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Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Lens

BH #NI2828 • MFR #1420
Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Close Range Correction System
  • Manual Focus Design
Offering a comfortable wide-angle field of view in a small size, the NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 from Nikon is a manual focus prime well-suited for landscape, nature, and documentary shooting. Its modest f/2.8 maximum aperture strikes a balance between its sleek form factor and being fast enough for working in low-light conditions. Additionally, the optical design uses a Close Range Correction system, which maintains consistent image quality and sharpness from the minimum focusing distance of 8.3" to infinity.
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Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Overview

Offering a comfortable wide-angle field of view in a small size, the NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 from Nikon is a manual focus prime well-suited for landscape, nature, and documentary shooting. Its modest f/2.8 maximum aperture strikes a balance between its sleek form factor and being fast enough for working in low-light conditions. Additionally, the optical design uses a Close Range Correction system, which maintains consistent image quality and sharpness from the minimum focusing distance of 8.3" to infinity.

Wide-angle 28mm lens is designed for FX-format F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 42mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is suitable for working in a variety of lighting conditions and also contributes to the compact, lightweight form factor.
Close Range Correction system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 8.3" to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by engraved focus distance and depth of field scales.
Seven-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.

Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Specs

Focal Length
28mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Nikon F
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
74°
Minimum Focus Distance
8.27" / 21 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.26x
Optical Design
8 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.5 x 1.8" / 63.5 x 45.7 mm
Weight
8.82 oz / 250 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.755 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.3 x 4 x 3.65"

Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Reviews

Great lens on my Z6

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-21

I rediscovered this lens in my drawer from the film days and slapped it on my Z6. It's fantastic! Super-sharp, and it renders beautifully. I use the Kipon adapter, which is smaller and lighter than the Nikon FTZ, since autofocus is out of the question. Great walk-around lens.

Another Gem From  Nikon

By Wayne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-08

I don't usually shoot wider than 35mm, but because I have a 40mm but no 35mm for my Nikons I wanted a 28mm and this is fantastic. Solidly built, smooth focus and aperture rings.

I love it. I really love it.

By Domingo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-21

I had my doubts because I had never had an old lens but its impressive, its sharpness, its construction, everything, Im happy with my purchase, works perfectly well on my Nikon F3 and D750, I LOVE it!

Joy To Use

By Carl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-02

I love this lens its a joy to use.  I use it on a D7200 and a D750 and will often take just this lens and either body when I want to go light.  On the D7200 it is the equivalent of a 42mm which for me is the ideal field of view.  I use it on the D750 when I need a wide angle often with the 1.2x crop for the equivalent of a 35mm on the D750.  Picture IQ and build quality are superb.

One of the best lenses I ever used

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-20

I was loaned a 28/2.8 Ai-s by a friend when I first began shooting Nikon, long long ago. I instantly fell in love, and after he asked for me to return it I immediately went I bought a copy of my own. I've used it on just about every kind of Nikon camera you could imagine, it is so good that I even used it for a while on the D90 which can't meter with Ai-s lenses. All I can say is that, in every case, the lens is pixel-to-pixel sharp. In other words, one pixel is bright white, and the adjacent pixel is pitch black, capturing huge contrast over the smallest scale that can be resolved by the camera, even at the highest resolutions I've shot (D810) it performs this way. It is light, it is indestructible, there are no wearable parts, there is no distortion, CA is not an issue at all, and it feels like a magical gem in my hands with the beautiful action of the focus ring. Is there a downside? Not really. If you try hard, you can get some flare with this lens, particularly with a dirty clear filter and the Sun hanging just outside the field of view...I found that a HN-2 hood works perfectly to mitigate these situations, if you must shoot toward the Sun. You should also know that this lens is highly rated for reverse macro, get a Nikon BR-2A reversal ring and you can get 2x magnifications. If you put on some extension tubes, you can easily push this to 4x or higher (although you will probably need flash). I'm amazed at the high quality of the reverse mounted shots, the lens was NOT designed to work this way by Nikon, but it was built so well that it does a marvelous job anyways. If you will only own one Nikon manual lens...this is it!

Super Lens, Great Value

By John A.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-07

As a nature photographer, this lens is a 'must have for my bag. It is one of the lightest lenses you will find, anywhere (250g), it is extremely sharp, and (best of all) you can buy a Nikon BR-2A adapter, flip the lens around, and use it for super-macro photography (2.1x), giving you essentially 2 lenses for the price of one. You get a good wide angle and a super-macro lens in one purchase. It doesn't get any better than that.

Beautiful and versatile

By Leonard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-11

A great walk around lens. Sharp images and micro capabilities as a bonus. Rarely have a need for my 50mm lens anymore as this 55mm matches it in every way except speed. Priced at a bargain $399 and as always shipped promptly - thank you B&H!

Sharp

By Leonard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-18

If it was any sharper from f5.6 thru f11 you could shave with it! Love it!!

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How does this lens perform wide open at f/2.8? Is ...

How does this lens perform wide open at f/2.8? Is there significant vignetting and/or color fringing?
Asked by: jeb
This lens is very good wide open. There is virtually no vignetting or color fringing. A great performer.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2022-04-01

is the the Ai-S version of the lens? just need to ...

is the the Ai-S version of the lens? just need to confirm as it isn't mentioned in the title for the product
Asked by: Riley
Yes, the Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Lens, B&H # NI2828, is an AI-S lens.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2021-02-26

Is this lens still being made in Japan, or has ...

Is this lens still being made in Japan, or has production gone to China or some other country?
Asked by: Geoffrey
Mine was made in Japan.
Answered by: Wayne
Date published: 2020-06-05

Is a lens hood supplied?

Is a lens hood supplied?
Asked by: Tom
Unfortunately, the HN-2 Lens Hood for this lens is not included. However, we offer it here: https://bhpho.to/2Dx3OpM
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-08-03

What is the difference between this lens and the ...

What is the difference between this lens and the 28mm f/2.8 that is $286.95?
Asked by: Holly
The Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Lens, B&H # NI2828, is a fully manual Nikon lens originally released in 1981 designed for use with Nikon 35mm SLR film cameras that used the Nikon F-mount (though it is still compatible for use with the current F-mount Nikon cameras). The Nikon AF NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8D Lens, B&H # NI2828DAF, is an older autofocus lens released in 1994. It will autofocus with Nikon DSLR cameras that have a built-in autofocus motor, such as the Nikon D7000-series and higher cameras. The older Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Lens has a better optical lens design with 8 optical elements in 8 groups and a closer 8.27" minimum focus distance (with slightly more magnification at the minimum focus distance), while the newer Nikon AF NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8D Lens has 6 optical elements in 6 groups, and has a minimum focus distance of 9.84". Optically, the older Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Lens would be the higher quality optical lens.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-04-01

question

can i use this with my nikon d5200?
Asked by: gloria b.
I bought a Nikon Df because I am able to use my Nikon lenses from my old F3. I would assume but, I am not positive that you would be able to use this lens. I bought the same lens and it is compatible with my Df, a digital camera. I hope this helps.
Answered by: Bob L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Why not 'A' Mode? Nikon's lens compatibility chart says that this lens supports A mode and metering (but not 3D) when focal length and max aperture are specified in non-CPU data. Answers to the other question here say that it won't work. I am confused.
Asked by: Satya
Only cameras that have an 'aperture-ring feeler' are able to determine the aperture of manual focus lenses and thus use the 'A' (or M) modes. If a camera doesn't have an aperture-ring feeler, there is no way for the camera to know what aperture has been set on the manual focus lens. Auto-focus lenses don't rely on an aperture feeler because they have built in CPU chips and this information is conveyed electronically. The minimum level of DX camera that has an aperture feeler is the D7xxx series, including the D7000. All FX cameras have aperture feelers.
Answered by: Tony L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is this lens the same as the AI-S lens which has ...

Is this lens the same as the AI-S lens which has been in production since 1981? Specifically I'm wondering if there have been any improvements since the original was introduced?
Asked by: William
They have not made any updates to this lens. The updates would only be newer versions such as auto focus lenses.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-02-17
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