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Nikon Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 review and recommendations for accessories

June 2, 2013

My father bought this lens in 1979, mostly for using it reversed on the bellows. I often borrowed it for travel and landscape photography. I realised that this lens is unique for shooting into the sun. Thus I have shot a lot of images with the centre of our solar system in the background.

For about two decades it was my only super wide-angle lens. At the beginning of this century I replaced it with the AF-S 17-35mm. But the 20mm f/3.5 is still in my lens line because it has its niches...

The Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 including the HK-6 hood mounted on my D700.

The 20mm f/3.5 is a small and lightweight alternative to my AF-S 17-35mm.





Recommended accessories:

Using the 20mm in conjunction with a K1 ring or a PK-11A (shown here) implies that you have to go really close to your subject.
But the resulting images show an extraordinary perspective.

Sample images:

On the beach. Captured in Summer 1986 in Hvalba, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands with my Nikon FM2 on Fujichrome RD (Sensia) at F16.

Autumn 2009 in Buskerud, Norway. Nikon D700, F11.

Bee at work. The Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 at closest focus. Nikon D700, F11.

Ripe lingonberries in Norway in Autumn 2009. Nikon D700 + K1 ring + Nikkor 20mm, F16.

At the banks of the river Ems.
This image was just raw converted by Nikon Capture NX2 for evaluating sharpness, see 100% crops below. The focus was set to infinity.

100% crop from the centre of the frame.

100% crop from the lower right corner.

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