Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 6.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window).

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/6400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/80s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/1600s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s

Verdict

The Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8 G convinces with very good performance in almost any regard. Sharpness is very good across the frame wide open already and improves to excellent resolution in the image center by stopping down. Distortion and CAs are moderate, the bokeh is quite smooth for a wide-angle lens. The lens' only weak point is the rather high amount of vignetting, even when stopped down.

The build quality is on a high level for a consumer grade lens. Thanks to AF-S the autofocus is virtually silent and reasonably fast.

A feature not mentioned so far is the lens' ability to focus rather close. Combined with the wide field of view this allows some interesting perspectives and compositions.

One final note: there have been reports of pronounced focus shifts with this lens. We had no such issues with our review unit. The focus remained unchanged regardless of the aperture chosen (in the tested range down to f/11), both in the lab and in the field.

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