Best Performing 24mm Lenses For Nikon D800 DSLR Camera

DxOMark published their test results for the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC (AE) lens which looks like the best 24mm lens for full frame cameras.

They have tested four different 24mm lenses including Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2, Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G and Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 with the Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR camera which is priced for $2,796.95.

See their conclusion below and the comparison table with prices.

See also : Recommended Nikon D800 Lenses


Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC

Best Performing 24mm Lenses For Nikon D800 DSLR Camera

Here is an updated list of the best performing 24mm lenses for Nikon D800 DSLR camera:

Lens Price DxOMark Score Sharpness
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 $1,699 34 22
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED $1,899 34 17
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC $669 33 21
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 $1,004 23 15


From DxOMark conclusion on the Samyang 24mm f/1.4:

The best performing 24mm lens on the Nikon D800 is, surprisingly perhaps, not the relatively new AF-S Nikkor 24mm f1.4G ED but the marginally more affordable manual focus Zeiss Distagon T* 2,0/25 ZF.2. As we can see from the DxOMark score it’s highly corrected, like the Nikkor, but along with a more modest maximum aperture it has noticeably higher peak sharpness. Although the Nikkor is a superb performer, the Zeiss is sharper at every aperture. Even at the initial aperture, the Zeiss has better sharpness and uniformity than Nikkor at f2.0. In third place is the Samyang. It has almost the same DxOMark score, while peak sharpness surpasses even that of the excellent Nikkor.

Given the price, the Samyang is a tempting choice but it lacks the outright performance of both the Nikkor and the Zeiss where it counts most for this type of lens. Nevertheless, performance is still very good at the wider-apertures, and as this model has both the convenience of a built-in CPU and an auto-aperture it’s a far more attractive proposition than the EF mount version is to Canon users. It’s not the best performer optically, that title goes to the Zeiss and if you must have AF, the choice then is limited to the Nikkor, however the Samyang is a decent performer and offers great value.

Nikon D800 Price and Availability

Store Price Amazon Adorama
Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) $2,796.95 Buy Buy

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