Nikon 28mm f/1.8G ED Review

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This is an in-depth review of the new Nikon 28mm f/1.8G ED lens that was announced in April of 2012 together with the Nikon D3200 DSLR. Lately, Nikon has been busy releasing great and affordable fast prime lenses. First, it was the excellent Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, which turned out to be a better buy than its bigger brother, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G. Then Nikon surprised us with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, which also turned out to be a phenomenal lens. And now we have the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G, which despite a difference in focal length could be a great alternative to the very expensive, but superb Nikon 24mm f/1.4G.

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G

The Nikon 28mm f/1.8G lens is a professional-grade lens for enthusiasts and professionals that need high quality optics of a fixed wide-angle lens with a large aperture of f/1.8 for low-light situations and shallow depth of field to isolate subjects from the background. The lens is designed for both FX and DX sensors (equivalent of 42mm on DX). Nikon has incorporated the latest technology and optical formulas to this lens, including AF-S silent-wave focus motor and Nano crystal coating. With its focal length of 28mm, the lens is not as wide as the 24mm f/1.4G, making it a little more suitable for general everyday photography.

In this review, I will provide a thorough analysis of the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G lens, along with image samples and comparisons to the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G.

1) Lens Specifications

Main Features:

  1. Prime wide-angle perspective and fast f/1.8 aperture delivers great low-light performance.
  2. Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare.
  3. 2 Aspherical Lens Elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration.
  4. Rear Focus (RF) provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation and lens length changes.
  5. Quiet focusing with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM).
  6. Two focus modes selectable – M/A and M
  7. Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm renders natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G Sample (2)

NIKON D4 + 28mm f/1.8 @ 28mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/8.0

Technical Specifications:

  1. Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  2. Focal Length: 28mm
  3. Maximum Aperture: 1.8
  4. Minimum Aperture: 16
  5. Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 53°
  6. Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 75°
  7. Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.22x
  8. Lens (Elements): 11
  9. Lens (Groups): 9
  10. Compatible Format(s): FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
  11. Diaphragm Blades: 7
  12. Distance Information: Yes
  13. Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
  14. Aspherical (Elements): 2
  15. Super Integrated Coating: Yes
  16. Autofocus: Yes
  17. AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
  18. Minimum Focus Distance: 0.85ft.(0.25m)
  19. Rear Focusing: Yes
  20. Filter Size: 67mm
  21. Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  22. Dimensions: (Approx.) 2.9×3.2 in. (Diameter x Length), 73×80.5mm (Diameter x Length)
  23. Weight: (Approx.) 11.6 oz. (330g)
  24. 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

Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database.

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G Sample (4)

NIKON D3200 + 28mm f/1.8 @ 28mm, ISO 100, 1/4000, f/1.8

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