Review Nikon AF-S AF-S 24 mm f/1.8G ED @ D7200
In mid-September 2015, the assortment of Nikon f/1.8 lenses with fixed focal lengths was expanded with a Nikon AF-S 24 mm f/1.8G ED. This bright FX format lens is less expensive, lighter and more compact than its brighter (f/1.4) "professional" brother, which is about 2.5 times more expensive. I photographed for years with a Nikon 24 mm f/2.8, which I used as my standard lens because I like to photograph with a wide angle. At that time, there were not yet so many good, bright lenses made as there are today. We tested the Nikon AF-S 24 mm f/1.8G on a Nikon D810. It naturally also fits perfectly on a high-end camera with a DX sensor. On a Nikon D7200 (or a D500!), this beautiful lens can serve beautifully as a documentary lens. Should you ever want to switch to a camera with an FX sensor, then the Nikon AF-S 24 mm f/1.8G travels with you. We checked the image quality of this lens in a brief test.
Nikon AF-S 24 mm f/1.8G price: 849 euros (list price)
Build and auto focus
|The Nikon 24 mm f/1.8G is extremely solidly built. It’s true that it’s not extra-well sealed against dust and splashwater, like the Nikon 24 mm f/1.4G, and is built with a plastic housing to save as much weight as possible. Even so, I’m charmed by this lens. The zoom ring is beautifully dampened and nicely wide, which makes manual focusing a pleasure. The lens is equipped with a distance scale (a rarity today, but ideal for fast street photography) and a switch for manual focus vs. Auto Focus. The 72 mm filter size is modest for a bright wide-angle lens, but in comparison with many other lenses still impressive. The Nikon AF-S 24 mm f/1.8G ED is delivered with lens hood and a soft lens bag. With repeatability of just over 5%, the AF is very accurate. There are few camera/lens combinations with an APS-C sensor that are able to match it.|
Little to no flare, vignetting, distortion or chromatic aberration
If you use a lens that is designed for an FX sensor on a camera with a DX sensor, then you’re quite well set. Because only the center of the image will be used by the DX sensor, you have no trouble with vignetting, distortion or chromatic aberration: all lens errors that appear in the corners of the image. The Nikon 24 mm f/1.8G already scored high on these points on a Nikon D810; on a Nikon D7200, the scores are even higher. Vignetting at full aperture is a bit more than 1 stop. Distortion is 0.5% barrel-shaped. Chromatic aberration will be automatically corrected by Nikon cameras in jpg files. And in the uncorrected RAW files, it was 0.5 pixel. That is good.
|Not only as far as the absence of lens errors is concerned, but also as far as sharpness is concerned, the Nikon 24 mm f/1.8 on a Nikon camera with an APS-C/DX sensor is one of the best lenses with a 35 mm full-frame equivalent field of view. That is, given the outstanding performance of the Nikon 24 mm 1.8 on a Nikon D810 in our previous test, not really a surprise. In the center, the sharpness is already very high after stopping down 1 stop. At the edges and in the corners, you gain sharpness by stopping down further. |
Conclusion Nikon AF-S 24 mm f/1.8G ED review with Nikon D810
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WYSIWYG score: This table shows the performance of this lens if you save the files in the camera as jpg, where you have applied all available in-camera lens corrections. This score gives you for this lens/test camera combination: "What you see is what you get".