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Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

1922NCP_180
Review Date: Sep 17, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $240.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Small by AF standards, cheap.
Cons:
Not really that sharp in comparison with other primes in the Nikon line

Basically the same construction as the other lenses in the prime AF-D line--no better, no worse, but not nearly as sharp, crisp, or saturated. The one lens in the line that I think I made a mistake buying.

 
Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

1913NAS_180
Review Date: Mar 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp. Very flare resistant.
Cons:
Larger than it needs to be, in my opinion.

Coming from Leica and Olympus film cameras, I'm used to 21mm lenses that are quite a bit smaller than this one. It's only small in comparison with modern bloated zooms, which I won't carry around at all. Nevertheless, it's the sharpest W/A I've ever had, especially at f4. There must be some variation in these lenses--I was a bit scared to buy it, based on these reviews, but mine is excellent. It doesn't like stopping down too far, which is common with the W/As I've had, but to make up for it, I can't get it to flare under any conditions. Even against the light, shadow detail is strong and contrasty.

My favorite lengths are 21 and 28mm, and now I have a 20 on film, and a 30 on DSLR. That's really not a bad deal, all things considered.

Too bad about all the plastic (I particularly don't like the printed rather than engraved markings and the plastic window), but I guess it's proven itself over time.