I have tried a number of 24mm primes (I have not tried the 24/1.4 AF due to cost) and it seems that none of them are up to the task of sharpness and Image IQ to the D7000 sensor. I have tried the 24/2 Ai and a 24/2.8 AF. Any ideas?
>Nikon doesn't seem to be too interested in providing >affordable prime lenses for DX. The 35mm f/1.8 was about it. >I'm waiting for something new, too. Well drat to that. This has been said before that Nikon doesn't really develop the wide angle prime market.
I've used the 24mm f/2.8 AFD since my early AF film days. It's been used on DX and FX formats, but not on a sensor that's as dense as a D7000. When I moved to my D700, I found that my zooms were performing equally well to the AFD prime. Not long ago I found a nice deal on a 24mm f/2.8 AIS. I'm now using that lens on my D2Hs and D700. I prefer the MF version overall to the 24mm f/2.8 AFD. I don't have much on-line to show it off using a DX sensor.
If you are interested I can try for a few snaps over the next few days with my D2Hs, but there is quite a difference in sensors between that camera and the D7000.
Hopefully someone will have the perfect match for your comparison.
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?
>Hi Akiva, > >I've used the 24mm f/2.8 AFD since my early AF film days. It's >been used on DX and FX formats, but not on a sensor that's as >dense as a D7000. When I moved to my D700, I found that my >zooms were performing equally well to the AFD prime. Not long >ago I found a nice deal on a 24mm f/2.8 AIS. I'm now using >that lens on my D2Hs and D700. I prefer the MF version overall >to the 24mm f/2.8 AFD. I don't have much on-line to show it >off using a DX sensor. > >If you are interested I can try for a few snaps over the next >few days with my D2Hs, but there is quite a difference in >sensors between that camera and the D7000. > >Hopefully someone will have the perfect match for your >comparison. > >Best Regards,
Sure that would be great. I have the 24/2 Ai and it is very soft. Akiva S.
Have you looked at the Sigma 24mm f/1.8? I've seen some questionable reviews for this lens on FX cameras, but with the advantage of the DX "sweet spot" you'll probably find this lens a very good performer on your D7K.
My #1 choice here is the AF-S 24mm f/1.4G but it sounds like it's out of your price range. The AF-S 28mm f/1.8G is also excellent but on DX not quite the 63º angle of view you're looking for.
I recently got to try the new 28 1.8G and really liked it but it is not as wide as I wanted for DX. I was looking for a wider walking around lens that was light for use on the D7000. I have the 24 1.4 and love it, I use it a lot in a two lens walking around kit, along with a 70-200. Those two lenses cover most of what I want for street and candids. The 24 1.4 is terribly expensive however, when most of the time I do not need 1.4 apertures. The stellar 14-24 is cheaper. Both the 24 1.4 and 14-24 are found used more frequently than other lenses of the same quality class I suppose because they tie up a lot of funds and are not the most used focal lengths for most people. I got my 24 used but hardly used by someone who just did not have use for 24mm. For me, closer in with street photography or events it is quite a nice FL. on DX and my best lens for landscape on the D800. I have a wider Sigma but it does not compare in image quality. There are a number of MF wide aperture modest priced lenses out there, like the Samyang if one's subjects are suitable for MF. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I have the 24 f2.8D and it is sharp on my D7000. That said, I never shoot moving subjects with it. I have discovered a problem with my other small primes (50 f1.8D and 85 f1.8D) on my D7000. They don't seem to focus fast enough for moving subjects. They are fine if I carefully focus on a test target, but when I use them for basketball, I get a much lower keeper percentage than when I use my newer AFS 35 f1.8DX and AFS 50 1.8G.
Have you eliminated focus error as the problem with the 24 f2.8D on your D7000? The 24mm f2.8 is a sharp lens, so it could be the sample you tried or a focus problem.
As you can see, I replaced my 50mm f1.8D with the newer G version. I find it focuses faster and much more accurately on the D7000. I actually plan to replace the 85 f1.8D with the G version this fall for the upcoming basketball season.
I agree, though, that Nikon seems to have little interest in making wide primes for DX. They must feel that most amateurs use zooms, and that most pros are using FX. Now that the D600 exists, I think there is even less chance that we see a 13mm f2.8G DX. In coming years, we could be seeing updates of only the variable aperture zooms for DX. Even as an amateur (albeit with a bunch of FX lenses from my film days), I for one am far less interested in seeing a bunch of new DX primes, now that the D600 puts FX within reach (barely).
I'm using the Sigma 24 f1.8 on a D300s and I'm very happy with it, seems sharper than my AF 24 f2.8 non D. Haven't tried my 24 f2.8 AIS. I might need to do a comparison someday since I like the 35mm field of view. The Sigma is a fun lens because of the extreme close focuing abiltiy, you can get a couple of inches from your subject.