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The Complete Review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical Lens

by G Servo on 09/29/2010

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED

I hated living off borrowed time with such a high performance, well built lens. As the review time with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 was coming to an end, the clock seemed to ticked faster, and I tried to get concluding shots off with sick laughter. Shooting with a 24mm f/1.4 prime lens was intoxicating. So ladies and gentlemen I welcome you to the complete review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical Lens. When time our officially came to a close, I shed a tear.

Testing

Day 1-First impressions Nikon 24mm 1.4

Day2-  Shooting Widengle Shots in Hoboken NJ

Day 3- Getting some Close up Shots with the Nikon 24mm 1.4

Day 4- Using the lens At Snap Shots Meetup

Day 5- Landscape Photography in New Jersey

Day 6- Shooting At 1.4

Best Uses

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1250) Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200

Even  though I enjoyed using this lens for coffee and product photography, I found this lens best used for landscapes and cityscape. It works well when taking images of buildings. But in the end, it will be up to the photographer on how they use this lens. As with all primes, it is very flexible. If you’re willing to do the work, you can be very creative with your photography using a fast, sharp piece of glass like the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWMlens. I did run into an occasion on my last photo walk where I changed the lens because the shot I wanted was physically unreachable with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4.

Portraits

Exposure 0.02 sec (1/50) Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 800

You can get fun and creative with portraits with Nikon 24mm f/1.4. It has a fascinatingly narrow depth of field and with good composure, really nice images can be created. You can get fantastic low light photos that are much harder to achieve with anything f/2.8 and above.

Any Issues?

I had no problems with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4. I understood that I could not be lazy with this lens and I had to walk and physically compose my images instead of just zooming in.

If I could complain about anything: the price of the lens and the fact I am 100% sure of wanting a full frame camera.

Who Should Buy It?

Exposure 0.04 sec (1/25) Aperture f/2.0 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 500

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical is not for every one. It is a pricey lens that is best for Nikon FX (D700, D3s) camera users, it is overkill for DX users. A DX cameralike the Nikon D5000, D3000, D90, etc would do better with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX because it is a lens that is not as costly. The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWMon a DX camera is also effectively a 36mm lens also.

This lens actually tempted me to buy a Nikon D700and has led to me to begin saving money towards that goal. I would unquestionably make sure I owned and FX camera before I acquired this lens. When buying a lens like the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWMyou have to ask your self, how will you use it? Do I need this ultra fast aperture how often do you want to change lenses?

In the End

Exposure 0.002 sec (1/640) Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 500

The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED in a spectacular lens. Its proper use is only limited by the photographer’s mind’s eye. I was fortunate to be able to shoot with this lens. To see more images taken with the lens click here.

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