSLR. Typical for such a fast prime, some LoCAs are present at larger apertures.'D3X
Ishootshows.com
'The 35mm f/1.4 is a lens that builds on the excellent performance of the Nikon 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm f/1.4G lenses and completes the lineup. For me, it’s a do-it-all lens, with excellent sharpness wide open and edge-to-edge sharpness when stopped down. In addition, the lens delivers nice flare resistance, beautiful color and contrast, even wide open.'
CameraStuffReview
8.4/10
'The Nikon 35 mm 1.4G is in combination with the Nikon D800E a perfect lens, in terms of optical and mechanical properties. What is left to add?'D800E
SLR Gear
9.5/10
8.83/10
'For this lens, it comes down to essentially one qualification. If you're a Nikon shooter who needs the absolute fastest 35mm lens, either for light-gathering ability or for the ability to put the background way out of focus, then for $1,800 it's either the Carl Zeiss or the Nikon 35mm ƒ/1.4G. It's not perfect - we had hoped that $1,800 would buy a bit sharper performance at ƒ/1.4 - an aperture this lens will probably spend most of its time set to - but it's still very good, and when stopped down a bit, becomes quite excellent indeed.'D300s, D3X
Lenstip
'The mere comparison between the number of pros and cons and one glance at the price of the tested lens shows that our summary can’t be positive. If you buy an expensive, fast fixed-focal lens you have every right to expect resolution records and the Nikkor 1.4/35 provides these. However, you don’t expect weak quality of the maximum relative aperture, high level of chromatic aberration, significant coma and noticeable astigmatism along with huge vignetting. These all flaws we get here as well. Who would you recommend this lens to? Certainly not to the users of small DX sensor – in their case it would be much sensible if they got interested in the Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8 DX or the Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 DG HSM. These two lenses are optically on par with the tested Nikkor being definitely cheaper at the same time.'
Camera Labs
'Overall contrast is very good even wide open and with very bright backgrounds like snow. Sharpness and micro-contrast is reduced at f1.4 and f2.0 (you have to look at 66% or 100% magnification on your monitor to see it) but performance from f2.8 onwards is impeccable on a D300 or D700. And this holds true whether you shot close-up or at infinity. I'm very impressed. '
Camera Labs
'The findings support that the DX 35/1.8G already earned a "highly recommended" from Gordon with an overall score of 87%. But one thing is already clear: The 35/1.4G is simply the best 35mm lens from Nikon for the serious pro.'
Pop Photo
'Like almost all high-speed primes, it delivered beautifully defocused backgrounds, a bright viewfinder image, and a sturdy build. It promises superb low-light interiors, wedding images, group portraits, and more. '
Ken Rockwell
4/5
4/5
'This is Nikon's sharpest 35mm lens, but only under special conditions. 99% of the time, the results are indistinguishable from any other lens or zoom. This lens is expensive because it is designed to work well at large apertures and cover FX, but if you don't need f/1.4 and FX coverage, the cost remains, but the advantage disappears.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.6/10
'The 35mm f1.4 AF-S G lens has replaced the 60mm f2.8 AF-S G as my walk around, normal lens, filling the focal length gap between my 14-24mm and 70-200mm Nikkors. Focus seems slightly slower than the other lenses in my arsenal but I do not take action photos. Being a bit expensive for my budget, a few of my other items had to be sold in order to purchase it.'
Dxomark
Joseph Eckert Photography
'I’ll get this out of the way at the start: I really, really like this lens. But I like it for specific purposes – purposes that primarily include shooting wide open or at nearly-wide open apertures (that is, f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8) for subjects that I want to strongly isolate against their background. That means portraiture, wedding shots, group portraits, leaves, environmental shots where I want a thin depth of focus, etc. This lens excels in this regard, producing decently sharp centers even at f/1.4.'


Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G

Image quality rating: 78,75%

Overall rating: 85,00%

Main points:
  • Excellent sharpness
  • You might experience focus shifting


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Photography Life
'At just $699, the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G costs three times less than the excellent, but extremely expensive Nikon 24mm f/1.4G and offers overall relatively good performance. It handles distortion, longitudinal and lateral aberration, ghosting and flare extremely well and in some ways even better than its big brother, the 24mm f/1.4G. It produces beautiful images with excellent colors and despite its 7 blade diaphragm, it actually renders bokeh a little better than the 24mm f/1.4G at largest apertures.'
Photozone
3.25/5
4/5
'The Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8 G convinces with very solid performance on our DX test camera. Sharpness is very good in the image center wide open already and improves to excellent resolution by stopping down. The borders and corners are weak at large apertures, but improve significantly by stopping down.'D7000
Photozone
4/5
5/5
'The Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8 G convinces with very good performance in almost any regard. Sharpness is very good across the frame wide open already and improves to excellent resolution in the image center by stopping down. Distortion and CAs are moderate, the bokeh is quite smooth for a wide-angle lens. The lens' only weak point is the rather high amount of vignetting, even when stopped down.'D3X
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4.5/5
'Those looking for a wide angle prime lens with a fast maximum aperture, who find the price of the current crop of f/1.4 lenses prohibitive, may want to take a long hard look at this lens.'D700
SLR Gear
8/10
7.75/10
'I'd been casually thinking about this new 28 f/1.8G for a couple of months but was a little worried about the reports of focus shifting and had 28mm covered so many ways. Besides, I rarely need fast glass in wides. Also 28mm is not my sweet spot. I bought it anyway on shear impulse thinking I could return it if it had too much uncorrectable focus shift.'
Lenstip
'Please, don’t get me wrong – the Nikkor AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G is a good instrument from the optical point of view, able to provide really sharp photos. Unfortunately it is far from optical perfection because it has several annoying flaws (e.g. a very high level of the longitudinal chromatic and spherical aberration or significant coma on full frame) and its build quality definitely doesn’t correspond with its price. Really, if only this lens cost less than 2,000 PLN the overtone of this summary would be quite different.'D3X
Camera Labs
'The Nikon 28/1.8G is a good lens but it's not cheap. Indeed the price is perhaps the biggest disappointment for potential buyers of this lens. The performance is pretty good but you need to stop down to f4.0 or even f5.6 for the sharpest results across the frame, and if your sample is like mine you'll also need to correct for a focus-shift as the aperture is closed to get flawless performance. Overall it is a worthy addition to the current offering of short primes, but its flaws prevent our top award; I can however still award it a Recommended rating.'D800
Ken Rockwell
'It's very fast (f/1.8), but that's mostly useful shooting in 35mm in dim light. Today's DSLRs work so well at insanely high ISOs that there's no reason to break the bank to get f/1.8 instead of f/2.8.'
Dxomark
Pop photo
'Some Nikonians may be tempted by the 28mm f/2.8D and its $275 street price. That rather long-in-the-tooth lens actually boasted stronger SQF scores: six of its seven apertures fell in the red, A+ range at our 11x14-inch benchmark. Think twice, though. Its 0.83% barrel distortion, and lack of specialized coatings or SWM autofocus are real issues. Justifying its price, Nikon’s new 28mm delivers higher speed and more up-to-date optics. Like all 28mm’s, its focal length is well-suited to travel, groups, and environmental portraits, showing great swaths of background, with minimal linear distortion. We’re certain that many shooters will rightfully succumb to its numerous charms'
Neil Van Niekenk
'In summary, this lens is superb! It is sharp, and an affordable entry into the realm of fast wide-angle lenses for the Nikon shooter.'D4


Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D

Image quality rating: 71,16%

Overall rating: 75,80%

Main points:
  • Extreme corners not good
  • Not as sharp as some of the best wide zooms


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byThom
4/5
4/5
'This is a great lens, though not necessarily the sharpest of the 20mm's Nikon has made (Galen swore by the 20mm f/4, and I've known other photographers who love the 20mm f/3.5). As you might expect, autofocus is swift and sure on most modern Nikon bodies. I detect a slight amount of light falloff at f/2.8, but it is mostly gone by f/4. Sharpness is good wide open and superb edge to edge on full frame bodies at mid-range apertures. Contrast is better than the 20-35mm f/2.8D I used to use.'
Photozone
2.5/5
2.5/5
'The Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8 D had a very good reputation during the film era but the D200 didn't really like the lens. The resolution is fine for most of the APS-C image frame but the extreme corners never really reach impressive results even at medium aperture settings. Vignetting is fairly high at f/2.8 and CAs are pretty bad. All-in-all you may prefer to look elsewhere to cover this focal length on an APS-C DSLR.'D200
Photozone
3/5
3/5
'The Nikkor AF-D 20mm f/2.8 is able to deliver very sharp images straight from its largest aperture. Stopped down to f/5.6 the sharpness is on a very high level across the whole FX image.'D3X
SLR Gear
8.58/10
8.83/10
'A wide angle lens with great center sharpness but not as good as my 14mm but at a third the cost what could you expect? and what's more it can take a front filter when conditions are too dirty to pull out my 14mm which has no protection at all.'
Lens tip
'This summary will be exceptionally short. A very unfavourable pros to cons ratio in the case of a lens with the price tag of 520 $ should definitely put us off the purchase very effectively. As a consolation for the Nikon fans we can add that the Canon aficionados don’t have it easier either. By the way the lack of good 20 mm devices is an interesting phenomenon. It can be a kind of motivation to pay closer attention to the Sigma 20 mm f/1.8 DG EX ASP RF especially that it is faster than both the Canon and the Nikkor and it is also cheaper.'D200
Pop photo
'An outstanding ultrawide-angle lens that delivers pro-caliber performance at a price within the range of many Nikon enthusiasts.'
Ken Rockwell
'This lens is not quite as sharp as my old 20mm f/4 AI manual focus. It's not quite as good as the 17-35mm F/2.8 AF-S zoom, which may be a first zoom to be a tad sharper than a fixed lens. The zoom also has less light falloff at f/2.8. How about that!'
Fredmiranda.com
8.2/10
'I love this lens. Not quite as sharp as a 17-35, and a couple notches down from the 14-24, but still a lens that results in better pictures simply because of its size and weight.'
Bjorn Rorslett
4/5
'The successor to the MF 20/2.8 is often stated to have identical optics, but I'm not entirely convinced that this is true and think Nikon tweaked the design so make the lens focus better in AF. Direct comparison with the MF lens shows that the AF has more curvature of field, at least in the close range where this feature counts, and slightly more CA. Image sharpness isn't entirely up to that of the MF brother at any aperture, but the contrast is slightly higher. Probably Nikon tweaked the coating as well.'
Dxomark


Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED

Image quality rating: 70,00%

Overall rating: 78,80%

Main points:
  • High sharpness
  • Small than the 14-24


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Photozone
3/5
2.5/5
'The Nikkor AF 14mm f/2.8D ED is a good ultra-wide angle lens but it is not a killer offer - especially so regarding its very high price tag. Technically the resolution figures are superb in the center and Okayish (f/2.8) to (just) very good (f/8) at the borders. The lens produces rather heavy vignetting at f/2.8 but beyond the issue is handled really well. In terms of distortions it is not an overly impressive performer but the barrel distortions are less wavy compared to zooms and therefore easy to correct. CAs are moderate for an ultra-wide lens.'
Image power
'WOW - what a view!'
SLR Gear
7.5/10
7.5/10
'We confess to being a little disappointed in the Nikkor 14mm f/2.8's performance in our tests, we were expecting more from a $1,400 prime lens. If you need the f/2.8 maximum aperture, this might be a good choice for you, but we found that many ultrawide zooms better it in most areas, apart from maximum aperture and (very slightly) center sharpness.'
Ken Rockwell
'You crazy people know who you are. For film and FX digital like the D3; just get one of these 14mm f/2.8s if you don't want to spring for (and haul around) the 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S. The 14-24mm is a little sharper, but this fixed 14mm is much easier to carry around my neck. Honestly though, I always grab the hulking 14-24mm anyway on my D3.'
Bjorn Rorslett
'The AF 14 mm does not behave to its advantage on this higher-resolution digital camera. There is some loss of colour fidelity with accompanying traces of colour fringing in the off-axis image.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.7/10
'So I purchased this lens for a lot of my hotel photography shot before I bought the 14-24mm zoom version of this lens. To be perfectly honest, I dont notice much of a difference in sharpness and image quality between the 14-24mm and this 14mm prime. For that reason I would recommend spending the money on the zoom version of this lens. Also, 14mm on a full frame sensor is mega wide and may be too wide for most.'
Bjorn Rorslett
3.75/5
'With the FX-format (D3, D3X), corner vignetting at f/2.8 is pronounced but clears at f/8. Some blue fringing is plainly visible mostly towards the corners. Sharpness is quite good except for the very corners that don't appear entirely sharp.'
Dxomark
Rob Mitchell
'The Nikon 14mm might be a discontinued lens but it is obviously still very capable, even on the megapixel monster of the D800E. There are obvious differences between it and the newer Nikon 14-24mm. More colour fringing, heavier distortion at the extremes, less contrast. I hate to say it, but all are fixable in post.'
Talk Urbex
'The 14mm f/2.8 has produced the cleanest HDR images I’ve seen  - detail across the frame is outstanding. Image IQ (sharpness) is on par with the 14-24mm f/2.8 however I think it lacks a little contrast and sharpness in comparison with the 16-35mm.'
Talk Urbex
'The 14mm f/2.8 comes with a large price tag – around £1,200 GBP however its one of those lenses you will still be using in 10 years and it will be performing just like the day you bought it. There are several options in the same price range – the main one being the 14-24mm f/2.8 which beats the 14mm on sharpness and distortion however the 14-24mm is massive which may or may not bother you.'


Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D

Image quality rating: 68,75%

Overall rating: 91,00%

Main points:
  • Solid performer
  • A very good standard zoom does about the same


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Photozone
'Regarding the obvious centering defect it is difficult to find a verdict for the Nikkor AF 28mm f/1.4D. Assuming a valid sample the performance should be great when stopped down a little. Even in its less than perfect state the tested sample performed better than the AF 28mm f/2.8. CAs, vignetting and distortions are very well controlled for a lens in this class. The build quality is superb. It is a pity that the lens has been discontinued - more so because Nikon does not offer any replacement nor any other ultra-fast wide-angle fix-focal AF lens.'D200
Photozone
2.5/5
'The Nikkor AF-D 28mm f/1.4 delivers mostly solid performance on our DX test camera, however it is not without flaws. Sharpness is very good in the image center wide open already and excellent when stopped down. However, at large apertures the lens lacks contrast and shows a "glow" around contrast edges that's typical for many classic fast lenses. The borders and corners struggle on the high density DX sensor, the lens needs to be stopped down considerably to achieve very good sharpness here.'D7000
Photozone
2.75/5
'The Nikkor AF-D 28mm f/1.4 delivers very solid performance for an ultra-fast wide-angle lens, however it is not without flaws. Sharpness is very good in the image center and good at the borders and corners wide open already. Stopped down, the lens delivers excellent sharpness in the image center and very good values at the borders and corners. However, at large apertures the lens lacks contrast and shows a "glow" around contrast edges that's typical for many classic fast lenses.'D3X
Imagepower
'You may ask why I stopped using the AF 28/1.4 D as my standard tool for coverage photography? Well, I meanwhile bought the AF-S 28-70/2.8D'
SLR Gear
9/10
9/10
'On a D2X I've found that this lens makes an ideal, if not cheap, normal lens.'
Ken Rockwell
'If you need to shoot at f/1.4, this lens is unequalled. If you want to use it in daylight, any other 28mm AF Nikkor performs the same.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.2/10
'I tried this lens on three cameras: d3, d3s, and D7000 and compared it to my 24 1.4g, and found that the color representation was stunningly better on the 28mm than the 24. And, that's saying a lot because I LOVE my 24 1.4g for its color, sharpness, and IQ. '
Bjorn Rorslett
4/5
'Big and bulky due to its high-speed design, this lens is capable of rendering sharp and contrasty images at apertures between f/4 and f/11. Wide open the extreme corners are quite soft, but they rapidly improves when the lens is stopped down. A nice lens for available light work, if you aren't troubled with its steep price.'


Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D

Image quality rating: 63,26%

Overall rating: 71,45%

Main points:
  • Needs to stop down to f/8
  • You might be better of having a standard zoom


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Momentcorporation
2.5/5
2/5
'Chromatic Abberations is very high for a lens like this, and the vignetting is also very high on this lens. For PJ shooters the vignetting will in most cases be a plus, but for landscape shooters this will in most cases be a big drawback. To top it off it's very soft in the corners and needs to be stopped down to at least f/8 on landscape shots. '
Photozone
3/5
2.5/5
'The Nikkor AF 24mm f/2.8D didn't really convince during the tests due to various shortcomings. The resolution figures were generally very decent and there's only a slight degree of barrel distortions. However, the lens shows very high vignetting at f/2.8 and very pronounced CAs. Spherical aberrations (focus shifts when stopping down) on top don't make things any better. So despite the relatively ambitious design (floating elements) the lens doesn't seem to be overly attractive anymore. This doesn't mean that the AF 24mm f/2.8D is a bad lens, it's not, but fix-focals should perform better than good zoom lenses.'D200
Photozone
2/5
3/5
'The Nikkor AF-D 24mm f/2.8 shows good sharpness in the center wide open with rather soft borders. Stopped down to f/8 however the sharpness is on a very high level across the whole FX image.'D3X
SLR Gear
8.63/10
8.88/10
'Optically, the lens holds its own, despite showing some signs of age: wide open it shows some corner softness, and chromatic aberration is a problem for Nikon bodies which don't automatically remove it. Nikon bodies which do remove it automatically however, breath new life into the lens, and when stopped down to ƒ/5.6, the lens is extremely sharp.'D200, D700
Lenstip
'If you consult the test results of such lenses as the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 or the Tokina 19-35 mm, you will notice that both these devices, set at 24 mm, offer us more or less the same performance as the fixed focal Nikkor 2.8/24. Both zooms are cheaper to boot (the Tokina even significantly so) and definitely more all-purpose. Is the tested lens worth buying then? Perhaps not. If you want to own a 24 mm class “prime” you will invest your money better purchasing the noticeably cheaper Sigma 1.8/24'D80
Ken Rockwell
4/5
4/5
'The Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AF-D is an excellent performer, and a fraction of the size, weight and price of any zoom. It can replace both the 14-24mm and 24-70mm zooms, saving you over $3,000 (and almost four pounds of baggage) with improved performance.'
Fredmiranda.com
8.2/10
'This is the sharpest lens I've ever used. Amazing. The colors look very nice too. I used it for taking pictures of architecture, of children, street photography, or indoor shots. The lens is fast, and I never had any problems with low light shooting.'
Talkurbex
'From having played with this lens for over a week now i’m realising its probably one of the best primes for sharpness,it wipes the floor with my friends 14-24mm f2.8 when that lens is set to 24mm…Fact'


Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D

Image quality rating: 62,92%

Overall rating: 80,75%

Main points:
  • Take the 1.8g if you are on DX format
  • Need to stop down to at least f/5.6


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byThom
2.5/5
'The 35mm f/2 just doesn't make the grade against the f/1.8 DX lens. First, it's more expensive and slightly slower. It has slightly more vignetting and the corner performance isn't up to that of the DX lens. It is also not AF-S, so won't autofocus on the recent low-end consumer DSLRs. That's a lot of minuses. In terms of pluses: it works on FX bodies and has a very nice manual focus ability, including DOF markings. On balance, a DX user should choose the DX lens. If you have both DX and FX bodies, the f/2D starts to make some sense, especially if you're stopping down some.'
Nikon Glass
'Today most small lenses are valued for their lightweight and unobtrusiveness as long as they can perform well. Unfortunately the AF 35mm f/2D lens, although sharp cannot compete. If you don’t already own the AF 35mm f/2D prime and are shopping for a low light wide angle performer to shoot your kid or pet, you are probably better off with the  newer DX version. Yes, the AFS 35mm f/1.8DX on a D700/D3 body is quite usable for wide open shots when focused close up - take note of what I just wrote! If you want to focus further away and close down the aperture then the DX version is definitely not for you, but for subjects within a couple of meters from the lens and shooting wide open with the Vignetting Control set to High, then the DX 35mm f/1.8 lens can really perform!'
Momentcorporation
4/5
4/5
'The Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D has a bit more vignetting/Light fall-off then what I like, the problems disappears completely @ f/4 and beyond. For photojournalism this would not really be a problem, as what you are looking for is isolation of subject. The vignetting is not necessary a problem, it kind of depends of what you like. The vignetting can also be seen using DX sized cameras, but as DX sized Dslr's uses the center of the lens this does of course not affect the performance as much as it does on afull frame camera. The lens shows a bit of CA when used wide open in high contrast situations, by f/4 it's gone. This can be fixed in PP, but I like to spend as little time as possible doing post-processing. Infrared performance on a DX sized camera is really sweet. Like the manual focus version, close focus is amazing on the 35mm AF Nikkor. Peak performance of the lens is f/5.6 to f/11 if you require no vignetting, generally speaking center performance is great even on f/2. Used on a DX sized camera you get a pretty good "Normal" lens.'
Photozone
3.5/5
4/5
'The Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D is a very decent performer and a worthy standard lens on APS-C DSLRs. The resolution figures are very impressive especially at medium aperture settings where the performance is as good as it gets on the D200. At wide-open aperture the borders could be a little better but that's typical for lenses in this range. The level of vignetting is a little on the high side at f/2 but negligible beyond. There's a moderate degree of barrel distortions but nothing to worry about in the field. Combined with the good build quality and fast AF the lens is surely one of the can't lose options in the Nikon lineup.'D200
Photozone
2.5/5
3/5
'The Nikkor AF-D 35mm f/2.0 left a mixed impression. Center sharpness at most apertures is as good as you'd expect it from a prime lens, however the borders and corners clearly fall behind. With large apertures, the results are simply disappointing. To be fair, though: stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8 the lens delivers very good sharpness here, too.'D7000
Photozone
2/5
3.5/5
'The Nikkor AF-D 35mm f/2.0 left a mixed impression. Center sharpness at any aperture is as good as you'd expect it from a prime lens, however the borders and corners clearly fall behind. With large apertures, the results are simply disappointing. To be fair, though: stopped down to f/8 the lens delivers very good sharpness here, too.'D3X
SLR Gear
8.75/10
8.5/10
'It's a good 35mm lens for Film/FX users. I have used it since I was shooting films with my F90x. For 35mm films or FX sensors, it's ok. It produces decent images in term of quality. You won't expect a 35 summicron quality from this lens. Use it properly, it will provide you with good images.'
Lenstip
'This lens, like the Canon 1.4/35, can’t be assessed by price. Nikkor 2.0/35 has definitely more advantages than disadvantages and it cooperates well on the D3 and on the D200. At an affordable price, it is especially attractive for the DX sensor reflex cameras owners, being an ideal standard lens. It can teach thinking and framing every beginner photographer and, at the same time, it ensures the picture quality which for many zooms is unattainable.'D200
Camera Labs
'The unassuming Nikkor AF-S DX 35/1.8G puts in a surprise performance here. It is the clear choice if you are a DX-shooter and can even perform surprisingly well on a D700 if you know what you're doing. The nominal 2/3 larger aperture from the 1.4G does not sound like a huge incentive to get over the hurdle of investing almost 9x the money even if you factor in the better build quality, nano-coating, and the distance window. But keep in mind that the better transmission characteristics of the larger lens deliver almost 1.3EV more light. That is substantially more than the nominal values of f/1.4 vs f/1.8 suggest!'D300, D700
Ken Rockwell
'This is a jewel of a small, fast sharp lens and really doesn't do anything differently than the seven times more expensive 28mm f/1.4D AF does, and the 35mm f/2D focuses faster and closer, too. I only sold mine because I was lucky enough to find a used 28mm f/1.4D AF that I could afford.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.3/10
'This thing is a gem. I sold my 35 1.8G and kept this one in its stead. It's tiny, sharp, AF is faster than the 35 1.8G, has a classic feel to it. I find the bokeh really nice too, nice and smooth. I shoot it wide open without hesitation.'
Dxomark


Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D

Image quality rating: 62,85%

Overall rating: 76,20%

Main points:
  • Not that good a perfomer
  • Take a standard zoom instead unless weight is important


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Photozone
3/5
3.5/5
'The principal design of the Nikkor AF 28mm f/2.8D is obviously closely related to the AF 24mm f/2.8D so it shares some of its characteristics. The resolution figures are very good but otherwise the lens left something to be desired for a fix-focal. The lens exhibits relatively high barrel distortions, very high vignetting at f/2.8 and pronounced CAs. Spherical aberrations (focus shifts when stopping down) and high field curvature on top don't make things any better. Compared to modern lenses the Nikkor seems to be a little dated but naturally it still remains a very good lens with a few bugs.'
Photozone
2.5/5
3/5
'The Nikkor AF-D 28mm f/2.8 shows very good to excellent sharpness in the image center. The image borders and corners are very soft wide open, though, and stay quite a bit behind the image center, even stopped down.'D3X
SLR Gear
8.14/10
8.57/10
'This lens is a bit of a sleeper as its quite cheap but does give quite good image quality once past F4.'
Ken Rockwell
3/5
4/5
'The Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AF-D is not a stellar performer, but used properly, can create extraordinary images.'
Fredmiranda.com
7.6/10
'A very nice lens for the price. AF speed is good and not that loud compared to other older lens I have.'
Dxomark


Nikon AF Nikkor 18mm f/2.8D

Image quality rating: 60,00%

Overall rating: 85,33%

Main points:
  • There a lot of other options in this range. Use them


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Nikon Glass
'So, if you are into street, event, culture or reportage photography and looking for a light, pocketable and unobtrusive fast wide angle lens, then go e-baying for a reasonably priced AF 18mm Nikkor, you’ll fall in-love with it once you learn its limitations ... but don't buy it for anything else!'
Imagepower
'I have never lost my enthousiasm for this AF 18mm'
SLR Gear
Ken Rockwell
3/5
4/5
'If you want the same optical performance for less money, get a 20mm f/2.8 AF instead. The 20/2.8 has better ghost performance and the same sharpness and distortion performance as this far more expensive 18/2.8D AF. I still prefer this tougher 18mm for it's wider view and standard 77mm filter size.'
Fredmiranda.com
8.8/10
'This lens I use a lot. The reach on FF is very nice for indoor photography. But also outside it is very usable. This length is difficult to master. Everything at close is overly large. '


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