• Rod says:

    I was literally going to send you an email “today” asking your opinion on this lens. I really value your advice. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this popped up in my rss reader. Thanks for reading my mind! Keep up the great work.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Glad I could read your mind, Rod! That’s obviously why I felt compelled to write this review yesterday!
    -Cheers, Dan

  • Dan, I’ve used this lens on the D700 and now D800 (around 5 years). I am amazed how many pixel peepers bitch about it. Perhaps they have poor technique as I have been finding it creates wonderful prints, hanging on my wall at 18×12 and much larger, sharp right across the frame (or where I want them to be!). Thanks for the review. Just bought a 10 stop B+W ND for it which I am waiting to arrive!


  • Darren says:

    You’re costing me money again Dan Bailey :-). Another great review. Thanks.

  • Mike Riemer says:

    Doesn’t it register as a 36mm lens on a DX body? I thought the formula was 1.5X?

  • Hamish says:

    Hi Dan – I just discovered your site. Really interesting stuff. From my reading, you are one of the first people I’ve seen who actually gets happy about this lens – and that makes me happy because you are using it in actual real world and not taking photos of rulers. It looks like you use it much as I intend to (on a D7000) in the outdoors (surf mainly) – wide enough to take in everything but focused enough to be human. I just bought it instead of a new body upgrade (holding off on D750 until the dust well and truly settles), and after reading some pretty scathing stuff from the pixel peepers and then stumbling across this (with actual examples) I am pretty positive about where it looks like my shots will be going. Thanks and all the best with your shooting.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Hamish, thanks for your comments. Yes, I really love the Nikon 24 f/2.8 lens, especially on full frame cameras, it gives me just the right tradeoff in subject vs. environment without distorting at the edges. Even on crop sensor cameras like the D7000, it works really well because it’s lightweight, sharp and pretty bomber for adventure photography. I’m also curious about the new D750, that could be a great body to use with that lens, especially since you’ll be focusing on the sharpest part of the optics towards the middle of the lens.

    I checked out your site- love your surf photos- really great stuff!! Keep up the good work. -Dan

  • […] first photo above was shot with a 24mm lens. By switching to the 85mm lens, I’m able to create the first photo below. By simply skiing […]

  • Jozo says:

    Only thing I need is this, the 50mm and the 80-200. 80-200 is not a walk around so i don’t care about weight. wide angle zooms are like 3 pounds on fx…no thanks.

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