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Nikon announces AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.8 G full-frame wideangle prime

By dpreview staff on Apr 19, 2012 at 04:00 GMT
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Nikon has announced the AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 G, a fast wideangle lens for full frame SLRs such as the D800. It uses two aspherical elements in its 11 element / 9 group construction, along with Nano Crystal Coat to combat flare and ghosting. It can also be used on DX format cameras, giving a 42mm-equivalent 'normal' angle of view. It will be available from the end of May 2012 at a suggested retail price of $699.95. Updated with specifications.


Press Release:

NIKON'S NEW AF-S NIKKOR 28MM F/1.8G LENS MAKES WIDE-ANGLE AND FAST APERTURE AN ATTAINABLE REALITY

MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 19, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G, a fixed focal length lens with a large maximum aperture to carry on the legacy of superior NIKKOR imaging technology for enthusiasts and professionals. With a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 and Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghost and flare, the 28mm FX-format lens offers stunning sharpness and versatility for both photos and HD video.

"This NIKKOR lens is the latest addition to the popular family of f/1.8 primes designed to give HD-SLR shooters the performance and versatility needed to capture images and HD video with outstanding image quality," said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. "The new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is a great way for photographers to discover a high-quality, wide-angle prime lens that provides amazingly crisp focus and natural background blur."

Professional and enthusiast HD-SLR photographers will appreciate the 28mm f/1.8G's wide-angle versatility and enjoy the sharp focus and lightweight yet durable construction befitting a NIKKOR lens. The lens' Nano Crystal Coat prevents ghosting and flare and helps produce spectacular high-resolution photos and HD video in even the most challenging lighting conditions. This 28mm lens also features a large f/1.8 maximum aperture, giving the photographer the ability to effortlessly highlight natural background image blur.

The 28mm f/1.8G's construction and optical formula is deep-rooted with NIKKOR core technology to ensure the highest level performance and versatility for the most demanding imaging applications. Featuring eleven optical elements in nine groups with two aspherical elements, the 28mm f/1.8G is designed to be a compact and durable lens maximized for versatility. Additionally, the new 28mm lens is able to resolve high resolution images with amazing sharpness and clarity, making it an ideal companion for the new 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800 HD-SLR. Professionals and enthusiasts are offered complete lens control with two focus modes, (M) manual and (M/A) autofocus with manual override that allow the photographer to tailor their focus for any shooting scenario. The 28mm f/1.8G lens is also equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) allowing for smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation essential for capturing pristine HD video.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens will be available at the end of May 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95*. For more information please visit www.nikonusa.com.

AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.8 G Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length28 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountNikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1.8
Minimum apertureF16.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements11
Groups9
Special elements / coatings2 aspherical lens elements and lens elements with Nano Crystal Coat
Focus
Minimum focus0.25 m (9.84)
Maximum magnification0.22×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeRing-type ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
Physical
Weight330 g (0.73 lb)
Diameter73 mm (2.87)
Length81 mm (3.17)
SealingNo
ColourBlack
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeHB-64
Tripod collarNo
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Comments

Total comments: 119
SrMilan
By SrMilan (Oct 10, 2012)

I would like to ask if it is worth buying this lens given the fact that I already have AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED?
Is there any advantage that this is prime lens? Would it give me better results at 24mm compared to the lens I already have?
Thanks

0 upvotes
kevin_r
By kevin_r (Oct 3, 2012)

This lens is basically overpriced.
Perhaps it's to compensate for the potential loss of super FAT profit that might disappear if or when they try to introduce f/1.8 versions of the 35mm and 24mm lenses.
In my opinion, there's absolutely no reason why the lens should be so much more expensive than the 50 or 85mm f/1.8 G lenses.
Perhaps someone would like to chirp in on that. OK, it's so late in the game most people interested in this kind of lens have long since moved on.

Comment edited 32 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
PhotoGraphDotCz
By PhotoGraphDotCz (May 19, 2012)

Hi, there is my first shots using Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 on Nikon D700. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photograph_cz/sets/72157629799671432/ Nice piece of glass :-)

0 upvotes
edbollom
By edbollom (May 8, 2012)

seems like some of the guys here are forgetting some basic photography, f1.8 not only is good for low light but gives a shallower depth of field and also means that the lens will be at its best at a wider apeture, probably 5.6. All of this makes the lens much more versatile. 28mm on a dx camera is a really useful focal length.

0 upvotes
map1273
By map1273 (Apr 27, 2012)

Is there really much need for 1.8 in that focal length?

0 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (Apr 28, 2012)

It comes in handy when in low light situation (e.g. indoor) and you don't want to use flash. For instance, I like my 85 F1.4D much. F1.4 is no kidding!

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0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 28, 2012)

Why wouldn't there be. Don't low light situations deserve to be captured in wide-angle as well ?

1 upvote
shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (Apr 20, 2012)

I'm sure it's nice, but gee is it huge! Great thing though is one can still mount to my FE, though I wouldn't use the 28 AFS as it is simply monster. Cannot wait to hear about its performance, however.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 22, 2012)

It's 28mm F1.8 full frame. It needs a lot of glass, and clearly Nikon used all the glass it needed. That is a good thing. No need to be parsimonious about SLR equipment, because if we start making compromises for the sake of size, we might as well turn to Micro4/3.

0 upvotes
SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 24, 2012)

And turn to a format which is build upon a compromise to a compromise?

If size and weight are considerations - get a Canon S100.
Try reading the OMD-posts... They're actually bulking up their cam's! Which would bring it very close to 500 gram territory.

I'm just wondering about that special golden "N". Is this going to be priced in 24 1.4G territory or more like 50 1.8G?

I would love for it to be a cheaper alternative to the 24 1.4G which is an ungodly priced lens.

EDIT. Just saw the price of this beaut'. My dealer has 'confirmed' that the D800 will be in stocks during the first couple of weeks of June. This will follow if available at that time.

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 25, 2012)

Huh, first you say how there's too much compromises with m4/3, then you recommend the S100 with compromises far beyond that, and then that is supposed to make sense because the OMD is 500g ? I don't know if you've ever held or seen the OMD, but is it smaller than any SLR on the market, especially with the 12/2 on, performance beyond expectations. A undoubtedly more logical compromise (if at all) compared to a even more so compromised 28/1.8 incapable of good performance in the first place.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
jhubensc
By jhubensc (Apr 20, 2012)

Was looking at the Sigma 24 or 28 1.8 - but now a Nikon 28 1.8!

0 upvotes
ScottnLaguna
By ScottnLaguna (Apr 20, 2012)

In what country is this gold ring lens made?

0 upvotes
nikonsigma
By nikonsigma (Apr 27, 2012)

I've seen some shots of the demo lenses, and on the underside they say "Made in China"

0 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (Apr 28, 2012)

Checked the image from KR's web, it's made in China. Starting with the 24-120 F4 VR Nano which is made in Thailand, now it comes the 2nd gold ring which is not made in JP. A bit disappointed!

0 upvotes
skrulm8
By skrulm8 (Apr 19, 2012)

forgets to install an aperture ring

5 upvotes
kayone
By kayone (Apr 19, 2012)

Please don't troll like that

15 upvotes
munro harrap
By munro harrap (Apr 19, 2012)

Well, you are in a confined badly -lit area. A british street in the shade, the inside of your home, or a school classroom, or a church, photographing up close a Greek Orthodox Wedding by candlelight. Or you are doing indoor portraits which , you feel, would benefit from a sense of the place your sitter is in....

And you have a D800 and use APS-C to give you a 42mm f1.8 portrait lens, and use both formats to do all of the above using video, simples.

0 upvotes
kayone
By kayone (Apr 19, 2012)

Thanks for the good examples

0 upvotes
bmcent1
By bmcent1 (Apr 19, 2012)

DX crop mode on the D800 doesn't change the compression of the lens. It's still a 24mm lens with just the outer pixels masked off, the same as if you took the picture in FX full frame mode and cropped in. I'd like this lens for for a lot of things but DX crop mode doesn't make it into a "normal" 50-ish mm portrait lens.

1 upvote
taotoo
By taotoo (Apr 19, 2012)

I thought cropping DOES change the compression. I'll never understand optics....

0 upvotes
Nehpets
By Nehpets (Apr 20, 2012)

I assume by compression you mean what I call perspective, or how big distant objects appear compared with near objects. This can be confusing, but all you need to remember is that perspective (or compression) depends only on the distance from the camera to the subject. Wide angle and telephoto lenses appear to have different perspectives because in order to cover the same area of view, you need to be different distances from the subject. If by using crop mode the angle of view of the image is equivalent to a 50 mm lens on full frame, and you stand the same distance from your subject as you would when using a 50 mm lens uncropped, you will get exactly the same compression and angle of view. Experiment and you will see that this is correct.

3 upvotes
taotoo
By taotoo (Apr 20, 2012)

So I had it right and the poster above me wrong?

1 upvote
MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Apr 20, 2012)

No taotoo, he was right. Cropping does not change compression or perspective, it only changes the angle of view.

0 upvotes
taotoo
By taotoo (Apr 21, 2012)

Well I'm confused. I inferred from Bmcent1 that the OP's idea of using the lens in crop mode as a portrait lens was invalid since the perspective would not be correct. This appears to me to be incorrect as the subject distance would be the same as using a 42mm lens in FF mode. I don't think I'll ever understand.

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 23, 2012)

Munro was right, and you had it right. Bmcent is just being pedantic on the whole technical side of it. It's like saying wheels are not round they're cylindrical.

0 upvotes
taotoo
By taotoo (Apr 23, 2012)

Thanks, that's put my mind at rest. I wonder why he brought compression up in the first place...

0 upvotes
kayone
By kayone (Apr 19, 2012)

Can seasons photogs chime in and tell me what situations you find a fast wide angle prime (especially on full frame cameras) useful? I can think of maybe landscape and architecture, but honestly, both of those aren't situations that require shallow DOF at wide open apeture and I can't imagine shooting much portraiture at that wide an angle. How do you use your 20-28mm fast primes?

0 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Apr 19, 2012)

I use my 24/1.4G on my NEX as an awesome video lens. On my D700, its a compact wide lens. The mim. focus distance is also very short and lets to get in close to blow the background out... there a definite difference compared to 24mm at 2.8.

0 upvotes
JordanAT
By JordanAT (Apr 20, 2012)

You use it everywhere you would use a 50/1.8(or 1.4) but need more coverage. Most indoor spaces in available light would probably benefit. The wider angle gives a better depth of field at the small apertures, so you don't sacrifice as much DOF for the higher speed.

I'm not sure if this screws up my plans or solves my dilemma. I have a 50/1.8, an 85/1.8. The 35-105/2.8 Tamron I've used for 15 years is softer than I like, and I was casting about for a replacement because going with an all-prime mid-range meant giving up the very useful range in the 28-35 region. This, or a 24-70?

0 upvotes
MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Apr 20, 2012)

Fast primes aren't necessarily used for shallow DOF, it can be used in very low light, or low light action where most zooms struggle.

0 upvotes
kayone
By kayone (Apr 20, 2012)

Interior wide shots with lower available light makes sense to me, thanks

0 upvotes
AD in KC
By AD in KC (Apr 19, 2012)

Canon does a non-L IS 2.8 for $800, now Nikon does a non-IS 1.8 which is cool, but $700? Drives me nuts. If Canon (I shoot Canon) would just make a compact L build-quality 1.8 that's sharper than the current one for $600 it would be wonderful. And why can't they? They build a wide-angle zoom L for less than $800 (or so - I got mine a while ago). Meat and potatoes.

2 upvotes
MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Apr 20, 2012)

Keep dreaming lol

1 upvote
Banana Chips™
By Banana Chips™ (Apr 19, 2012)

The lack of CRC (floating element) is a disappointment...

0 upvotes
maxpayne
By maxpayne (Apr 19, 2012)

Then go buy the 24mm f/1.4. You get what you pay for?

6 upvotes
jaysonmc
By jaysonmc (Apr 19, 2012)

It has the same focusing distance .85 feet as the old AIS 28mm f2 (which had CRC). Why do you need CRC necessarily?

0 upvotes
petrocan
By petrocan (Apr 19, 2012)

"It has the same focusing distance .85 feet as the old AIS 28mm f2 (which had CRC). Why do you need CRC necessarily?"

The 28mm AIS f2.8 has CRC and it focus 7inch compare to the f2 which is 9inch I think not 0.85feet. 9inch is 0.75feet. Anyway, it's not big difference but some some people and use it makes the difference.

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Banana Chips™
By Banana Chips™ (Apr 20, 2012)

@maxpayne: why the hate? also, the 24/1.4 AFS doesn't have CRC either...

I can understand why Nikon decided not to add CRC; it already has aspherical elements...maybe enough to make up for the lack of CRC...we'll have to see when the first review comes...

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maxpayne
By maxpayne (Apr 23, 2012)

@Banana Chips
By your admission, the 24/1.4 AF-S doesn't have CRC. But for all we know, that lens is a steller piece of equipment, without having CRC :)

So, why is not having CRC on the 28mm a disappointment again?

0 upvotes
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (May 3, 2012)

24mm f/1.4 doesn't have CRC @ $2100 = Stellar Lens

28mm f/1.8 doesn't have CRC either @ $699 = dissapointment ?

I don't want to live in this planet anymore.

1 upvote
skyrunr
By skyrunr (Apr 19, 2012)

My biggest complaint with the 35/1.8 is the 1' minimum focus. Indoors with moving subjects I'm constantly just hitting this limit. I would have much preferred that they have a 72mm filter ring/diameter on it though. Does anyone else agree?

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 20, 2012)

1 foot MFD is quite close for a 50mm equivalent lens.

0 upvotes
MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Apr 20, 2012)

1' is very close already. Learn to move out of the way.

0 upvotes
chiboy
By chiboy (Apr 19, 2012)

not wide enough for me :(

0 upvotes
maxpayne
By maxpayne (Apr 19, 2012)

There's always the the 24mm f/1.4 :)

3 upvotes
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (Apr 20, 2012)

Or the 14-24 :)

0 upvotes
Duckie
By Duckie (Apr 19, 2012)

They always overcharge you in Australia. I'll wait till I go abroad.

0 upvotes
Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Apr 19, 2012)

Another home run for Nikon. Put this thing on the D800 and rock and roll!

6 upvotes
DuxX
By DuxX (Apr 19, 2012)

This is great news!!!

5 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Apr 19, 2012)

I think like most Nikon products this lens will sell for cheaper price in India atleast at the moment.( thx to insane US$ to INR conversion rate).

2 upvotes
cliffpatte
By cliffpatte (Apr 19, 2012)

The lack of "ED" in the name makes this lens more like the 35mm 1.4G "N", but at a third of the price - bring it on, because that 35mm is excellent.

1 upvote
Martin Mojzis
By Martin Mojzis (Apr 19, 2012)

It is really terrible, as everywhere in the press release cited "for quality images and HD video." Idiotic marketing, Nikon founders turn in his grave ...
I did not attach such importance to the gold strip. Professional lenses are those that are listed NPS. 50/1,4G has no band and is listed, I registered it, ie it is possible that the 28/1, 8 not. It is of course nonsense, while will be optically good. But no ED will be more prone to CA and the aperture has only 7 blades, though rounded.

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goodgeorge
By goodgeorge (Apr 19, 2012)

Distortion and CA is not a problem any more. Unless you shoot colour film. So what you complain about?

2 upvotes
Martin Mojzis
By Martin Mojzis (Apr 19, 2012)

You're probably thinking of correction in Lightroom etc.? Not always operate satisfactorily. Moreover, none of us even didn't photograph with this lens, I would prefer wait until the concrete results.

2 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Apr 19, 2012)

If this doesnt suit you needs, just get the 24/1.4G. Easy peasy.

2 upvotes
balico
By balico (Apr 19, 2012)

CA not a problem anymore, maybe you only shoot jpg and in b/w?

0 upvotes
Martin Mojzis
By Martin Mojzis (Apr 19, 2012)

RAW only. At wide open e.g. 50/1,4 G or 24/1,4 G CA impossible correct with LR. And only 7 blade aperture is not good for bokeh.

1 upvote
cesaregal
By cesaregal (Apr 19, 2012)

Martin,
7 blades 85mm f/1.8G has better bokeh quality than my 9 blades 85mm f/1.8D.
Not only the number of blades is important in my opinion.

1 upvote
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Apr 19, 2012)

Distortion is very definately still a problem (to say nothing of just getting it right in the first place instead of relying on shuffling the pixels after the fact) but for this price, if it turns out to be a fisheye, it's probably still worth it.

0 upvotes
Martin Mojzis
By Martin Mojzis (Apr 19, 2012)

@ cesaregal: Shure, also thickness, shaping and overall optical construction ... but for best bokeh is necessary circle shape of the diaphragm. I think, 9 rounded blades will create better circle than 7 rounded, my opinion ...

But that's not the point. Only, unlike many people here, happy with new toy, I see room for improvement. Low price is of course nice, but I imagined fewer compromises. That's all. And when this new will be good, I will put my 28/2,8 D on the shelf and buy it.

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Martin Mojzis
By Martin Mojzis (Apr 19, 2012)

@ Jogger: Ohhh, you're clever little boy :D

1 upvote
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (May 3, 2012)

7 Rounded Blades will have more pleasing bokeh @ the widest aperture than those with 9 Rounded Blades @ it's widest aperture.

But as you stop down, the 9 bladed glass will become more pleasing to the eye.

But for me, I buy lens like this and shoot wide open 90% of the time. So..

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 19, 2012)

Now this is what i've been waiting for.
D7000 + 42mm equivalent F1.8 here i come !

5 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (Apr 19, 2012)

It is a winner combo!

3 upvotes
h2k
By h2k (Apr 19, 2012)

Now if Nikon would only release a suitable camera, i'd be all there, i mean a camera with fast live view and side-hinged touch-screen for fast operation from all angles. But they are to proud to change anything in their camera design.

The lens itself - just by specs - seems to be able to deliver delightful pics certainly.

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 19, 2012)

Excellent. Now how about a 20mm?

10 upvotes
DennisB
By DennisB (Apr 19, 2012)

Agreed,
I'm waiting for a 20mm 1.8 also.

(to join my 24, 35, 50, 85 all 1.4)

2 upvotes
Lumino
By Lumino (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow, bokeh looks way better than my Canon 28/1.8!

3 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow ... for a Gold ring, the price tag is pretty good! Nikon is upgrading its f1.8 to gold ring level. For instance, I'm having the 16-35 F4 VR and 85 F1.4D, and they're doing good with my D700. Not sure if I would need this new breed or not !

2 upvotes
weisman
By weisman (Apr 19, 2012)

YES YES YES! Woohoo!

3 upvotes
cesaregal
By cesaregal (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm waiting: it's the wide lens for my D700.
I have 50/1.4G and 85/1.8D.
I hope in fast autofocus speed.

2 upvotes
mugupo
By mugupo (Apr 19, 2012)

This len would sell very well.

2 upvotes
mugupo
By mugupo (Apr 19, 2012)

That is very impressive price consider is 1.8 and is for full frame.. canon cost way more than that.

2 upvotes
ecka84
By ecka84 (Apr 19, 2012)

Actually, Canon 28/1.8USM is ~$200 cheaper :)

2 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 19, 2012)

...and is five years older. This is possibly better. Not saying it's certain, but newer designs from both Nikon and Canon are usually better.

2 upvotes
noegd
By noegd (Apr 19, 2012)

The Canon 28 1.8 USM is close to 20 years old! (1995 release). And its list price is 800$, with a street price closer to 500. The 699$ price of the Nikon is the suggested one, the street price will eventually be lower.

Looks like this baby will at some point join my 50 1.4 G and 85 1.8G... I may have a 28mm f/2 AIs for sale soon.

2 upvotes
ecka84
By ecka84 (Apr 19, 2012)

I hope that it is better than 28/1.8USM, which is 17 years old by now (released in 1995). Canon should release an updated version ASAP. Not because Nikon did it, but because their 28/1.8USM is a pretty crappy lens for the price ($509.99 MSRP), specially on FF. For crop... Sigma 30/1.4HSM and Nikon 35/1.8G put it to shame for years :). Canon's marketing is a mystery for me. I'm sure that this new toy will bring joy for many Nikon users. Not me, unfortunately. I can't stand that Nikon style of backward mount, zoom and focusing directions, it just feels wrong :), not to mention Nikon pro grade prices and the lack for some L equivalents. It seems like they (both N and C) are avoiding the real "fight" and challenge by releasing products which are either "too different" or too far away on the time scale (many 15-20 year old designs are still in production) for direct comparison. It must be bad for business.

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Elviskok
By Elviskok (Apr 19, 2012)

it was just tooo suit for the one who want a gold ring with this price! excellent Nikkor!

2 upvotes
4Motioner
By 4Motioner (Apr 19, 2012)

Do want! I was thinking about getting the Sigma 24mm f1.8, but I think I will get this instead. I'm also surprised to see a gold ring on it, though it looks like it's constructed mostly from plastic.

1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (Apr 19, 2012)

even the 24/1.4g has a plastic outer shell, doesnt feel cheap at all. metal isnt necessary unless you need it to provide additional structural rigidity.. which you dont for small primes

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow, this makes the $800 Canon 28mm f2.8 IS look even more stupid.

4 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 19, 2012)

Indeed, indeed. I can see one of two things happening: Either Canon announces a price cut, or Nikon turns this into a faulty RRP due to a local internal systems error. ;)

1 upvote
Dragonfire
By Dragonfire (Apr 19, 2012)

sure it is cheaper to manfacture (f/2,8 + IS) but WHO'S GONNA BUY IT???

0 upvotes
gnohz
By gnohz (Apr 19, 2012)

I am amazed to see the gold ring with this price tag! Good job Nikon!

1 upvote
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 19, 2012)

...that's because it used to mean ED. Now ED elements are in some cheaper lenses. This does have the fancy new N coat. The gold ring doesn't mean much anyway. The proof of the pudding will be in the tasting.

2 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Apr 19, 2012)

sample images up on nikon

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/wide/af-s_28mmf_18g/sample.htm

4 upvotes
calxn
By calxn (Apr 19, 2012)

So, I tried to find out what material the lens is constructed with but could not. Is this a metal or plastic barrel?

1 upvote
Dimitris Servis
By Dimitris Servis (Apr 19, 2012)

It looks like cryptonite. But then I may be wrong....

1 upvote
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Apr 19, 2012)

Metal. You can see the metallic flange on the picture above.

1 upvote
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Apr 19, 2012)

Gold Ring Lens for under $700!!!! That's a First. Great Job, Nikon. Nikon has been on a tear with 1.8 Primes lately. realizing that not all of us can afford $2000 1.4 primes.

2 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Apr 19, 2012)

Great news, this will likely replace my 35 Af-D. The price is just right, I think it will be a best seller.

4 upvotes
Klay
By Klay (Apr 19, 2012)

Exactly my thoughts. I love the 35/D but I could use a smidgen wider on the D300s.

1 upvote
eadrian75
By eadrian75 (Apr 19, 2012)

42mm on DX is perfect! Me want

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 19, 2012)

It's a great focal length, but you'd have a hard time convincing me it was worth $500 more than the 35mm f1.8.

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hos
By hos (Apr 19, 2012)

depends what kind of photography you are doing. for me the 35mm 1.8 is a nice lens but not very fast in focus. especially like shooting concerts you need focus the moment you press the button. in that case the 500$ more is not an issue anymore even when the quality of the image would be the same. it is a pitty that the 24 1.4 is also not as fast as the 17-55 2.8 in focusspeed otherwise I would already got myself that lens.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 19, 2012)

tkbslc - If you're just the occasional D3100 hobby shooter then sure, but personally i'd say 42mm is not the same as 52.5mm at all. Also the AF performance, image quality and built is likely going to be better, not to mention the use on FX being significantly better seeing that it's actually possible at all.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

Maybe Nikon is planning on replacing all of the aging AF-D f2.8 wide angle primes with faster f1.8 versions. OK, perhaps we won't see a 20 1.8, but 24 1.8G, 28 1.8G and 35 1.8G all sound great.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Apr 19, 2012)

It is precisely what I was thinking.

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 19, 2012)

35mm f1.8G would be great indeed !

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dala
By dala (Apr 19, 2012)

How much smaller and cheaper would a DX version be?

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Jogger
By Jogger (Apr 19, 2012)

probably not enough difference for Nikon to make one

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Digitall
By Digitall (Apr 19, 2012)

Even with DX format cameras, I always bought FX lenses.

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keepreal
By keepreal (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes, me too. Having migrated for Nikon SLRs to DSLR I was pleased that with my three FX lenses I would not suffer fall off, significant edge fuzziness or noticeable distortion which nearly all DX lenses for digital cameras routinely produce. The latter is less of a problems if you shoot JPEG but can undermine some of the benefits of RAW.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 19, 2012)

See 35mm f1.8 (or better yet, just buy it. Focal lengths are close enough)

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bewing77
By bewing77 (Apr 19, 2012)

I'd say a 25% increase in focal length is pretty significant.

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un1que
By un1que (Apr 19, 2012)

I like it, should be great for environmental portraiture. Still, I’d rather see a 24mm though.

My dilemma is…should I order a D800 or wait for the forthcoming Sony a99???

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Visualiza
By Visualiza (Apr 19, 2012)

Why not both?

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azoele
By azoele (Apr 19, 2012)

There are no Sony lenses in this range, unfortunately...
They have the excellent Zeiss 24/2, but it's a full stop slower than Nikon's. Add to that that Sony lenses fare much worse at higher isos, and you are looking at 2.5 or so, when it comes to light.
The 35 1.4 Minolta seems to have a nice character, but it also seems quite soft, and dated. 85Z and the 135Z are impressive optics, but lack SSM (very useful with such fast primes, both to correct focus and to ensure more precise focusing).
If/when Sony will upgrade its lens line with sensible choices (just see the price for their 500G), then it'll become a nice choice for prime shooters.
I still dream of a A900, wonderful, but wonderful colours and ergonomics, but lenses are not there...
My 2c, of course...

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Digitall
By Digitall (Apr 19, 2012)

After the tests, if good I buy one for sure.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

I can't imagine it will be bad. Not too many Nikkor primes, if any, are.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Apr 19, 2012)

Also I believe that Yes, it will be a good lens. We hope :)

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Fearless_Photog
By Fearless_Photog (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow, I probably will buy this at that price if the performance is anywhere near the other fast primes, and I'd be surprised if it isn't.

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instamatic
By instamatic (Apr 19, 2012)

This is just what I need, as long it is crisp at f/2.0 in practical use.

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rodneyb
By rodneyb (Apr 19, 2012)

Finally, a fast, affordable wide prime from Nikon. I definitely want one.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow, an affordable FX Nikkor prime. It looks like it has a similar build to the 24 1.4G and even Nano coating for a really decent price. I will order this lens for sure.

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Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (Apr 19, 2012)

Nice price.

I hope it comes close to the superb 24 1,4

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Jeff Morris
By Jeff Morris (Apr 19, 2012)

A welcome lens. I am excited, now bring on a 24mm f1.8, I will be ecstatic! I wonder how this compares to the 24-70mm f2.8 at 28mm?

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CFynn
By CFynn (Apr 19, 2012)

Not in weight anyway :-)

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