Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED quick lens review

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The new Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED lens should start shipping tomorrow. Here is a quick review by Marcel Bihr:

I had the opportunity to test the new Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED lens. According to the Nikon guys, my copy actually was a pre-production model, but very close to a production model. I am considering this lens as a lightweight walk-around lens on both DX and FX bodies (FX for landscape, DX for cities and street photography).

I was impressed by the lightweight of the lens. I think the build quality, or at least the feel in my hands, is slightly better than the 85mm f/1.8 version - the lens looks rather compact and small.

D750 center 100 percent f1.8 color fringes DSC_0898
Picture quality at f/1.8 (see above image): wide open you can clearly see color fringes on hard contrasts areas. Overall sharpness is OK. Stopped down, sharpness increases as expected and is in my opinion very good at f/2.8. The color fringes are gone at f/4. Slight distortion is visible but for me this is not a problem:

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The lens is quite resistant to ghosting:

D700 f16 flare resistance MBI_0085_01
Sun-stars are almost invisible (100% crop of the one above):

D700 f16 100 percent sunstar MBI_0085
I like how out-of-focus areas, including bright spots are rendered:

D7000 f1.8 bokeh DSC_5870
and the transition from in-focus to out-of-focus is smooth:

D7000 f1.8 close focus bokeh DSC_5871
I was also impressed by the minimum focus distance:

D750 Close Focus f1.8 DSC_0900
I had the impression that the lens hood almost touched the car (there were about 5cm between the car and the front of the hood).

What I like about the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED lens:

  • Lightweight
  • Good image quality
  • Feels good on both FX and DX bodies
  • Close focus distance and performance

What I don't like about the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED lens:

  • High price

What I don't care:

  • Distortion
  • Color fringes

What I could not test:

  • Night shots of both cities and milky way

Conclusion:

The lens meets my expectations and I'm sure it will fit nicely in my lens selection. I will buy the lens in the next few months, although the price is more than I would like to pay.

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