While modern AF-S Nikkor lenses offer great optics they tend to be lacking in the area compactness, something that the older AI, AF and AF-D lenses often excel at. This is particularly true when it comes to wide angle primes such as the AF 20mm F2.8, AF 24mm F2.8, AF 28mm F2.8 and AF 35mm F2. While none of these lenses are optically class leading, they offer a light weight option for those who need that above all else, while still working with a traditional DSLR system.
So the question is how do these lenses, with optical designs from the 1980's or earlier, perform on a modern DSLR with a 36MP sensor, such as the Nikon D800? My hope is to answer that question throughout this review.