Today’s announcement of the AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED continues a long line of respected 24mm focal length Nikkor lenses.

In thier day, some have been fast aperture versions, and this new lens not only carries on the tradition, but extends it with its f/1.4 maximum aperture.

Here is the official announcement from Nikon Europe:

NIKON DELIVERS THE AF-S NIKKOR 24MM F/1.4G ED: THE ULTIMATE WIDE ANGLE LENS

RRP: £1949.99/€2319.00
Sales start date: March 2010

Nikon today announces a class leading ultra-fast aperture wide angle lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED. Designed for professional reportage and landscape photography, the new lens features a ground-breaking optical design for Nikon’s range of class leading FX-format DSLR cameras.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: “The new 24mm lens continues to strengthen Nikon’s professional lens line up which already includes a range of award winning NIKKOR zoom lenses such as the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. The shallow depth of field and bright viewfinder image offered by this new fast aperture prime lens will appeal to many photographers, particularly in the photojournalism community.”

New NIKKOR optical design
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED features a unique optical design which provides improved image quality, with minimal distortion and excellent edge to corner sharpness especially at wider aperture settings. The new optical system combines Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, ED glass and aspherical lens elements to deliver brilliant, high contrast image quality with minimised distortion and aberration. The f/1.4 aperture and nine blade rounded diaphragm contribute to render images with stunning NIKKOR trademark bokeh.

Discreet and Durable
The lens boasts a dedicated Silent Wave Motor for smooth and discrete autofocus operation, and is built to last with extensive use of magnesium in its construction, and weather and dust sealing, including around the mount. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED comes complete with dedicated secure fitting hood HB-51, and soft pouch.

Specifications
Focal length
24mm
Max/min aperture
f/1.4 / f/16
Lens construction
12 elements in 10 groups (with two ED glass and two aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Picture angle
84° (61° with Nikon DX format)
No. diaphragm blades
9 pcs. (rounded)
Closest focusing distance
0.25 m/0.82 ft
Filter/attachment size
77mm
Diameter x length
Approximately 83 x 88.5 mm
Weight
Approximately 620 g/21.9 oz

End. (09/02/10)