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    AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
    Last review by Dave_W
    12-18-2012 12:48 AM
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      AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G

      FX-format prime lens offers fast f/1.8 aperture and delivers outstanding clarity and high contrast, low-light performance and depth-of-field control for beautiful stills and HD videos.

      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.

      Price (when new)
      Mount Type
      Nikon F-Bayonet
      Serial Numbers
      200001 - 205280 / 600001 - 602500
      Year Introduced
      Focal Length Range
      Maximum Aperture
      Minimum Aperture
      Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
      Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
      Maximum Reproduction Ratio
      Lens Elements
      Lens Groups
      Compatible Format(s)
      FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
      Diaphragm Blades
      Distance Information
      Nano Crystal Coat
      Aspherical Elements
      Super Integrated Coating
      AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
      Internal Focusing
      Minimum Focus Distance
      0.85 ft. (0.25m)
      Focus Mode
      Auto, Manual
      Filter Size
      Rear Focusing
      Accepts Filter Type
      Dimensions (mm)
      Dimensions (inch)
      Weight (grams)
      Weight (lbs)
      Supplied Accessories
      LC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap
      HB-64 Bayonet Lens Hood
      LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
      CL-0915 Semi-soft Lens Case

    Review of Product: AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
    1. Re: AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G

      Nikon has done it again! They did it first with the 50mm focal length. They released the more expensive f/1.4 and a year later released the less expensive but much sharper f/1.8G. And then they did it again with the 85mm f/1.4 vs. f/1.8G, the latter being superior in everything but price. Now in similar fashion this 28mm f/1.8G smokes the very expensive 24mm f/1.4.

      Feel - Being composed out of hard plastic, this lens is quite light. Being such a light lens gives it a huge advantage over the 24mm f/1.4G. If you're a tripod photographer, weight may not be an issue for you but if you're like me and have photo shoots that can last 8 to 10 hrs, even a small difference in weight can make or break a long shoot. Would it have been nice if this lens were made of metal? Yeah, I suppose so. But considering how much more a metallic lens body would cost, I'm okay with the plastic. And for those of us with 77mm filters and a 77mm to 67mm step down, it's a perfect fit. Thank you, Nikon!

      Auto Focus - Like many of Nikon's newer AF-S lenses, the auto focus is very fast and very quite. The AF-S is a very nice feature and although I have quite a few D lenses, I much prefer the in-lens motor over the in-camera motor.

      Optics - Here is where this lens stands out. The optics on the 28mm lens is superb and if you didn't know better, you would swear it was one of Nikon's expensive pro lenses. When compared to the 24mm wide open, the 28mm shows its true colors. While I can't say the 28mm smokes the 24mm, it is easily as good, if not slightly sharper, than the 24mm. The bokeh is beautiful thanks to the rounding of the 7 diaphragm elements in this lens. So instead of getting the geometric octagon bokeh, you get a very pleasing rounded bokeh. In fact, I would go so far as to say this lens produces one of the nicest bokehs of any Nikkor lens. I'm surprised there hasn't been more written about it. This is certainly one of the under played highlights of the 28mm and one that will certainly be a big hit when people start experimenting with this lens.

      Overall Impressions - Without a doubt, this is one of Nikon's best lenses in the G series. In many ways this is a pro lens hiding in a pro-sumer body with optics that can easily challenge the most expensive of lenses. In a perfect world this lens would be in a metallic body and not cost more. However, given the choice of a more expensive metal, I'll choose the plastic any day of the week. Because the real selling point of this lens is its optics and in this category the 28mm f/1.8G is one of the finest wide angle lens out there. I'm thankful that Nikon uses these lower priced lenses to show off their talent at lens design and once again they've hit a home run. I'm sure over time this lens will take its place among the "must have" lenses in both the pro and the hobbyist's camera bag.

      "i wanna live with a Cinnamon girl
      i could be happy
      the rest of my life
      with a Cinnamon girl...."

      AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED; AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G; AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII; AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G; AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VRII; AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII;

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