Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED Review

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This is an in-depth review of the professional Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED lens that was announced in February of 2010 together with the Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0G VR lens. The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G lens is a professional-grade lens for enthusiasts and professionals that need the highest quality optics of a fixed wide-angle lens with a large aperture of f/1.4 for low-light situations and shallow depth of field to isolate subjects from the background. The lens incorporates the latest optical technology destined for both FX and DX sensors (equivalent of 36mm on DX), yielding amazing clarity and contrast in most challenging lighting conditions. The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G follows the footsteps of the legendary Nikon 28mm f/1.4D lens, which was known for its exceptional quality and sharp optics, even at large apertures. The new Nikon 24mm f/1.4 is no exception – it performs almost flawlessly at all apertures, most notably at f/1.4 with maximum sharpness from center to corner, as seen in the examples of this review. Nikon has incorporated the latest technology and optical formulas to this lens, including AF-S silent-wave focus motor and Nano crystal coating. The lens is also sealed against dust and tough weather conditions. Just like most Nikon professional lenses, the lens has a 77mm filter thread, which is great news for landscape and architectural photographers.

Nikon 24mm f/1.4G

Where the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 shines, is its subject isolation capability with exceptionally good-looking bokeh at a wide perspective of 24mm, which is an extremely useful focal length for both FX and DX sensors. The maximum aperture of f/1.4 makes this lens a superb portrait lens for both images and video, making it a great candidate for low-light photography.

Blooming with the Moon

Captured with Nikon 24mm f/1.4G Lens

In this review, I will be focusing on showing center and corner sharpness of the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G lens under different conditions both indoors and outdoors. In addition, I will do my best to provide a thorough analysis of this lens, along with image samples and comparisons against other Nikon wide-angle lenses such as Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G, Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0G VR and Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D.

1) Lens Specifications

Main Features:

  1. Prime wide-angle perspective and ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture delivers great low-light performance.
  2. Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare.
  3. 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.
  4. 2 Aspherical Lens Elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration.
  5. Rear Focus (RF) provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation and lens length changes.
  6. Quiet focusing with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM).
  7. Two focus modes selectable – M/A and M
  8. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

San Juan Streets

Technical Specifications:

  1. Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  2. Focal Length: 24mm
  3. Maximum Aperture: 1.4
  4. Minimum Aperture: 16
  5. Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 61°
  6. Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 84°
  7. Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.179x
  8. Lens (Elements): 12
  9. Lens (Groups): 10
  10. Compatible Format(s): FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
  11. Diaphragm Blades: 9
  12. Distance Information: Yes
  13. Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
  14. Aspherical (Elements): 2
  15. Autofocus: Yes
  16. AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
  17. Minimum Focus Distance: 0.82ft.(0.25m)
  18. Rear Focusing: Yes
  19. Filter Size: 77mm
  20. Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  21. Dimensions: (Approx.)3.3×3.5 in. (Diameter x Length), 83×88.5mm (Diameter x Length)
  22. Weight: (Approx.)21.9 oz. (620g)
  23. Supplied Accessories: HB-51 Bayonet Lens Hood, LC-77 Snap-On Front Lens Cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap, CL-1118 Soft Case

Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database.

Nikon 24mm f/1.4G Sample (4)

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