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Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor

 
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20mm $646
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(From Nikon lens literature) Superb manual focus wide-angle lens for landscapes or extreme portraits.

Key Features:

  • Compact, ultra-wide angle lens
  • Close Range Correction (CRC) system
  • 94-degree picture angle with edge-to-edge sharpness

Note: Available through special order only against confirmed and non-cancelable orders. Allow 60 to 120 days for delivery. Subject to limited availability.

Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 9.5/10 Image Quality 9.0/10
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by (14 reviews)
    Small size, good sharpness when stopped down, close focus
    soft wide open, wavy distortion, flare

    It is a pleasure to shoot such a small wide-angle : unsuspecting passers-by will take it for a standard prime, and not be aware that they are actually in the frame. It is my smallest prime (except the 50/1.8 AIS short nose)

    That being said, sharpness is adequate from f/5.6 on. Focussing is very difficult on modern DSL-Rs, better use LiveView ! Large apertures are funny though on close focus pics, where center sharpness is OK and corner sharpness does not matter.

    For architectural shots, beware of moustache-distortion. Since however the optical formula is the same as the AF version, you may apply the autocorrection proposed for the 20/2.8 AF and get rid of it.

    For outdoor shots, beware of flare. The shade is sold separately, looks like a big metal saucer, will not help a lot and is quite conspicuous.

    reviewed April 26th, 2015
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by (7 reviews)
    CRC correction and sharp!
    None

    From f4 on it's as sharp as it gets. Very good wide open too. Minimal line distortion makes it great for architectural. It won't meter with anything under a D7000 and no autofocus. Very good choice for FX. My use for it is for older film cameras w/ no autofocus. One of the great nikkor lenses!

    reviewed October 16th, 2012 (purchased for $600)