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I had the Nikkor 28/F2.8 AIS. I don't think it's a match at all. The Nikkor is designed to be good at close to mid distances. That's what it was designed for. It sucks at infinity. I mean don't you buy a wide angle to be good at foreground to infinity when needed? I sold my Nikkor as soon as I got the Voigt.
As you've mentioned, the Nikkor is optimized for near-macro distances--'close up' is where it really is a marvel of its time (1981)--; at best, it's unremarkable at infinity. "Suck" is a tad harsh. In fact, it is still available NEW from Nikon.
Personally, I used a Nikkor 28/2 for years which was a bit too 'glowy' at /2 (though superior for infinity compared to the /2.8) and ZF 2/28 that I found neither easy to use (strong vignetting and FC) nor as sharp as was claimed. Very nice colors and great for infinity, though. I was so disappointed with the CV 20 that upon hearing the 28 shared its design priorities, promptly canceled my order for the latter (which reminds me I still have a credit with Cameraquest!!).
After a long search, I ended up with a Leica R 28 Elmarit v.2. Completely different league....along with the 28 (equiv)/2.8 on my Ricoh GR.