Nikon 28mm f/2 AI, AIS
Posted 01 July 2010 - 14:35
Looks like I am not able to focus properly at f2, maybe my old age, 2.8 looks OK.
Posted 01 July 2010 - 14:50
The focus is tricky sometimes and if you rely on the focus indicator dot try to focus in from both the far and near end to see what gives the best result. There is some slack in the accuracy of that dot indicator.
I actually prefer to shot at 2.8. f/2 is a little bit more nervous wrt. bokeh if the lighting is not "perfect".
Posted 22 July 2010 - 19:33
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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:27
Edited by Pouncer, 01 July 2011 - 02:28 .
Posted 02 September 2011 - 21:15
When I received mine it had an incorrectly adjusted infinity focus stop which was taken care of at a non-Nikon service house for $40. Now I can trust the focus limit even at f/2.
I use it starting at f/2.8 due to some loss of contrast wide open. At f/4 it's amazing, at 5.6-8 it's stunning, easily out-resolving the D90 sensor. However I use it on a D700 to get the full angular coverage. The extreme corners are a little soft on FX at f/5.6 and wider. The center and all borders (minus those farthest bits of corner) always look good. It is extremely resistant to ghosting.
I feel that it is a privilege to shoot with this lens.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:23
The lens is a bit softer at @f2 but switching to f2.8 makes a big difference. The lens is wonderful sharp and contrast is great @f2.8 and it doesn't get much better if you close down to f4. Corner performance on DX is great. At f2.0 the lens creates a very nice bokeh.
I will definitely keep the lens for these macro&background out-of-focus concepts. The picture below shows bokeh balls from two different f2.0 shots that were merged using layers in PS.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 00:17
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:24
Because of the bigger aperture, this lens has been my winter-28mm. And the AIS 28mm/2.8 with its close-up capabilities, has been my summer -28mm
Posted 20 April 2012 - 16:34
For the rest it is a great little lens, I agree with the numerous comments on its peculiar "drawing" capabilities.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 19:35
Posted 09 October 2013 - 04:00
Same here. The muddy corners at f/2 somewhat limit the usefulness at that aperture (good for close-ups though). From 2.8, sharpness is OK for most usages, but at 5.6, the extreme corners remain mushy (with a rather sharp transition from sharp to mushy by the way). Flare resistance is indeed amazing and does solve the troubles encountered when shooting organs in churches (against bright windows). Distortion is noticeable and often needs correction (for my favourite subjects) in post processing. No real problem (on a trip I'd use rawtherapee as a portable app on a USB key for that purpose).
Night shots are OK from f/4 and stopping down further. At f/2, the coma is terrible and spot lights tend to 'bleed'.
For available (i.e. low) light shooting, this is not necessarily the best lens: the conjuction of relatively low contrast wide open, plus sensor noise due to high ISO, tends to provide so-so images. For such kind of usage, I'd rather recommend such lenses as Zeiss 35/2 (I have not experienced the 28/2 so far), delivering high contrast and decent corners even wide open. Paradoxically it is in bright settings that the fast 28/2 Nikkor shines. An interesting study would be to look where the optimum lies: assuming that speed is set to the slowest possible given the circumstances, and that DOF does not matter (flat subject), which ISO/f-stop combination would deliver maximum IQ? no scientific answer is expected since IQ is largely subjective and camera-dependent, but test for yourself.
Again, I'd complain about the difficulty to properly focus WA with current FF bodies. I am currently using the D800 and, in darker scenes, neither the viewfinder nor the AF confirmation dot will provide sufficient accuracy; only LV would but that's really cumbersome. Fortunately the infinite stop remains usable
Edited by Airy, 03 December 2013 - 21:02 .
Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:34
I used the 2.0/28mm as an Aid version of the full metal "berg-und-tal"
It is a great formula like the 1.8/85mm or the famous 2.0/50mm
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