I've just picked up a used Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AF (non-D) for my D7000.
I have and love the 35mm f/1.8 AF-S but find I often want something wider so I read up on this and reviews seem to be rather polarized. Some folks love it, some say theirs just isn't sharp enough for digital use.
I also have the 16-85mm which is my "go to" walk around lens and I REALLY love it, but I wanted a light, small prime for "every day" casual use and this seemed ideal.
Anyone here have any personal experience with it? I'll be giving it a good workout this weekend to see what it'll do for me, but in the meantime, any thoughts are welcome.
I too use the older non D AFn 24 f/2.8 lens with my DX camera bodies and I'm satisfied with the images I've taken. I do wish it were a f/1.8 or 2.0 lens though. BTW, there are 3 versions of the lens. Which one do you use? The first has a plastic ribbed focus ring, the second or AFn lens has the rubber focus ring just like the AF D version. As far as I know, they are all optically the same.
I have the 24mm f2.8 D and like it a lot. I only used it sporadically on my D300s but now I've jumped to FX with a D600 I'm using it a fair bit more. I find the IQ to be very good, I especially like the colour rendition and the close focus is a bonus. Build is a bit dinky but that's a minor issue as long as the pictures come out fine.
Mine is the second generation, what you referred to as the AFn.
I understand the D version is a bit more desirable mostly because they re-geared it for faster focusing, but for $200 for a like-new copy with both caps, filter, and even the lens bag I felt as though I got a good deal.
Heading out this afternoon to see how it performs!
I have found every version of the 24mm f2.8 lens to be very good. That includes the manual focus versions as well. Both the AF and MF versions are still in Nikon's catalog. That's quite a long run for the first lens to include CRC in the design.
"I understand the D version is a bit more desirable mostly because they re-geared it for faster focusing" Jim, I didn't know this. I always thought the only difference was the added D feature. Where did you get your info from?
I have a 24mm 2.8 non-D that I use with my D7000. No complaints. I think the sharpness is a bit better than my 18-70mm or 18-55mm at 24mm at the same apertures, probably due to the prime being stopped down to match the zoom. By f/8, I can't notice a difference. I mainly keep it around for it's small size, and because it is the widest lens I own that works on my N90s.