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Nikon 28mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

1921NAS_180
Review Date: Aug 30, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Was good for newspaper photographers (shooting film) who wanted to isolate subject in crowded environment (picture district attorney on courthouse steps).
Cons:
Overrated, not sharper than any of the other pro-quality lenses in their f-stop range (28/2.8D, 17-35, 28-70).

I had this lens for a short time, and shot it with both film and digital.

Wide open, it was nothing to write home about (lots of flare and coma).

Stopped down, it got better, but not better than the other 28mm lenses.

This lens used to sell used (like new) for less than half its list price for a reason: it's reputation among pros was low.

Now that Nikon discontinued it, it's rare and expensive. That doesn't make it a good lens.


 
Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

1919NCP_180
Review Date: Aug 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very, very sharp, especially close-up. Well built, inexpensive, small.
Cons:
Dark corners wide open (FX only). Need hood to cut down flare in the sun.

This is one of those little gems. Stopped down to 4, it's sharp and even illumination across the film. It's also very compact, well built and priced right. None of the kit lenses come close.