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Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AI-S 35mm Primes

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $419.95


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length20mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance10.2 in
    Picture Angle94 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size62 mm
    Groups / Elements12 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diameter2.6 in
    Length1.7 in
    Weight8.96 oz
    MPN1415
    Product ID20724801

Product Description

Super Wide Angle 20mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mohawk51 a Expert

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2005

Strengths:    Extremely well built (metal, not plastic).

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I've had this lens for about 5 years now. It's a gem of a lens. It's amazing what you can bring in to focus with it. Just a few inches to infinity. That's why I bought it. For the publications I submit to, whether it's a cover shot or inside editorial, they have to be razor sharp. This lens makes sure that is done. It's a tough lens that can take abuse. I like the wider angle it produces more than the 24MM. Yes, you have to be careful with composition. Things can creep into the viewfinder with this vast angle. A little care can go a long way and you can produce some great images.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Mail order

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rckjiang a Casual

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2004

Strengths:    Sharp!
Strong Build
Compact size


Weaknesses:    - Annoying Barrel distortion, but not as much as some other lenses,
- 62mm filters, meaning Ihave to get bigger filters from my collection of 52mm
- lots of fall-off wide open, but is gone by f4


Bottom Line:   
This is a great lens that offers great image quality in a small package.It is small and compact, and the amount of view is just great. The fact the the barrel distortion is off set by the strong construction of the lens. If you do get a chance to get your hands on one of these, do so

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   a shop in taiwan

Similar Products Used:   Canon 17-40mm f4

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a Casual from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2003

Strengths:    Compact and light in weight. Very good sharpness, distortion control and flare control. A little vignetting, but not a problem at all if compared with other 20mm lenses. Excellent constriction and perfect match with my manual nikon bodies.

Weaknesses:    Useless lens hood. Even a bit more expensive than AF version. No "D" function provided with using flashes.

Bottom Line:   
I think technology is growing everyday. Thus, even I don't have comparison with AF version, I do think that ais's coating or elements quality may not or only equal to AF version. However, its metallic constriction must be better and tougher than AF plastic constrictions. That's the only reason why I like it so much.
I bought it in secondhand market at HK$2600 which is reasonable, but a brand new Ais 20mm F2.8 cost at least $3300.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   nikon AFS 17-35mm F2.8

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rsage a Expert from Broomfield,CO.80020

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2002

Strengths:    Quality build. Sharp.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this lens in the mid 80's for about the same price as they are going for today. This is probably my favorite lens. Very sharp and contrasty. I'm not sure this manual lens is still in production since the AF version is so popular. Has a great solid feel and smooth focus. Watch for vignetting with filter and shade or double filters. 62mm filters.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Mike's Camera

Similar Products Used:   About a dozen other Nikkors.

Type of photography:   Fine Art



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