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D800 and 20 mm
Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 1:30 PM on 05.20.13
->> I want to pair my D800 with a Nikon 20 mm (doesn't matter if it's AF or not). But in cruising the web, I see mixed reviews, mostly from GWAs who I don't trust anyway. Anyone using this combo?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 1:51 PM on 05.20.13
->> I bought a 20mm D -- with aperture ring -- in December. No problems that I have found. Have used it on both my D800 and D800E.
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Alvin Jornada, Photographer
Santa Rosa | CA | USA | Posted: 4:58 PM on 05.20.13
->> No issues that I've noticed with my Nikon 20mm and D800. It's a good lens option if you like shooting that wide. Nice and compact too.
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 9:33 PM on 05.20.13
->> What's a GWA?
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 10:12 PM on 05.20.13
->> Perhaps a typo for GWC?

--Mark
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 11:08 PM on 05.20.13
->> Guy With A&@hole?
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David Harpe, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 11:39 PM on 05.20.13
->> I have the 20/2.8D and a D800...

It's a fine lens for most things. Crisp and if you don't mind the slow AF, it's a good lens.

One failing in this lens has to do with the back element design and how it works with digital camera bodies. How it was explained to me is the back elements on older lenses lack an antireflective coating. Wasn't a big deal with film cameras because film has a fairly matte finish. But a sensor has a very gloss finish, so you get reflections from the sensor back into the lens when you shoot in extreme lighting conditions. The visual result is this weird rainbow spot pattern around highlights.

Here's a small example of the phenomenon (Nikon 20/2.8D/D800):
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/17650942/colorado_20120916_0019.jpg

Note the weird red flare spots around the sun? That's from the reflection. This is actually a modest example - I've seen much worse.

Newer lenses are apparently designed to take into account the surface gloss of the sensor and don't have the same issue in these types of lighting conditions.

I've been shooting with the 20/2.8D and the D800 for about a year and in most situations this oddity isn't really an issue. But if you do plan on doing landscape or shots with a bunch of point light sources in the frame (like a big wide shot with arena lights), you might see this phenomenon.

Dave
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 9:12 AM on 05.21.13
->> Yes. Typo. Sorry.
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