Information on Nikkor 28mm f/2.0 Lens


Manual Focus Nikkor 28mm f/2.0s wideangle lens - If price is not an absolute issue, this Nikkor wideangle lens is for the photographer who wants to carry only one wideangle lens

Compare this with the autofocus AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens group

As I explained at the index page section, 28mm focal length's 74° picture angle has made it an ideal wideangle lens for good all round photographic applications. I would not dispute some differing thoughts and opinions that claims the one stop slower Nikkor 28mm f/2.8s wideangle lens counterpart is a more attractive alternative because it has a better price over performance ratio than the faster f/2.0 version featured here. However, if you can to select only lens to be your solution provider for all your wideangle photographic needs, this lens may well be the ultimate one-lens choice to use it for a broader scopes of photographic application. Well, it only takes someone who has owned some of those slower Nikkor wideangle lenses and been through the painful path of migrating up to the faster ones to appreciate the extra f-stop gain in its maximum lens speed can do for them. Why high speed wideangle lenses are so appealing to serious photographers ? Well, at times, it is not all about charm - basically, the speed gain can mean a more secured handling of a particular un anticipated situations. Naturally, that closely relates to low available light photography. Further, the faster lens speed provides the photographer with options in a broader ways to control of depth of field, such as when using higher speed film in daylight.

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"Optically, this fast speed Nikkor wideangle lens has a 9 elements in 8 group in its optical composition. This optical arrangement has never been revised since its first phase of development from 1971 all the way through the latest AI-S version. Early version had a closest marked distance of 0.3m, although they could focus slightly closer, perhaps 0.28m. With the AI-S version Nikon optical engineers managed to improved its closest focusing distance down to 0.25m (0.9ft). The newer design even has reduced its weight slightly from 355g to 345g ! Cosmetically, it has only been through an upgrade where the metal ring of the lens is different. Besides, you can also distinguish the two versions easily from the different design of the rubberized focusing ring. " corrected by Roland Wink.

This lovely Nikkor wideangle lens incorporates a rear elements focusing system or more known as "Close Range Correction system" (short for "CRC"). This has enabled the lens maintaining its superlative image quality even when working at its closest focusing range. The lens is also very well corrected for typical spherical aberration and Coma which commonly found in wideangle lenses of retrofocus design, in particular relates to high speed wideangles. Despite its hefty weight, which often makes many users complaint about - balances very well when used with any Nikon SLR camera in particular when a motor drive unit is attached onto (Strangely, very few people making complaints on a mighty and heavy MF/AF Nikkor 300mm f/2.8s super telephoto lense but will complaint a lot at a much smaller size lens which only carries 1/8th weight of the gigantic 300mm lens on a camera, strange huh ?...).

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The lens has a very well illustrated depth of field scales with an infrared index provided at the metal lens mounting ring. In particularly, I like the generous 4 in-rows rectangular rubberized focusing grip which provides a firm a positive grips to adjust focusing. The high speed wideangle lens provides an unusual but useful f/22 minimum aperture which extends the usage in depth of field control. The large front lens elements of this Ai-S lens version exhibits a distinguish pinkish lens coating colour - typical of the late Nikkor Ai-S lenses in which indicates improved NIC is treated for superior faithful and natural light transmission quality and minimizes chances of internal flares in backlit situations.

<<<--- Credit: Image at far left courtesy of "Jone Quinn" <> who also runs a popular Ebay Store where you can take a visit to scout for OM used items. Image copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.

The meter coupling prong stands atop at the aperture ring facilitates with use of both Ai in open aperture and Non-Ai Nikon bodies in stopped down metering. This lens f/2.0 maximum aperture ensures the photographers always has a bright, easy to view image inside the finder for precise focusing and picture composition, a feature which is very handy for low light shooting condition. Although its optical performance, lens handling and built quality presents is every inch how should a classic lens should be defined, a negative factor that hinders its widespread popularity is its high price tag that came with it (Sometimes, it is ridiculous to think how can it be priced double than another Nikkor wideangle at a same focal length huh... ?). Overall, but I like this lens very much and has been thinking about re-getting an unit to give myself a treat but when Nikon announced the ultra-fast AF-D Nikkor 28mm f/1.4 wideangle lens at later stage, I changed my mind for the better option. Well, at this stage with the availability of the faster f/1.4 around, this lens may find it difficult to position itself within the Nikkor high speed wideangle lens group and probably why Nikon has never considered giving the f/2.0 an equivalent AF rebirth for this lens. Whatever it is, if autofocus is not your priority, and if very often that you may need to work with low-available light photography, perhaps you may consider buying an used unit via used equipment outlets or through online auction sales channels as this fast speed, high performance wideangle Nikkor lens, could be the problems solver for your wideangle needs.

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Technical Highlights: Picture angle of 74° makes it ideal for candids group shots, land- and cityscapes, travel photography, architecture and interiors. A large f/2.0 maximum aperture gives you bright and easy-to-focus images in the viewfinder and allows shooting in very dim light. Sharp images from center to edges at all apertures - very well corrected for coma and spherical aberration. Close-Range Correction System insures high image resolution even at a minimum shooting distance of 0.25m (0.9 ft.). Weighs only 360 grams and accepts popular 52mm filters, despite its very large maximum aperture.

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Focal length/Aperture:
28mm f/2.0
Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
*; Picture angle: 74°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/2.0 - f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales

Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method with Ai cameras; via stop-down method with non-Ai cameras.
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.25m (0.9 ft.) to infinity (

Shown is the latest version. Some believed the first Ai-S version has an odd 8E/8G design. The 1983' Nikon catalogue I checked/got while in Japan has 9E/8G design. So, if ever the 8E/8G existed, it may or could be an early verion introduced between 1981 ~1982.

Maximum Reproduction ratio: 1:5.4; Weight: 360g; Dimensions: 63mm dia. x 68.5mm long (overall); 58.5mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 52mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On
Lens hood: HN-1 screw-in metal hood; Lens case: CL-31S hard leatherette, No. 62 soft pouch, or CP-8 plastic; Usable teleconverter(s):
TC-200, TC-201s, TC-14A Warning: Certain AE modes (Programmed AE and Shutter Priority AE) on selective Nikon SLRs will not work efficiently with older TC devices. Use an Ai-S version for better compatibility, read the respective Tele-Extender(s) sections. NOTE: Serial Numbers was believed to have been started with 575001 for this AIS lens

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Manual Focus Versions:- 28mm focal length Manual Focus Nikkor Lenses: | Early non-AI versions | mid-1970 (pre-AI) | Late 1970 | Early 1980 - Present: 28mm f/2.0s | 28mm f/2.8s | 28mm f/3.5s | Relative: PC-Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 and PC-Nikkor 28mm f/4.0

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