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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G

Introduction

The review covers the April 2010 Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED wide angle lens, which appeared many months after Nikon 24mm Lenses was written. Related reviews include Shift Lenses for Nikon and Canon. Canon users should see Canon Ultrawides.

At about $2000, the 24/1.4G is no impulse purchase. But as a fast prime lens, it serves a purpose that no zoom can: high image quality with two stops more light.

Nikon’s 24/1.4G lags by nearly a year the introduction of the Canon 24mm f/1.4L II, which was also reviewed here. Both vendors have apparently invested a lot of optical grunt into these prime lenses, including special glass and aspherical elements. Yet lens design is as much art as science, so Nikon’s design need not be similar to Canon’s at all.

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