Keppler's column in the June issue of Popular Photography has two shots that show the considerable difference. The images are on page 22.
Just four mm difference on a wide is a considerable difference in perspective. A 28mm lens has a 75 degree angle of view. A 24mm lens is 12% wider with 85 degrees of view. The difference to me is a barely wide lens vs. a true wide angle.
The 24mm is a better focal length compared to the 28mm if you want to shoot pictures of a small room's interior. The extra angle allows for a large part of the room to be included when shooting from a corner.
While you can 'step back' in an outdoor shot, enclosed spaces will demand a wider angle lens. That's one reason I bought a 24mm after frustrating experiences with a 28mm shooting interiors.
Hal11000 after having opted for the AF 24mm, 2.8 years ago I now prefer the AIS 28mm, 2.8, one of the best albeit underrated lens in the whole Nikon range. For people it is much more preferable, because of the more natural looks. Fot interior 20mm or less is recommended. 24mm is a compromise in my opinion. Fix focus is always better quality than any of the so called wide angle zooms. Try www.photodo.com for proof of this statement. Cheers.
The points made above point in turn to the issue of intended use. For landscapes, go for the 24mm, I have it and love it. For people, go for the 28mm if you are shoting groups. For individuals you will be better off with the classics 80mm, 105 or 135 and even 200. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
I've decided to go with a fixed 24mm 2.8 Nikkor lense. I want it mainly for landscape shooting. The rating of the lense on photodo.com was a lot better than the 24mm-120mm zoom lense, so I went for the fixed length. Plus I have a 50mm with a few filters that can be used on the 24mm lense! Woohoo, I don't have to shell out more money in the process!
Hope you like the lens. I got one a year or so ago but I am having trouble with it. Every once and a while when I am focusing on my F70, the image seems to jump and it is like the front elements fall out of alignment and then back in. Anyone else had this, or have I bought a turkey.
I am glad you went with the 24 mm instead of the 28 mm. The 24 mm is a wonderful lens and all the shots I have received from my own new one have been great! It is tremendously sharp, has great contrast and allows you to get in close indoors where a 28 mm just wouldn't do. The 24 mm lets you take great pictures in the 3 - 8 foot range and still make things look natural. It is superbly corrected, with little distortion and lots of contrast as I mentioned above. For landscapes, it is also great, especially for near foreground / background shots. I have even used it outdoors for architectural pictures and found it more than acceptable. For indoor shots in close quarters you might want something a bit wider some day, but the 24 mm will do quite a nice job for the time being. Enjoy your new lens!