AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D

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Compact and lightweight ultra-wide-angle lens ideal for landscapes, interiors, events and more.
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  • 4

    Good Backpacking lens on for DX

    Posted by 1lensGuy on July 19, 2015

    This review pertains to the 20mm f/2.8D on a DX camera. (D90) giving the shooter a 30mm equivalent prime. The main benefit of this lens is that it focuses closer than my connivence zoom (18-200 DX) with a .25m close focus minimum vs. .50m on the zoom. As to the 20mm lens being 2mm longer than the zooms, I don´t miss the extra 2mm on the short end since it focuses much closer and gives a more impressive wide angle effect than my zoom would. I also like working within the constraints of using primes lenses. I feel that it makes the photographer compose more carefully. Both photos are off my D90 Large Fine jpeg.

    first photo: ISO 200, f/18, 1/125
    second: ISO 200, f/20, 1/80

  • 5

    Tiny But Amazing

    Posted by Frank on March 27, 2014

    I always stopped at 24mm when assembling a SLR kit. Anything wider was too specialized for regular use and good glass gets pricey wider than 24mm. Except for this lens. Amazing color, contrast and sharpness. Barrel distortion is expected, corrected with DxO software or Photoshop. For ease of use and a great price, this lens can´t be beat. I´m a happy customer!

  • 5

    Covers Huge Area.

    Posted by Samid Ali on December 31, 2012

    I Bought this lens quite a while ago, but i got to test this piece of glass with my Nikon D800 a week ago in snow, and wide angle beautiful Valleys of Pakistan like Kalam and Matiltan in December. Its a PRO. Its a MASTERPIECE, Ideal for TIME-LAPSES. Precise Detail with ignorable Distortion. You gotta have it. One who doesn´t own it, is not a Nature Photographer.

  • 5

    Perfect for indoor family candids on DX

    Posted by Advanced Amateur on December 9, 2011

    35mm is probably the most popular all around lens, but from my experience the 52mm equivalent on DX makes it a tad too long for indoor. On Full frame it´s probably just right.

    I was hesitant to go this wide and was contemplating the Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF (35mm equivalent), but it didn´t quite get the same positive reviews as the 20mm. While the 35mm f/1.8G AF-S has received outstanding reviews, i just didn´t want to settle on that focal length. So i took the plunge with the 20.

    Great decision! Most would probably use this lens for landscape, but i find it just right for indoor candids of the family. I never worry about shooting space and never find it too wide.

    The lens itself feels solid, it´s small and all around great performer.

  • 5

    Excellent lens for getting the big picture

    Posted by Blee on April 16, 2011

    Terrific for urban landscapes and interiors with large groups.
    Tack sharp from corner to corner.
    Quickly became a favourite lens.

  • 5

    A Remarkable Lens!

    Posted by W7FA on February 8, 2011

    After reading some reviews of this lens, I began to have doubts about its quality. After buying one, and using it for just a few days, all doubts have vanished. This is a great lens! It is as sharp as the best of Nikon´s lenses in the center, with only a slight loss of sharpness in the corners. It is almost as sharp at f/2.8 as at other apertures. It does have some coma in the corners, noticeable when photographing stars, but not too bad. Thee is some distortion, but not too bad. There is vignetting at maximum aperture on my Nikon D700, uncorrected, but with the D700 vignetting control feature, that eliminates the problem. There is very little ghosting or flare. The color rendition is excellent and the contrast is superb. AF is not lightening fast, but acceptable. All it lacks is AF-S. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being a Coke bottle bottom and 10 being a perfect lens, I give this lens an 8.

  • 5

    Indespensable lens

    Posted by Iii on February 1, 2011

    Renders ´´normal´´ perspective with D300. Never without it when shooting on the streets of . chicago.

    Good bu ild quality, excellent glass, superb b/w image quality.

  • 5

    Great optics in a compact package

    Posted by TitleDS on October 25, 2010

    The lens built reasonably solid with a slight play at the front barrel that doesn´t bother me. Manual focus operation is fantastic, very smooth and even well damped.
    The optical quality is on par with the more sophisticated pro zoom lens, it´s sharp even wide-open, great contrast, and very few flare and ghosts despite somewhat complex design.

    This lens is the most reliable companion for street and vast nature photography, thanks to the very compact design, it´s not eye-catching and will not scare the subjects off like the big chunky zoom lens, and the fast f/2.8 aperture let me shoot via street-available lights at night.

  • 4

    Great lens

    Posted by Nikonhugh on August 4, 2010

    I purchased this lens used. I no time with it´s f/2.8 I was using it for low light and Astrophotography. All images are sharp almost to the corners. I have to crop just a little bit to remove the stars that are not round. Lens has nice bokeh. Lightweight and handy, I recommend this lens to anyone.