This 28/1.8G is a d#&n sharp lens on D800!

Started May 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
phototrope Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Russ, what have you been reading?

russbarnes wrote:

They always give new lenses to numpties to test, god only knows why but I'm not sure what you mean by "bad" because there doesn't seem to be much if anything to complain about even with these samples and at f/8 apart from stellar sharpness coupled with the fabulous resolution of the D800 there is no way you can say it's not "on par" even with the 24G from these. I can't wait to get my paws on it personally - my prediction is that it will in all likeliness cause a rift in the Nikon continuum (looks like that has already started to me) and the 24G and 35G lenses are in trouble of becoming almost irrelevant in everything other than the most specialist of tasks. The 35G barely gets a decent review on anything I've ever read so the 28G with its more modern optics designed with the D800 resolution in mind is likely to challenge very strong here in particular.

Maybe you missed these reviews:

Optically, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G is a stunningly good lens. Sharpness is remarkably high at f/1.4, and simply excellent from f/2 onwards. Lateral chromatic aberrations are kept to a minimum, and the fast lens' ability to separate the subject from the background is outstanding for a wide-angle optic.

I actually really enjoyed working with this gem. I found the 35mm focal length to be a nice compromise on full-frame cameras, especially when shooting weddings. Lola and I shot a wedding with the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G and I was certainly impressed that some of the best images from the wedding were shot with it.

IMAGE QUALITY: Extremely good, but likely not an absolute resolution champ like the (zeiss) 100mm f/2 Makro. It really seems like this lens was optimized for wide-open performance, so the difference between wide-open and middle-apertures is not as great as with most lenses — f/1.4 is really sharp, and f/8 is just a bit more sharp, but you can find sharper lenses if you look hard. It’s great for me, because if I paid for an f/1.4 lens I want to use it near-wide-open unless I have a good reason not to, but there are easier choices for landscape and studio shooters.

It took Nikon a while to get into gear regarding their fast primes, but at least in case of the AF-S 35/1.4 G the result is impressive and was worth the wait. The image center is very sharp right from the largest aperture, the borders and corners follow only slightly behind and offer very good sharpness slightly stopped down. [...] So, despite minor issues, the lens is no doubt highly recommended! At least to those who don't mind its rather high price.

I'm very interested to see if it focuses well using those outside focus points that the 24 and 35 have been struggling with because so far my 85 1.8G beats any other lens I've got for accuracy in that zone. I'm buying it for low light night shooting - coupled with the D800's focussing capability it should be fun

This sounds really strange. How can a lens have issues with outside focus points? Surely its the cameras AF system that has the problem? And didn't you send your D800 back to Nikon and got it repaired?

I have the D800 and a 35/1.4g and 85/1.4g and haven't seen any problems with outside AF points. Believe me, I've tried. I also had a 28/1.8g on order at warehouse express and I cancelled my order today when they called me. The 35/1.4g is that good that I don't see the need for having a 28/1.8g. I doubt it will be sharper (mtf), and it certainly wont have better bokeh.

The only possible downside (for some) of the 35/1.4g is field curvature. But I use this lens for environmental portraits mainly, not landscape or architecture - and for that purpose the field curvature is a unique feature that I love very much.

Just thought I'd set the record straight.

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