Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8G ED Wide-Angle Lens Sample Images

Here’s a collection of travel-style images I’ve taken with the Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8G ED wide-angle prime lens to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

Text & Photos By David Coleman
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I’ve posted a detailed hands-on review of the Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8G ED separately. In this post, I’m including more sample images I took with it in the hope that it’s useful to someone to see what comes out of the lens in real-world shooting conditions.

The short version of this lens is that it’s a 20mm prime with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and a minimum aperture of f/16. It still has some bulk, but it’s smaller and lighter than some other wide-angle fast primes. It has thirteen elements in eleven groups, uses Nikon’s Silent Wave autofocus system, and has a 7-blade rounded diaphragm to help with smooth bokeh. It takes 77mm filters and works with full-frame or cropped sensor bodies; on a DX-sensor camera, it has an effective focal length of 30mm.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Two Aspherical Elements + Two ED Elements
  • Silent Wave Motor Autofocus System

Sample Images Taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8G ED

All of the photos here were shot on a Nikon D810 in RAW. They were processed in Lightroom, but I haven’t applied any of Lightroom’s lens corrections to them. So any issues like vignetting or chromatic aberration are as shot. And I’m focusing here on images that should test things like vignetting, sharpness, chromatic aberration, and distortion. I’ve also included a range of apertures, although I have put emphasis on the larger apertures—after all, that’s a selling point of this lens.

If you’d like a closer look, you can click on each image to open a full-size version.

Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/4. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2.8. While it’s not a macro lens, with a close focusing distance of under 8 inches, it works well for subjects that are near. This is the inside of a scale model 19th-century factory. For a sense of scale, you can see a kid looking in from the left. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/11. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/5.6. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/4. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/6.3. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/6.3. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/6.3. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/11. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/2.5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/1.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon 20mm f1.8 Lens Photo
Photo taken with a Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8 lens at ƒ/11. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

Hands-on Review

I’ve posted a more detailed hands-on review of the Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8G separately.

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Two Aspherical Elements + Two ED Elements
  • Silent Wave Motor Autofocus System

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Accessories for the Nikon 20mm ƒ/1.8G ED AF-S

Filters. It takes standard 77mm screw-in filters: Polarizer | UV/Haze | ND.

Lens Hood. It comes with a lens hood. For a replacement, the model number is HB-72.

Case. It comes with a soft pouch. There’s no particular reason you need to use the official Nikon version, but if you want to get it, the model number is CL-1015.

Lens Caps. It uses regular Nikon front (LC-77) and rear (LF-4) lens caps (there are many aftermarket versions that work just as well).

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