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Nikon releases 24mm f/1.4 G ED fast wideangle lens

By dpreview staff on Feb 9, 2010 at 04:00 GMT
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Nikon has released the AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED wide aperture prime lens for full-frame DSLRs. It features an anti-reflective Nano Crystal coating and both ED and aspherical lens elements to help minimize distortion and chromatic aberration. The lens comes in a weather-resistant body and includes a Silent Wave Motor for quieter autofocus operation.

The lens will come with a recommended selling price of $2199.95/€2149.00/£1949.99.

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NIKON DELIVERS THE AF-S NIKKOR 24MM F/1.4G ED: THE ULTIMATE WIDE ANGLE LENS

February 9, 2010: Nikon today announces a class leading ultra-fast aperture wide angle lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED. Designed for professional reportage and landscape photography, the new lens features a ground-breaking optical design for Nikon’s range of class leading FX-format DSLR cameras. 

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: “The new 24mm lens continues to strengthen Nikon’s professional lens line up which already includes a range of award winning NIKKOR zoom lenses such as the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. The shallow depth of field and bright viewfinder image offered by this new fast aperture prime lens will appeal to many photographers, particularly in the photojournalism community.”

New NIKKOR optical design
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED features a unique optical design which provides improved image quality, with minimal distortion and excellent edge to corner sharpness especially at wider aperture settings. The new optical system combines Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, ED glass and aspherical lens elements to deliver brilliant, high contrast image quality with minimised distortion and aberration. The f/1.4 aperture and nine blade rounded diaphragm contribute to render images with stunning NIKKOR trademark bokeh.

Discreet and Durable
The lens boasts a dedicated Silent Wave Motor for smooth and discrete autofocus operation, and is built to last with extensive use of magnesium in its construction, and weather and dust sealing, including around the mount. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED comes complete with dedicated secure fitting hood HB-51, and soft pouch.

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AF-S NIKKOR 24MM F/1.4G ED specifications

Price • US: $2199.95
• UK: £1949.99
• EU: €2149
Focal length 24mm
Diagonal Angle of view 84° (61° with Nikon DX format)
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F 16
Lens Construction • 12 elements/10 groups
• 2 ED glass elements
• 2 aspherical elements
Number of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Minimum focus 0.25 m/0.82 ft
Filter thread 77mm
Weight 620g (21.9oz)
Dimensions 83mm diameter x 88.5mm length

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