AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
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