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Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 AI-S Review

Nikon 28mm f/3.5 AI-S

February 2007

The Nikon 28mm f/3.5 was first introduced in 1961, and it have gone thru minor upgrades since then. The version reviewed here is from the early 1980`s, and at that time it was one of three Nikkor 28mm prime lenses in their lineup. The Nikon 28 3.5 was the budget version of them all, and did not feature Nikons CRC system. The 28mm prime is a standard wide angle in 35mm photography, on a DX sized Dslr it more resembles a 50mm prime.


Lens Construction: 6 elements in 6 groups
Picture Angle: 74° (FX / 35mm)
53° (Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance: 0.3m/1ft.
Filter Size: 52mm
Lens Hood: HN-2
Included accessories: Front lens cap
Rear lens cap LF-1
Size: Approx.

63mm x 46.5mm

weight: 220g
Diaphragm: 7 straight blades
Price from: Discontinued


  • DOF/IR markings.
  • Center sharpness wide open.
  • Price. Sells cheap second hand.
  • CA. This lens shows virtually no CA at any aperture.
  • Focus ring has just the right amount of stiffness to it.


  • Corner softness wide open, and to f/5.6 (D2H)
  • Light fall-off at edges wide open, about -0.3 EV on the D2H


The Nikon 28mm f/3.5 is a decent performer, this is the best value for money of the old manual focus 28mm Nikkor primes. You will probably be better of with the AF 28mm f/2.8D then any of these old manual focus Nikkor's, unless you have a old manual focus Nikon camera or if you are on the FX format. These old Nikkor's is also good to have if you are into macro photography which will give you close to 9x magnification when the lens is mounted in reverse on a PB-6.

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Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF From: $569.95 USD

Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF From: $1,599.95 USD

Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D. Price from: $244.95 USD

Sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF. Price: $349.00 USD

Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF.2. Price: $1,283.00 USD

Schneider 28mm f/2.8 PC Super-Angulon. Price: $2,078.95 USD

*Prices are subject to change. Listed price is from May 2, 2010

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