February 2007, Updated February 14, 2009
The Nikon 28 2 has gone through quite a few upgrades over the years, this model is the last version ( AI-S ), and was released in the 1980`s. At that time it was one of three 28mm prime Nikkor lenses in the lineup. The f/2 was the "PRO" version of them all, and it features Nikon's CRC system and the NIC coating. The 28mm prime is a standard wide angle in 35mm photography, on a DX sized Dslr it resembles a 50mm prime.
||9 elements in 8 groups
53° (Nikon DX format)
|Minimum focus distance:
0.25m/0.9 ft. AI-S
||Front lens cap
Rear lens cap LF-1
64.5 mm x 58,5-68,5 mm AI
63 mm x 58,5-68,5 mm AI-S
||7 straight blades
- DOF/IR markings, as usual with older lenses the Depth Of Field and the InfraRed markings are provided.
- Focus ring. Just the right amount of stiffness.
- Build quality.
- Contrast, even wide open this lens shows amazingly great contrast.
- Performance wide open, although corners are a bit soft wide open on the D3 I find it more then usable.
- CA. Small traces of CA can be seen wide open in less then optimal conditions.
- Barrel distortion, common with most of Nikon's 28mm`s
A few samples later, I finally got one that somewhat lives up to it's rumors. Sample #3 is rather good compared to the two first ones that I tested. I also found that the AI version of this lens has a slight performance advantage compared to the AI-S version, at least on the samples I had available. Quite good results can be obtained wide open both on infinity as well as on close focus. Corners are a tad soft wide open and to f/4 on the D3, which is to be expected from a relatively fast "wide angle" lens. On IR a hot spot is detectable at f/11, but not really a big problem until f/16 though. Peak performance of the Nikon 28mm f/2 is from f/4 to f/8.
Performance AI-S Version
Performance AI Version
Value AI-S Version
Value AI Version
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Note: All sample pictures where taken with the AI version!
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