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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
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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.
AS
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.
M/A
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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Bright and Compact Wide Angle Lens The Nikon 28mm f/1.8 wide angle lens is compact, optically superb, and great for nighttime hand held photography. Below are two photos taken at night, hand held, at a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/1.8, ISOs of 450 and 3200, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering. December 7, 2014
Razor Sharp This lens is very sharp. The size is nice for holding. The weight is light. The price is reasonable. If that were not enough, the DXO on this lens is up there with the 24mm 1.4 which costs about $1500.00 more. January 2, 2014
Amazing results from this lens I just purchased this lens, ran a bunch of tests at high ISO at f1.8, 2.8 and 4, all available light at several distances - everything sharp as a razor. Used it on an assignment and very pleased with the images, clear, crisp and good color. When I opened the box, I was concerned because this lens is so light - the results are there, that is what counts. My work is primarily for publications, available light photography is the norm. December 31, 2013
MACRO! Nice surprise Distortion is well controlled and sharpness is maintained from f/1.8 wide open. I have tested many lens's and they all are pretty soft at wide open aperture. Not this lens. I also dont see any focus issues at f/1.8 as well. Color and contrast is superb and images are sharp from edge to edge. April 27, 2013
Light weight, sharp, and easy on the wallet! Got this lens this past Christmas, and have yet taken it off my camera. very sharp, auto-focus is not bad at all, and its light, so its a great walk around lens. I have done night shots, portrait shots, and even some micro shots with it, and I am very happy with the result with this lens. but one thing to keep in mind, you will get flares when you are at certain angles to the light. for me, i just move to the side a little and retake the shot, and the flares disappear. so, if you are thinking about this lens, get it. I love it!!! January 5, 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 AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G compatible with D7000?

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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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How does the image quality of the 28mm f1.8 compare with the 35mm f1.4?

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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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