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Keywords: Nikon Nikkor Wide Prime 35mm AIS


Registered: January 2015
Posts: 13
Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor review by Airy
Review Date: 4/26/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

Pros: Small size, good sharpness when stopped down, close focus
Cons: soft wide open, wavy distortion, flare

It is a pleasure to shoot such a small wide-angle : unsuspecting passers-by will take it for a standard prime, and not be aware that they are actually in the frame. It is my smallest prime (except the 50/1.8 AIS short nose)

That being said, sharpness is adequate from f/5.6 on. Focussing is very difficult on modern DSL-Rs, better use LiveView ! Large apertures are funny though on close focus pics, where center sharpness is OK and corner sharpness does not matter.

For architectural shots, beware of moustache-distortion. Since however the optical formula is the same as the AF version, you may apply the autocorrection proposed for the 20/2.8 AF and get rid of it.

For outdoor shots, beware of flare. The shade is sold separately, looks like a big metal saucer, will not help a lot and is quite conspicuous.

Registered: October 2012
Posts: 7
Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AIS Nikkor review by Chop
Review Date: 10/16/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $600.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: CRC correction and sharp!
Cons: None

From f4 on it's as sharp as it gets. Very good wide open too. Minimal line distortion makes it great for architectural. It won't meter with anything under a D7000 and no autofocus. Very good choice for FX. My use for it is for older film cameras w/ no autofocus. One of the great nikkor lenses!


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