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28mm f/2.8 pre-AI, AI, AF Nikkor (three versions)

Suitable For:

Moderately wide-angle photography.

Camera Formats:

FX and DX


Focal length: 28mm
Maximum aperture: 2.8
Minimum aperture: 22
Angle of View: 74°
Focus Throw: 190°
Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:7.5
Lens Elements: 7
Lens Groups: 7
Diaphragm Blades: 7
ED Glass Elements: 0
Autofocus: n/a for manual version, requires AF motor on body for AF version
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.3m
Filter Size: 52mm
Filter Type: front screw in
Dimensions: 63.5mmØ by 44.5mm
Weight: 240g / 245g / 195g
Accessories: HN- 1 and HN-2 hoods

Bjørn's Rørslett's Overview:

Prior to the 0.2 m close-focus model (see above), more modest optical designs were manufactured and none could come anywhere near the performance of the later version. A simple 5-element formula was later employed for the AF 28 mm f/2.8 lens and this likewise is a mediocre performer. Probably Nikon targeted these lenses at the amateur market and considered low price more important than optical performance.

Bjørn's Rating:

2-3 (F2, F4)

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