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

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

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

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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
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Nikon 28mm f/1.8 overview

  • 1Description

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.
UPC: 018208022038
In the Box
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
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    • 1Description

    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 specs

    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
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.55
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 5.1 x 5.0"

    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 111.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens! Autofocus is fast. Image quality is fantastic. Wide open it suffers from slight chroma - greenish in hue. If you are photographing a bright white object against a darker background you will see some of this if you pixel-peep along the white edges. This is common on ALL fast lenses, even from some of the best manufacturers in the world. Nevertheless, it's worth mentioning. Contrast is great with this lens. It's lightweight and the focusing ring is simple and easy to use. Build quality is a little sad. Looks like they built it on a budget. But at the end of the day it's a top performer, and I would highly recommend it. Great value for the money!
    Date published: 2012-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp Wide Open Out of the box, the lens was back-focusing. I had to calibrate to -12 to get it to focus sharply. Once the lens started focusing properly, I was blown away by the image quality. Even at f 1.8 the lens is sharp. Contrast is a little low wide open, just a bit of clarity and a smidgen of sharpening is all that I need to get images to look superb. At f 2.0 and onward, the images are tack sharp with good micro contrast, great colors, and low distortion. I'm a huge fan of this lens. Its only draw back is that it does not feel like a legacy lens, a lens that will be with you for decades. I hope I can get at least 15 years from this guy.
    Date published: 2012-10-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens for the price I am a wedding & editorial photographer, and have used this lens extensively since I purchased it about two months ago for portraits, weddings, action, and general editorial usage. This is a great dance floor lens - focuses fast, is very light, wide focal length captured a lot of action. Also a nice lens for environmental portraits - I don't find it to have much distortion and it is able to focus pretty close (perhaps in the 1 foot range) so it is really versatile. In general, 28 can be a kind of boring length - not wide enough to be really interesting, but I find that to be the case with a 35 as well. This is a great price for this lens, and the 1.8 aperture makes is great for night shooting.
    Date published: 2012-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Lens I do a lot of indoor events and I can use more light than I can get from my 2.8 zooms. This lens is surprisingly sharp at 1.8 and razor sharp by 4.0. A big plus is the small size and weight compared to my Nikkor 24-70 2.8. 28mm is perfect for my use as 24mm is often too wide and 35mm not enough. Much, much better optical perfromance than my older 35 f2.0D. Subject isolation at 1.8 is a big plus also. Very quick focus compared to the 50 1.4G. Affordable compared to the 24/35 1.4s. Hopefully the light weight doesn't compromise reliability.
    Date published: 2013-03-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheap feelbuild. Expensive image quality Feels cheap, but I'm happy with the image quality. The wide angle is closer to what I'm looking for and it's pretty sharp while maintaining a shallow DOF and satisfactory bokeh. Plus the minimum focus distance is about 9 inches, so I can get in pretty close. I use my 50mm for shooting club bands and weddings, but the field of view is too tight. I could't decide between the 24mm 1.4 or the 35mm 1.4, both close to $ each. This seems to be a nice happy medium for a third of the price. I have a feeling I'll be using it a lot, but I get a terrible feeling it'll be in the shop a lot.
    Date published: 2012-06-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice lens for the money I've had this lens for a few weeks now and have taken a few thousand shots with it. This is a solid lens for the price. Great focal length - about the same field of view as your iPhone 4S using a full frame camera. f1.8 allows for very nice separation in a wide(r) lens should you need this. Focuses very close. Focus hunts a bit much under low lighting conditions however. Nice lens for the price. This will be the one I keep on my camera most of the time-it's a lot lighter than the 24-70 zoom or 14-24. Also better focal length for my type of shooting than my 50f1.4D. I would buy it again.
    Date published: 2012-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice fast wide prime Fast focus and renders very nice colorful, contrasty, sharp images. Light weight and reasonably priced considering the excellent performance it delivers. Also nice for shooting video with. I've only used this on a D4 and D600, and would expect the same great performance on a D800, but it might be overkill for older FX bodies or any DX body. This lense is replacing my 16-35 F4 VR because I was never happy with the bulk/weight and distortion from that lense. One very notable attribute of this lense is that your get pointy light stars instead of blobs like on the 16-35.
    Date published: 2013-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Happy I'm a photographer on the side and this lens absolutely amazing. Because of school restraints, I haven't been able to go out into the woods or mountains and take the landscape shots I want, but I have snapped a few architectural shots in Manhattan over the past month. The focus is dead on and pretty quick in my opinion. It also has the benefit of focusing really close to subjects to the point that it's almost a macro. It's tack sharp all around and I can't seem to notice any distinct distortion. Overall, this lens i perfect prime lens in combination with the 50mm and 85mm f1.8.
    Date published: 2014-03-03
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