Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED £630/$750

A STEP UP FROM Nikon’s stan­dard zooms

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Nikon makes a va­ri­ety of FX stan­dard zoom lenses with ranges of 24-70mm, 24-85mm and 24-120mm. So why buy this 24mm lens, con­sid­er­ing there’s no gain in view­ing an­gle?

One ad­van­tage of this lens is its wider aper­ture rat­ing of f/1.8, com­pared with the f/2.8, f/3.5-4.5 or f/4 of the zoom lenses, mak­ing it any­where from 1.33 to 2.33 stops faster. Even so, it’s still two-thirds of a stop slower than the com­pet­ing (and cheaper) Sigma 24mm lens.

It doesn’t feel as ro­bust as the Sigma 24mm ei­ther, but, while nei­ther cam­era is weather sealed, the Nikon does at least fea­ture a rub­ber seal­ing ring on its mount­ing plate. Per­for­mance Aut­o­fo­cus isn’t quite as quick as in the Sigma lens, but is sim­i­larly ac­cu­rate. For im­age qual­ity, there’s no real im­prove­ment in sharp­ness com­pared with us­ing Nikon’s stan­dard zoom lenses at 24mm, but the prime lens does bet­ter in terms of colour fring­ing and bar­rel dis­tor­tion. Vi­gnetting is very no­tice­able at f/1.8, but the Nano coat­ings do well to re­sist ghost­ing and flare.

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