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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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).