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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens USA

You Pay: $696.95
Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 16
  • Two Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coat
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Rear Focusing (RF) System
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Rounded 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm

The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens from Nikon delivers on all the qualities Nikon is known for: superb image quality, up-to-the-minute features, and relentless attention to detail. This is a very fast 28mm wide-angle lens for full-frame (FX) and APS-C (DX) Nikon cameras. The f/1.8 maximum aperture enables very effective low-light imaging and shallow depth of field focus control.

Superior image quality and clarity is provided by the lens' Nano Crystal Coating which reduces ghosting and interior flare and the Super Integrated Coating which enhances light transmission and color consistency. Two aspherical lens elements minimize coma and other lens aberrations. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) delivers fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus which is especially important when shooting video and its Rear Focusing system ensures that the front element won't rotate during focus. Full-time manual focus override allows for precise manual focusing even in autofocus mode. This lens will focus to an impressively close 9.8" and its 7 rounded diaphragm blades lend a beautiful quality to the out-of-focus portions of your images. 

This is a "G" series lens, which means that there is no physical aperture ring -- the aperture must be controlled by the camera. When used on a DX-format camera, the lens provides the equivalent focal length of a 42mm lens in the 35mm format.

Fast f/1.8 Prime NIKKOR Lens
Fast maximum aperture is ideal for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations as well as for travel, landscapes and general photography. The wide maximum aperture also allows shallow depth of field focus control.
Engineered for Nikon FX-format DSLRs
This lens is optimized for use with Nikon FX-format DSLRs, providing sharp and high contrast images and HD video from infinity to close up. Provides 42mm focal length equivalent when mounted on DX-format DSLRs.
Aspherical Lens Elements
Minimizes coma and other types of lens aberrations, further improving image integrity.
Nano Crystal Coat
Use of Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus.
Rear Focus
The rear element moves during AF operation for fast, smooth performance which also eliminates front barrel rotation and lens extension when focusing.
Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.
M/A Focus Mode Switch
Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation and seamless override of the AF system for precise manual focus when needed.
Minimum Focus Distance
Focuses to 9.8" (25 cm) for creative perspectives and versatility.
Performance
Focal Length 28mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 42 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 75°
DX Picture Angle: 53°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.22x
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 3.2" (7.37 x 8.13 cm)
Weight 11.64 oz (330 g)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-64 Lens Hood
  • CL-0915 Soft Case
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration

  • Included Free

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    NikonAF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 90 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (62)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (68)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (61)
    • Nice bokeh (52)
    • Consistent output (42)
    • Easily interchangeable (27)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (14)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (67)
    • Low light (60)
    • Night photography (47)
    • Weddings (37)
    • Video (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (20)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Take Your Time...

    ...before you pass judgement on this lens...I imagine some will start blasting away right off the bat at f/1.8, and then pronounce the lens is...Read complete review

    ...before you pass judgement on this lens...I imagine some will start blasting away right off the bat at f/1.8, and then pronounce the lens is "soft", or, they received a "bad copy" (I love that one). The fact is, f/1.8 has a RAZOR THIN d.o.f., and can trick some into misconstruing what's happening with the lens. I DID find I had to fine-tune the focus a tad (+3) on "my copy"...

    SO, with all that out of the way, the lens is exactly what I needed...a replacement for my 35mm f/2D, which I was never happy with...too much c.a. wide open (and even stopped down a few).
    This 28mm f/1.8 does just fine on my D300.
    Why four stars instead of five? The price...that skinny brass ring they put on the end of the lens barrel must be REALLY expensive...

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very Bad Focus Shifting

    This is a great lens but it is very important to understand that it has a VERY bad issue with focus shifting at apertures between f/4-5.6. I typically use my 24-70...Read complete review

    This is a great lens but it is very important to understand that it has a VERY bad issue with focus shifting at apertures between f/4-5.6. I typically use my 24-70 but ended up dropping it and had to switch to the 28mm. This was the first time I used this lens at apertures of 4-5.6 and it performed very poorly. Before purchasing this lens, I would highly recommend looking into the issue of focus shifting with this lens.
    Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way - when I went to review the group images of a wedding I shot... all of the images were out of focus and this NEVER happens with my 24-70.

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    5.0

    Light weight, Sharp corner to corner

    By Beta SX

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Play In Focus Ring

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

    I use it for landscape and people and sports. I love that it's SO light weight... amazing. And it looks sharp corner to corner, which to be honest I was surprised at. On the down side, there is a bit of play in the focus ring which is a minor annoyance. It would be nice if this were a ED lens, but oh well.

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    4.0

    I love this!

    By Picchic

    from NC

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

    this is a great lens! Nice and sharp and great for group photos.

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    4.0

    Nice Lens

    By Chris

    from Atlanta Georgia

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

      Very nice lens. Crisp and sharp. Can't beat it for the price. Also, very light weight.

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      4.0

      Great lens for the price

      By Angelica Rose

      from Ohio

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

        I decided to purchase the 28mm lens specifically for landscape photography. I am quite surprised at how well this lens captures the image. Depending on what lighting condition I am shooting in (low light, natural light, etc) there is a slight vignette around the edges of the image. This has only happened in low light situations. If the vignette is very cumbersome, it doesn't take much with Lightroom to correct the problem.The deciding factor (aside from the reviews) was the example images from this lens. I watched many videos on YouTube comparing this lens to others that were similar. Honestly, for the price you can't beat it. The images that this lens produces are fantastic!

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        5.0

        Just Right

        By pictureted

        from Redwood City, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

          When shooting film with a Nikon F3HP, the 28/2.8 was one of my 2 most used lenses. When I went to DSLRs, I bought into DX and used 16-85 and 10-24 Zooms with happy success. When I bought a D810, I decided to return to primes with the 28/1.8G and 20/1.8G lenses to take advantage of the high resolution the sensor provides.

          I haven't done extensive testing, but the autofocus is fast and accurate, I see a very high level of detail from edge to edge and at f1.8 the finder is bright.

          The lens feels perfect and is sufficiently unobtrusive to make a good street shooting option on the D810. I find that I'd rather pay attention to framing and focusing than zooming.

          An added advantage is that it uses the same 67mm filters as the 85/1.8G and the 70-200/4.

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          4.0

          Very sharp and great bokeh.

          By Yozhik

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

          I just started using this lens over the weekend. It's really sharp and the autofocus is nice and fast. The bokeh is beautiful too. I'm only giving it 4 stars because for this amount of money, I would expect it to feel more sturdy. Build quality feels very cheap.

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          5.0

          It does a beautiful job.

          By Tjohn

          from Central Florida - The Nature Coast

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

              I rung out this lens over many days, going back and re-shooting previous locations. Totally satisfied. I generally prefer fixed focus lenses.
              It has become my walk around lens. All pros and no cons for me. Thanks B&H for prompt service.

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              5.0

              Awesome lens!!

              By Dan

              from Frisco, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                I love this focal length more than 35mm or 50mm. This lens reported with focus shifting issue. However, I haven't noticed any issue when its on D810. It delivered tack sharp images with awesome colors rendering!! It's awesome for video footage too. Love it!!

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                5.0

                New 28mm Nikon f/1.8G

                By bw1958

                from Dallas,TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                  I picked up this lens just before heading out on vacation to Oregon and Washington. On my D610, this lens is great. Fast focus, nice color, sharp images, nothing to dislike. This lens is great for landscape and nature shots as well as tight quarter shooting. Plastic mostly, but the trade off is light weight. Not as spectacular as my 85mm f/1.8G, but still very good.

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                  3.0

                  Very Bad Focus Shifting

                  By Steven

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      This is a great lens but it is very important to understand that it has a VERY bad issue with focus shifting at apertures between f/4-5.6. I typically use my 24-70 but ended up dropping it and had to switch to the 28mm. This was the first time I used this lens at apertures of 4-5.6 and it performed very poorly. Before purchasing this lens, I would highly recommend looking into the issue of focus shifting with this lens.
                      Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way - when I went to review the group images of a wedding I shot... all of the images were out of focus and this NEVER happens with my 24-70.

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                      4.0

                      A good balance

                      By Jo

                      from Port Townsend

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      I would have liked the 1.4 24mm, but could not afford it. This 28 looks good so far. I live near the water, so the polarizing filter is essential. The reviews on this lens are very good, the test shots I have taken so far are good, and the lens itself feels substantial and smooth, so I am prepared for the best.

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                      4.0

                      Very Good Optics

                      By The McKenzie Kid

                      from Eugene OR

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                        The first thing you notice about this lens is that it is very light, it does not feel very substantial. It is close in size to the Nikon 16-85mm DX zoom, but weighs 155 grams (5.4 oz) less. The 28mm focal length is equivalent to the focal length used by cell phones and people who are used to selfies taken with a phone like the 28mm perspective. It takes surprisingly good portraits though you have to get very close to frame them. This is also a very competent landscape lens with low distortion and great depth of field. This lens can produce great results, but for the price I expected better build quality. My one real issue is there is too much play in the focus ring, you can achieve sharp focus but you have to work at it. Lenses are an investment, I hope this lens will prove to be as durable as it is sharp.

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                        5.0

                        I love this lens

                        By DC

                        from Connecticut

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                        Great addition to my equipment. I've used it with my D4 and a D200. Very sharp and quick to focus.

                        Yes I will recommend this lens to my friends.

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                        5.0

                        I am in love with this 28mm f/1.8G

                        By big m

                        from Birmingham, AL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                          They say don't pay any attention to the gold band. They say that there is no comparison with the 35mm f/1.8. I'm using a D5100, I've shot a many shots with the 35mm f/1.8 and I really love this lens. It does everything for me that I've needed, but I just wasn't satisfied with my products/photos. So I decided to invest in myself by purchasing a better lens with nano crystal and a wider lens. This was a great decision. I'm going to make good money with this lens/I'm going to produce great photos with this lens. It is absolutely incredible. At f/1.8 fantastic bokeh, at f/9 fantastic crop. There's nothing else you'll need. Buy the lens, it's worth the extra bucks to take you to the next level of your photography.B&H did they're job and provided a great product and at a great price.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing Fast Lens

                          By Photo Steve

                          from Orange County, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Low Light
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Durable

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                          I havent used this lens too much, but so far it is amazing. In my eyes it appears very sharp wide open and produces some beautiful photos. I have so far used the lens to shoot low light situations which my intentions for this lens originally was and still is. I shot a friend's concert with this lens and the images turned out really good. I love the fact that it is super light, although sometimes that makes it feel as if it is not as durable as my other lenses. I definitely think this will be a lens I keep on my camera not only during low light photography, but most of the time.

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                          5.0

                          Prerfect companion for my D610

                          By Sunny

                          from Clearwater, Fl

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                            Used for landscapes and general walkaround scenics.

                            Focus is faster than I can compose shots.

                            Feels like plastic but performs like all metal.

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                            5.0

                            Great little lens

                            By SJ

                            from The Woodlands, TX

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                              Sharp, fast, and light :). Great addition to the bag!

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                              5.0

                              Sharp Lens

                              By David

                              from Petaluma, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                This lens is tack sharp even wide open, which combined with its wide angle, makes it a perfect lens for indoor photography where flash photography is not allowed, especially in churches. I felt the 28mm was a good option for the range I wanted to shoot, and wow am I impressed!

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                                5.0

                                Sharp Fast Wide Angle

                                By Bill McGrath

                                from Western States RVer

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                  I used this new lens for the first time in Yosemite last week. Got some really nice shots, although some were soft, my fault I'm sure. I bought it originally to shoot the failed Camelopardalid meteor shower using my D800, and it did very nicely almost wide open at f/2. A little bit of astigmatism in the far corners, but otherwise quite sharp. While not a cheap lens, it's still far less expensive than the f/1.4s and I can afford to give up 2/3 stop and save $$$. Overall, quite happy with this purchase.

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                                  4.0

                                  Use the center focal point

                                  By 17Millimeters

                                  from Bakersfield, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                  I have seen a lot of remarks on the soft focus for this lens. Wide aperture exposures with this type of prime really need the use of the center focal point.I know its not fun to re-compose but this lens does very well under those conditions. I have the same issue with my 50mm 1.4 on my D800. This is not the D800 edge focus issue BTW.

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