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NikonNIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus Lens
 
4.9

(based on 33 reviews)

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  • Lightweight (25)
  • Durable (22)
  • Consistent output (19)
  • Rugged (19)

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    • Landscape/scenery (29)
    • Low light (16)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Night photography (10)
    • Macro photography (9)
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    5.0

    Simply the Best!

    By W7REE

    from Portland, Oregon

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Perfect: No. The best 28 mm wide angle lens that Nikon makes: YES.I have never seen a sharper or more contrasty 28mm wide angle lens than this one. Not even Leica or Zeiss are superior. Also, very low distortion. A fault: it has significant vignetting at f/2.8, gets mush better at f/4 and none visible at f/5.6 (shooting the sky or other such scenes. Sharpest at both f/4 and f/5.6. No lens is smoother focusing than this one. With the Nikon D759, best focus is pretty much at the center of the "green meatball". I would not let the fact that it is manual focus, only put me off. AF would be nice, but that is not a deal breaker because the lens is otherwise so excellent that NO other Nikkor wide angle fixed focal length lens can beat it!

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      5.0

      D800E + 28mm f/2.8 AIS

      By Rog

      from Montreal

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      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

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

        Paired with the d800E .... I am so impressed, the colour rendition is awesome, as I see it.
        It focuses real close, no distortion, sharp across the frame, manual focus to infinity is perfect too. On top of it all, it is small and light.

        All in all I highly recommend this lens with all sensors.

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        4.0

        Well worth the investment

        By PommyPaul

        from Sydney, Australia

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        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

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          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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                  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

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                  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

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                    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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                      5.0

                      Superb lens

                      By TIE

                      from Winter Garden, FL

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                      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

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                      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

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                          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

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                              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

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                                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.

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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

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                                  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

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                                    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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