Field Review: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical (Day 6)

Exposure 1/4000 sec Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200 Exposure Bias -2 EV

What is the big deal about the lens? What makes it Special?  The answer: f/1.4 Working with this lens is fascinating. At f/1.4 it’s Tack sharp and gives an incredibly narrow depth of field.  The lenses wide angle of view is 84° diagonal on FX  and 61° on small-format DX , allows for great composure and flexibility. But I have to say this again, this lens is an f/1.4, it just allows the light to pour in. I believe I am in love with f/1.4.

Testing gear

Nikon D90

Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM

Shooting Subjects at 1.4

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1000) Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 500 Exposure Bias 0 EV

I found this lens works best with the subject around three feet away but the lens but it’s not limited to that. I have shot extremely up close and at a distance and the lenses handled every shot admirable.  I found it best to not shoot a subject against a wall with a flat surface but instead out in the open, letting you take more advantage of bokeh, or out of focus backgrounds. At F/1.4, shooting close up and small objects worked best when I centered the subject. And the shots were tack sharp at the focus points while giving creative Bokeh around the subject.

Light at F/1.4

Exposure 1/4000 sec Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 200 Exposure Bias +1/3 E

Shooting in bright sunlight is not always the best thing. This lens really does let a lot of the light in. In super bright sunlight I found it best to bump the lens down to f/2.8 or really fine tune your settings. If you found shadows to take advantage of, then f/1.4 could be used.

F/1.4  In Low light

Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 1000 Exposure Bias 0 EV

In low light this lens is fantastic. Using the Center weighted metering was best. The lens focused on the main subject and I got just the right light.  Shooting indoors and at night was great. At most I had to adjust ISO.

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Gevon Servo

Gevon Servo aka @GServo is an eclectic, NJ/NY Photographer. He’s a Nikon shooter, by choice nevertheless, will always test any piece of photography equipment. He believes that like ‘Photography’, ‘Coffee’,’Beer’ and ‘Comics Books’ and other things ‘Geek’ “You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again.