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About Nikon 20mm F/2.8

This ultra wideangle autofocus lens allows for pin-point focusing even in dim light. 94° picture coverage with edge-to-edge sharpness. Tremendous depth of field enables quick shooting. Close-Range Correction for distortion-free pictures as close as 10 inches. No light fall-off even when wide open. Accepts 62mm filters. Wt. 9.2 oz. Dim. 2.6" x 1.7".

The Nikon 20mm F/2.8 is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Night photography and more.The Nikon 20mm F/2.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 20mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 20mm F/2.8: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (22),Fast / accurate auto-focus (21),Durable (13),Consistent output (12),Strong construction (12),Easily interchangeable (8),Rugged (7),Nice bokeh (6),Easily mounted (3),Simple controls (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (10),General purpose (7),Night photography (7),Landscape photography (4),Low light (4),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Enthusiast (6),Semi-professional (3)

Nikon 20mm F/2.8 Features

  • Close Range correction (CRC) system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances
  • Superb optical design for architecture, wedding and landscape photography
  • Close-Range Correction for distortion-free pictures as close as 0.85 inches.

Nikon 20mm F/2.8 Specifications

9 Groups/ 12 Elements
Angle of view
FX Format 94° / DX Format 70°
Compatible Format(s)
FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film

Note: AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.7" x 2.7"
9.5 oz.

Nikon 20mm F/2.8 Reviews

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(based on 25 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Problem free focussing with AF

Having switched from a manual version which I found difficult to focus, and consequently slow to operate in poor light, the AF is a treat to use. A 20mm superwide isn't an everday choice, however in situations where you are cramped for space, or moving further back isn't an option, you can often have a striking view without the distotion of a fisheye lens

Reviewed by 25 customers


Good product


from Austin, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excellent lens compact and versatile very crisp


I love this product


from North Carolina  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is great.Fast accurate focus,lightweight and shows crisp clear detail.Took me some time to figure how to put lens on body.I'm completely satisfied,thank you Adorama.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens


from San Francisco, Ca  -  Photography Student

Very nice lens.


Bought used from Adorama--no problems!


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great lens. Lightweight, good performance...and 20mm is a fun focal length! I bought it used from Adorama, and haven't had any complaints. I would buy this lens again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Greenville SC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bought this a few weeks ago to take with me to Disney World. Was a great choice over all. I have many lenses at my disposal to use. 16mm fisheye, 20mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, 28-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm vrii 2.8 and a D3S. With only a few exceptions, I used the 20mm2.8 most of the time. The other few times I put the 50mm 1.4 on. It was light and wide enough in a mass of crazy people to get the pictures of my kids without having to backup so far that the crowd was in the way. If you go to Disney forget long lenses. Take a really wide lens and leave the rest at home.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very nice lens


from Anaheim, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very sharp images. There is of course the normal distortion that happens with a wide angle lens depending on your distance to what's in the frame. It's light and relatively sturdy for a plastic casing. This lens is very small so it's great for taking on hikes in terms of weight and size. It's a little hard to connect to my Nikon D800--when I twist it on it sometimes doesn't lock very well into position, but as long as I twist it back and forth a couple times I can be sure that it is on right. At first it wasn't on right and so I was wondering why it wouldn't auto-focus, but then I re-checked the seating of the lens and found it wasn't all the way on.


Very clear


from Grand Rapids, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is so much clearer than any wide angle I have used before. Unlike the zooms, there is no color tint ruining the shot. It's very accurate portraying colors. The only issue I have with it is how it looses contrast easier than the zoom lenses simply because there is more glass there that can be hit with light. Use a lens hood, that's my suggestion,

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Small & light


from New Castle, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great output but screw drive can be noisy.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


great lens


from Vermont  -  Photo Enthusiast

nikon makes great lenses period. for the price, a very good value.


A lot for the money


from Tampa, FL USA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great lens for the price.


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Shopper  Does auto focus work on a D300s?
JACK G  It works well on my D800 and should work as well on a D300.
COLETTE S  Can this lens be used on a D5100? I intend to focus manually. I would like to use it for night sky photography.
LAWRENCE G  It is not hard to focus on infinity (LOL). I know I intentionally swithched to manual focus fo a night launch of the space shuttle as didn't want focus searching at launch when obviously infinity (5 miles away with telephoto). The bigger question is are you still using the 18-55 kit? This lens, while very sharp would duplicate that range, and in addition to the sharpness would gain 2.8 vs 3.5. Me personally, I upgraded the kit lens to the constant 2.8 aperture Tamron 17-50 (non-VC, sharper and cheaper than VC) which would give you a lot more options, including but beyond night sky photography. While it leaves the kit lens in the dust, I suspect the prime may be even sharper but depending on final output (below poster size prints) may be splitting hairs.
COLETTE S  Thank you very much, Lawrence. I have upgraded to the D7100 and I'll have a greater flexibility for lenses. I only want something at 2.8 and 18mm or less. There is more choice for me now. Will look into that Tamron. I have heard it's good. Again, thanks
Nagu V  where it is manufactures?? I need a japan made lens. it that available??
BRIAN O  My lens is made in Japan and I purchased it through Adorama. I really like this lens.
Nagu V  thanks a lot for the confirmation might
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