Information on Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 Lens


Manual Focus Nikkor 28mm f/3.5s wideangle lens

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

Most often we would interelate lenses with a smaller aperture are of interior quality. No, I think the differences are mainly confined to applications and its ability to provide a better handling in low available light photography due to their constraint in maximum lens speed. Unfortunately, although in most cases, optical construction for "slower" lenses are much simpler in its design and not as complex as lenses with faster lens speed, manufacturers prefer to omit certain optical innovations in order to bring production cost down to make these lenses more affordable to users. The Nikkor 28mm f/3.5, first introduced in 1961 was the sole version among the three 28mm Nikkor lenses that has not been featured with the CRC system. However, other than that along with its slower lens speed of f/3.5 - this lens is also every inch a classic Nikkor lens !

And don't get fooled by its price or its dimension either. This lens is capable of delivering image quality that can rival some top performers within the Nikkor wideangle lens family. Naturally, performance when working at close focusing distance is not always its strength, but this lens can be also an excellent close up lens when used in combination with accessories such as Bellow Unit where it can achieve a high magnification comparable to the f/2.8 lens. This lens has gone through many stages of upgrades and could have perfected with its design over the years and that could attribute as one of the main reasons why it can deliver such impressive optical results.

If I can still recall events correctly, this fabulous lens has been phased out after the Nikkor came through its third phase of upgrade to AI-S during the early '80. If you have not getting a 28mm thus far and/or for any reasons you can only invest into a cheap lens at this focal length, this lens is on top on my recommendation list. Naturally, you can only get it in used condition and most published prices online are quite reasonable and with a stroke of luck, you may get one in a fine condition.
The AI-S version of this lens which was introduced in 1981 was retired from service two years later in March, 1983. It carries with an optical design of 6 elements in 6 groups throughout and was believed to have gone through a minor optical re-arrangement back in 1975.

Technical Highlights
: * Wide 74° picture coverage is suitable for sports, snapshots, candids, landscapes, and travel photography. * Exceptionally light - weighs only 220 grams. * Excellent choice for macrophotography - up to nearly 9X magnification is possible by mounting the lens in reverse on a bellows unit. * Takes popular 52mm filters.
Focal length/Aperture: 28mm f/3.5
Lens construction: 6 elements in 6 groups; Picture angle: 74°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/2 - 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 0.3m ( 1 ft.) to infinity (
Weight: 220g; Dimensions: 63mm dia. x 54.5mm long (overall); 46.5mm extension from lens flange

Filters: 52mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On; Lens hood: HN-2 screw-in metal; Lens case: CL-30S hard leatherette, No. 61 soft pouch, or CP-8 plastic; Usable teleconverter(s): TC-200, TC-201s 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 Number(s) was believed to have been started from 2100001 for Ai-S lens while the Ai-spec lens began with 1760201

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/2.0 ; 28mm f/2.8 | 28mm f/3.5 | Relative: PC-Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 and PC-Nikkor 28mm f/4.0

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