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Nikon 24mm AF-S Nikkor f/1.4G ED

Review Date: Feb 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp and detailed pictures Fantastic bokeh for a WA.
Nothing that matters

A very versatile lens, if you like WA.s

Never seen a so fantastic bokeh for a WA.

CA: Saw some axial ("pink")at f. 1.4 in high contrast scenes - stopped down it disappeared, as axial CA does comparing to the lateral (blue), that does not disappear stopped down, but can be removed in software.

Very low distortion - if you do not put the lens too close to the face you can shoot portraits and get this fantastic bokeh if you have a fine background.

Read at the net, that the distortion was not higher than the Nikon 24mm t/s.

Sharp at f. 1.4, but not in the corners (of course not), but the corners are sharp at f. 2.8 and the farthest corners also at f. 4.0.

Vignetting at some scenes at f. 1.4 and small at f. 2.0 - gone at f. 2.8.

This is a simply super lens for nightshooting, for concerts, for landscapes (did not see any diffraction at f. 11, and only minor at f. 13 and f. 16, so it can be stopped down with excellent results).

Also for buildings, for portraits in the field using it with DX-camera (36 mm).

This is a f. 1.4 lens, so you can get misfocus at this f.stop sometimes, but only seldom, but if the subject in the city scapes at night is a bit enlightened and contrasty it is there every time.

Not totally free for ghosting if you shoot it against a strong midday- sun, and the sun is not in the middle, but just outside the frame, but nothing at all with a weaker sun or the city lights = super.

some writes that the AF is slow. I do not agree, it is OK fast, but of course not as fast as the AF from the 200mm f/2.0 or the 70-200, which both are for sports also, so do not expect that.

And you can use your filters !!

The lens is now glued to my D700.

Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

Review Date: Apr 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bokeh is awesome Fine sharpness allready from 1.4, but of course it improves stopping down.
Some CA in high contrast areas. Not a fast AF, but it is OK, I do not use it for sports (here I use 70-200VR)

This lens is one of the few I bought used, but I would have bought it from new if I did not get this possibility.

I sometimes sell my lenses and buy new, but this is the lens I will never sell.

It has a fine sharpness allready from 1.4 - but of course it improves stopping down.

The bokeh is awesome.

There is a certain "touch" over the pics from this lens.

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

Review Date: May 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp from f. 2.8
See below

Have shot with this lens 2 days now.

My findings:

Sharp allready from f. 2.8.

Sharper than Nikon 12-24 (from f.4 and down in the area 12-16), but Nikon 12-24 is more versatile - goes to 24mm and here - at 24 mm - the Nikon 12-24 shines.

As sharp in the center as the new Nikon 14-24 allready from f. 2.8, but not in the corners - the Nikon14-24 is a clear winner here.

Flare/ghosting: Worse than Nikon 12-24, but better than Nikon 14-24.

About the same, maybe less CA, than Nikon 12-24.


Today I suddenly could not get AF, whatever - turning of and on, but then took the lens off and mounted it again, and then the AF was OK again.

I have experienced that with one or two Nikon lenses, too, when the lenses was new, and I hope it is the same:

Some tiny metal in the new lens has to worn off.