Nikon 28 f/1.8G vs 24 f/2.8D

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I'm in the market for a new lens to add to my 50mm 1.4D and I'm torn between the 24 2.8D and 28 1.8G. I shoot with a d7000 with plans to upgrade to FF in the near future. The lens would be my primary walk around lens as I find the 50 1.4 to be too long for my liking. I used to own a 24-70 2.8 but I sold it because I wasn't a fan of lugging it around everywhere so I'm going with all primes.

Does anyone or has anyone owned either? or both? I'm looking to purchase within the next few days.
 

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The 1.8 for the wider aperture. The difference between 24 and 28 isn't that much.


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I had the 24mm 2.8 AF-D for a while. I did this flower garden with it on a d7000
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157644541574462/

I enjoyed using the lens. But I had a bunch of overlap.
I now have the d7000 plus a ff d600
I've moved on to a 18-35/3.5-4.5 lens which I just absolutely love using on my d600
such as this car show the other week (i'm going to 2 more car shows this weekend) https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157645081760985/

the d7000 now mostly just has the kid 18-105 lens on it.
I also had the 20-35/2.8 (no longer have), 24-85/2.8-4 (still have plus macro).
I never noticed it until recently when I was running through a bunch of old photos but my 24mm seemed to have more barrel distortion than my other lenses.

once you start liking WA you just can't get wide enough ...
 
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The 1.8 for the wider aperture. The difference between 24 and 28 isn't that much.


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I wouldn't say that I absolutely NEED the 1.8 to be honest. I was leaning more towards the 24 2.8 until I came across the 28 1.8 which seems to have good reviews.

I had the 24mm 2.8 AF-D for a while. I did this flower garden with it on a d7000
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157644541574462/

I enjoyed using the lens. But I had a bunch of overlap.
I now have the d7000 plus a ff d600
I've moved on to a 18-35/3.5-4.5 lens which I just absolutely love using on my d600
such as this car show the other week (i'm going to 2 more car shows this weekend) https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157645081760985/

the d7000 now mostly just has the kid 18-105 lens on it.
I also had the 20-35/2.8 (no longer have), 24-85/2.8-4 (still have plus macro).
I never noticed it until recently when I was running through a bunch of old photos but my 24mm seemed to have more barrel distortion than my other lenses.

once you start liking WA you just can't get wide enough ...

Thanks for your input. Do you have any photos with 24mm on your d600?
 

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I sold the 24mm to help pay for the d600.
But I'm sure I've taken other photos with my 24-85 at 24mm @ 2.8 ... but I'd have to go through a bunch of photos to test.

I do have a variety of focal lengths with a couple lenses in this album from 24 with the 24-85 but the photos are cropped for 8x10 and other sizes. Also when I get under 35 I try not to photo people due to distortion. Just look at the first photo in that album when I wanted to get distortion @18mm from the ground up. Subjects closer to the camera get distorted.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157645164413124/
 

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I bought a used Nikon AF 20mm f2.8D for just over $200.00 and couldn't be happier. On my D700, it's ultra-wide. On my D300 it's wide for most events, etc...
But on FX, it's really cool how wide it goes, for just over $200.00.

But if you can only pick from the 24mm or 28mm, go 24mm. It's wider and I hear good things about it.
 

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I nearly bought a 20mm AFD lens. But then I had a headscratcher .. considering I was using a 20-35/2.8 it made no sense to duplicate in primes what I had in zooms or vice versa. But I'm happy with the 18-35 for now .... of course that Nikon 16mm 2.8 fisheye looks interesting too.

The 24mm is a great little lens. I loved using it when I had it but I took mostly images of objects and not people. I was finally able to get an entire rainbow in the image with my d7000 !! 52mm filter the same as the 35 & 50mm AF-Ds

here's a bunch more 24mm shots (also a few 24-85 & 50mm) on my d7000.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157644407988707/

I love the physical size versus the modern G lenses.
 

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Get the 20mm 1.8....fast, sharp and cheap.
 

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I nearly bought a 20mm AFD lens. But then I had a headscratcher .. considering I was using a 20-35/2.8 it made no sense to duplicate in primes what I had in zooms or vice versa. But I'm happy with the 18-35 for now .... of course that Nikon 16mm 2.8 fisheye looks interesting too.

The 24mm is a great little lens. I loved using it when I had it but I took mostly images of objects and not people. I was finally able to get an entire rainbow in the image with my d7000 !! 52mm filter the same as the 35 & 50mm AF-Ds

here's a bunch more 24mm shots (also a few 24-85 & 50mm) on my d7000.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100677477@N08/sets/72157644407988707/

I love the physical size versus the modern G lenses.

I wanted the 20-35 f2.8, but when I found the 20mm f2.8D for just over $200.00, I didn't have a choice.
 

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I can't believe you found one for so cheap ?!?!?! I thought it was a typo.

The 20-35 was great .. but for a zoom and only 15mm "zoom" .. I got tired of that real fast considering all the other options out there.
 
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Hm, I'm not sure if the 20mm would be too wide for me. I found the 24mm-35mm range from my 24-70 2.8 I used to own to be ideal for my liking.
 

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I found the 24mm (with my 50 and 85) a good set of primes to have. And I have a 24-85 too.
but the 20 ... I decided to just go with my 18-35 that I ended up getting.

Once you jump to FF .. and you get the UWA bug .. it's all gonna change. lol
 

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I'm doing lots and lots of wide angle shots now that i'm doing a lot of landmark photography. Now my 11-16 tokina lens i have is pretty good, it gives me the breathing room in very tight areas i would other not be able to capture fully. The problem i'm facing with this lens is that it is noticeably softer than my other lenses, so i am not able to capture all of the detail i want sometimes. The lenses you've mentioned will probably be much sharper.
 

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I'm doing lots and lots of wide angle shots now that i'm doing a lot of landmark photography. Now my 11-16 tokina lens i have is pretty good, it gives me the breathing room in very tight areas i would other not be able to capture fully. The problem i'm facing with this lens is that it is noticeably softer than my other lenses, so i am not able to capture all of the detail i want sometimes. The lenses you've mentioned will probably be much sharper.

You must have a bad copy... My Tokina 11-16 is as sharp as a knife..


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