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Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens USA

You Pay: $539.95
Product Highlights
  • Maximum Aperture - f/2.8
  • Aperture Range - f/2.8 - f/22
  • Classic Nikon F Mount
  • AIS / AI / NAI Metering Compatibility
  • SIC - Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • CRC - Close-Range Correction
  • Filter Size - 52mm
  • Engraved Aperture Ring
  • Depth-of-Field / Focus Distance Scales
  • Knurled Rubberized Focusing Ring

The 28mm focal length is commonly considered the "standard" wide angle choice. Nikon's exceptionally popular NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens offers superior sharpness with quality construction throughout, in a compact package.

This lens offers superb image quality and Nikon's Close-Range-Correction (CRC) which maintains image quality throughout the focusing range down to its minimum focusing distance of 8.4" (20 cm). It's light weight of 8.9 oz (250g) makes it easy to carry and use.

Superb image quality
Nikon's Close-Range-Correction (CRC) maintains image quality at close focusing distances down to 8" (20cm)
Performance
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 74°
Minimum Focus Distance 8.4" (21 cm)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 8/8
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.5 x 1.8" (6.35 x 4.57 cm)
Weight 8.8 oz (249 g)
Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens
  • 52mm Front Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Cap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonNIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (28)

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      (3)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (24)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Durable (20)
    • Consistent output (18)
    • Rugged (18)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (27)
      • Low light (15)
      • Weddings (13)
      • Night photography (9)
      • Macro photography (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (23)

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      4.0

      Well worth the investment

      By PommyPaul

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • architectural

        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        If you're looking for a wide angle lens with minimal distortion, your search ends here. This is the best lens in this price range for Nikon users, especially if you're into architectural or real estate photography. It's also well suited for automotive photography. The stand-out points are the sharpness and easy performance. I also found that the lens is great for isolating details in close-up photography (not macro). Barrel distortion is noticeable if your camera is not level, but it's far less than any cheaper brand or any comparable Nikon lens.

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        5.0

        Beautiful Lens

        By Voice of Fox

        from London

        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        Fantastic lens. Beautifully made, a pleasure to use and super sharp at all apertures with barely any distortion. Got it to go with my Nikon Df and it's a great match.

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        5.0

        Nothing Better

        By Hank

        from Cebu Philippines

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

          I'm a professional having used everything from 8x10 to 35mm and honestly, haven't found a lens I like more. I presently have been using this on my D600 and D3. The sharpness is incredible wide open down to f22. The feel and handling ability of this lens is a dream. Not being auto focus is an asset. It allows you to control the area your concentrating on without worrying if your autofocus focus on something that isn't important.
          By all means I highly recommend this lens.

          Hank Taylor

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By Scott

          from Colorado

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                I love the feel of Nikon's AIs lenses. I found this lens to be quite sharp.

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                5.0

                Very clear lens .... Stunning images !!!

                By Alessandro Sassi

                from Italy

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                  Many many thanks to B & H ... !!!
                  3 days only to receive the item at my home in Italy !!!

                  This lens is absolutely clear ... absolutely performing ... with an exciting way of focusing ...

                  Very light and small ... it will permit to everyone to get spectacular pictures without carry more unuseful load.
                  I have in my bag 14-24 f2.8 G but I'm thinking to sell it and substitute with fixed lenses.

                  Using these new Nikkor lenses without depth of field marks ... it's impossible achieve the hyper focal technique .
                  It's not good ...

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                  5.0

                  Small gem

                  By Beto

                  from London UK

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • People Street

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                    This is a very well made lens. It's solid and yet compact and lightweight. From short distances the sharpness is outsanding wide open with no distortion so great for people and street photography. At medium to infinity you need to stop it down to get good results. It doesn't flare and you can focus at very close distances producing interesting results. I've added a dandelion chip which means I can now control the aperture from the camera so use in speed mode as well. Manual focus is not necessarily easy but so far the confirmation dot on my D800 has been very accurate.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Superb lens

                    By TIE

                    from Winter Garden, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Good in low light
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Very Sharp

                    Cons

                    • Lens Creep

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                    This manual focus lens is simply amazing. Color contrast is outstanding and it's remarkedly sharp at all apertures. I use it on my Nikon D800 and when I need to take a close up photo I switch to DX format and the result is a great shot with little distortion unlike the 16-35mm f4 which cost twice as much. What I love the most is the lens is light weight.
                    Focusing is not a problem - it does take a little getting used to after so many years of using AF lenses but with practice I'm getting faster.

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                    5.0

                    TIMELESS CLASSIC

                    By freestyle frank

                    from Tulsa,Ok.

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Sharp
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                      I use this len for inclusive people shots and some close work on FE2 and F4 bodies.It is a joy in these settings. Manual focus rocks!!

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                      5.0

                      Legendary

                      By Chop

                      from Los Angeles

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                        This lens is optically incredible. One of the sharpest lenses Nikon makes. Produces very sharp and contrasty images. Great Nikon build quality. Excellent! I use it for indoors, architecture and anytime I want a useful wide view. Not too wide. One of the great price/performance deals Nikon offers.

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                        5.0

                        A Sharp Lens

                        By Gareth

                        from State College, PA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

                          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                          I use this lens on a Canon DSLR and as a low budget filmmaker, having the manual aperture and long focus throw is a nice addition. The lens can focus very close and stay very sharp.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Top mechanics and optics

                          By Statistician

                          from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                            This is my "normal" lens on APS-C. Used on Canon T3i and 40D, it is very sharp, even wide open. I use it a lot at f/2.8 and f/4, no issues. Precise focusing is possible in magnified LiveView.

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                            5.0

                            A classic

                            By HRonen

                            from Wadsworth, Illinois

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                              Superior optics and build quality. Manual focus is precise and very smooth. With its extreme sharpness and small size it makes an an ideal walking lens for a DX camera or a moderate wide angle for an FX.

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                              5.0

                              A classic for a reason

                              By Digital Degenerate

                              from Pune, India

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Great image quality
                              • Great manual focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Street photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                There is a very good reason this lens has been around for the past 3 decades. It is among Nikon's best. It is probably the sharpest WA lens that Nikon makes, has incredible buttery bokeh, great manual focus 'feel' and minimal distortion. It is one of the closest focusing WA lenses out there. Image quality is superb through the focusing range. I can't really think about any negatives about this lens. I use it on my Nikon D600. Get one. It will make you a better photographer because it will make you think about composition differently, and reward you with beautiful images afterwards.

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                                5.0

                                A Keeper Lens

                                By Big Bill

                                from Yonkers, N.Y.

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Good contrast
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Sharp
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • NONE

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                An excellent lens. Tack-sharp at close focus and at distances, with great color and contrast as well.

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                                5.0

                                Brilliant lens + close focus:

                                By Carolina Guy

                                from Research Triangle, NC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Not AF

                                Best Uses

                                • Day to Day Favorite
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                Were this lens to be offered with auto-focus I would say it was 100% perfect. With out 99.5%. Incredible IQ at the right length to be useful for an extremely broad array of picture types. AND, the close focus and extreme sharpness of the lens allows you go out and about and take a bunch of "almost macro" shots with the same small, light, rugged, optically almost-perfect lens that works for a variety of subjects. Every day lens to just keep on camera for all the times you just want to snag it and run.

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                                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Bought this lens more than 30 years ago

                                By Italiang

                                from San Francisco Bay, California

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Sharpness
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • NONE

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                32 years to be precise, I was young and I had the cheapest Nikon body available back then, the infamous Nikon EM. This lens was able to resist the time,it probably went on ten different bodies, it is still like brand new and today it takes amazingly sharp photos on a Nikon D800E body.
                                I think that lens-wise this has been the best investment I ever did and I'm sure it will outlast myself.

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                                4.0

                                Reakky great foreground image quality

                                By photo nut

                                from Tucson, AZ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Rugged

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                  Exrenely sharp close-up quality. Best for foreground and near objects. Good for urban walk around on FX cameras.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing Lens!!!

                                  By tooma

                                  from Canada

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                    The 28mm 2.8 AIS is as sharp as any Nikon wide angle lens i have used. Including the 24-70mm, the 16-35mm, 14-24mm, and the 24mm 1.4G. I give a slight edge in performance to the 24mm 1.4G, but i prefer to use the 28mm 2.8 AIS b/c it is lighter, just as sharp, and focuses extremely close. The bokeh is beautiful, there is minimal distortion, and the MF is buttery smooth. I currently use it on my D3s, and plan on using it on the D800.

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                                    5.0

                                    Fine Nikon Quality

                                    By James

                                    from Pennsylvania

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                      Very pleased that Nikon is still producing these vintage manual focus lenes of the highest quality ever. Super smooth,sharp as a tack and rock solid. Looks and works great with my Nikon F (which is still going strong for more than forty years) and other F series cameras. Digital photography is amazing but in my humble opinion could never replace the joy of manually shooting film or that certain mystery of the photograph.

                                      Received package safe and sound in quick time. Thanks B&H.

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                                      5.0

                                      Sublime lens

                                      By henryp

                                      from New York, NY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action

                                        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                                        Among Nikon's finest manual focus lenses and IMO an absolute necessity for anyone shooting with a Nikon film SLR.

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