Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai

Nikon Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Ai-1

Nikon 28mm f/2.8 Ai. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd

Nikon Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Ai-3 Nikon Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Ai-2


8.5 oz (241g)

Focus Ring
Rubber on Metal.

Close Focus
1.0 feet (0.3 meters).

Filter Threads
52mm, Metal.

Aperture Ring

7 blades stopping down to f/22.

Nikon Ai Metal Mount

Made in


100% Crop

f/2.8 | f/3.5 | f/4 | f/8




f/2.8: Sharp, contrasty, great color and only a hint of chromatic aberration and coma in the very far corners.
f/3.5: Extremely sharp and contrasty.
f/4: Sharper yet.
f/8: Just continues to get sharper.


There is a bit of vignetting at f/2.8 starts to clear around f/3.5 and basically gone by f/4.


Only a tiny amount of Barrel Distortion.

On MF Camera
Optics:         ★ ★ ★ ★
Mechanics:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Usefulness:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Availability:   ★ ★ ★
Overall:        ★ ★ ★ ★

On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall:         ★ ★ ★ ★
Out of 5

This is a great lens and definitely worth looking for. For a manual focus lens the build is sold, a dream to use, and easy to focus. Optically this lens is incredibly sharp wide open and only gets better stopping down. This lens easily has pro optics and is sharper then most new pro zooms even today!

People are almost giving them away so if you find one grab it. They are worth more then they are selling for!


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My hopes are to take the time to continue developing this website with more test photo based reviews. If you are ever interested in purchasing this lens or other photography equipment please do so through these links here in this review. I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. This helps support my family and allows me to take more time for the site. The best part is this site is free for you and I link good deals I find!

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