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Compact FX-format f/1.8 wide-angle prime lens

Compact FX-format f/1.8 wide-angle prime lens
Bring a dramatic wide-angle perspective to your still and HD video shooting. The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G's fast maximum aperture lets you create in nearly any light—dusk to dawn, indoors or out—and offers outstanding depth-of-field control. Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat nearly eliminates the ghosting and flare seen with some wide-angle lenses for improved clarity and contrast. Impressive on both FX- and DX-format cameras, the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G excels with landscapes, architecture, group shots, travel and more.
Silent Wave Motor
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Super Integrated Coating
Nano Crystal Coat
Rear Focusing
Portrait of curly haired girl looking at the camera taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens.

Complete control, even in low light

Fast f/1.8 aperture with a 7-blade rounded diaphragm

An f/1.8 maximum aperture frees you to create in low-light settings, like the cool blues of dawn or the warm oranges of an indoor event. Not only will your photos and HD videos be brighter, your view through the camera will be brighter for fine-tuning and manual control. An f/1.8 aperture also gives you remarkable depth-of-field control, so you can softly blur your backgrounds and draw attention to your subjects. The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G features a rounded 7-blade diaphragm to enhance that effect by giving a more natural appearance to out-of-focus elements.
Photo of purple tinted flowers and lily pads on water taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens.

Unleash your camera's full potential

Nikon technologies for unrivaled performance

A great lens draws peak performance from a camera, and the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is no exception. Impressive on both FX- and DX-format D-SLRs, it incorporates Nikon advancements for consistent, superlative performance, even in tough shooting situations. Nano Crystal (N) and Super Integrated (SIC) coatings enhance contrast and color and nearly eliminate ghosting and flare, even in backlit scenes. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) powers high-speed autofocusing that’s extremely accurate and quiet.
Nikon's collection of FX f/1.8 prime lenses, including the 28mm, 50mm and 85mm NIKKORs.

Build an exceptional fast prime lens system

The wide-angle piece of Nikon's versatile new f/1.8 FX lens collection

Pair the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G for a truly exceptional compact prime lens system. All three lenses offer the latest Nikon advancements and optical design characteristics, so you'll get consistent performance at each focal length: wide-angle, standard and medium telephoto. It's never been easier to expand your capabilities and creativity.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
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AS
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.
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M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have 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. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
Rear Focusing
Rear Focusing System
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. Such lenses are designated with RF on the lens barrel.
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Excellent quality light weight lens. For the longest time now I've been wanting a faster lens for my Nikon lens line up. I'm still shooting with the DX format cameras but should I upgrade this lens will still be prefect for both formats. It produces images that are razor sharp with a great bouquet in low lighting conditions. Perfect for night clubs and weddings. On my D300 it goes out to about a standard lens, so you might want to get a little bit closer to your subject but that's a good thing. I for one don't see what all the fuss is about with the Focus Ring being sloppy. Anyway I don't think it's even worth mentioning. Been shooting with a Nikon since 1967 and this is another fine addition especially for the price. July 6, 2012
Great, Light Lense I bought this lens to replace my older 28mm f/2.8 and boy am I happy. The f/1.8 makes shooting in low light more capable and the clarity of the photos are amazing. June 7, 2012
Impressive IQ for the price tag! The lens despite the weight (330g) feels solid with very good build quality for the price tag. Based on images I took indoors, the sharpness of this lens wide open is really impressive! Corner sharpness at f/1.8 is extremely good with slight vignetting (as expected). June 1, 2012
Overall a very good wideangle for landscapes, though not as flare resistant as Zeiss 28mm/2 ZF2 lens. My favorite focal length for 35mm/Full frame has long been 28mm, and I have owned several 28mm lenses from Nikon and other manufacturers. The Nikkor 28mm/2.8 AFS-G lens is one of the best I have used, and once I got the best AF fine tune value set for my lens on my D800E (-15 for my equip, yours may vary), the lens has met most of my expectations. It is well suited to my landscape photography style. I tend to shoot vertical frames most of the time, and the slight field curvature of the Nikkor toward the camera in the corners helps keep the bottom foreground corners sharp. In this respect it’s superior to the Zeiss 28mm/2, which has the opposite pattern of field curvature, with corner focus shifting toward infinity. This makes the ZF2 28mm render landscape foreground corners out of focus, even at f/11, and is worse in many vertical orientation shots where the foreground is usually closer to the camera than in horizontal shots. The Zeiss does seem to suffer less flare in backlit situations than the Nikkor, despite the fancy Nano Crystal Coating. Coatings can’t solve all flare problems and the 28mm/1.8 shows slight textbook flare. The lens hood for the Nikkor is a nice bayonet mounting tulip design made of plastic. On my lens it does not stay super tightly locked, and if bumped in the right way, can rotate and fall off, or if partly rotated can vignette two corners of an image. I plan to keep a better eye on the hood now that I know. AFS works well on the Nikkor 28mm/1.8, focusing rapidly. Manual focusing is good, but has too short a focus throw despite the geared focusing mechanism, so it’s not as nice to manually focus as a real MF lens like the venerable 28mm/2.8 AIS Nikkor or the Zeiss 28mm. Another disadvantage of the 28mm/1.8 is that it’s a G lens, so it has limited back compatibility with Nikon film cameras. I could use it in P or S mode on my old F4, but not M or A, and lack of an aperture ring means it could only be used wide open on my F3. Too bad, but honestly I would just use my Zeiss 28mm on those bodies. So in short, this is a very good lens, but you need to know how to work within its limitations to get the most out of it. October 16, 2013
1st impression with a D7000 Out of the box, the focusing ring is not as smooth as my other AF-S lenses. A little free play too, you can wriggle the ring back and forth without moving the focusing elements. Not much, only minutely, but it’s there. Limited shooting on a clear sky afternoon, but I am impressed. Excellent contrast, sharp edge-to-edge, rich colors, and no light falloff. At least on my DX body between f4 and f8. On the DX body, this lens has the FOV equivalent 42mm on an FX sensor. When the back yard BBQ moved inside, I found my 35mm just a little long. I think this 28 may correct that problem. Considering my limited use so far, and assuming good low light performance, I would recommend this glass. FX shooters may have different results, but right now I am happy with my choice. June 23, 2012
Couleur, profondeur de champ, netteté incroyable!! J'ai installé cet objectif sur mon D7000 et j'obient des images remarquables. Le seul Hic, au format DX l'angle n'est pas si grand, pour le reste, les images sont très nette et les couleur éclatante! June 29, 2012
Sharp-ish If You Can Find A Good Copy - Build Quality Is Awful Returned four new samples because they had two or more of these defects: - Gritty or crunchy manual focus - Extreme amount of lateral chromatic aberration (alignment problem?) - Auto focus sticks or stops working - Excessive focus shift when stopping down - Scratches or poor condition The fifth sample is OK and I'm keeping it, but the focus shift is still pretty serious. I can't recommend this lens due to the evident quality problems. April 20, 2013
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Is that a metal or plastic camera ring mount?

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The lens bayonet mount is metal but much of the barrel is plastic composite. It seems the filter ring is also plastic. The lens is lightweight in construction, but seems well made. Optically it is excellent, the best 28mm SLR lens I have yet used for landscape photography.
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I am also wondering about build quality. $700 seems a bit cheap for the Nano coated lenses I have seen. This leads me to think this lens has a plastic mount.
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My cameras (D300, D700, D800) have metal ring mounts. However my question is concerning the lens construction. Like the other guy asking the question I am interested in build quality. This looks like a very useful lens... but I want quality or I pass and get the noisy f/1.8 D instead.
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Why is it that Nikon quit making magnesium alloy heavy duty constructed prime lenses especially ones with high potential for professional photographer

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We still like to hold to a nice constructed lens that has no plasticy feel to it(we understand that it will be more expensive)
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The "feel" of a lens doesn't contribute to the quality of the images. Before criticizing Nikon for the construction materials, perhaps you'd like to actually shoot with this lens. I have shot with it, it is excellent. The quality is fantastic, and as an added bonus, it's not as heavy as some of the older lenses.

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Thank you for your suggestions, I will pass them to our Quality Assurance Group for review.
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Is the lens made in Japan?

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It is Made In China
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Nikon operates factories all across the globe and each operate to the same high standard. While individual cameras are marked with their country of manufacture we can't make a blanket statement about which camera is produced where.
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When is this product available to the consumers?

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The new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens was on April 19 and it’s usually available after 30 to 45 days after release date. You may want to check with your local dealer or keep visiting our Nikon store.
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D90 compatibility

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Is this lens compatible with a D90 body?
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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D90.
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which takes better picture between AF-S 28mm f.1.8G and AF-S DX 35 mm 1.8G for my D7000 body

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The right selection for a lens will depend a lot on the type of photography that you are interesting. Some photographers look for faster lenses (large aperture ex. f/2.8), wide angle, Telephoto, Macro or zoom lenses.
Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; it will help you to make the decision on what lens you need.
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Is it compatible with my D5000?

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What is the lifespan of this (and other new) lens?

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I have seen that the lens is only designed to last 10 years. If so, why?
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They are not "designed" to wear out in 10 years. Modern lenses especially those with built in focus motors work alot harder than there older counterparts. More lenses suffer from fungus (high humidity) than those that just wear out.
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How long do the welds last in these lenses?

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Is it ten years, or as long as the lens is properly cared for? Specifically, do the wear out easily in ten years, or can they go past our lifetimes?
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That will depend a lot on the type of care and usage that you give to the lens. We do not have a time frame for how long a lens will last.
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