Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED lens now in stock

Update#2: the lens was in stock - a reader was able to order one and the status of his order is "Ready to ship":

Update#1: this lasted like 15 minutes, the lens is now again listed as new.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED lens now in stock at B&H.

This lesn was suppose to be released by the end of March but shipments were probably delayed because of Nikon's inventory count.

Here are some samples by Xavier Lhospice:

And some feedback from Xavier Lhospice after the break:

Pros of the 24/1.4

  • Pictures quality due to the Nano coating (as good as the pro-zoom with the same coating)
  • Total silence of the autofocus and AFS
  • The minimum focus of 0.8 feet (or 25 cm)
  • With shallow depth of field, fun to play with
  • Heavy enough to make the ratio camera/lense well balanced
  • 77cm diameter filter, becoming a standard for pro, so bunch of filters available
  • Good price if compared to the Leica (half price about!) with a quality that is close

Cons of the 24/1.4

  • The weight can be exhausting if added to a complete camera gear, but not by itself
  • Of course the price compared to Canon (plus 800€ approx.)
  • Gets these nasty greenish flares due to nano coating but in very strong frontal light situation
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  • Jabs

    Thanks for some positive news about Nikon

  • Artur

    Nikkor 50mm f/1.2G

    Any rumors?

    • The invisible man

      Nikkors 20mm f/2.8 AF-S & 300mm f/4 AF-S VRII ?
      My birthday is coming next month o:

      • D400?
        Going for a trip of a lifetime in summer πŸ˜€

        • The invisible man

          What’s better with a D400 compared to a D300s?
          Still the same small DX sensor, small view finder, noise over ISO 800, 24mm f/1.4 ($2000) transformed in a 35mm f/2 ($250).
          I understand people seeking for a D900/D700x for the extra pixels, the D700 is perfect, I don’t see any improvment (I don’t do video) beside more pixels.
          As I said before, if Nikon give me a D700 with 18mp minimum, it will be my last DSLR.

          • I hope the new D700 happens, invisible man. It is the only feasible way for me to own the old D700 at a price I can afford.

  • Beautiful.

  • Ben

    It’s not showing as in-stock at B&H for me – “New item – No arrival date known”

    • Jed

      I got the same

      • Anonymous

        it’s gone now

        • yes, it was in stock for like 15-20 minutes, maybe they sold them all out

          • Jed

            it would say out of stock – not new item then, no?

  • Maybe bug in their system – can someone confirm that the lens was listed as “in-stock”? Maybe I am going insane πŸ™‚

    • Jed

      That’s the rumour….

      • Ian

        I see what you did there.

    • Dr SCSI


      I am on the BH notification list for this lens. I have not been notified about this lens becoming available. I bet it may have been a glitch in there system, or they may have actually had a few come in stock; but they could very well be reservered for special photographers who order and pay in advance, think newspapers etc. Either way, I will take the wait and see approach on this lens. Who knows, maybe a used 28mm f/1.4 will gain some of its value again, after a real hands on report make it in the forums from regular users.

      • Dr SCSI, I am on the notification list too and did not get a notification – they probably got only few pieces

  • KT

    No stock avail. is all I see too and I have been on the WL and have received no notice that they had any stock in-Must have been another person lie me that is in desperate want-Mind playing tricks I think-LOL!

  • tks for share. pls enable the all size

  • Nope. Not in stock on the B&H site… πŸ™

  • Gabe

    Can’t wait for Bjorn to review it.

    • It’s a fantastic lens. Can’t imagine anyone having anything contrary to say about it (other than it’s a bit overweight).

      Love mine.

  • amily

    I just order a Nikon lens

    the site is from adminster’s article

    so indeed cheap ! I am waiting …

  • ArtTwisted

    ah i want it, 24 1.4 sounds like a perfect dx lens for now giving a beautiful 35mm equiv (well 36) and great when i upgrade to fx but i just splurged on the 85 1.4 so no more spending for a good long time. πŸ™

    • Dr SCSI

      @ArtTwisted, congradulations on your 85mm f/1.4, that is one I am looking at too. How do you like it? Close focusing distance? Reproduction Ratio? AF Focusing speed? Does it hunt when focusing? Bohke? On a DX camera, that is like having 127mm, a great focal length. I have the 135mm f/2 and I absolutely love that lens on both my D3 and D300. I have heard a new 85mm f/1.4 G was in the works, did that influence you any? Thanks in advance…

  • longtimenikonshooter
  • nikobe

    it was actually in stock at b&h for almost the entire afternoon today. i started checking around noon and ended up ordering it around 6 pm. will let you know if it actually works.

  • NikkorPM

    Nikkor 42mm f/0.8G N
    Any rumors?

  • Thx for sharing samples images from AF-S 24mm f/1.4 G. πŸ™‚

  • Misasi

    I want d800!!
    I want d800!!
    I want d800!!
    I want d800!!
    I want d800!!
    I want d800!!
    I want d800!!

    • Aiden

      so do I, but let’s not behave like spoiled brats

  • Zorro

    I wouldn’t accept that lens even as a gift. Over-weight, over-sized, and over-priced. No zoom!

    • Depends on you taste, Mate… πŸ™‚

    • Ceiling Cat

      Ceiling Cat is watching you troll….

    • it is almost zoom with such focus breathing…

      • Ceiling Cat

        Das ist lustig! πŸ˜€

  • Argh….aching for more rumours.

  • yuna

    why people need 24mm f/1.4? Because canon has it? Nikon D3 has ability of higher ISO. Plus, this lens is over priced.

    • ArtTwisted

      has nothing to do with needing more light.

  • honaj


    For me, I don’t need any more light either, I just want narrow DOF for subject isolation, and I do NOT want to eff around with PS to isolate my subject.

    • longtimenikonshooter

      it’s cheaper to buy a copy of CS5 though.

      • Figure in the time (how much is your time worth?) for every single shot that you have to fuss w/ in CS5 and I think you’d find that, in the long run, the lens will serve you better. In 5 years, you can probably re-sell it for almost $2,000. What will CS5 be worth in 5 years? You’ll be lucky if you can give the CD/DVD away.

        • Injured Gonad


  • Nikobe

    just got a confirmation from b&h that it shipped. i guess it wasn’t a glitch in the system after all. should be here tomorrow.

  • Jason Andersen

    Mine was shipped also from B&H….have a tracking number….so they had a very limited amount…..I’d watch Adorama if your looking for one

    • Wideprime

      I also ordered from B&H on 4/11/10, approx 4pm. Have a Fedex tracking number now showing ‘left fedex facility– Brooklyn, NY’ so it looks like they’re starting to ship out…slowly

      • yuna

        What kind of photography business are you engaged in? and what picture are you going to take with 24mm f/1.4? just curious.

  • niels

    In Europe the 24mm is already a few weeks in stock

  • Hi,

    24mm f1/4 is in stock in Sweden but at a slighter higher price, see link.

  • Gandalf

    “Gets these nasty greenish flares due to nano coating but in very strong frontal light situation”

    Does that mean, that the lens produces green ghosts in strong frontal light, even there is nano- coating ?


  • David Basketter

    I got mine from Grays of Westminster on March 27th.

  • PhotonFisher

    The 24mm 1.4 is on stock in Switzerland – got mine last week. The comments made about weight and flare are OK, but

    1.) compared to the 14-24mm it is just light
    2.) flare can be prevented … it’s up to the user

    More importantly: colors a just beautiful – it’s not just the F=1.4 …

  • Brummel

    Aren’t Nikon DX-photogs still waiting for a fast
    DX wideangle prime, say DX 17mm/F2.0?
    Olympus even has a zoom that fast, the 14-35mm/F2,0 and
    Pentax have at least their small 14mm/F2.8 lens –
    I’m still missing an AF-alternative for my good old 24/2,0.
    Going fullframe was never an option for me.

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