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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Canon Recalls EOS 650D

To all the people who use Canon EOS 650D model or the one that comes under the similar model range should go to their local canon website and register to get it fixed.  To authenticate these claims Canon is not open on much details but BBC has shared the following information.

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Canon recalls cameras over skin rash substance worry

The Canon EOS 650D The problem has only affected a particular batch of the Canon EOS 650D camera

Canon is recalling some of its digital cameras after it emerged a chemical reaction involving the device’s rubber grip could cause a skin rash.

The EOS 650D range contains a substance which, when exposed to humidity, reacts to produce a substance known as “zinc bis”.

Zinc bis turns the camera’s rubber grip white and in rare cases can cause irritation.

Camera owners are being offered a free repair.

Canon has warned people that contact with the affected cameras may cause an allergic reaction, such as a rash, on skin and as a precautionary measure users should wash their hands to prevent spreading the reaction to their eyes.

It is understood that 68,200 cameras suffered the manufacturing glitch, although when asked by the BBC Canon would not confirm this number.

“Canon has identified a quality issue on a limited number of EOS 650D units, which causes the exterior rubber grip used on the camera body to turn white after a period of time,” the company said in a statement.

“This issue does not affect image quality or camera performance in any way, however we are currently in the process of updating affected stock models before sale.

“Any customers who may be affected are advised to visit Canon’s customer support site, where further instructions regarding our repair procedure are provided.”

Batch checkerThe company said the faulty batch in question contained a “higher than usual” level of a substance used to “vulcanize” the rubber grip, a process which makes it harder and stronger.

We offer our sincere apologies to customers who have been inconvenienced by this”

Canon statement

In certain conditions – such as when gripped by hot hands – the resulting chemical reaction produces zinc bis (dimethyldithiocarbamate).

Canon would not confirm whether any customers had reported being adversely affected by the flaw.

The EOS 650D – also known as Rebel T4i or Kiss X6i in other markets – was the first Canon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera to feature a touchscreen LCD screen.

The recall covers some models that were mostly manufactured in June this year.

The company has provided a simple tool which allows users to enter their camera’s serial number and see if their device is in the affected batch.

“We offer our sincere apologies to customers who have been inconvenienced by this,” the company added.

“Canon strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers, and we spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers use our products with confidence.”

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Source: BBC
Link : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19270472
Dated: 15 August 2012 Last updated at 15:22 GMT