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Out of the box, the lens was backfocusing. After a microcalibration that took less than two minutes, focus is perfect. This is an amazing and sharp lens that has become my favorite for reception dancing shots and dramatic landscape wedding portraits. I would definitely and have recommended to friends.
There are better 24mm lenses out there, even on the Nikon system. Of course, those "better" lenses are also much more expensive and more importantly bigger and heavier. I'm mostly a travel photographer and tend to use primes whenever I can get away with it. I own the Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR, but honestly I'd prefer to use primes, and not just for the speed. This one doesn't disappoint, with far better performance at f/4 than my zoom at the same aperture, and while both lenses are about equal at f/8, the little AF-D is small enough to just stay in the pocket of a light jacket or fanny pack until I need it. 24mm is not my primary focal length as I tend to be a 35mm or 50mm shooter. When I carry just a camera and one lens it is invariably one of those two focal lengths and I never really feel too limited. 24mm is, for me, strictly a travel lens. There are times when you just can't step far enough back, or when you really want the majestic perspective that only a true wide-angle lens can give, but most of the time, for me at least, its people, and for people, nothing beats a good 50mm. So why all the talk about 50mm and the heavy 24-120 zoom? Because this lens is about the best available for the way I travel. It is very lightweight, but well enough made that it will take some abuse. Its also cheap enough that if it does get damaged in an unpadded pocket it can be easily replaced. Most importantly, however, when I do mount it on my Df, I know the results will be far better than just "good enough". Even wide open at infinity focus the detail incredible, though remember I'm shooting at 16 megapixel (D800 owners may want something better). Optically this thing hits above its weight class. It has correction for close focus through a floating element that results in impressive sharpness at all distances and apertures, especially in the center of the frame. Corners are excellent by f/4 and outstanding by f/5.6. Set at f/8 depth of field is immense, making this a great lens to shoot from the hip. I can't recommend this lens enough for travel photographers who want to stick with prime lenses. For me, this lens in a pocket and the AF-S 58mm f/1.4G on the camera makes the perfect kit. I could travel the world with just those two primes and really not feel like I'm missing anything. As an added bonus, being a D lens I can unlock the aperture ring, mount it to my 37-year-old FM and enjoy a well-corrected 24mm lens in full manual glory with identical optics and much less cost and weight than the AIs version.
I purchased this glass for street photography. I love the build of the D series, it focuses very fast and has great clarity.
Bought for street work. Focal length is to wide, other than that good piece of glass.
This lens is amazing! I thought I would miss being able to open up wider, the image clarity and color SOOC are excellent. Excellent contrast and sharpness, too, even wide open. I highly recommend it!
Wanted a 35mm equivalent for my DX camera and this lens fills the bill. Nikon released this lens a relatively long time ago, but it still works fine for me.
Use it professionally. Tack sharp. Pleasure to use.
Very practical lense. Extremely sharp lense. Use it for weddings to capture rooms, areas. Also very good for nature shots.
i am using this lens on a D700. got it a day before the trip to north west. took shots of people and landscape. very happy with it. i have some shots that are not that clear, but i think it's my fault, not the lens. focus is super quick. little, very little distortion. is it perfect? probably not, but i dont care. for the money, it's perfect for me. glad i did not go with the 20mm. i dont feel like fixing the distorion on every shot.
This is a great wide angular for landscapes and street-photography. The optics are excellent!