Wideangle Nikkor Lenses at 24mm focal Length

 
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A few interesting development occurred at the 24mm focal length for Nikkor lenses after mid-of the '70. First, Nikon manged to break a new lens speed barrier of its 24mm focal length with a f/2.0 lens in October, 1977. Secondly, in line with the new Ai metering system introduced; bot the 24mm lenses have been revised to incorporate an AI lens coupling system. Not only that, there is also some slight cosmetic change to both upgrades which aimed to provide visual classification between the non-Ai and Ai Nikkor.

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. David Hurd <davehurd@d-web.com> © Image Copyright 2001. All rights reserved.

Combining fast lens speed with its excetional optical performance attributes to its superior optical design, the Nikkor 24mm f/2.0 lens which many Nikon users have rated it so highly has instantly became a hot favorite wideangle among many photo-journalists and news photographers. Just like the f/2.8 version, this lens also employs a CRC system in its optical design to ensure its superior optical performance be extended down to its closest focusing distance of 1 ft.

Ai Nikkor 24mm f/2.0

Technical Highlights: * Wide 84° picture coverage. * Large maximum aperture. * Compact and lightweight - only 300 grams. * Floating Element System for improved close focusing performance - down to one foot (0.3m). * Takes 52mm filters - the standard for most Nikkor lenses from 20 to 200mm. * Photographic uses include photojournalism, sports, environmental portraiture, annual report work, scenic, interiors, travel, candids of people, and available light shooting.

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Specifications:

Focal length/Aperture: 24mm f/2.0
Lens construction:
11 elements in 10 groups
Picture angle:
84°
Diaphragm:
Automatic
Aperture scale:
f/2.0~ f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale

Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras
Distance scale:
Graduated in meters and feet from 0.3m (1 ft ) to infinity (
oo)

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Weight: Dimensions: 300g
Attachment size: 63.5mm dia. x 61.5mm long (overall): 51.5mm extension from flange
Front lens cap:
52mm (P= 0.75)
Lens hood:
Snap-On, Slip-on (HK-2)
Lens case:
CL-31S; No. 61; CP-l



Ai Nikkor 24mm f/2.8

On the other hand, the one-stop slower Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 lens which also enjoyed rave reviews over the years was almost a decade old by then. Similarly, it has also been given a thoroughly upgrade optically. It has a new optical formulation comprising of 9 elements in 9 groups instead of the previous version that used a 9 elements in 7 groups design.

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The optical formula used in this upgrade has, since then remains that way until now despite the evolution of Ai-S and AF that followed. Anyway, combining the best good price/performance ratio, the 24mm f/2.8 remains an immensely popular lens.

Credit: Two beautiful taken images of the Ai-Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 lense contributed by Mr. David Hurd <davehurd@d-web.com> © Image Copyright 2001. All rights reserved.

Technical Highlights: One of the most popular 24mm's around and packs a best price over performance ratio among all 24mm Nikkor wideangle lenses.

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* Wide 84° picture coverage. * Compact and lightweight - only 270 grams. * Floating Element System for improved close focusing performance - down to one foot (0.3m). * Macrophotography - up to slightly over 10X magnification when reverse-mounted on a bellows unit. * Takes 52mm filters - the standard for most Nikkor lenses from 20 to 200mm. * Photographic uses include photojournalism, sports, environmental portraiture, annual report work, scenic, interiors, travel, backpacking, and candids of people.

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. David Hurd <davehurd@d-web.com> © Image Copyright 2001. All rights reserved.

Specifications

Focal length/Aperture: 24mm f/2.8
Lens construction:
9 elements in 9 groups
Picture angle:
84°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale:
f/2.8~ f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale
Exposure measurement:
Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras

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Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.3m (1 ft ) to infinity (oo)
Weight: Dimensions:
270g
Attachment size: 63.5mm dia. x 56mm long (overall); 46mm extension from flange
Front lens cap:
52mm (P= 0.75); Lens hood: Snap-On, Screw-in (MN-1 )
Lens case:
CL-30S; No. 61; CP-1

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. W.J. Eichner Lynch <guessmyhobby@prodigy.net > www.blackandwhitevisions.com © Image Copyright 2003. All rights reserved.

NOTE: Production Serial Number was believed to have been started with 176021 for 24mm f/2.0; 525001 for 24mm f/2.8 on Ai-Spec lens

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