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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


I've just acquired a Nikon 28/1.4 AF-D which pretty much duplicates (FL-wise) the 24/1.4 G already in my kit. I originally paired the 24/1.4 with my D750 for interior shots and the occasional landscape. I have a Voigtlander 40/2 SLII that I usually mount on my Df for street. However, I've just sold my D750 and ordered a D850, so hoping to use one of these ultra wides for more landscape, travel interiors/architecture, etc. on the new body, as well as on my Df for street. I understand the older lens shows pronounced field curvature and vignetting wide open, but I'm thinking that as needed I can just shoot in DX mode on the D850; on the street with the Df, those characteristics may not be an issue. My question is: which lens would you keep?


Sep 22, 2017 at 04:33 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Personally Iíd sell both and buy the new 28f/1.4e.


Sep 22, 2017 at 04:41 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Thanks Surf, that definitely crossed my mind. I have to admit, though, I'm also attracted to the collectibility of the limited edition 28/1.4 which I picked up for a very reasonable price. I'm looking forward to at least checking out the lens's character which has impressed (and not) many others. The newer 28/1.4E is still pretty pricey, no?


Sep 22, 2017 at 04:46 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Forgive the oversight, but being a new participant in the FM forum world, I believe it's customary to introduce myself... I'm a user experience designer and anthropologist residing since 2012 in the DC area after a decade in Bolivia. I'm just an enthusiast photographer since my first Instamatics in the late 60's. I started out with Yashica an film, but been a Nikon digital user since 2001 with the D1. I enjoy travel and people photography, but also trying my hand at macro with a Voigtlander 125/2 APO. My smugmug address is on my profile. Married with two sons 9 and 11 whom I've been relatively successful at introducing to photography.


Sep 22, 2017 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Welcome!! I'd personally sell the 28mm 1.4D and pick up a 1.4E. If you enjoy the exclusiveness of the 1.4D by all means keep it!... but to me they still fetch a pretty penny and I'd rather sell now. Happy shooting.


Sep 22, 2017 at 04:57 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Thanks, Blake, that's two scores for Plan C.


Sep 22, 2017 at 05:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


You'll learn we're great here... at spending others money .

imoretti wrote:
Thanks, Blake, that's two scores for Plan C.




Sep 22, 2017 at 05:50 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


I would sell the 24/1.4 and get both a 28/1.8G and 24/1.8G.
They weigh less together than the 1.4 alone and the 24/1.8G is incredibly sharp (sharper than the 1.4 both in center and miframe) and shows less chromatic aberrations.

I really don't see what those expensive 1.4 lenses have to offer here..

My 24/1.8G is amazing, but the vignetting and distortion make it a very special lens too. Subjects in the center really "pop" wide open. And I don't really like the look of the "corrected" image with profile applied.



Sep 22, 2017 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


You clearly haven't used the 28mm 1.4E... (speaking from someone that has used all these lenses..)

mbphoto_2.8 wrote:
I would sell the 24/1.4 and get both a 28/1.8G and 24/1.8G.
They weigh less together than the 1.4 alone and the 24/1.8G is incredibly sharp (sharper than the 1.4 both in center and miframe) and shows less chromatic aberrations.

I really don't see what those expensive 1.4 lenses have to offer here..

My 24/1.8G is amazing, but the vignetting and distortion make it a very special lens too. Subjects in the center really "pop" wide open. And I don't really like the look of the "corrected" image with profile applied.




Sep 22, 2017 at 08:31 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


imoretti wrote:
Thanks Surf, that definitely crossed my mind. I have to admit, though, I'm also attracted to the collectibility of the limited edition 28/1.4 which I picked up for a very reasonable price. I'm looking forward to at least checking out the lens's character which has impressed (and not) many others. The newer 28/1.4E is still pretty pricey, no?


It's definitely pricey. That's why I'd sell both; to cover the cost. Also, it'll leave you some $$$ left over that you can use towards memory cards or whatever for your new D850.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Sigma 24mm f1.4. Sharper, and you can also crop down to 28mm.


Kent in SD



Sep 22, 2017 at 10:32 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Thanks for all the info! From what I've read, I think I'd go for the 28/1.4E over the 1.8G on account of weather sealing and better bokeh. On the other hand, it is lighter and cheaper. Does anyone have a sense of how I might expect AF to perform with the 28/1.4D on the D850? I haven't considered Sigma as I'm too stuck on Nikon, Voigt and Zeiss glass... I got into digital when Sigma wasn't so hot and I'm mentally blocked, unfortunately.


Sep 22, 2017 at 11:40 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


(And I appreciate everyone's assistance with my spending needs...)


Sep 22, 2017 at 11:41 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


The sigma is marginally sharper than the Nikon 24mm 1.4g (just sold both) but the 28mm 1.4E is the sharpest of the bunch.

Two23 wrote:
Sigma 24mm f1.4. Sharper, and you can also crop down to 28mm.

Kent in SD




Sep 22, 2017 at 11:43 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Difficult question It will very much depend on your preferred FOV, 24 or 28mm. These are very different and personally I hate to crop images to try and emulate a 28mm. For street photography my favorite is 28mm and comes from film days with Nikons where I used the older 28/2.8. But for people shots I prefer 35mm as distortion is not a factor. The cost of these fast lenses can be very high and for this reason alone I have opted for the Art series, 20, 24, 35 and 50 for now. All of these lenses are superb on the D850, very fast and accurate AF.

I am in the market for the 28E myself but no rush for now.



Sep 22, 2017 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


@DJ R is an expert at this stuff.

Personally for me, I skipped the 28mm for the third time. (Twice with 1.8G and once with 1.4E)
The compression just isn't there FOR ME as well as an odd focal length.
However, a 28mm 1.4E is a FANTASTIC lens in all regards.
I ended up buying a 24mm f/1.4G and 35mm f/1.4G again and sticking with this until the end of my wedding career sometime mid next year.




Sep 23, 2017 at 01:13 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


I understand the 28E is superb on the D850 but I would love to see shots with the 28/1.4D just for the rendering and look.


Sep 23, 2017 at 02:36 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


I went with the 28mm 1.4E as I LOVE the rendering of the 24mm 1.4g but sometimes wish it wasn't quite as wide... this is a shot I took a year ago of my wife with the 24, and immediately wished I'd shot it with a 28mm.

Elijah wrote:
@DJ R@ is an expert at this stuff.

Personally for me, I skipped the 28mm for the third time. (Twice with 1.8G and once with 1.4E)
The compression just isn't there FOR ME as well as an odd focal length.
However, a 28mm 1.4E is a FANTASTIC lens in all regards.
I ended up buying a 24mm f/1.4G and 35mm f/1.4G again and sticking with this until the end of my wedding career sometime mid next year.










Sep 23, 2017 at 02:52 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


I doubt the old 28/1.4D will appreciate any further now that the E is available so Iíd sell it sooner than later.

But Iím so cheap that rather buying an expensive distorting wide angle Iíll flip my normal lens 90 degrees and whip off 2-4 shots that I can stitch. Seriously.

Iíve owned the 20, 24, 28, 35/1.8s, the 24 and 35/1.4s, as well as three Sigmas and four Zeiss. The only wide I have now is a $100 24-85G for very rare occasional use. All but the Zeiss arenít worth the money and optically flawed while the Zeiss donít auto-focus. That said I probably will try the 28E eventually, itís overpriced and plastic but I like the image quality Iíve seen.

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Sep 23, 2017 at 03:07 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Nikon 24/1.4G or 28/1.4D?


Blakehfreeman wrote:
The sigma is marginally sharper than the Nikon 24mm 1.4g (just sold both) but the 28mm 1.4E is the sharpest of the bunch.


But, a 24mm is more versatile. You can crop a 24mm to get 28mm, but not the other way around. I don't own a 28mm, but do own a 24mm for that reason. However, I chose the Nikon 24mm PC-E (tilt/shift.) I shoot mostly landscapes and architecture, so a tilt/shift lens is a hundred times more useful to me. I really have no use for a conventional 24m/28mm. I also use the 24mm shift to make perfect three shot panos, so I don't even need to take a wider lens. A conventional lens with AF is good for general purpose or if you need very fast focus, but for what I shoot (landscapes/architecture) there is no contest of what lens works best.


Kent in SD



Sep 23, 2017 at 03:11 AM
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