Nikon AF-D lens reviews

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D | Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D | Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D | Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

Nikkor AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D mounted on a Nikon D3x

With a DxOMark score of 21, the Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D is a good, solid lens.

Strong points Weak points
Reasonable sharpness Vignetting
Reasonable  transmission Noticeable chromatic  aberrations
Not much distortion  
Not too heavy  

How well does this lens compare to the Sony AF 20mm F2.8, another “antique” but popular lens?

Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D mounted on a Nikon D3x vs Sony AF 20mm f/2.8 mounted on a Sony Alpha 900

With a DxOMark score of only 10, the Sony 20mm’s performance is very limited indeed. With an 11-point lead, the Nikon 20mm is way, way ahead.

The advantages of the Nikon:

  • Better correction of chromatic aberrations.
  • Superior field resolution at wide apertures (notably at f/2.8 and f/4), which certainly contributes to its far better DxOMark score.
  • Not as heavy.
  • Less expensive.

The advantage (note the singular!) of the Sony:

  • Slightly brighter.

To sum up once again - the Nikon is a beautiful old lens!