Nikon 24mm f/3.5 PC-E D ED
This manual focus lens has superb optics both for normal shooting as well as perspective control shooting. Flare and ghosting is well controlled. There is some (barely visible) CA wide open. Sharpness is excellent from f/3.5, and only starts to decline at f/16 due to diffraction.
A special tilt/shift mechanism gives users up to +/- 8.5° tilt and +/- 11.5 mm shift for perspective control.
The mechanical constructon is good, with a really solid feel and well dampened focus ring. The knobs to lock the tilt/shift settings are a bit on the tiny side for my fingers.
While this lens can be mounted on DX cameras, the lens cannot be fully shifted upwards on some DX cameras, because it will hit the prism overhang. Pro-level DX DSLRs like D300 does not have this problem, but most lower-end DSLR models do. It will only meter on Nikon bodies compatible with AI-S.
It has good IR-performance. I could detect no hot-spots at any aperture.
Rating: Ed: -, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).
Mount: Nikon F.
Aperture range: f/3.5 to f/32.
Close focus distance (CFD): 21 cm / 0.69 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:2.7 / 0.37X.
Filter diameter: 77 mm.
L x D, W: 198 x 83 mm, 730 g.
IR: No hotspot reports.
Approximate street price: USD 1990 (new, w/o tax).
Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.