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Review by Markus Stamm, published April 2013
The Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 is a wide prime that has been around for quite a while. The still current AF-D version of the lens was introduced in 1994, however the basic design goes back to the Ai version, which was brought to market in 1977 already. Just like the optical formula, other properties remained unchanged through the years: it is rather compact and light-weight, and also quite affordable for a relatively fast wide prime. At the time of this review the lens retails for around 440 EUR.
The AF-D 24/2.8 is designed for full frame cameras, but can of course be used on DX DSLRs, too. In this review we'll have a look at how the lens performs on our current DX test camera, the Nikon D7000, where it is the equivalent of roughly a 35mm f/4 lens. That's a classic wide angle focal length, often used for press work or street photography, for example.
The build quality of the lens is very good and in line with most moderately
priced Nikkors. The outer barrel is made of polycarbonate combined with a
metal mount. The small rubberized focus ring is very smooth and only marginally damped, but rotates during AF operation.
Typical for lenses with a linear extension system the whole
inner tube moves during focusing thus extending the lens a little when focusing towards
closer focus distances.
A hood is not included with the lens and needs to be purchased seperately.
The lens has no internal AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera, so AF is not available on the motor-free entry level Nikon DSLRs. As a result of the screw drive, AF operation will generate a moderate degree of noise.
The front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem.
|Equiv. focal length||36 mm (full format equivalent)|
|Equiv. aperture||f/4.2 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)|
|Optical construction||9 elements in 9 groups|
|Number of aperture blades||7|
|min. focus distance||0.3 m (max. magnification ratio 1:8.9)|
|Dimensions||65 x 46 mm|
|Filter size||52 mm (non-rotating)|
|Hood||Nikon HN-1 (optional), barrel shaped (screw-in)|
|Other features||Lens reports distance (D) information to camera|