Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF

Last updated (18 June’10):
– Review by Olegnovikov

Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF is a wide-angle lens features 28mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f2.8. The lens construction has 6 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 74 degrees (35mm format), 53 degrees (Nikon DX format). Closest focusing distance at 0.85 feet and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF lens weighs 7.4 ounces and it measures 2.6 inches in diameter and 1.8 inches long.

Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF Reviews

Olegnovikov reviews the Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“The lens does not perform well wide open at all; its performance improves at f/4 but then again f/4 is not an exactly fast aperture. The lens’ only saving grace is that it performs very well at f/11. If you are looking for a small, light, inexpensive general–purpose wide–angle lens and expect to use it stopped down most of the time, then the AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D is a good choice.”
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Photozone reviews the Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF and writes;
“The principal design of the Nikkor AF 28mm f/2.8D is obviously closely related to the AF 24mm f/2.8D so it shares some of its characteristics. The resolution figures are very good but otherwise the lens left something to be desired for a fix-focal… Compared to modern lenses the Nikkor seems to be a little dated but naturally it still remains a very good lens with a few bugs. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF User Reviews

Extremely Sharp Lens, Well Built – Smooth/Damped Focusing | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is probably one of Nikons underappreciated lenses. For those looking for an affordable 28mm wide angle lens that is very sharp, this is it. It is well built (Made in Japan) with very good IQ. “ – by Oracle DBA

Great walking around lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“The quality of the images, including color, is outstanding and the lens is very light which makes it an easy ‘walking’ lens. I am especially impressed with the night photos I’ve taken at F2.8. They’re very sharp and the color is very good. This is a great lens for the price – highly recommended.” – by J. Ellis

A Wonderful Little Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is the equivalent of a 42mm on my D300 and it stays on the camera most of the time. It is sharp, has beautiful colors and is lightweight. I use it mostly for landscape photography and set the aperture and focus manually for the greatest depth of field.” – by CC

High-quality workhorse | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a great choice for a full-frame camera like the D700 or D3X. Nice and sharp, decent curvature and distortion, and high contrast in the face of backlighting that would give other lenses fits of flare and low contrast. It’s a no-brainer at the price.” – by Paul Grupp

Good for DX format, okay for FX | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“I wanted a nice normal, prime, fast lens for my DX-format camera. This was a strong contender due to a 42mm effective focal length with 1.5x crop factor. Turned out to be a decent performer. Provides good color saturation and good FOV. Performs better outdoors. “ – by HOV600R

Competent and inexpensive: bargain “normal” lens for DX | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“Its performance is perfectly respectable. In fact, wide-open at normal shooting distances, it is already quite sharp, something that can not be said for many fast primes, and it manages to provide crisp, modern, contrasty color renditions, no doubt thanks to state of the art – as of its introduction – lens coatings.” – by Glenn Carpenter

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF Specifications

Lens-making is an art–Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world’s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the “glass” that makes the world’s greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 28mm f2.8D AF Nikkor is a compact, lightweight wide-angle lens constructed with superb optical design for architecture, wedding and landscape photography. It features 74-degree (53-degree with Nikon DX format) picture coverage with edge-to-edge sharpness. It also weighs an exceptionally light 7.4 ounces and boasts a 0.85-foot close focusing distance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon’s multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.

What’s in the Box:
Lens, 72mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1.

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