Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AIS
Posted 27 April 2008 - 06:30
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 06:41
Posted 27 April 2008 - 13:27
Nikon D2x ,Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-S 1/250s f/5.6 at 28.0mm iso100
Posted 30 April 2008 - 05:35
Edited by pluton, 29 April 2011 - 17:55 .
Posted 24 August 2008 - 19:25
Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:43
Posted 03 November 2009 - 15:55
Posted 28 November 2009 - 20:09
I find that I tend to use this lens stopped down, rarely wide open. While I use my 24mm pre-AI wide open more often. Maybe I can characterize the difference as 'crisp, clinical, deep' vs 'characterful, warm, smooth'.
Some samples (I don't have anything handy that shows off the close focus, unfortunately). Photos link to flickr page with larger sizes available.
Saint Hospice chapel at St Jean Cap Ferrat
D90, ISO 320, 1/160s, f/4 (from memory)
Roman baths, Cemenelum
D90, ISO 200, 1/500s, f/8
Rooftop view, Nice
D40, ISO 200, 1/1000s f/8
The big wheel
D40, ISO 200, 1/250s f/8
Posted 17 December 2009 - 22:00
Posted 17 December 2009 - 22:08
Not the best for landscapes due to corners can go a little soft, but wonderful in the close range. A pity it is the only one amongst the 28 Nikkors to have an IR hot spot, though.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 23:02
Only having had mine a relatively short while, I've been really impressed with this lens' closeup performance as has been pointed out by others. Carrying this lens and 12mm & 20mm extension tubes when travelling light gives both a sharp moderate wide-angle and a perfectly serviceable macro lens on FX that weighs in total less than 400 grams.
(multi-shot hand-held focus stack, focus shifted by slightly advancing camera between shots)
The thing I really like as I build my AI/AIS collection is the consistent colour and slightly subdued contrast of these lenses, plus that ever-so-slight greenish-yellow "vintage" Nikon image look that they provide as standard. I can see the day when modern zooms are no longer in my bag at all, in fact. Maybe it's the clear Tasmanian air and depleted ozone layer UV rich light, but the modern zooms and primes that I've used always have me battling with excessive contrast in outdoor scenes on the D3 which the AIS series lenses don't seem to be nearly as badly afflicted with.
Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:26
D200 ISO 800 20s, 28mm f/2.8 AIS at f/3.2
Posted 26 December 2010 - 23:03
“Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.”
- Ansel Adams
Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:55
Posted 10 November 2012 - 21:28
The 28mm will be used mainly for car photography. Looking forward to using this lens as I've read it's a Nikkor classic.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 20:46
But the lens is ok, almost as new.
First tests show this lens is a great perfromer, sharp already at f2.8 on and a lot of contrast.
f2.8 iso 320
f2.8 iso 2.000
Posted 21 December 2013 - 13:40
Due to the glowing reviews, I have bought this lens 3 (three) times!!!
Sold it each time after carefully comparing against zooms I have (18-55, 18-70), because it always lost out on center sharpness and contrast, believe it or not! Last time on my 24MP!
I always were disappointed, and gradually believed it had to be sample variation, and after some time bought another... Seems I never learn ;-)
I really wanted this lens to be as good as everybody says, but my three copys have been good, but not better than my excellent consumer-zooms.
EDIT: My small and unassuming 35mm f/2.8 K is unbelievable sharp and contrasty over the entire image, and beats the zooms by a mile! Even wide open it is as good as the zooms are at f/5.6!
But that's another story... ;-)
Edited by ozone, 21 December 2013 - 13:45 .
Posted 21 December 2013 - 13:46
Do note this lens is best reserved for work in the near and medium range, as it's not equally compatible with remote landscapes.
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