Nikkor AF 28mm f/2.8D - Review / Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published July 2006

Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Julio M. Alperi Gonzalez!


Released back in 1994 the Nikkor AF 28mm f/2.8D is one of the older AF lenses in Nikon's lens lineup. On classic full frame SLRs it is a wide- to ultra-wide-angle lens whereas its field-of-view is equivalent to 42mm on today's Nikon APS-C DSLRs so it almost behaves like a standard lens in this scope.

The mechanical design of the lens is fairly similar to its cousin, the AF 24mm f/2.8D, so the build quality is pretty good with an outer barrel made of polycarbonate combined with a metal mount. The small rubberized focus ring operates very smooth. Typical for lenses with a linear extension system the whole inner tube moves during focusing thus extending the lens (marginally) when focusing towards closer focus distances. The lens has no internal AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera. As a result AF operation will generate a moderate degree of noise. Due to the very low weight of the optical system the AF speed is very fast on the D200. The front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem.

Equiv. focal length42 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/4.2 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction6 elements in 6 groups
Number of aperture blades7
min. focus distance0.25 m (max. magnification ratio 1:5.6)
Dimensions65 x 45 mm
Weight205 g
Filter size52 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HN-2 (optional), barrel shaped (screw-in)
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information to the camera.

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