While I was in London last week I bought some new, old old glass. A Nikkor 24mm 2.8 AFD lens. It is actually the second time I have owned this glass having previously traded it for a Nikkor 17-55 2.8 AFS so why the step back.
Firstly I still have the 17-55 glass, its a daily work horse and the flexibility is really useful but its big and heavy. This is where the 24mm excels.
The Nikkor 24mm 2.8 AFD is small, light weight and very flexible, it does have a tendency to flare and produce UFOs if you shoot straight into a light source, but with care its not a major problem. It focus close enough and has a wide enough view that it works great as a walk around every day lens and the fast (enough) 2.8 aperture means it can be used at night as well. Ideal for holidays. In fact when combined with a camera with Dynamic Area AF it actually works well as a high quality compact.
Well I am happy to get the class back and expect it to be my default lens for non work stuff. If you want to see some of my photos why not check out my photography portfolio at http://photo.scotthewitt.co.uk.