Nikkor AF-S 20mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/160s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/25s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/100s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1600s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/125s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/50s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/800s

Verdict

There were no doubt high expectations, and the Nikon AF-S 20/1.8 G mostly delivers. Image center sharpness is excellent straight from the largest aperture, the borders and corners are a bit weaker at large apertures, but stopped down considerably (something you'd want to do anyway for landscapes), there is very good sharpness across the whole frame.

Distortion is moderate, as is the level of CAs, but the high amount of vignetting wide open is a little surprising.

In terms of build quality there are no surprises and the Nikkor is in-line with its recently announced f/1.8 siblings.

Are there any competitors? Well, there's the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG ART which is a compelling lens. However, due to its higher speed, it is more expensive and quite a brick which may not be to everybody's taste.

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