Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED review

The Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED combines a classic field of view with a fast aperture

Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Sometimes we all feel the need for speed, and an f/2.8 zoom just won’t cut it. This prime lens gives the same generous viewing angle as a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 or 24-120mm f/4 at their shortest zoom setting, while being more than one or two f/stops faster respectively. It’s therefore great for freezing action under low lighting conditions, enabling a faster shutter speed without needing to bump up your camera’s ISO setting.


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    Fast f/1.8 aperture

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    Impressive image quality

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    Solid but lightweight build


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    Less speedy than an f/1.4 lens

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    Noticeable vignetting at f/1.8

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    Quite expensive to buy

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The Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED gives no boost in field of view, compared with most standard zoom lenses but it gives you a faster aperture. Not just for maintaining fast shutter speeds under low lighting, this also helps to isolate subjects in a scene with a tighter depth of field. Naturally that’s quite a struggle with such a short focal length, but it can work well in close-ups and the Nikon focuses down to just 0.23m or 9 inches, as measured from the focal plane (essentially the camera’s image sensor).


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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