AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED
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Capture with unwavering precision in nearly any light with this superb NIKKOR 28mm prime lens. Its angle of view gives portraits and landscapes a natural, true-to-memory feel. Its fast f/1.4 aperture offers maximum depth of field control, exquisite background blur and enhanced low-light performance. And its Gold Ring Series optical design delivers the image quality that has made NIKKOR legendary.
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AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED
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It’s rather surprising to me that there are no reviews of this absolute masterpiece of a lens on the Nikon website. The 28mm focal length is one of my favorite and most used focal lengths of all time! Don’t forget, if you have an iPhone, the standard focal length equals 28mm…My first wide angle lens was the legendary Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s back in the film days mounted on my Nikon FM3-a. This lens was introduced in 1981 and is still available to purchase brand new to this day! This should tell you something about Nikon/Nikkor’s 28mm legacy. I still use my original Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s quite a bit on my D850 and it is just pure perfection with this magical Nikkor lens! If you have never shot with the Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s before, you have been missing out. Just buy one!!!It is my understanding, although I had never had the pleasure of using the almost mythical Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D AF, that the Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s performs better at narrower apertures and has no distortion in comparison to the Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D AF!!!So, this brings us to one of the absolute greatest Nikon/Nikkor lenses ever, the 28mm f/1.4E. This lens is even better than my most cherished Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s!This lens produces absolutely stunning images at every aperture. If you need f/1.4 for whatever you might be shooting, whether it is astronomy, low light sunset/sunrise landscape, concerts/performances, or anything else that requires a wide focal length in low light and you want absolute top performance, this lens might be what you are looking for. The auto focus in this lens, among with other E lenses (for example 24-70mm f/2.8E VR or 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR), is so accurate that it amazes me every time, even wide open! At f/1.4, the results almost look 3 dimensional, even more so than the 24mm f/1.4G and the 35mm f/1.4G, both of which are no slouches in terms of superior Nikon/Nikkor lenses! If you require manual focus, simply turn the focus ring to override the AF or switch the M/A-M switch to M and enjoy!If you want or require the best auto focus 28mm lens for your Nikon system, whether it is a DSLR or a mirrorless Z camera with the FTZ/FTZII adapter, I believe this lens deserves more than your attention. The only other lens that may perform a few percent better, which also own, is the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4, however this is manual focus only and is two and a half times the price.This magnificent lens makes my top five favorite Nikon/Nikkor lenses list ever!
I originally got this for my D850 and now use it with my Z9. It's one of just three E DSLR lenses I kept when moving to mirrorless (plus 105 1.4 & 500 5.6). I wanted a 1.4 prime and looked at the 24 and 35mm, but this one blows those away in terms of sharpness. One review at the time said it was the sharpest lens they had ever tested. 28mm may seem like an odd duck, but I've come to appreciate it. I can easily use it like a 50 or 35mm for general photography, but also with a variable neutral density filter for flowing water shots. It is a low-light king for sure, and with the built in VR on the Z9 I can take wonderful natural light photos where most lenses would fail.
This is a great lens for landscapes and portraits. Very little distortion if any. It gives a beautiful perspective on things close up while leaving lots of room for things in the background. The build quality is what you would except for a lens at this price point (Very Good). It´s sharp at 1.4 through the middle and stopped down to 1.8 it´s sharp across the frame with very pleasing boken. I love this lens and recommend it to anyone looking for a wide angle lens with super image quality.
It´s built like a tank compared to this plastic, fantastic piece of glass. Optically the E ED is better, but not that much.
If you must buy new, it is capable of turning cloudy winter twilight into day at f/1.4 just like it´s predecessor.
On the flip side the old war horse is more expensive used now, if you can pry one away from us.
I´ve owned several Nikon mount 28mm lenses over the years, from a good value 28mm/2.8 Series E in the 1980s, a great 28mm/2.8 AIS, to the inferior 28mm/2.8 AF Nikkor, a Zeiss 28mm/2 ZF.2, and the 28mm/2.8G AFS Nikkor, which is a very good lens for landscape photography with its mild forward field curvature that can actually work to a photographer´s advantage by keeping close foregrounds in focus with a distant subject in the middle being the main focus area. These have all been useful, but none compares to the 28mm/1.4E AFS Nikkor. The newish lens is remarkable for a fairly flat field, and high resolution to almost the very corners wide open, easily outperforming all the other lenses. Stopping down, it gives very good depth of field, and flare is very well controlled for night photography. D850 owners can take advantage of focus stacking with the lens, shooting at f/4 or f/5.6 to produce processed images with super high resolution and complete control of depth of field from near to far, overcoming the limitations of diffraction and shallow depth of field, at least if you have a static subject. For conventional photography, I´ve used the lens on my D800E and D850, and it focuses fast on both cameras, though it works better with the newer body. On my D800E the lens needs very extreme -20 AF Fine tune to work properly with the optical viewfinder AF, but it mates better with my D850 needing . Auto AF fine tune is a great feature on the D850, and my tests indicated the 28mm/1.4E had the least variability in repetitive AF fine tune tests (I take the median of several tests to use as the manually applied value for my lenses), hence the lens seems to have the most consistent AF performance of any of my AF lenses. Lateral chromatic aberration is not bad, and easily corrected in software, and longitudinal chromatic aberration is much lower than the 28mm/1.8G shows (this is the one poor performance aspect of the older 28mm lens: severe secondary color in defocused areas), with the new lens having well controlled secondary color errors. The only physical disadvantage of the 28mm/1.4 E is its large size and moderately heavy weight. It´s probably not a good choice for a person with a bad back to hike around with, but it´s not as heavy as a Zeiss Otus 28mm/1.4 (not that I have used that one) or some of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses which are heavier due to their mostly metal construction (and the Zeiss lenses for Nikon F mount are all manual focus too, which may put many people off them).