Nikon 24mm f/1.4 on DX camera

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Why would you want to put the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 on a DX camera? The Nikon 24mm f/1.4 is an amazing wide angle lens on FX cameras, but when you use it on a DX camera, it becomes a 36mm (FOV) f/1.4. It gives a similar FOV to the Nikon 35mm f/1.4, except that the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 is slightly cheaper. A big difference with Nikon 24mm f/1.4 on a DX thou is you won’t get the same DoF characteristics as the 35mm even thou the FOV is equivalent of a 35mm. Take a look at the example below, the DOF is nearly doubled with the 24mm on a DX camera.

35mm is a popular focal length used for street photography and photojournalism. A lot of photographers prefer to use 35mm than 24mm, because 35mm produces images that are less distorted than the 24mm.

Camera Lens Equivalent FOV Aperture Subject Distance DOF
Nikon D3s 35mm f/1.4 35mm f/5.6 3m 2.96m
Nikon D300s 24mm f/1.4 36mm f/5.6 3m 5.33m


Despite of that, I sometimes use the 24mm on a DX camera for casual shooting because it is much lighter to carry than the D3/D700. It gives me a popular 35mm FOV to work with and also gives me a fast f/1.4 aperture for low light shooting. If I am a DX user,  I should use the 35mm f/1.8 DX for low light shooting, but since I primarily shoot with full frame and don’t stock a lot of DX lenses, I like to utilise what I have. It gives me a fast wide angle setup on a light weight DX camera.

If you want a fast wide angle lens on a DX, this is the fastest you can get. The 35m f/1.8 DX is 2/3 of a stop slower, but it is not much of a wide angle lens when used on a DX, The 17-55mm f/2.8 weighs about the same, but is 2 stops slower.

Nikon D3 and Nikon 24mm f/1.4

Sample from Nikon 24mm f/1.4 on FX

Nikon D3000 and Nikon 24mm f/1.4


Sample from Nikon D3000 and Nikon 24mm f/1.4

Here are some shots taken with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 on a DX set up at the local Shinobi sushi lounge. All the images were taken at f/1.4 – f/2, ISO 800. I use this set up as my light weight casual shooting combo when I want to shoot in low light.  By the way Shinobi sushi makes brilliant sushi and cocktails. It has a great sushi bar atmosphere where you can enjoy some saka and sushi while watching the brilliant knife work of their sushi chef. Talk to Jeremy and he would be glad to introduce the exciting menu and daily special with you.

Shinobi Sushi Lounge

It says “So long and Thanks for all the fish “


Jeremy shaking it up

A great selection of Japanese spirits

Salmon Skin Roll, Ruapehu Roll and Caterpillar Rolls


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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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