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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED

20 April 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • high build quality,
  • very good resolution in the frame centre,
  • good resolution on the edge of the APS-C sensor,
  • chromatic aberration controlled well,
  • moderate distortion,
  • slight vignetting on the DX sensor,
  • well-corrected astigmatism,
  • fast, silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • significant spherical aberration and focus-shift, connected to it,
  • high coma,
  • average work against bright light,
  • too high vignetting on full frame.

Once again we are dealing with a fast prime lens, manufactured by a reputable company, costing a lot of money, which, despite many unquestionable advantages, has several painful slip-ups as well. A similar situation was in the case of the Canon 1.4/24, which vignetting was monstrous and the coma – high. The Nikkor doesn’t correct the coma well either. It manages to control the vignetting much better but its problem with spherical aberration is really serious for a change. What’s more, its work against bright light is just average and, with such a wide angle of view, it can often cause problems in real life photos.


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You must remember, though, that the production of a full frame 1.4/24 class lens is a very difficult task indeed. When it comes to reflex camera optics only Canon and Nikon decided to cope with it. As our tests showed, the results were in both cases more or less the same. Not being spoilt for choice it would be difficult to complain about what we have. Beggars can’t be choosers, after all. Let us end this test on that optimistic note.


Sample shots

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.42 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/1.8, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.45 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/1.6, exp. 1/30 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.81 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.07 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.89 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.71 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.63 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.1 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/6.3, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.25 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/80 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.22 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 50
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.86 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.34 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.64 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 24 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.32 MB



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