Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm 1:1.8 G ED N Lens (f/1.8)

Review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm 1:1.8 G ED N Lens (f/1.8).

Overall Rating:


This lens is 7 years old and made in China. Its debut price was $680 USD. It has a gold ring signalling that it is "procaliber" or simply has the Nikon Nano coating (who knows?). It has two aspherical elements and two ED elements. It's a modern lens design. It is good to partner with the AF-S 35mm/1.8 G ED because its performance is similar. This lens is a stellar performer and it has a solid reputation as such. This lens was introduced before the 45MP Nikon D850 and about a year after the introduction of the 36MP Nikon D810.

flowers, f/2.2 (detail)


There is almost no color fringing to be found. There is some vignetting to be found wide open only, and is gone by f/2.8. A little barrel distortion is there (around 0.5%) and there is pretty much no flaring to speak of.

Color fringing detail at 3-to-1:

color fringing, corner at f/5.6

This lens is very sharp and constrasty from the center to the corners from f/2.8-f/6.3. Diffraction has already begun by f/8.

The autofocus is zippy and silent.

Because it is a prime lens, it lets more light in than a zoom lens meaning the shutter values will be higher than a zoom given the same scene and aperture, plus the lens has a greater maximum aperture than a zoom lens.

This lens performs well at its minimum focusing distance of 0.75' which suggests it has some kind of close range correction.


This lens is just okay for infrared photography. It exhibits a weak hot spot at f/16. It will be fine if shooting f/8 or so.

very slight infrared hot spot at f/16


The bokeh is fair, no complaints here.

wide-open, f/1.8
stopped down some, f/2.8
stopped down some more, f/4


Because this is a "G" lens, it is not compatible with older cameras, but it is compatible with all Nikon DSLR's and Nikon mirrorless cameras with the appropriate adapter.


Focal length 24mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Minimum aperture f/16
Lens construction 12 elements in 9 groups (with two aspherical lens elements and two ED elements)
Angle of view 84° (61° with Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance 0.23 m/0.75 ft
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5 (0.2×)
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)
Filter-attachment size ø72mm
Diameter × length Approximately 77.5 × 83.0 mm/3.1 × 3.3 in.
Weight Approximately 355 g/12.6 oz
Price $680 USD


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