Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED Review

November 3, 2015 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED is a high-quality, compact and affordable wide-angle lens for full-frame Nikon DSLR users.

Centre sharpness is good at the maximum aperture, and excellent from f/2.8 onwards, although you need to stop down to f/4 to get acceptable results at the edges of the frame. The Nano Crystal Coat successfully prevents any contrast loss attributable to veiling flare, even if it cannot fully eliminate the kind of reflections that are inherent with ultrawide lenses. Chromatic aberrations in particular are very well controlled, geometric distortion is impressively low for such a wide-angle lens (unless you are focusing very closely). The only other optical issue of note is corner shading at maximum aperture, but this is something every full-frame shooter has to put up with, especially when using wide-angle lenses.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED will most appeal to photographers who want to explore the creative possibilities that arise from a combination of shallow depth-of-field and a wide-angle of view, who really need the extra stops of light to capture moving subjects in very low light, or those that value the extra image quality offered by a prime lens. The new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED certainly delivers on all of those requirements, especiall as it costs signficanyl less than the pricey AF-S 24mm f/1.4G lens.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5