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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens
 
4.5

(based on 99 reviews)

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    (66)

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    (25)

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    (4)

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    (3)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (73)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (66)
  • Nice bokeh (56)
  • Consistent output (47)
  • Easily interchangeable (30)

Cons

  • Weak casing (15)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (72)
  • Low light (64)
  • Night photography (50)
  • Weddings (40)
  • Video (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (41), Semi-pro photographer (26), Pro photographer (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (91)

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...

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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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4.0

Buy one today

By Tony

from Gulf Coast

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    If you are looking for a general-purpose wide-angle lens this is it. The lens is sharp, fast and lightweight. This lens is by far better than my 17-35 at a third the price and weight. If you can get one with the instant rebate and from B&H you'll be happy you did.

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    5.0

    Best walk-around lens for the buck.

    By Foto

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Love this lens. I knew it would be good from the reviews I had read ahead of time, but I did not realize it would be this great! At f/1.8 it's so fast that image stabilization would only cause an unduly weight-burden. Thus, the lens is also super compact, light-weight, and very portable. Use it as my general purpose walk-around lens now for city photography.

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      4.0

      Nice wide angle at a good price point

      By Bob

      from Washington, DC

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Not quite wide enough for every landscape situation but works well for most. Can be a good option for street photography as well when you want to include some of the environment.

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        5.0

        great Nikon lens

        By Dave

        from ca

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          the usual

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          3.0

          A fine lens, but not fine enough.

          By Kevin J

          from Portland, OR

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Slow Focus
          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

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

            Purchased for a DX-size 7100, as an everyday lens. I'm currently using a 20mm f/2.8 D, with an equivalent FL of a 30mm lens. I was hopeful this 28mm would give me a slightly tighter view for more versatility, plus better low-light performance, in a lightweight, low-profile, weather-sealed package.

            Given that the 35mm DX does pretty much the same thing, this lens isn't worth the $550 I paid used, and certainly not worth whatever it costs new, for a DX. I was hopeful the better build/optics (and N coating) would help contribute to pics with more contrast/pop but I couldn't really tell a difference.

            Further, I echo what others have said: the build quality seems lacking. I ignored other reviews saying the same thing, believing it to be anti-China bias. Comparing this lens to my 50mm 1.4G, the 28mm 1.8G seems really loose. The autofocus is slow and oddly noisy, giving me no confidence in the long-term life of the lens.

            And, its strangely long. Not sure why its so long, but it looks and feels like a cheap kit zoom lens and sticks out really far from the body. There's nowhere to grab it except the focus ring, which is really too big for a wide angle lens. Ergonomics are bad, is what I'm saying.

            So, one star off for build/profile and another star for poor value, optically. Its not a bad lens at all, but not worth it for a DX body. If I had an FX body, I'd buy the 24mm that came out this year instead...

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            2.0

            Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G Lens

            By Kiltedview

            from Texas, USA

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Tough To Attach

              Best Uses

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

                I'm a Nikon user from way back (more than 30 years), and I have never been disappointed with any of their products. Until now. I had ordered this lens a couple of months ago but didn't have a chance to use it until recently, only to find that it takes quite a bit of effort to get it mounted to my D810 (very tight), and the focus is not sharp -- not even close -- at any aperture. I'm currently working on a documentary film project and haven't had time to devote to troubleshooting the lens, so when I do I'll update this review if I discover the problem -- it may just be a defect with this individual lens, and not indicative of a problem with all of this model.

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                5.0

                Simply love this lens!

                By SecPhotog

                from Brookfield, CT

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Lens used for portrait work as well as general photography purposes.
                Great aperture range, fast focus.
                A bit on the light side.

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                2.0

                cheap plastic with unimpressive optics

                By Chris Nikon 810

                from Burlington, VT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    made of cheap plastic.......not very good optics, grainy, low resolution.......returned this one

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                    5.0

                    Loved it

                    By Frank

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

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                    Pros

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

                    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:

                      This lens is perfect for what it is. Warm and sharp, small and light. I used this a lot at first but eventually I sold because I already owned the 35mm 1.4g and couldn't justify it sitting around in my bag. If I didn't have the 35mm already this would be one of my main lenses especially at the very fair price. The AF might be a little slow and the construction isn't as "tough" as the f1.4 line, but its less than half the price. None of those reasons are why I sold it. Its just very similar to 35mm...

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                      5.0

                      Light weight, Sharp corner to corner

                      By Beta SX

                      from Honolulu, HI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      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

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                      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

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                          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

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                            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

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                            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

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                                  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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