Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8 D – Review / Unboxing

Initially, I was bit hesitant about The Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8 D but after reading its reviews on the Photozone website and few others, I was not quite impressed. I have not had my hands on this lens but instead of looking for ultra wide 14mm I was satisfied with 20mm to begin with. I bought my lens via the ProCameraShop which again was the first time for me to buy from but they simply were super quick and next day delivery left me nothing but a great experience to deal with. I was buying online first time so I did have a little hesitant response and I called them right away to check what the deal was as I have not bought from them before. Their price was the best online compared to any of the other online retailers so I wanted to be sure. I did a quick online check on few forums and it turned out that they have been in business and operating in UK for quite sometime although warranties are offered through them.

After all the initial hassles, I had the boxed Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8 D  in my hands. It came through a tracking UPS delivery so no hassles at all kind of deal.

Whats in the box.
Whats in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.

The Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8 D is a full frame ultra wide-angle lens with 94° (70° with Nikon DX format) picture coverage with edge-to-edge sharpness. Additionally, the lens also boasts of Close-Range Correction (CRC) system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distance.

Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
Unboxing, what's in the box.
Unboxing, what’s in the box.
10yrs Recycle !!!
10yrs Recycle !!!
Unboxing, what's in the box.
The Plastic Barrel and the rubber ring.
Final piece of glass
Final piece of glass

E.g @ F4 sharpness. You can click on the image to go the full size res.

Sharpness
“Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm F2.8D” @ F4


Although the review received by  
Photozone website and what I observed from the quality of shots on the FX , I do  not find this lens to be as bad as rated. For this price you cannot go wrong for what you are getting out of it and for travel photography on FX you will possibly score all that you are after from this glass.

 

Nikon D700 with Nikkor 20mm F2.8D

 
I do not see why people have rated this lens with such a low feedbacks – I mean you cannot get a sharpness of 1.4 at the price of 2.8 and this is not so hugely expensive lens.

Although all said about the lens, I would possibly share my dilemma between upgrading to D600 or D800 which has caused me to be quite upset with both the two recent FX upgrades.
Till then, thanks for looking and dropping by.

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2 thoughts on “Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8 D – Review / Unboxing

  1. Colin Crowdey January 20, 2013 / 9:25 pm

    I want one !!

    With regard to a D800 upgrade – really think long and hard about it – the D800 may cause you more problems than it solves – I have shot with one.

    Best – Colin

    • freebirdmani January 20, 2013 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks Colin, You can use mine as it won’t be on for most time 🙂 I will bring this to you if u want one.

      Exactly, the same with D800 – I bought one and returned it back because “I bought a wrong camera” – hard to admit it. I do not feel Nikon has brought anything decent for a FX range for someone coming from D700.
      I will share my concerns in the next post as I prepare it in next few days.

      Regards
      MB

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