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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G

Comparison with Nikon 14-24/2.8G and 24/2 AI-S

As this is an f/1.4 lens, I see little value in comparing it to something like the vastly different Nikon PC-E 24mm f/3.5 (except perhaps for distortion).

But the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G is another matter: a big bulky f/2.8 zoom, no matter how good, is still f/2.8 and larger and bulkier. A 24mm prime lens with the versatility of f/1.4 and f/2 offers new possibilities. For reference, I’ve also included the old Nikon 24mm f/2 AI-S (manual focus).

Test subject

Three series were shot for the 24/1.4G and the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, refocusing each time. There is slight apparent field curvature (determined by examining left/right/center differentials among series), but the best overall was chosen and I’m confident that the results shown are the best possible from each lens.

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