Nikon AF 20mm f/2.8D

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This small won­der of a lens lets you shoot ul­tra-wide with­out go­ing ex­tra-large Re­leased: 1994 Price new: £500/$625 Price used: From £315/$340 Less than two inches long and weigh­ing just 270g, this Nikon lens is a slip of a thing. Don’t be fooled, though – it’s full-frame com­pat­i­ble and gives a mighty view­ing an­gle of 94 de­grees on the di­ag­o­nal, and a re­spectable 70 de­grees on a DX cam­era. It will aut­o­fo­cus on any cur­rent body that has a built-in mo­tor, so the D7200, D500 and all full-frame bod­ies. For bod­ies with­out a built-in mo­tor, the dis­tance scale and depth-offield mark­ings, along with the po­ten­tially large depth of field, make it ideal for zone fo­cus­ing, or us­ing hy­per­fo­cal dis­tances.

The widest aper­ture of f/2.8 en­ables fast shut­ter speeds in low light, but vi­gnetting is an is­sue at wide aper­tures. It’s not an is­sue for land­scapes, though, where aper­tures of around f/8 to f/16 tend to be the norm. As well as en­sur­ing good depth of field, th­ese aper­tures also re­sult in images that are pin-sharp across the whole frame.

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