Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E
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Original Nikon 28mm f/1.4 AF-D (1994-2006)
This Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E is a newer version of the extraordinary Nikon 28mm f/1.4 AF-D of 1994-2006.
This new lens can be a bit sharper wide-open, while the original is smaller, lighter and made of all metal, not plastic, like this new lens.
This is a full frame (FX) lens, and I'll be reviewing it as such.
It works great on DX Nikons, too, on which you may make the usual inferences, but honestly, a 35mm f/1.8 DX for one-tenth the price does the same job on DX. You pay a premium for the ability to cover full-frame, as well as 2/3 stop extra speed, neither of which is particularly important on DX.
It has a new electronic diaphragm; that's the "E" designation.
It won't work properly on older DSLRs or any 35mm camera because they won't be able to work with the electronic diaphragm and will only shoot wide-open at f/1.4.
See Nikon Lens Compatibility for more.
Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E. bigger.
Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED.
AF-S and SWM: Silent Wave Autofocus Motor.
NIKKOR: Nikon's brand name for all their lenses.
ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion glass for reduced secondary chromatic aberration.
D: Couples distance information to the Matrix Meter.
IF: Internal focusing; nothing moves externally as focused.
Aspherical: Specially curved glass elements for sharper pictures.
Nano Crystal Coat (N): Magic anti-reflection coating that has a variable index of refraction that's far more effective against ghosts and internal reflections than traditional multicoating.
∅77: 77mm filter thread.
Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E internal construction. Aspherical and ED elements.
14 elements in 11 groups.
3 aspherical elements.
2 extra low dispersion ED elements.
Nano coating inside the front element, and fluorine coatings on the outsides to resist dirt and fingerprints.
Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E MTF.
9 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/16.
Angle of View
75º diagonal on FX.
53º diagonal on DX.
Internal focus: no external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.
Infinity Focus Stop
Depth of Field Scale
Infrared Focus Index
Yes; a little gold dot to the left of the focus index..
0.92 feet (0.28 meters).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:5.9 (0.17 ×).
HB-81 bayonet included.
3.27" maximum diameter × 3.97" extension from flange.
83.0 mm maximum diameter × 100.5 mm extension from flange.
Nikon specifies 22.8 oz. (645g).
12:01 AM, 31 May 2017, NYC time.
Late June 2017.
Standard LC-77 77mm front cap.
Standard LF-4 rear cap.
HB-83 bayonet hood.
Nikon's Model Number
$1,997, May 2017.
Versus the Nikon 28mm f/1.4D
The original Nikon 28mm f/1.4 AF-D (1994-2006) is smaller, lighter and much tougher, but isn't quite as sharp wide-open, and the older lens requires rotating a ring to swap between auto and manual focus.
This new lens is bigger, heavier and more plasticy, but ought to be a bit sharper wide-open and has instant manual-focus override.
Versus the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G
Both are equally super-sharp.
The 24mm f/1.4G is the same price, but slightly smaller, lighter and wider.
The real difference is that this new lens has the newest "E" electronic diaphragm so it will be quieter and potentially work at higher frame rates on all FX cameras, while the older 24mm f/1.4G has Nikon's classic mechanical diaphragm and will work on older digital and 35mm cameras.
Versus the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G
Both are equally super-sharp.
The 35mm f/1.4G costs a bit less, and is slightly smaller, lighter and has a more narrow field of view. Personally I'm not a fan of 24mm or 28mm lenses and prefer what a 35mm lens sees, but that's just me.
The real difference is that this new 28/1.4E lens has the newest "E" electronic diaphragm so it will be quieter and potentially work at higher frame rates on all FX cameras, while the older 35mm f/1.4G has Nikon's classic mechanical diaphragm and will work on older digital and 35mm cameras.
If you own the original Nikon 28mm f/1.4 AF-D, this new lens offers instant manual-focus override, but won't work on obsolete cameras.
f/1.4 lenses are for shooting action in low light, or astronomy. For general photography, we rarely need f/1.4; if you want soft backgrounds, you're much better off with a longer lens like a 50mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.8, either of which will have softer backgrounds than this much wider lens. Focal length has far more to do with depth of field than aperture.
This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Nikon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used lens. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.
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31 May 2017