Get Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED at B&H Photo. At about $746 + 4% rewards, it offers excellent value. In the field, I loved the light weight and compact size: carrying 3 or 4 or five lenses, heavier and bulkier f1.4 lenses add up. An f/1.8 design is an excellent compromise.
This aperture series in my review of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED studies general performance in what I call a portrait.
Includes images up to 24 megapixels as well as crops, from f/1.8 through f/8.
This scene caught my eye for its perfect balance of illumination at just the right time of dusk. It was about 8°F and tough to operate without getting cold hands quickly, and feet and toes were feeling it too.