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    Nikon 24mm f/2.8 Ai-S

    Hi, after getting my lovely new Nikon FM2n a few weeks ago I've been trying to get a good rounded set of lenses for it, I have a 50mm f/1.8 and 105mm f/2.5 both Ai-S now which is a great start. But one my main interests is landscapes so a decent wide angle lens is very important to me, at first I was looking at the 28mm f/2.8 but felt like I needed something a little wider and I'd also read that the 24mm outperforms the 28mm. Unfortunately though I have also read reviews that say the 24mm has quite bad distortion so I'd like to hear from people who use the lens on this forum.

    I'd mainly be shooting landscapes, probably very little if any city or architecture, and probably some seascapes, would the distortion be a problem for this kind of application? I'd also like some advice about pricing for one of these lenses, I've found one in mint condition for £169.99, but that seems quite high to me. I'd to know I won't be at all disappointed before I spend that kind of money on a lens, after all I'm just a student!

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    I own the 24mm. It's okay. I have heard the 20mm f/4 is much better, but I haven't worked with it.

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    Thanks for the reply, although unfortunately the 20mm f/4 seems to be even more expensive! The only one I saw on eBay was over £300, I just need a decent wide angle for landscapes and I can't really put much money into it which is why I'm not sure if £170 is a good enough price to justify getting the 24mm f/2.8. I don't mind some distortion as long as it's not really obvious, and obviously I'd like a sharp lens. If there are any other lenses in the same focal length and price range I'm to suggestions. Although I'm not a professional photographer, so surely this lens would be more than good enough for my needs?
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    24 mm is a good focal length without much distortion.

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    Unless you plan on shooting on a tripod and with mirror lock up every time I doubt you'll see any difference in sharpness from the 24 to 28. Especially if you stop down a couple stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Sintchak (rich815) View Post
    Unless you plan on shooting on a tripod and with mirror lock up every time I doubt you'll see any difference in sharpness from the 24 to 28. Especially if you stop down a couple stops.
    I probably will use a tripod a bit as I'd like to try some long exposures and while the FM2n doesn't have mirror lock up I'd probably use the self timer which basically does the same thing. But no I wouldn't be using a tripod all the time, and I think most of the images would be at around f/8 or f/11. Would you say that £169.99 is a good price for one of these lenses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by James-EG View Post
    I probably will use a tripod a bit as I'd like to try some long exposures and while the FM2n doesn't have mirror lock up I'd probably use the self timer which basically does the same thing. But no I wouldn't be using a tripod all the time, and I think most of the images would be at around f/8 or f/11. Would you say that £169.99 is a good price for one of these lenses?
    In good condition yes, e.g. http://www.apertureuk.com/nikon_manual_lenses.html
    A series E 28mm would be cheaper and not detectably different unless you have a very heavy tripod.
    An expensive lens won't improve your photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmas View Post
    In good condition yes, e.g. http://www.apertureuk.com/nikon_manual_lenses.html
    A series E 28mm would be cheaper and not detectably different unless you have a very heavy tripod.
    An expensive lens won't improve your photos.
    Okay so I know it's a good price, it's described as mint and definitely looks like it in the pictures. My tripod is carbon fibre, but quite large as I use it for wildlife photography but I also have a ball head which is metal and very heavy, it provides quite a solid base and with the type of photographs I'd like to take it will be quite low to the ground.
    I do understand that an expensive lens won't improve my photos, that's partly the reason I wast sure about the price, but I'd like the slightly wider lens, with a 50mm I definitely need something wider, and on my Canon and 18-55mm kit lens the 18mm end still seems quite restricting at times, on my camera with a crop sensor it is equivalent to 28mm.

    I really appreciate the help received from everyone!
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    I owned a Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S lens for a period, but didn't really use it that much after I starting shooting mostly digital. I also owned a Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-S lens that I used a lot and got very good results with this lens. The Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens has a reputation as one of the best Nikkor wide-angle lens ever made with outstanding correction and lack of distortion. Here's one reviewer's comments, with whom I agree, but if you Google the lens you'll find many more similar comments. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/28f28ais.htm

    I wish I still had my 28mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens!

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    Thanks Jim, will an extra 4mm wider be worth the extra price? And how noticeable is the change in sharpness between those two lenses?
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