Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Review

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December 29, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

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#1 Steven House

Nikon have been making Perspective Control lenses for a long time see http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/technology/nikkor/n17_e.htm. that’s from 1961.

If your very first sentence is wrong how reliable is the rest?

11:02 am - Wednesday, December 29, 2010

#2 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Steven,

The document you linked does say that the first prototype of the PC-Nikkor 35mm lens had a tilt mechanism, but goes on to say that it was omitted from the commercially sold version. The later variants as well as the PC-Nikkor 28mm lenses also lacked a tilt functionality.

To our best knowledge, the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED is the first commercially available wide-angle tilt-shift lens from Nikon that actually offers both tilt and shift functionality.

1:00 pm - Wednesday, December 29, 2010

#3 Minimum

The limitation of rotation,...can be modded to work in any way you want,...send it to Nikon and for a small fee the 90 degree “issue”,..goes away.

Just a FYI.

6:14 pm - Wednesday, December 29, 2010

#4 Dave b.

Nikon has had other tilt & shift lenses available for some time.

See Nikon’s USA website: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Camera-Lenses/Manual/Perspective-Control.page.

Also see: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0807/08070102nikonpcemicro45mm85mm.asp. The date on this article is July 1, 2008.

6:35 pm - Wednesday, December 29, 2010

#5 Brandon Friend-Solis

I agree, that first sentence is misleading.  First of all, the lens pictured is the second generation of the 24mm TS, there was one before it without the N coating.  In fact, there were three before it (the 24, 45, and 85).  Nikon also had plenty of PC lenses before that one, although it may be true that none of them had tilt functionality.  Still, I believe this review is of the 24mm TS with the N coating, which certainly is not Nikon’s first TS lens.

10:44 pm - Wednesday, December 29, 2010

#6 Product Reviews

Good features. Nikon really made Very fine lens control camera with fantastic features. Good information on rotation control lens.

11:32 am - Thursday, December 30, 2010

#7 munhoe

Hey check this out, Nikon has done some great videos with the new D7000

7:58 am - Monday, January 3, 2011

#8 rodney

Good introduction article.

8:26 am - Tuesday, January 4, 2011

#9 Moshe ben-Shahar

A very fine lens, but not executed as well as it ought to have been, given its price. Inability to combine vertical shift with tilt, or horizontal shift with swing, without dismantling the lens (a risky and/or expensive proposition), plus the fact that you cannot get full lens movements without rotating the lens 180 degrees with any camera but the D3 series, that the lens rotates only 180 degrees due to its electronic couplings (my old 35/2.8 shift lens rotates freely in any direction on ANY Nikon camera body!) and the fact that the locking screws for the movements are far too loose (I am in constant dread of their falling of and getting lost) - why not have a simple and effective screw like on the old shift lenses? - they can’t become loose, or fall off, and the lens cannot be moved from its given position by mistake. In many ways the lens is a step backwards compared to the old shift lenses - far more complicated to operate, far bigger and heavier - indeed, if you do not require the tilt function, and if you don’t need the lens to “talk” to the camera, you are better off with one of the old lenses.

In addition to all this, there is a fair amount of distortion, especially when shifted, and even more so at short distances - and correcting these distortions with a shifted lens is no simple matter.

The lens hood is too vestigial to be of much use, because of the very wide angle the lens needs to cover, and so, given that the lens coating is very efficient, why bother?

3:55 pm - Sunday, January 30, 2011

#10 Gary Beasley

We were told by Nikon that this lens could
be used on any Non electronic Nikon camera
and you could manually set the f stops. Not so!
Iris has to have voltage to its solenoids to make it work.

10:20 pm - Thursday, March 24, 2011

#11 Lukas

I have to say, that this lens is ####### unsharp, to say the least. I can not follow all the hype made around this lens…

For this price, I’d expect a lens, that is sharp from the middle to the edge! At least at F 8 or 11!!

1:21 pm - Friday, December 7, 2012

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