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About Nikon 28mm F/1.8

This Nikon 28mm F/1.8 Bundle comes with $35.95 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 67mm, and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

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, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer 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, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Nice bokeh

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (10),Fast / accurate auto-focus (7),Consistent output (6),Nice bokeh (6)
Weak casing (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (12),Landscape/scenery (11),Weddings (6),Night photography (5),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Semi-pro photographer (5),Pro photographer (4)

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 27 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great, Light Lense

I bought this lens to replace my older 28mm f/2.8 and boy am I happy. The f/1.8 makes shooting in low light more capable and the clarity of the photos are amazing.


Most Liked Negative Review


Sharp-ish If You Can Find A Good Copy - Build Quality Is Awful

Returned four new samples because they had two or more of these defects: - Gritty or crunchy manual focus - Extreme amount of lateral chromatic aberration (alignment problem?) - Auto focus sticks or stops working - Excessive focus shift when stopping down - Scratches or poor condition The fifth sample is OK and I'm keeping it, but the focus shift is still pretty serious. I can't recommend this lens due to the evident quality problems.

Reviewed by 27 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


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.


Razor Sharp


from Canonsburg, PA

This lens is very sharp. The size is nice for holding. The weight is light. The price is reasonable. If that were not enough, the DXO on this lens is up there with the 24mm 1.4 which costs about $1500.00 more.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nikon 28mm f/1.8G


from Saint Petersburg, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wanted something wider than my existing 50mm f/1.8G. After so much research, I was wary to purchase the 28mm f/1.8G as there are so many reviews that claim that this lens suffers of focus shift. However, my practical tests, which means using the lens in real situations, have not shown any issues with my lens. Or maybe they are unnoticeable, but again, this is actual usage in most common situations such as landscapes, travel, and street photography. This lens is tack sharp even wide open, which combined with its wide angle, makes it a perfect lens for indoor photography where flash photography is not allowed, especially in museums.


Amazing results from this lens


from Professional photographer, Clifton Park (Albany burb) New York.

I just purchased this lens, ran a bunch of tests at high ISO at f1.8, 2.8 and 4, all available light at several distances - everything sharp as a razor. Used it on an assignment and very pleased with the images, clear, crisp and good color. When I opened the box, I was concerned because this lens is so light - the results are there, that is what counts. My work is primarily for publications, available light photography is the norm.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Seattle, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I compared this with the Nikon 35mm 1.8G AF-S DX, and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM. In relation to those, this is noticeably "brighter", my sample had possibly a 1/2 stop more light in every image. The focus ring on the Sigma is smoother and better quality, but overall I preferred everything about this lens to the other two. The Sigma is a little heavier feeling, which some may like but this balances better on the D7000. Also the Sigma finish shows fingerprints. The Bokeh on the 35 is the least desirable; this and the Sigma look identical; neither comes near premium lenses like the Nikon 85 1.4. Overall I would rate them in terms of their price, with this one being the best - but the actual difference in IQ and sharpness is very very slight between all three (at least the samples I tried). Those on a budget (with DX cameras) may prefer one of the others, and those wanting the best should consider the Nikon 35 1.4 or a Zeiss. I did not try the popular Sigma 35 1.4 that also works on full frame, as does this.


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Scott W  Will this autofocus on a D5000 (body doesnt have a built in focus motor)?
TODD K  The autofocusing of this lens is entirely inside the lens. Therefore, it should work with the D5000 or any other lens after, and not including, the D40. This lens autofocusing works just like the 50mm f/1.4G and 105mm f/2.8G. If you have shot with either of those lenses, and they worked ok, then you will be fine with the 28mm f/1.8G. Todd K
Shopper  I am trying to buy a wide angle lens as a gift and was wondering the f/1.8 or f/2.8 which is better for wide angle views of landscapes/outdoor shots? Also are these compatably to Nikon D90?
JOHN D  I forgot to mention your second part of the question. Yes, it will work with a D90.
Shopper  Will this work with My d80?
MARCUS C  Yes, it will; but, the camera will automatically crop it making objects closer than normal. Also, only center focus will work probably, the focus points will not be very affective on it since the camera is made speficially for DX lenses and this is an FX... but yes, it will work.
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