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Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

1922NCP_180
Review Date: Feb 25, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: Compact, light and fast AF on D2x body
Cons:
Image Quality could be much better. Soft wide open, amount of distortion, colors don't pop.

This must be one of Nikonís poorest designs. I was aiming for a marginally wide prime that was compact and was deciding between this and the Sigma 30mm f1.4.

Well I purchased this lens and have been fairly disappointed. Itís really soft until f5.6 of f8, where it sharpens up a bit. My Nikon 24-120mm 3.5-5.6 VR was much sharper then this lens, which is a bit odd since this is a simple 28mm prime.

Distortion is also a consideration, though not a huge issue. The color rendition is flat and dull compared to other Nikon primes that I have adored. The AF is really fast on a D2x and it snaps into place very quickly.

If youíre considering this lens, keep looking because youíll be disappointed. Unfortunately, there are too many choices out there; perhaps the bit-longer Nikon 30mm is a better lens.