Nikon 28mm f/2.8 [AI-S]

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This is Nikon's best 28mm design. It has been in production since 1981 and often sells for more on the second hand marked than its auto-focus successors.

This lens has a sophisticated 8-element optical formula with CRC (Close Range Correction) that make it very well suited for close-up photography. The sweet spots for close-up is at f/5.6 and f/8. For more distant scenes, however, corner sharpness is less impressive. It is not immune to flare and ghosting. CA and vignetting is well controlled, even on FX.

Not suitable for IR-work, as it produces a hard to correct hot-spot.

Uses screw in lens hood HN-2.

Rating: Ed: -, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Nikon F.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/2.8 to f/22.
Close focus distance (CFD): 20 cm / 0.66 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:3.9 / 0.26X.
Focus: Manual.
Groups/elements: 8/8.
Filter diameter: 52 mm.
L x D, W: 53 x 63 mm, 250 g.
IR: Poor IR performance.
Approximate street price: USD 590 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 1981-today.

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Established: 1917
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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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