Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.


About Nikon 28mm F/1.8

NIKON Compact FX-format f/1.8 wide angle prime lens
Bring a dramatic wide-angle perspective to your still and HD video shooting. The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G's fast maximum aperture lets you create in nearly any light dusk to dawn, indoors or out and offers outstanding depth-of-field control. Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat nearly eliminates the ghosting and flare seen with some wide-angle lenses for improved clarity and contrast. Impressive on both FX- and DX-format cameras, the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G excels with landscapes, architecture, group shots, travel andmore.

The Nikon 28mm F/1.8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Nikon 28mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 28mm F/1.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 28mm F/1.8: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Nice bokeh

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (19),Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),Nice bokeh (13),Consistent output (11),Easily interchangeable (5)
Weak casing (6)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (19),Low light (19),Night photography (12),Weddings (10),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-pro photographer (8),Pro photographer (7)

Nikon 28mm F/1.8 Features

  • FX-format: Optical formula optimized for use with Nikon FX-format digital SLRs, provides sharp and high contrast images and HD video from infinity to close up. Provides 42mm focal length equivalent when mounted on DX-format D-SLR
  • Nano Crystal Coat: Use of Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
  • Fast f/1.8 prime NIKKOR lens: Fast maximum aperture is ideal for shooting stillsor recording HD video in low-light situations as well as for travel, landscapes and general photography
  • Aspherical Lens Element: Aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberration, even when shooting at the widest available aperture.
  • Rear Focus (RF): Provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation and lens length changes.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm: Renders a more natural appearance to out-of-focus image elements.
  • Close focusing to 0.85 feet: For creative perspectives and versatility

Nikon 28mm F/1.8 Specifications

Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Lens Elements
Lens Groups
Compatible Formats
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
Diaphragm Blades
Distance Information
Nano Crystal Coat
Aspherical Elements
Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Minimum Focus Distance
0.85 ft. (0.25m)
Focus Mode
Rear Focusing
Filter Size
Accepts Filter Type
Dimension (Diameter x Length)
2.9 x 3.2: (73 x 80.5mm)
11.6 oz (330g)

Nikon 28mm F/1.8 Reviews

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(based on 38 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


sharper than i would have thought....

love it sharp...need to practice more with wide angle and close ups...this lens was remanafactured by nikon....used it once and love it...need to practice more with it...its been a while since i've used this type of lens. see sample on how sharp...this image wasn't touched..straight out camera..enjoy...don't have the big bucks for 1.4's...can't wait for first wedding. good luck

Reviewed by 38 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fast and sharp glass!


from Cambridge, MA, USA

I needed a wide-angle lens that was fast and sharp. The 28mm focal length works perfectly for most of my wide-angle applications. The lens is well-built, fast auto-focus, smooth focus pull and the nano-crystal coat works great! I just used this lens for some landscape work in Tennessee and the results were gorgeous. I have posted a photo of its use on the street using my Nikon D610. I highly recommend this lens for someone that demands the highest quality 28mm f/1.8 prime.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Bright and Compact Wide Angle Lens


from San Diego, California

The Nikon 28mm f/1.8 wide angle lens is compact, optically superb, and great for nighttime hand held photography. Below are two photos taken at night, hand held, at a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/1.8, ISOs of 450 and 3200, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.


New Nikon 28 mm F1.8 prime


from Baltimore, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this lens for street photography and some landscape work. It is a lot lighter to carry about than the Nikon professional zoom. Very crisp image at 2.8 and above. Bokeh is good at F1.8-2.8 but not quite as pretty as lenses with 9 leaflets. Unlike the 35mm f1.8 lens, Nikon put its nanocoating on this one--not sure why they left it off the 35 mm.Crisper image than the 35 mm. Still, for street photography, I prefer the 35 mm space to 28. Focus adequate, not superfast.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Use the center focal point


from Bakersfield  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have read much about the soft focus on this lens. This lens is not soft! its fast! Wide aperture lenses need the use of the center focal point to achieve the sharpness most of us desire. At least on a lens in this price category. It's not fun to recompose but this lens has impressive performance if you do. I love this glass for having the ability to shoot semi-wide at f1.8. Great for landscape as well as indoors. Build quality is weak and for that alone I negate one star.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


don't be fooled by the gold ring


from Michigan  -  Semi-pro Photographer

soft at all fstops even after in camera focus adjustments. Buy the D series lenses that say made in Japan on them. my Nikon 16-30 f4 and 24-120 f4 are sharper then this lens at 28mm at all fstops. returned it for a nikon 35d 2.0


28mm is great


from maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

love this length, if they made a new 1.4 i'd buy that. But for now this is great. Focus is a bit slower than with the 2.8 zooms, but extremely lightweight. easily my new walk around lens. 24-70 is still the my go to for events because of the versatility. but this lens will probably start shouldering some of that duty soon.


Great lens


from Encinitas, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very nice lens. Good angle for landscapes. Nice and bright when light is dim. Good pairing with my 85mm 1.8 lens.


Great lens!


from Piscataway, New Jersey  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love this lens. It is probably better than new because it was refurbished by Nikon. It is great for wide angle, low light photos with my Nikon D600 camera.


Great Lens


from Jonestown, PA  -  Pro Photographer

I use it for team shots. Sharper then my zoom that I used before.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Happy and impressed


from Memphis  -  Pro Photographer

I'm a newspaper photographer that shoots primes. I recently did away with my 24 and 35 for the 28. I was a little worried about buying a refurbished lens, but the price was right. I'm really impressed with this lens. There are a lot of reviews that I read talking about its focus issues and it not holding up but I can first hand say that it has been tack sharp and focus well even in low light conditions. I recently did a nightlife story on the music scene for a Sunday story and even in lowly lit dive bars the lens held it's own. Mostly shooting at f/2 I found this lens to be very sharp. Highly suggest this lens to full frame prime shooters.

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