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

20 April 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

8. Vignetting

Vignetting was the Canon’s 1.4/24 huge problems – on the smaller sensor it reached –1.2 EV and on full frame it got to a record-breaking value of –4.4 EV. For obvious reasons fast and wide-angle lenses don’t have an easy task in this category so we were even more curious how the Nikkor 1.4/24 would fare here. Let’s check its performance on a smaller sensor of the Nikon D200 first.

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


The result is a bit better than that of the Canon because at the maximum relative aperture the brightness loss in the frame corners amounted to 29% (-0.98% EV). The problem disappears completely on further stopping down because by f/2.0 and f/2.8 the vignetting is 12% and 7% respectively.


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The performance on full frame is of course the most serious test. Below you can see the result presented in form of test photos.

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


Although the vignetting is high the Nikkor fares much better than the Canon. At the maximum relative aperture the light fall-off in the frame corners is 54% (-2.25 EV). On stopping down to f/2.0 there is a significant improvement but still the vignetting remains on a huge level of 38% (-1.37 EV). The aberration remains visible by f/2.8 and f/4.0 as well, amounting to 25% and 19% respectively. Only by implementing f/5.6 we can make the problem insignificant (13%).

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