Been reading through lens reviews of the Nikon 28mm F1.8G lens and here’s what I’ve come up with.
The performance is pretty good but you need to stop down to f4.0 or even f5.6 for the sharpest results across the frame, and if your sample is like mine you’ll also need to correct for a focus-shift as the aperture is closed to get flawless performance. Overall it is a worthy addition to the current offering of short primes, but its flaws prevent our top award; I can however still award it a Recommended rating.
The lens is incredibly sharp, even wide open. It does exhibit some softness at edges of the frame wide open, but clears up quickly by 2.8. I highly recommend this lens for those looking for a wide angle low light lens.
BTobey (group review of Nikon’s 28mm, 50mm, 85mm F1.8G lenses)
The newest of the bunch is the 28mm f/1.8G, a wide angle prime. This is my personal favorite. The optical performance is surprisingly great.
All and all this is a solid lens that is light, sharp and fast. This would be a great addition to any photographers bag.
During the extensive lab testing process, I discovered that the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G suffers from several optical problems. Would I recommend this lens? Absolutely. Despite its optical flaws (which many other lenses have as well), the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G is a great addition to the f/1.8 family. Once you understand its limitations and learn how to work around them, the Nikon 28mm f/1.8G could produce beautiful images.
Despite that “several optical problems” thing, the Mansurovs rate it 4-1/2 stars out of 5.
No used ones listed on DC Fever at the moment.
Very tempted …. if I can just get a bit more work in the next few weeks ….