AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED Lens (pictured here) was announced to release by Japanese camera-maker Nikon Inc. two days ago. It was expected to hit the market late this month.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED Wide Angle Prime Lens (Picture credit: Nikon Inc.)
This wide angle prime lens is of a fixed focal length of 24mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.4. Its superior optical performance is guaranteed through Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coating technologies which reduce the reflection and using both extra-low dispersion (ED) glass and aspherical lens elements. With these designs, it minimizes distortion and maintain excellent edge to corner sharpness even set at wider apertures.
AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED lens, a replacement for AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, primarily is intended for Nikon’s professional DSLRs like D3 and D700 series. When using on the prosumer or entry-level ones with an APS-C sized sensor such as D300s, D90, and D3000 among others, a crop-factor 1.5 is applied. However, a built-in silent wave motor (SWM)* can make the focusing extremely silent on all cameras without distractive noise which otherwise is a case from AF-only lens.
“When the lens is used with an FX-format digital-SLR camera, images that make the most of the fast aperture with large and pleasing blur characteristics can be captured for photos with dynamic perspective.” Nikon said in a press release.
Nikon AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED, AF Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D, AF AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D Lenses Comparison
||AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED
||AF 28mm f/1.4D
||AF 24mm f/2.8D
|Lens Construction (Elements/Groups)
||12 elements/10 groups (2 ED glass elements, 2 aspherical lens elements and Nano Crystal Coat)
||11/8 (1 aspherical lens)
|Picture Angle with 35mm (135) format
|Picture Angle with Nikon DX Format
|Closest focusing distance
|Maximum reproduction ratio
|Filter Attachment Size
|Dimensions (approx.) (from the camera’s lens mounting flange)
||83 x 88.5 mm
||75 x 77.5mm
||64.5 x 46mm
|Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)
||Front lens cap LC-77, Rear lens cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-51, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1118
This AF-S 24mm F/1.4G lens is designed for photojournalists and landscape photographers.
“The new 24mm lens continues to strengthen Nikon’s professional lens line up which already includes a range of award winning NIKKOR zoom lenses such as the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. The shallow depth of field and bright viewfinder image offered by this new fast aperture prime lens will appeal to many photographers, particularly in the photojournalism community.” Zurab Kiknadze, of Nikon Europe said in another release.
As said earlier, the lens will be available to common consumers late February. Apparently, one can prepare his money already. According to DPReview, Nikon recommended it to be sold at a price of $2199.95/€2149.00/£1949.99. Adorama.com are already accepting pre-orders.
Maybe because currently there is no a single technical review on this AF-S 24mm F/1.4G lens, it is difficult for one to decide to make a purchase. Anyway, one will lose nothing to view National Geographic photographer Bob Krist’s sample photos taken in Miami using the lens.
*When checking on Nikon Lens categories on Photosythesis.co.nz, I found it seems AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED lens is the first one which is equipped with a SWM among all prime lens with a focal length less than 35mm as of the time this entry was posted.