Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR

Last Updated (08 June’12):
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Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR is a new autofocus FX-format lens which offers a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 with focal length of 28mm. The lens construction consists of 11 glass elements in 9 groups and contains aspheric lens elements to help minimize coma and other types of lens aberrations. Moreover, this lens also comes with a Nano Crystal Coat on glass surfaces to reduce ghosting and flare within the lens. There is a rounded 7-blade diaphragm for aesthetic bokeh and natural rendering of out-of-focus areas, making it ideal to capture landscapes, architecture, group shots, travel and more.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Reviews

Cameralabs reviews the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“The performance is pretty good but you need to stop down to f4.0 or even f5.6 for the sharpest results across the frame, and if your sample is like mine you’ll also need to correct for a focus-shift as the aperture is closed to get flawless performance. Overall it is a worthy addition to the current offering of short primes,”
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Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“At f/1.8 sharpness in the centre is already very good, and the clarity towards the edges of the frame is good. Stopping down results in increased clarity across the frame with peak sharpness being achieved between f/4 and f/5.6. Excellent sharpness is maintained right down to the minimum aperture of f/16… Its performance is up with the best of them, and it costs around half as much as the current crop of Nikon fast aperture prime lenses. This makes the lens an excellent value choice.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photographyblog reviews the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“Build quality is very good, with the bonus of a weather-sealed mount, and the lens is long but not too heavy. Chromatic aberrations in particular are very well controlled, geometric distortion is impressively low for an ultrawide lens (unless you are focusing very close). The Nano Crystal Coat successfully prevents any contrast loss attributable to veiling flare, even if it cannot fully eliminate the kind of reflections that are inherent with ultrawide lenses.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMAG reviews the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“I used Imatest to check the sharpness and distortion characteristics of the 28mm when paired with the full-frame Nikon D600. Distortion is only one percent, which is basically irrelevant in field conditions. The lens is razor sharp, even at f/1.8. It hits 2,301 lines per picture height there, well in excess of the 1,800 lines required for a sharp photo. It gets sharper still as you stop down, topping out at 2,875 lines at f/8.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“The Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8 G convinces with very good performance in almost any regard. Sharpness is very good across the frame wide open already and improves to excellent resolution in the image center by stopping down. Distortion and CAs are moderate, the bokeh is quite smooth for a wide-angle lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“The Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G is a fast, sharp, light, fast-focusing wide-angle lens. It lets in more light than any f/2.8 zoom for shorter shutter speeds or lower ISOs.”
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Lenstip reviews the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“The 28 mm focal length is a relatively wide angle of view so the depth of field, even at the maximum relative aperture, is not especially shallow either. Because of that the standards concerning the autofocus accuracy are not set especially high and the tested lens has no problems with performing well – the number of misses in studio conditions didn’t exceed 1%. Such a result is really good and praiseworthy.”
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Video Reviews

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Reviews

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User Opinions

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR User Reviews

Excellent IQ But Cheap Build Quality
“Right out of the box, its build quality is NOT on par with 1.4G lenses. But it offers great price/performance ratio if you compare it to the legendary 28 1.4D. Its AF is quick and spot on for stationary subject; however, there is a tendency for it to miss focus for fast moving subjects even on D4 with AF-C 51D.” – By L. Shi
Rating: ★★★★☆

Exceptional lens
“With regard to focusing speed, my experience has been predominantly with the D800 – which on its own has improved and very capable focusing. Getting the subject focused is not only fast, but also much more consistent in giving great results (sharp eyes in human subjects). In comparison to my other prime D-type lenses, and the G-type zoom lenses (e.g. 70-200mm, and 28-300mm), the 28mm f/1.8G beats them all.” – By K. Chua
Rating: ★★★★★

Extremely sharp with great color and clarity
“First off, central sharpness is great as tested on a D800E, even from wide open. Color and clarity are also very good. There is some CA and, of course, vignetting but neither are really that bad at all (and again, that’s as tested on a D800E).” – By Tariq Gibran Hamid
Rating: ★★★★☆

Sharp, Fast and light
“The lens is simply amazing, very sharp, fast and light I love it! I use a D700 I use a lot of professional lenses such as the 24-70mm, 70-200mm etc… and taught I’d never achieve the amazing results I’ve been getting so far with a prime as far as sharpness goes, well I was wrong,.. the 28mm made more sense for me, guys this thing is really sharp and really fast very impressed with the results so far,” – By RedOctane
Rating: ★★★★★

Great little lens, lots of light
“I was excited to hear the announcement of this lens. I like to shoot using a classic 35mm field of view, but with my new D800e I knew I would be able to shoot wider and crop if needed. Turns out I like the 28mm framing better than 35mm. It’s a great lightweight walk-around lens. Another thing I was looking for is sharp corners.” – By uphillside
Rating: ★★★★☆

Sharp, accurate and sharp
“I tested and tested this before any projects, then put it to work. It’s a great lens overall with the only real caveat being it takes a little longer to lock AF in very low (candle) light. Not any worse than the 85′s though, so pretty decent. The distortions are minimal and quite manageable if you need to correct them. The CA is well controlled overall, but as with any WA lens, there is some.” – By Dwegs
Rating: ★★★★★

Wonderful all around lens
“I use this lens on my d7000 which comes out sharp and clear my personal favorite body since I was previously a d90 user. However, I must say the results on a d700 is spectacular. The sharpness is so clear and comes out even more nice when you shoot RAW. I highly recommend these lens if you’re not really up for spending the extra $$$ for the 24 or 35.” – By Emily
Rating: ★★★★★

28 1.8 vs 35mm 1.4 vs. 35mm f/2
“Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR lens: Less expensive than the 35mm 1.4;Excellent clarity and resolving power made for a 36megapixel camera and higher (D800); High clarity in high contrast and backlit photos; Slightly wider than the 35mm” – By Michael Allebach
Rating: ★★★★★

Very satisfied
“So far the best prime lens Nikon has offered. Lens is more on the fragile side, but it gives great pictures from my setup on my D90. Natural colors comes out vividly with a great image blur that is more satisfying to the eye. Overall this is a great lens to be added to any prime lens collection and will best with both FX and DX Nikon DSLRs” – By Shin Zer0
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic Lens
“I won’t go into all the scientific specifics but just wanted to write a short note to say this lens is fabulous in real world application and will be keeping this a very long time! If there is a supposed focal shift, I haven’t come across any situation I’ve been able to tell so far. These new 1.8G primes are impressive for the bang for buck aspect!” – By Photo_Guy
Rating: ★★★★★

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Manual

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Features

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Features & Specifications

Features:

+ Silent Wave Motor which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology.

+ AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.

+ M/A is a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

+ Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon’s term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.

+ Nano Crystal Coat is an anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths.

+ Rear Focusing is a system in which only the rear lens group moves during focusing, thus eliminating changes in the physical length of the lens during focusing and enabling faster focusing.

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Specifications

+ Focal Length: 28mm

+ Maximum Aperture: f/1.8

+ Minimum Aperture: f/16

+ Elements/Groups: 11/9

+ Angle of View: 75° (FX-format) / 53° (DX-format)

+ Max. Reproduction Ratio: 0.22x

+ Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8″ / 25 cm

+ Number of Aperture Blades: 7 (rounded)

+ Lens Mount: Nikon F mount

+ Filter Diameter: 67mm

+ Dimensions (D x L): 2.9 x 3.2″ / 7.4 x 8.1 cm

+ Weight: 11.6 oz / 330 g


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