Nikkor 24mm f1.4G worth it on D7000?


prodigue

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Hi all,

I'm currently using a D7000 with the Nikkor 28mm f1.8G for not too long. It is a nice lens but I've always been after the elusive 24mm f1.4G.

I know the 24mm is crazy expensive at around $2.8k which is 3 times more expensive than the 28mm. With the crop factor it will be a 36mm which is perfect for street photography. The million dollar question is.. is it 3 times as good compared to the 28mm or it's just the -4mm and bigger aperture difference?

It's a big purchase so I need to make sure it's worth it..
 

rain5533

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prodigue said:
Hi all,

I'm currently using a D7000 with the Nikkor 28mm f1.8G for not too long. It is a nice lens but I've always been after the elusive 24mm f1.4G.

I know the 24mm is crazy expensive at around $2.8k which is 3 times more expensive than the 28mm. With the crop factor it will be a 36mm which is perfect for street photography. The million dollar question is.. is it 3 times as good compared to the 28mm or it's just the -4mm and bigger aperture difference?

It's a big purchase so I need to make sure it's worth it..
24mm f1.4G Sure is worth to buy.

Awesome lens where got cheaper one...
Just you pay for minimum of CAs only.
 

nedy77

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You can rent the lens for 1-3days to try it out first
 

babyk cs

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Alternatively, you can go for 16-35mm if you are into street photography
 

kero89

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Since it crossed your mind and I assume the 24mm was the initial choice but you purchased the 28mm hoping the cheaper alternative could satisfy your cravings.

Just follow your heart, get the 24mm immediately. You have already splurged on a lens you shouldn't have done so initially. Save any more trouble that could bring upon you (like cost and time), buy the 24mm and be satisfied.

The only way to know if a lens is worth it is to own it, not just playing with it. If the 24mm fails you, sell it, you won't lose much, and be glad at least it was part of your memories.
 

prodigue

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Yep whatever you have said is what I have told myself.

But what I want to know is whether the 24mm is significantly different than the 28mm in terms of image quality and performance rather than it being wider and having a bigger aperture. I'm new to photography so bear with my lack of knowledge.

Thanks.


Since it crossed your mind and I assume the 24mm was the initial choice but you purchased the 28mm hoping the cheaper alternative could satisfy your cravings.

Just follow your heart, get the 24mm immediately. You have already splurged on a lens you shouldn't have done so initially. Save any more trouble that could bring upon you (like cost and time), buy the 24mm and be satisfied.

The only way to know if a lens is worth it is to own it, not just playing with it. If the 24mm fails you, sell it, you won't lose much, and be glad at least it was part of your memories.
 

dniwkh

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If I were u, I would get a d700 and 28mm f1.4
 

miyata

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OH my bad , I think you're referring to the old D lens yeah .
Sorry sorry ...
 

giantcanopy

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prodigue said:
Hi all,

I'm currently using a D7000 with the Nikkor 28mm f1.8G for not too long. It is a nice lens but I've always been after the elusive 24mm f1.4G.

I know the 24mm is crazy expensive at around $2.8k which is 3 times more expensive than the 28mm. With the crop factor it will be a 36mm which is perfect for street photography. The million dollar question is.. is it 3 times as good compared to the 28mm or it's just the -4mm and bigger aperture difference?

It's a big purchase so I need to make sure it's worth it..
There is no way to quantify whether 3x or 30 fold or 60 fold better over the other.

I got a good friend who takes beautiful photos with his 24mmf1.4G + d90. But he was good to start with, and he knew what he was looking for when he got the lens.

At the end of the day it really depends on how you will make use of your tools.

Ryan
 

sukhoi37

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why not?
but just for your info, the large lens's elements are manufactured with many tedious processes.
The reject rate is very high. That's the reason why it's so expensive.
Using it on cropped sensor means you only use a small portion of it and the rest of the glasses will be there for nothing. It's like buy a very delicious cake just to take a small portion and throw away the rest.
 

TWmilkteaTW

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Never try the lenses before..but im pretty sure..no way for it to be 3X better.. even if it does..how are we going to measure it.
You are not paying 3 times more just for the Image quality it produces.. You are also paying for the material it uses eg..the barrel, glass..labor cost..etc etc.

If this purchase is so big for you such that...you have save very long and the 2 over thousand meant ALOT to you eg once you buy..u will go bankrupt somewhat or rather (if u get what i mean) and you're looking for 3X time of performance.. ill say..most probably you might encounter buyer remorse.
 

Luminare

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DX body means 1.5 time 24mm = 36mm ........

I personally found 36mm to be kind of limiting when doing street cityscape. i often had to resort to 16mm and 20mm. The max focal range was 24mm. For portrait, perhaps 35mm f/1.4 is good but hardly any stranger in S'pore will let you photograph them knowingly at this focal range. I did use a lot of 36mm when i had the 24mm f/1.4 on my old D5000 for nature/outdoor landscape and that was ok.

I would think a 17-55mm DX f/2.8 be an overall better buy. A friend of mine has the 17-55mm on this D80 that he uses for both landscape, wedding and event photography and i personally find 17-55mm to be a very useful focal length for DX.
 

kane-rulez

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Never try the lenses before..but im pretty sure..no way for it to be 3X better.. even if it does..how are we going to measure it.
You are not paying 3 times more just for the Image quality it produces.. You are also paying for the material it uses eg..the barrel, glass..labor cost..etc etc.

If this purchase is so big for you such that...you have save very long and the 2 over thousand meant ALOT to you eg once you buy..u will go bankrupt somewhat or rather (if u get what i mean) and you're looking for 3X time of performance.. ill say..most probably you might encounter buyer remorse.
look at the bright side it will end up on BnS for cheaper than new prices.

and to the Ts if 2k is a lot of money rent out a d700 FF camera and a 24 f1.4 lens should cost you around 100 odd dollars but it will give you a good idea of what you are getting as well as a good comparison of what the lens does on a crop camera i.e your d7000 versus the full-frame D700 or D3s or D800 whichever you can get your hands on.
 

kero89

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Yep whatever you have said is what I have told myself.

But what I want to know is whether the 24mm is significantly different than the 28mm in terms of image quality and performance rather than it being wider and having a bigger aperture. I'm new to photography so bear with my lack of knowledge.

Thanks.
Hey no worries, even I have been into photography for 7 years, i still suffer the same dilemma as you!

bokeh and image quality I really quite like the 24mm.

But the weight and the ridiculous slow AF makes me doubt the price tag.

I am too using D7000, so to me the framing on either 24/28 mm is about the same.
 

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only you will know whether worth it or not, whatever others says does not really matter, they are not you, you are the one using the lens, the image is to satisfy yourself, not others
 

rain5533

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Prefer you borrow your friend 24-70mm f2.8G and start from 24mm vs 28mm and use all the day, if you love the 24mm the way you go.
 

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