Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5

Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon NIKKOR-H 28mm f/3.5

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 1959-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: Discontinued

Photography Life Review Summary: The NIKKOR-H 28mm f/3.5 is a solid lens with an all-metal barrel. While its performance is quite good in the center (peak performance is reached at f/5.6), the mid-frame and corners are very weak due to heavy field curvature. The effect of field curvature is so heavy, that the lens requires stopping down to f/11 to get average results throughout the frame. Focusing in the corners can yield sharp results, but it blurs the center and mid-frame severely. Hence, unless only center sharpness is desired, this is not a good candidate for modern digital cameras. Read the full Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5 Review by Photography Life.

Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length28mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film, FX (AI converted only)
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/3.5
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)74°
Optical Information
Lens Elements6
Lens Groups6
Diaphragm Blades5
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Minimum Focus Distance0.6m
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions 62.5 x 54mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5 Lens Construction

MTF Performance

Here is how the lens performed according to Imatest:

The lens showed a rather severe case of field curvature visible at all apertures, especially from f/3.5-f/8. For best overall performance, the lens should be stopped down to f/11, as can be seen from the above chart. The center performance peaks at f/5.6, where the NIKKOR-H 28mm f/3.5 produces very sharp images comparable to modern prime lenses.


Overall, the distortion is controlled quite well. However, the NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5 suffers from a slight “mustache distortion“. Imatest measured it at 0.22 (pincushion), which is not bad.

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberration levels are moderate. Imatest measured CA at over 1 pixel, as shown below:


Vignetting is quite strong wide open, reaching as much as 2 full stops of difference in the corners. As the lens is stopped down, vignetting is reduced considerably. By f/5.6 vignetting is reduced to less than a stop and is almost fully gone at f/11:

Here is an illustration of the worst case scenario, shot at f/3.5:

Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 28mm f/3.5 Vignetting

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