I think it has been really nice to see in the last few years, so many new ‘fixed’ focal length lenses from numerous manufacturers.
We still live in a largely zoom lens world for many, but I for one see the latter more as a ‘required’ rather than preferred choice for some kinds of work only.
Having learned my craft with fixed focal lengths, in days when zooms were not as good so were largely shunned, I still like to use a fixed focal length when I can.
It is no surprise after the eye catching f/1.4 fixed focal length Nikkor and f/1.8 G series Nikkor optics of recent times, to see this extended. So the last of today’s Nikkor trilogy is the AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G.
I can not think of any who will realistically need the f/1.4 and this new lens.
But there are many who will find the new lens fast enough in light gathering terms.
And prefer the smaller physical package to now look again at the 24mm focal length, if they did not want the speed, size, and cost of the faster version.
Not just for the wide angle perspective of the FX format, but the still very capable and desirable for many DX format Nikon’s and a less wide angle of view.
There are the 24mm AF-D f/2.8 Nikkor, and a special order manual focus option also still available. Plus the 24mm PC-E Nikkor, not forgetting numerous zoom lenses with that option.
So if 24mm is your need, the good news for Nikon users is that they have plenty of choice.
The new lens promises good image quality. Here we go with the details:
Widen your creative vision with the fast new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G prime lens
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G: £629.99 / €849
Sales Start Date: TBC
London, UK, 4th August 2015: Nikon extends its versatile f/1.8 line-up of prime lenses with the all-new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED. Lighter and more compact than its brother, this fast FX-format lens easily captures dynamic, immersive images.
Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager for Lenses & Accessories at Nikon UK says: “The 24mm lens has always been a popular model when it comes to exaggerating perspectives and capturing imaginative images; this new lens is a great addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 line-up and gives the wide-angle series a definitive edge. It offers exceptional image quality and low-light performance, ensuring photographers can capture beautiful scenes and atmospheric shots. Not only this, movie shooters who want to create a cinematic feel can achieve this and deliver excellent video. The compact and lightweight design also makes it an ideal travel companion, and ensures that it is built to last.”
Dynamic, immersive images
Dramatic architecture. Impressive landscapes. Bold streetscapes. Spacious interiors. To capture shots like these, the lens has to be wide and it has to be fast. An excellent match for high-resolution D-SLRs, the new 24mm f/1.8G from Nikon delivers exceptional still images and video. The fast f/1.8 aperture offers shallow depth of field, smooth bokeh, clear low-light images, and a bright viewfinder image. The close focus distance of just 0.23 m offers additional versatility and creative freedom. The compact and lightweight design makes this ultra-wide-angle a great travel companion.
Superior edge-to-edge performance
The new NIKKOR 24mm yields superb clarity and contrast throughout the frame. The optical construction includes 12 elements in nine groups. Two extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements, two aspherical lens elements, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat ensure crisp, brilliant images. Distortion is well controlled, as are any potential flaws that typically occur at the periphery of a wide-angle lens, such as light fall-off or loss of sharpness.
Ultra-wide FX. Classic DX
Offering a DX-format focal length equivalent of 36mm, this new lens is interesting for DX photographers too. Now DX users can take advantage of high-quality FX glass that comes close to a classic 35mm focal length when used on a DX camera. The traditional 35mm focal length creates timeless, compelling images. It’s a firm favourite amongst photographers who want to capture images with a classic perspective. In addition to the focal length advantage, the tough but lightweight construction of this new FX lens ensures it balances well on a DX body too.
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is supplied with a bayonet lens hood and a soft lens pouch.