Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G review - A stellar performer

By David Newton - Friday January 04 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens performance | AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G versus competition | Conclusion

Launched in April 2012, this wide-angle prime lens from Nikon, with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, suggests it may be a great choice for landscape, architectural and reportage photography. A light weight of 330g also ensures it’s easy to travel with and won’t weigh heavily in your bag.

It is designed for use with the Nikon FX, full-frame, cameras such as the D3x so you gain the full benefit of the 28mm focal length. Attached to a DX format Nikon camera, the 1.5x sensor magnification gives an equivalent focal length of 42mm making the field-of-view more similar to a standard focal length lens rather than a wide-angle.

At a suggested retail price of $699.95 (USD), this lens falls firmly into the mid-range price bracket, but with two aspherical elements in its lens design and a circular 7-blade aperture diaphragm optical quality should be high and the bokeh should be smooth. Additionally, Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat lens coating has been used to reduce ghosting and flare and their well regarded Silent Wave Motor (SWM) AF system is fitted to give great autofocus functionality.