Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.8 G (CX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Shots & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon CX

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a Nikon V1 and converted from NEF to Jpeg via Capture One 6.

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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/2000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/400s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/2000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/4000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/4000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/800s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/400s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/1600s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/800s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/640s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/800s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1000s

Verdict

The Nikon AF-S 28/1.8 struggles a bit on the high density CX sensor of the V1 test camera. The resolution in the image center is only good wide open, but improves to excellent figures by stopping down. The borders and corners are a different story, though. Very soft wide open, they improve only to good resolution when stopped down.

As can be expected from a lens designed for a much larger sensor, distortion and vignetting are no issues at all. CAs are a bit on the high side, but can easily be cured in post processing.

The build quality of the lens is very good for a consumer grade lens. Thanks to AF-S the lens focuses virtually silent and is fully compatible with the FT1-adapter (within the limits of the adapter itself, that is).

Even though the lens itself can be considered fast in absolute terms, the small CX sensor offers only limited depth of field potential even with such a large aperture lens. Of course that doesn't mean you can not separate your subject from the background in the field. But it takes a short camera to subject distance and/or large subject to background distance to achieve significant background blur.

In summary, the lens does ok on the V1, especially since there are (currently) no native Nikon 1 lenses with similar specifications. However, given the rather high price of the Nikkor AF-S 28 (compared to 1 Nikon lens and camera prices) it may only be attractive to those who also own a Nikon DSLR and plan to use the lens on both cameras.

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