Additional Information on Nikkor 24mm f2.8 widenagle lens

 
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Manual Focus Nikkor 24mm f/2.8s wideangle lens (Compare this with the AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8S/D versions)

For years, this lens has remained as clear favourite among many Nikon photographers. Being considerably lighter and more compact in its size, the lens shares the same angle of view with its faster version version Nikkor 24mm f/2.0s, it uses standard 52mm lens accessories, incorporating the similar Nikon optical innovation of rear optical lens elements correction system which enables it to maintai the high optical performance throghout the entire focusng range from a minimum distance of 0.3m to infinity(OO). It does has quite a few extras factors where it excels its faster Nikkor f/2.0 counterpart. However, witholding all these positive factors within its compact size, this lens only costs halve of the faster Nikkor 24mm f/2.0 ! There are a big pool of Nikkor followers who believe strongly the f/2.8 lens actually out performs the faster f/2.0 optically. Although I would not want to challenge such intelligence because everybody is entitled to his/her own view but then I did try to understand why so many people have a differing opinion at these two wideangle lenses with essentially similar configuration except in their respective maximum aperture - I might conclude what they actually meant could be referring to value for money where a comparison is made side by side among what both can offer to a photographer.

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This lens has evolved over the years which has resulted in quite a few updates and may need a few sections in this Nikkor resources website to differenciate them. The original version of this 24mm lens was first introduced back in June, 1967, it has an optical construction of 9 elements in 7 groups. Up to the pre-Ai period of the mid '70, the non-Ai 24mm f/2.8 has added some exterior changes to its design. It followed by, around the period of 1977/1978 where a non-AI Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 wideangle lens has been revised as an Ai Nikkor 24mm f/2.8. That version of the 24mm lens has a differing 9 elements in 9 groups optical formula together with an Ai-coupling system added at its rear section. Surprisingly, since then, it has been remained with such design until the current version of the AF-D Nikkor 24mm wideangle lens was introduced - which clearly demonstrates how well Nikon has prized over their design of the lens. Way back to those days, this little Nikkor optical marvel has also been hailed s a flexible all round Nikkor lens which can be used for wide varieties of photographic applications, including working in close as a close-focus macro lens. Other than with the aid of CRC system it employs in its optical design, where its close focus performance is equally top rated at its closest focusing range, the lens can also achieve an astonishing magnification ratio up to more than 10X magnification when use reversely mounted on a Nikon Bellows Unit. So, along with another optical gem in the Nikkor 20mm ultra-wideangle lens, these two Nikkor lenses were among the few Nikkor lenses that can project such an extremely high magnification ratio. Visually, the f/2.8 lens of the 24mm has a 'thinner' lens elements as compared to the faster f/2.0 version but that is irrelevant as no one doubts about what this lens can perform opticall for you.

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The picture above shows an AI-S spec lens. The images at the bottom of this page are the AI versions. Somehow, I always felt the previous AI lenses have a more solid feel than the AI-S lens types. Generally, the AI-S lenses shows a distinctive pinkish lens coating. Earlier version introduced during the late '70 has a greenish cast on the front lens elements while the earliest series has a deep blue lens coating. The AI-S also has a different silver Aluminum lens mounting ring with other AI-s features, retaining major features which has made this lens famed for.

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Technical Highlights: * Wide 84° picture angle lets you shoot a variety of subjects - people in their surroundings, scenic buildings, interiors, etc. * A mere 250 grams. * Close-Range Correction System guarantees center-to-edge sharpness even at a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m (1 ft.). * Excellent for high-magnification close-ups - up to slightly more than 10X magnification is possible by mounting the lens in reverse on a bellows unit. * Uses standard 52mm filters.

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Specifications:

Focal length/Aperture:
24mm f/2.8
Lens construction: 9 elements in 9 groups
Picture angle: 84°; Diaphragm: Automatic

Maximum Reproduction ratio: 1:8.8
Aperture scale: f/2.8 - f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method with Ai cameras; via stop-down method with non-Ai cameras.
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.3m (1 ft.) to infinity (OO)
Weight: approx. 250g; Dimensions: 63 mm dia. x 57mm long (overall). 46mm extension from lens flange

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Filters: 52mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On; Lens hood: HN-1 screw-in type
Lens case: CL-30S hard leatherette, No.61 soft pouch, or CP-8 plastic
Usable teleconverter: TC-200, TC-201, TC-14A
Warning: Certain AE modes (Programmed AE and Shutter Priority AE) on selective Nikon SLRs will not work efficiently with older TC devices. Use an Ai-S version for better compatibility, read the respective Tele-Extender(s) sections. Production Serial Number(s) was believed to have been started from 200001 for the AIS version

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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