Nikon 28mm f/2.8 D AF Lens

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Key Features

  • 28mm focal length
  • 42mm equivalent focal length on DX cameras
  • F2.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • AF via camera body motor
  • 52mm filters
  • 0.25m/9.84" minimum focus
  • Nikon F mount for FX and DX DSLRs

Product Description

The Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm F2.8D is a lightweight and compact wide-angle lens for Nikon's FX (full-frame) and DX (APS-C) DSLRs, which is ideal for travel, candids and portraits.


Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 28 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring Yes
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 6
Groups 6
Minimum focus 0.25 m (9.84)
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Screw drive from camera
Full time manual Unknown
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Weight 205 g (0.45 lb)
Diameter 65 mm (2.56)
Length 45 mm (1.75)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Sealing No
Colour Black
Filter thread 52 mm
Hood supplied No
Hood product code HN-2
Tripod collar No
Optional accessories Lens case CL-0715

Questions & Answers


What are the two pairs of grooves on AF-D lensbarrels?

As seen here and here . I've seen them on most AF-D plastic lens barrel lenses. Does anyone know what they are there for?

Pitata asked
1 year ago


Those polycarbon lens barrels can be a little slippery. I think they are for gripping and used to mount / unmount the lens from the body. Otherwise you'd have to use the locked aperture ring to twist them on  / off. Continue Reading

overniteman answered
1 year ago

Grips  but also orientation when you're changing lenses while not directly looking, at least that's how I've used them. Continue Reading

Nikonparrothead answered
1 year ago

I always assumed they were decorative. Continue Reading

paulski66 answered
1 year ago


Nikon 16-35mm, 17-35mm, or 28mm for astrophotography?

I was in the middle of this debate about 3 months ago, and thought I made my decision to get the 16-35mm. I was looking at tutorials for timelapse, and going over the information I had set aside for astrophotography and realized that anything above about 2.8 is not preferred for astrophotography like pictures of the Milky Way or star trails. I'm just really not sure at this point. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I do not have enough money for 2 new lenses, as I just bought a brand new Nikon D610, but I can afford one of the listed lenses. The 16-35mm is wide open at f/4, the 17-35mm and 28mm are both wide open at f/2.8. What are your thoughts? Is there another wide-angle lens that would do an awesome job with landscapes as well as astrophotography?

MadTay asked
8 months ago


Nikon D800 w/16-35 Nikon. ISO 3200  15sec f4 Continue Reading

Curtphoto answered
8 months ago

To the OP:  First, welcome to dpReview.  If you don't take too many of us too seriously, this is a great website.  :-) Second, if you have not already done so, I would suggest posting your inquiry on the Astrophotography forum. Continue Reading

PSCL1 answered
8 months ago

why not the 14-24? It's a great lens Continue Reading

Rogerlange answered
8 months ago


20mm f/2.8D vs. 24mm f/2.8D vs. 28mm f/2.8D for Nikon D600

Hi all, I just made the jump to full frame and have gone with the 35-70mm f/2.8D for my mid range zoom due to its affordable price. While this is a fantastic lens, I need a wide angle prime to supplement this as I do enough landscape photography to think I will be shorted a bit on the wide end. My considerations are the 20mm f/2.8D, 24mm f/2.8D, 28mm f/2.8D.  All three of these are affordable options ($569, $349, and $259 respectively), especially when compared to the 28mm 1.8G I was considering earlier (but at $700 this is out of the price range). Here's what I'm thinking about each lens (not including the attractive size and weight of each lens as this is irrelevant in comparison): 20mm pros:  Focal length very attractive, same filter size as 35-70mm (so it will work with my 6T) cons:  most expensive out of three, I'm guessing the most vignetting and distortion out of the three 24mm: pros:  Seems like the best bang-for-buck option out of three, still a nice focal length cons: ...

Ty Madey asked
1 year ago


If you shoot wide open by modern standards in the corners of FX Nikon's MTF confirms (being diplomatic) all 3 are poor. All 3 lenses have a small rear element close to the sensor - which means poorer corner quality than with film. Later tele centric optical designs are better, though with modern digital technology the quality reduction with pre tele centric lenses is not as great as it was. Within a week of getting my D3 in January 2008 my 20 mm f2.8 was up for sale because of wide angle corner quality issues using digital FX. On a detail all new digital camera formats (and Nikon DX) have a lens mount significantly larger than the sensor to limit loss of quality with some lens designs If you are going to shoot mainly at f8 and like the idea of f2.8 viewfinder brightness, than buy any of the 3. Not really relevant as you shoot FX, but the 18-55 II Nikon MTF shows it as significantly better than your 3 choices in the DX crop area, though it is not f2.8. Continue Reading

Leonard Shepherd answered
9 months ago

Hi, I have the 2,8/24 AF and a 800E. I had decided to sell the 24 because of general softness. When in Berlin with the family I took two pictures in the Reichstag which were intended as illustrations for the offer. Well - I quite liked the pictures and decided that I could live with the quality of the lens once I hold it steady and take care of correct focus ;-) The pics are handheld, f4 (stopping down further will help the corners), and the people were moving around. But look at the wiremesh @ the aircondition openings, the safety wire in the spotlight glas and the detail in the reproductions of the old photos. The mirror-array is curved, so the top of the pictures is not in the plane of focus. If you click on the little computersymbol you'll get the pictures in full resolution. Conversion was with DxO 9, which I only aquired recently. The camera-lens-profiles of DxO help to take care of technical shortcomings. HTH Greets Ralf C. Continue Reading

1 year ago

Try 36 megapixels. I use this lens all the time, see my flickr, and I print large, not just an online photographer. The first image is on sale with Getty Images. Some of my pictures with this lens: (alot more on my social media pages) Continue Reading

primeshooter answered
1 year ago

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