Nikon AF-S 28mm 1.8G first impressions


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The other day I picked up the Nikon 28mm 1.8G lens, as I wanted a lightweight wide angle. My previous lens for this was the old 35mm 2.0D, but I've never been really satisfied with the performance of this lens, something that became even more pronounced when I switched to a Nikon D800 earlier this year.

For a while I was considering the 35mm 1.8G, but since I already own the 50mm I figured it made more sense to get something a bit wider. All the raving reviews (like this one by Ming Thein) I've read of the 28mm made me really curious about this lens. So when I suddenly bumped into a used copy in mint condition for a good price, I picked it up without much hesitation.

My first impressions of this little lens are very good. It's a lot of fun to use, and sharp enough even wide open. A huge step up from the old 35mm 2.0D for sure. Another impressive aspect of the new lens is that despite being a wide angle, distortion is remarkably low, and easy to remove with the built in profile in Lightroom.

These are some random snaps I shot during the first 24 hours in possession of this lens. I noticed I really enjoy using it, and since the lens is so small and feels somewhat plasticky, it's easy to get close to people without them noticing or caring too much, especially compared to when I do the same with the massive 24-70mm 2.8 lens attached. A valuable feature when it comes to the kind of street photography I enjoy doing.

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