Features:Close Range Correction (CRC) system provides high performance at both near- and far-focusing distances.Compact and lightweight design.Ideal for candids and landscape photography.Nikon Super Integrated Coating for minimized flare and ghost providing good color balance.
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As with most other late film era lens designs, this one is not particularly inclined to distortion, chromatic aberration or vignetting. Though it is compact, lightweight, and reasonably priced, it would be a mistake to assume that being a prime, it offers better optical performance than a reasonably good quality zoom. Though it's images aren't dull or lifeless, they never seem to leap off the page at you either. It's kind of cool toned, but this is easy to correct out. Of the five 24mm Nikon lenses I own that cover full frame, only the 24-70mm f2.8, and the 24-120mm f4 offer what I would call very good to outstanding image quality when shot wide open. Comparing it to the older 17-35mm f2.8, and the 12-24mm f4 DX that was never intended to be shot full frame to begin with, one finds that they are all somewhat flawed to a more or less comparable degree, but in very different ways. It's sharper in the far corners than the 17-35, but seems a bit lacking in contrast by comparison. Though marked as one stop slower, the 12-24 produces an image at f4 that is closer in density to the prime when set at f5 or 5.6. Aside from this very notable speed discrepancy, their image quality is very comparable. Some primes such as the 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8 produce images with such snap and sparkle, one can easily see the difference even on the cameras monitor. Expect no such pleasant suprise from the 24mm f2.8. It's rendition of color is no more pure or vibrant than any of the other zooms mentioned here. It's color won't be as punchy as the 50mm, and it's resolution won't match the 85mm, but these three lenses still do add up to a cedible trio of compact, fast primes. About the only time I use this lens is when I've got the itch to travel light. The 24-70 and 24-120 perform better, but for the most part, this difference is mostly at wider apertures and closer to the far corners. Though in reality about a stop and a half faster than the 12-24, the zoom's ability to cover full frame reasonably well down to 17mm make this lens more convenient for many situations like over the head shots at wedding receptions. Size/weight advantages (particularly against the 24-70) are just about equally offset by ho-hum optical performance. In all, I find the advantages and disadvantages of this lens to be too much of a "wash" to give it a hearty thumbs up, or thumbs down.
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, compact/lightweight