Nikkor AF 28mm f/1.4 D - Review / Lab Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published April 2007

Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Christian Becker!


Released back in 1993 the Nikkor AF 28mm f/1.4D is the only ultra fast wide angle AF lens in the Nikon lens lineup or to be precise .... it was because it seems as if it has been discontinued in 2005. Regarding its release date it is obviously a full format lens but as usual we'll have a look how it performs within today's APS-C scope where its field-of-view is equivalent to 42mm - it almost behaves like a normal/standard lens here.

The build quality of the lens is superb - most outer parts are made of metal and the focus ring operates very smooth and slightly damped. The length of the lens remains constant regardless of the focus setting and the front element does not rotate thanks to an IF (internal focusing) design. The lens has no dedicated AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera. As a result AF operation will generate a moderate degree of noise. Due to the moderate weight of the optical system the AF speed is quite fast on the D200.

Equiv. focal length42 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/2.1 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction11 elements in 8 groups inc. 1 aspherical element
Number of aperture blades9
min. focus distance0.35 m (max. magnification ratio 1:8.3)
Dimensions75 x 78 mm
Weight520 g
Filter size72 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HK-7 (optional), barrel shaped, snap-on type
Other featuresClose-Range Correction (CRC) system (also called floating elements elsewhere). Lens provides distance (D) information to the camera.