Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tyler Awesome Prime Lens
Great lens for the price. This lens allows for shallow depths-of-field while preserving the ability to capture wide angels.
November 3, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Koelner Sharp and easy to use
it's a very sharp and easy to use wide-angle lens, very nice for Travel
September 22, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by HumblePhotog Very nice little lens for a little pricetag.
When I purchased this lens, I had mixed expectations. I wanted a standard 28mm wide angle to keep in my camera bag, but didn't feel like I'd use one enough to justify the price tag on the 1.8G.
I haven't been disappointed with this lens in respect to the insignificant amount of money I spent on it. It is respectably sharp, especially considering the price. There are sharper primes out there, but you'll be forking out a good bit more cash for them.
The AF is also snappy. Very snappy, actually, which I was surprised by. If your camera doesn't have a built-in AF motor, though, you obviously won't be able to use the AF feature. You could still manually focus with it, and it will still be just as sharp, but that's something people those types of cameras will want to keep in mind.
Color and overall IQ is nice with minimal distortion that you really have to look for to find, if you find any at all. Bokeh is also nice, though this is not a lens I'd recommend for portraiture.
I've used the lens on full-frame and crop sensor bodies and it has performed well on both. Again, it's not the most used lens in my camera bag, but I do like it enough to keep it in there.
May 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by steveb a surprising performer
To my surprise, this lens works very well on FX. My lens dates from 1989 and it does not focus instantly, but the quality is good and the images are surprisingly sharp. The lens is very small and unobtrusive, so it does not call attention to the camera and does not take up much room in the bag, but it gives very good images. The focus is a bit noisy and slow on a D700, a small price to pay for using this old-timer.
Build quality is ok; it has held up well for a long time.
April 15, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by bdk Reliable. Always sharp, except at corners
Great lens at f5.6 and above. At apertures greater than this, you will see very obvious distortion at the corners. In terms of price and quality this is very good. I use this lens as my standard lens on my Nikon FM2. I don't bother with the 50mm normal lens.
April 14, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by AN Save your money
An inferior wide angle lens as you get better results using the standard lens that comes with the camera. Not worth the money I spent to purchase it.
January 17, 2012