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Nikon 28mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

1921NAS_180
Review Date: May 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent build quality, smooth luxurious focusing for an AF lens, nice balance on a pro body (D1, D2). Hard to make it flare.
Cons:
Heavier and larger (72mm filter) than most middle range primes. Seems better for a film camera than digital. Big lenshade for a digital - I substituted a smaller metal 72mm screw-in shade and pinch cap for digital use.

I lusted after this lens and finally got one for my D2X. It was much better than the 17-55/2.8 @ 28mm. And it handled very nicely on the D2X body. However, after having it for several months I bought a 35/2 for a D70 body and was surprised to see the 35/2 beat the 28/1.4 @ f/2. Considering the price and weight difference to gain one stop, I switched to the 35/2 and saved over $1000.

True the 35/2 is nowhere near as nice a build but I can buy 5 of them for the price of this lens!

The bokeh on the 28/1.4 is nicer than the cheaper lenses in flaring situations because of the extra aperture blades. And it doesn't flare as much as the smaller primes (20/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4, etc.).

I think this was probably an awesome lens on a F100 or pro film body. It would be too large (IMHO) on a D70 or D200 - but I think all the recent lenses are too large these days.

I used to own a Leica Summilux ASPH and was expecting this to be in the same range. I don't think it is.