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Review Nikkor AF 20mm f1:2,8 on a Nikon Df

Review Nikkor AF 20mm ƒ1:2,8 on a Nikon Dƒ

One of the main reasons for buying an expensive Nikon Df is that you may mount most Nikon lenses from the last 50 years. Okay, it seems this is my fav starting sentence for „eat the pic“ reviews, anyway I shoot this small lens at ebay for 120€ – cool price, but the question is, does this old AI lens will perfectly work on a Nikon FX sensor or a Df?

Nikkor 20mm

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There is one thing you have to know, if you want to have Exif datas later on, you have to set these in the system menu. You find the settings in Nikons Df’s system and lens data menu. Here you may choose own lens numbers. After this, select the focal length, light intensity and AI for your Df aperture coupling. That’s all – ready to rumble!

The lens in combination with a Nikon Df works like any other Nikkor lens – okay, it’s a bit tricky with the manual focus settings, but the Df will help you with the focus point inside the viewer – so there are no problems to get your picture razor sharp. If you choose an aperture ƒ8 and above you can be sure that everything will be sharp from 0,3 – 0,7 meters to notfinite – and this works so well, if you select Auto ISO even in dark light situations. I captured all pictures below with the Auto ISO setting.

Nikkor 20mm Underground

Nikkor 20mm Station

Nikkor 20mm Interior

As you can image and see with the pictures below, the distortion is quite massive – but it doesn’t matter when you’re taking landscape or beautiful sky and cloud images, make sure to hold your camera on a normal point of view, otherwise all buildings around will be squeezed on top.  Anyway – the nice thing with this lens is, that you get a cool wide angle picture with a fine vignette, it reminds me a bit of those old snapshot cameras. By the way, with Lightroom and its lens correction you can easily correct your taken pictures.

Distorsion 1

Distorsion 2

Whatever the case, the Nikkor AF 20mm works perfectly with a Nikon Df, it delivers a cool vignette and colorful pictures, it’s great for city, landscape and interior pictures. Just a fine (and cheap option) wide angle lens for use with your Df – the best is the road price for a used one at ebay.

Just for your information, I post processed most of these pictures in Lightroom using VSCO Film Pack 04 & Film Pack 05. Read our VSCO Film Pack 05 review here…

Cheers & happy weekend,


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