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Review by Markus Stamm, published May 2011
The Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 is a wide angle prime that has been around for quite a while, the current AF-D version of the lens was introduced in 1994. However, unlike its sister lenses (the AF-D 20/2.8 and AF-D 24/2.8) it is a new design and does not date back to earlier Ai or Ai-S designs.
It shares other properties with its close relatives, though: it is rather compact and light-weight, and also quite affordable for a relatively fast prime. At the time of this review (May 2011) the lens retails for around 280 EUR/USD.
In this review we will have a look at how the lens performs on our FX test camera, the Nikon D3x.
The build quality of the lens is very good and in line with most moderately
priced Nikkors. The outer barrel is made of polycarbonate combined with a
metal mount. The small rubberized focus ring is very smooth and only marginally damped, but rotates during AF operation.
Typical for lenses with a linear extension system the whole
inner tube moves during focusing thus extending the lens when focusing towards
closer focus distances.
A hood is not included with the lens and needs to be purchased seperately.
The lens has no internal AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera, so AF is not available on the motor-free entry level Nikon DSLRs. As a result of the screw drive, AF operation will generate a moderate degree of noise.
The front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem.
|Optical construction||6 elements in 6 groups|
|Number of aperture blades||7|
|min. focus distance||0.25m (max. magnification ratio 1:5.6)|
|Dimensions||65mm x 45mm|
|Filter size||52 mm (non-rotating)|
|Hood||Nikon HN-2 (optional), barrel shaped (screw-in)|
|Other features||Lens reports distance (D) information to camera|