Nikon announces the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED lens


Nikon officially announced the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED lens :

  • A 28 mm wide-angle fixed focal length lens that reproduces the natural expansion of a space
  • Consistently superior resolution, all the way to the edges of the imaging area, beginning at the maximum aperture
  • Beautiful bokeh that utilizes the speed (brightness) of the f/1.4 maximum aperture
  • Effective suppression of sagittal coma flare, often visible as the elongation or distortion of point images in night landscapes, for superior point image reproduction characteristics beginning at the maximum aperture
  • Adoption of two ED glass elements for effective compensation of axial chromatic aberration
  • Nano Crystal Coat adopted achieving effective reduction of ghost and flare for sharp, clear images
  • Sample photos (more here)

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late June for a suggested retail price of $1999.95.

Pre-order links can be found here.


Press release:

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED, a wide-angle fixed focal length (prime) lens with a bright and fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and a focal length of 28 mm, compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED is a fast, wide-angle fixed focal length lens that reproduces the natural expansion of a space, making it well suited to both portraits and landscapes. It maximizes the potential of today's high-performance digital SLR cameras with the latest optical design, enabling stable and consistently superior image quality with sharp rendering all the way to the edges of the imaging area, beginning at the maximum aperture. What's more, the maximum aperture of f/1.4 realizes artistic expression utilizing bright and beautiful bokeh. The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED is loaded with features that enable superior rendering capabilities.
Adoption of three aspherical lens elements effectively suppresses sagittal coma flare for excellent point image reproduction, while the adoption of two ED glass elements provides effective compensation for axial chromatic aberration, and Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare.

In addition to a design that resists dust and drips, Nikon's exclusive fluorine coat, which effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt, and ensures easy removal when they adhere to the lens surface, has been applied to the outer surface of the extreme front and rear lens elements. This offers worry-free outdoor use, regardless of the weather or environmental conditions. Despite being an AF lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED is equipped with a focus ring that rotates smoothly giving just the right amount of resistance to provide a good, high-quality operational feel when focusing manually.

The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED is a fast, 28 mm wide-angle fixed focal length lens with incredible rendering capabilities and natural bokeh. It responds to the very creative intent of photographers pursuing more artistic photographs.

More info available on Nikon USA website.

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  • Conrad

    I love my 28mm 1.8G
    I love my 28mm 1.8
    I love my 28mm 1…
    Oooooh, that 28mm f/1.4E

    Does this mean the future of F-mount is secure even for mirrorless cameras on Nikon’s horizon?

    • Michiel953

      Of course.

    • Pat Mann

      With the $349.00 adapter, of course.

      • PhilK

        Speaking of adapters – I learned the other day about an optical device I didn’t realize had actually been sold in the consumer market: a “telecompressor”. Basically the opposite of a teleconverter.

        Apparently the old Nikon “E-series” early digicams had this interesting optical subsystem which took the light rays from an attached F-mount Nikkor, focused it on the smaller-than-FX-sized digital sensor and effectively increased the light-gathering power as well.

        Could be an interesting option if Nikon decides to produce a MILC with a less-than-FX-sized sensor.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_E_series

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecompressor

        • There are (were?) one or two third party devices which allowed you to put an FX lens on a DX camera, recover one stop of light and allow the lens to produce the same image on a DX senor as the vanilla lens on FX.

    • neonspark

      via an adapter. yeah.

  • Spy Black

    No price yet?

    • Sonyshooter

      Dpreview
      2000.-

    • Prasad Palaniyandi

      $1999

    • I updated all 4 posts with the pricing.

      • Spy Black

        Thanks.

    • When it said reduced coma I woke up from mine and said SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • KnightPhoto

    Sounds promising. Still have my heart set on a used 24 f/1.4G, but have time to wait it out and see how the new 28 shakes out.

  • Hans J

    wow… the only lens that could replace my 35mm 1.4g

    • Dennis

      I already own the 24mm 1.4g and 35mm 1.4g among many others, I can pass on this.

      • Roger

        I’m thinking of going the other way – this could replace both 24 and 35 for me. Of course, I need to see how good it is first!

        • Michiel953

          Yes, but selling two to fund one lens? For myself I don’t see the (financial) logic.

          • Spy Black

            Whoever used logic when buying camera gear?…

            • PhilK

              Haha, very true… despite people’s grandstanding here to the contrary.. 😀

      • Michiel953

        So do I.

      • Viktor

        Yeah, that is what I think will be a problem for this lens. Many have and use 24 & 35…. I still do have my old 28mm however I do not use it much.

      • vFunct

        Those two have pretty ugly Bokeh compared to this.

        This is in a different league – more like the beautiful 58mm & 105mm F1.4 lenses.

  • Roger

    If it’s amazing, I’m in.

  • Hm, 1.8G series is very good, have 24 and 35 of those but when I use my 58f1.4 serious magic starts to happen so let’s see where this 28 stands in terms of coming in to focus and going out of focus sharpness 🙂

  • An American in Canada

    Sounds really nice. I’m gonna have to do some soul (and wallet) searching over the next couple months, because I’m salivating a bit right now… Could be time to sell some glass.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Nikon: “…high reproduction capability of point images stably across the entire frame even at the maximum aperture.” So, it’s well compensated for coma, a very specific attribute that Nikon marketing only bestows upon the 58 and the 105. It might be the best thing to happen to astro shooters, especially Milky Way shooters, since the 58 1.2 NOCT.

    • An American in Canada

      My thoughts exactly. If it lives up to its predecessor, it should be pretty fantastic in that regard.

      • Daniel Han

        The 28/1.4D is already a pretty good performer. I know someone who uses his wide open on a D810, pretty sharp images with beautiful rendering.

        Hope this long waited replacement is nothing but better than its predecessor!

        • Viktor

          Actually yes, the 28D1.4 was at its time really a good one and for someone looking for this focal even years after…. till 28Otus, because Zeiss had 28mm lenses but they were not as good as the rest of their line-up or this 28Nikkor 😉

          • The stratospheric prices of the 28 1.4D should now plummet as that lens was always horribly overpriced due to rarity and no equivalency for a long time. I don’t know why so many people here are doom and gloom 2017 is turning out to be a fine year for glass addicts.
            Maybe Nikon will pull a parfocal carbon fiber AF-P 10-750mm 1.8E DX VR out of a magical hat for the anniversary.

            Of course it’s going to be a slow 18-300mm AF-P E update.

            Which I might still buy.

    • saywhatuwill

      The 85mm f/1.4G is really, really good at f/1.4 concerning the lack of batwings.

      • This sounds like an endorsement – so the 85mm 1.4g is a winner in the astro/coma department? Because I trashed my 85mm 1.8g, trying to figure out what to succeed it with, sigma or Nikon 85mm 1.4….im torn

    • Daniel Han

      Totally agreed, I’m truly looking forward to this thing!

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      I think I might swap my trusty 17-35/2.8AFS and 80/200/2.8AFS for the 1.4/28. 1.4/58 and 1.4/105 for a while. Looks like a great set.

    • Matt Comerford

      15mm Zeiss f2.8 is my fav coma corrected lens for Mliky Way… wider the better!

  • Eric Calabros
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        • vFunct

          Looks superb.

          28mm is a great party group-shot focal length.

          Most cell-phone cameras are also at that range as well.

      • Eric Duminil

        The picture indeed looks great and cinematic, but it might have to do more with composition and light than the lens, though.

      • saywhatuwill

        It really bothered me that she’s not looking at him, but somewhere away. It would have been better if she was looking at him and he at her. As it is she’s a little standoffish and he’s upset for maybe what he did.

        • PhilK

          Personally I hate these trite Hallmark-style wedding pics where every single pic they are staring into each other’s eyes in predictable ways.

          Humans have thoughtful/pensive moments thinking of bigger thoughts even on their wedding day..

          • Allan

            Maybe these aren’t wedding pictures. Maybe pictures of friends. Maybe pictures of more than friends.

            • PhilK

              And that’s just fine too.

            • Allan

              There is nothing in the human experience that compares to looking at old pictures of yourself and others.

            • saywhatuwill

              Maybe just models. LOL

        • Allan

          “It really bothered me that she’s not looking at him, but somewhere away. It would have been better if she was looking at him and he at her. As
          it is she’s a little standoffish and he’s upset for maybe what he did.”

          Maybe that’s what the photographer wanted to convey. So he nailed it!

          Some people like classical shots.

          Some photographers try to be different and produce “artistic” pictures.

          Maybe the different types of shots need to be discussed with the subjects prior to the shoot. Models do what the photographers ask them to do. Couples paying for the pictures need to be happy with the pictures.

    • Mike

      Why did you show me this? Now you’ve given me a bad case of NAS. Lol.

    • PhilK

      OK, but an awfully fuzzy/low-res JPEG to have any hope of determining how good the lens actually is..

      • Noor

        If you’re only looking at “good” being sharp with some pixel-peeping. I’m not saying there’s not value to that, but with these pics, you can feel of the character of the lens. I find that very appealing.

        • PhilK

          I’m not talking about pixel-peeping but that’s a really, really, really low-res JPEG there. 600×400 to be exact. And it looks like it’s using a really low JPEG quality setting, too.

          Nothing wrong with some of these other qualities but having a better delivery format doesn’t get in the way of seeing those things either.

      • vFunct

        Low-res images are good enough to determine it’s outstanding bokeh quality.

        That’s the most important feature and selling point of this type of pro-lens, not sharpness.

        No one cares about sharpness. You will never sell a photograph because your lens was sharper than another photographer’s lens.

        • PhilK

          “No one cares about sharpness”

          A comedian!

          I can’t wait for next week’s episode: “No one cares about shutter speed”.. followed by week 3: “No one cares about F-stop”. lmao

          Yeah I get the fact that sharpness is not the only worthwhile consideration for any particular lens design and any particular photographer and any particular subject and any particular viewer on any given day.

          But waving your hands around claiming “no one cares about sharpness” is downright hilarious.

          • vFunct

            No one has ever sold a photo because of “sharpness”.

            • PhilK

              Nonsense.

    • peter w

      strange composition, thought. It must be camp or some kind of post-modernism or something to centre the main subject, it being cut in half by the horizon, with 10% of the image blown out.

      it works in a strange way, Marko Marinkovic

      • Eric Calabros

        Maybe with higher horizon, it would be harder to show how the lens handles the flare. But I always like different compositions.

    • Allan

      Mona Lisa.

  • Pat Mann

    Nikon’s MTF curves show a significant improvement here from both the 24 and 35 in across-the-frame sharpness and absolute minimization of astigmatism. Based on that very simple graph, it looks like Nikon has a big winner here. My plans to get the 24 f/1.8 have changed, I think. Looks like the perfect walkaround lens for the D810 (and the big Gitzo VR system, of course).

    • dabug91

      I got my 28mm f/1.8G 3 years ago for only $570. Despite how promising this new 1.4 version appears to be, the 1.8 is already plenty sharp and $1300+ is enough to buy a ton of other gear or another 1 or 2 high quality lenses. I think they should have priced this closer to $1500-$1800 at the most.
      No doubt plenty of pros with spare change will buy it without batting an eye, but still.

      • CBJ

        Give the price of the older 24 1.4G I think this is okay. Of course, I wish it is cheaper!

      • neonspark

        you buy this lens for the comma correction and bokeh. not stupid sharpness charts.

        • dabug91

          The 28mm f/1.8G also has a gold ring soooo.

    • Thom Hogan

      Just a reminder that Nikon’s recent lens designs don’t always show their potentials via the MTF graph (theoretical or measured after the fact).

  • Viktor

    I think Nikon would do better if they went for 20/1.4 (or 20 2.0) instead. They do not have a lens in this class and focal except 19PC which is not for everyone…..

    • Viktor

      It reminds me of that strange focal 105mm – not a 85mm portrait and not a 135mm headshot…. resulting in an uninteresting focal not many know how to use.
      I want to stay with 85&135mm as a portrait Pro.
      I find this 28mm story the alias as for 24&35mm. Do not understand their thinking….. 🙁

      • Politics_Nerd

        my 105 is a macro lens. It also takes nice portraits.

        • Viktor

          Yeah, Macro yes, there is the focal fine for Macro 😉 I am talking about the 1.4E version 🙂 I know people around use the Macro lens for portraits…..but at least that one is 2.8!, not a thing for shallow DoF portraits…… 2.2 is my limit 😉

      • vFunct

        105mm is perfect for full-body fashion shots. 85mm has too much perspective issues, and 135mm needs more studio space for full body.

        • Viktor

          Maybe it works for you and I am sure it works well whether you go that way, but I do not have such a large studio and 135mm I do use only for headshots, that one would be really space requiring for full body photos 😉

      • Michiel953

        I use the rather special 58 for head portraits; usually at appr 60cms distance.

        Incoming…

        • Viktor

          58….. ? OK, surely your choice, not mine for portraiture….. but thanks for sharing your choice and experience.

          • Michiel953

            You’re welcome. You’re American right?

            • Viktor

              European 😉

        • FountainHead

          I am also a true believer in the 58. It’s a very specific tool, but I don’t understand the hostility toward it from people who like nikon otherwise.

          • Michiel953

            Think it was the head portrait thing as well. Goes against conventional (American) portrait wisdom. Flatten perspective because that’s flattering. I don’t believe in that. Neither do my portraits suffer from perspective distortion.
            I’m actually working on a series “58 Portraits”; it’s hard work and I’ve had the lens since it came out.

      • PhilK

        Whereas I love the 105mm, just like I don’t particularly like 28mm.

        In the 1970s, 90% of the time people’s first non-50mm lens purchase was a cheapo 28mm or 135mm Vivitar or Soligor or something. I was sick of them then, didn’t like those focal lengths that every amateur SLR buyer was getting, and I still don’t like them. 😉

      • neonspark

        strange 105 focal ? kiddo, decades ago, the 105 was everybody’s portrait lens for 35mm!!! damn kids. Only when stupid crop bodies came around, did 85 gain ground. with full frame digital, nikon brought back the classic 105 the world had been missing.

        • Viktor

          ….. I have made a while for thinking, and honestly I have to say thatn you might be right. 20Years ago when I was photographing 105mm was the focal for portraits. I was not portrait photographer those days, so I did not have any tele, but maybe it is really only the years that have changed thinkig of photographers…..

          Now I see in 85mm portraits and 135mm headshots. Maybe changing will not be bad. 105mm, but what for headshots? Continue with 135mm or go to something even longer (200mm).

          And will I be able to “see” with 105mm while working so many years and seeing with 85mm?

          • Viktor

            Another thing is whether it is not just development…. photographers and manufacturers have found out that 85mm is enough for portraits, it is a bit cheaper, smaller and lighter lens and for headshots you need longer focal anyway…. Maybe….?

    • song_tinh

      You can buy 20mm f/1.8G

      • Viktor

        🙂 That is a different class – plasticXmagnesium alloy,weather sealing, sharpness and other optical things….. but thanks 😉

        • Daniel Han

          The 20/1.8G has coma well under control, and it’s completely usable wide open.

          The downside is of course, it feels like a cheap chunk of plastic. It feels like a cheap Chinese toy, but I can look over that.

          • Viktor

            Well, I cannot say anything really fundamental against it, but in most aspects it does not go to the extent a Pro would like…. built, sealing, sharpness….. however eg. distortion is controlled well being such wide…. cannot say they made it bad ly for the targeted market….. just the Pro 20/1.4 is missing and I think it would be more sold then 28/1.4…..

            • CBJ

              I am not a fan of Sigma but they have one. Nikon would do better selling the 28 than to make a 20. Nikon’s 20 will probably be twice the price and you will get all these smart a$$ saying it’s not worth the extra money for any non pros.

  • TinusVerdino

    Hey Nikon I want to peep at pixels! give us some full size samples!

    • Max Dallas

      That are really taken at f1.4 and not falsely represented!!!

      • TinusVerdino

        no dude, sharpness!

  • Viktor

    The Bokeh does not seem to be as excellent as the one 28Otus has…. that one is really delicious (but for double the price and weight :D)

    • Noor

      And no AF 🙂

  • Aditya Gupta

    Is it just me or these 28mm samples have leica kind of feel to them.

    • Michiel953

      It’s the top quality Nikkor look which you find, in varying degrees, in all 1.4G and E primes. They were designed not with ultimate sharpness, but with ultimate rendering in mind.

  • Michiel953

    Funny how Nikon (a first I think) emphasizes the magnesium alloy construction. They want to head off the “another plastic lens for 2k; horror!” crowd.

    • CBJ

      I must be blind but where do you see that info?

      • Michiel953

        It’s in the DPR article and probably official Nikon info:

        “The superbly balanced and solid body is composed of lightweight
        magnesium alloy, and features dust and water drop resistant sealing to
        withstand the elements, combined with a fluorine coating to resist dirt
        and smudges.”

        • CBJ

          Thank you, I found it in the presser on the official Nikon site. It’s good that Nikon are listening to their users. I don’t complain about the plastic bodies but this is good news for sure.

          • Michiel953

            My pleasure. I don’t think any gold ring G or E lens does not have a metal chassis (with plastic covering), although the 58 has gone the lightweight way, so must use metal sparingly.

            • Thom Hogan

              Nikon’s recent primes all have metal at the core holding the elements and mechanical bits, but lighter plastic as the outer barrel.

            • Michiel953

              I know and knew that Thom. But the moaning goes on…

            • C-M

              Sometimes though there is a 1$ Mabuchi motor driving a bundle of plastic gears at the core like the 105 1.4

    • Max Dallas

      Anyone buying the release photos showed on DPR and on his website are all actually f1.4 ?

      I’ve shot a lot of 28mm at f2.0, f1.8 and f1.4 and the blur isn’t present in his photos. Most of them look 2.8 and above.

      http://marinkovic-weddings.com/nikon-af-s-nikkor-28mm-f1-4e-ed-test-and-review/

  • nek4life

    If this was $1600 instead of $2000 instant pre-order. Samples look great and I love using my current 28mm. Might have to just stick with it though…

    • BRNSMRF

      Same. I liked my 28g. The construction and price didn’t match up IMO. Got a Sigma 35 Art instead. Maybe Sigma will attempt to 1up Nikon here too

  • r121

    28 is a lengthy focal length for Nikon and for all lenses manufacturers in general. 24 is just too wide for me for a prime, and 24 is more like a bonus margin given to a zoom lens. The wider 21 Distagon is definitely superb and mission specific when you know what you’re shooting. 35 is totally different.

    The bokeh on 28 is the most pleasant and the most comfortable regardless how it’s shaped. The usage as others commented is very versatile and it can produce natural looking pictures plus easily standout close-up and portrait.

    Having still my 1.4D, skipping all the 1.8 primes, maybe this lens can be my new daily prime fixated to my camera as carrying the 1.4D everyday is getting riskier.

    • paige4o4

      Yeah, Nikon set the standard for high quality 28mm SLR lenses way back with the 28mm f/2.8 AI-S.

  • Davo

    The GAS is willing but the hip pocket is weak.
    But you only live once so bring it on!!!

  • Daniel Han

    “Effective suppression of sagittal coma flare, often visible as the elongation or distortion of point images in night landscapes, for superior point image reproduction characteristics beginning at the maximum aperture”
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!11!
    Okay this thing is on my list now. Just waiting for a detailed coma test. Please Nikon don’t jack this one up. The coma on the 24/1.4 is unbearable, even the Samyang does better in that specific category.

    • Max Dallas

      28s have always had a tough time with coma.

  • Nikita

    I’m sure this 28 is a sharp mutha, but it’s so bulky and expensive.

    • Michiel953

      Sharp eh?

  • MonkeySpanner

    I don’t like this FL. Not really wide enough to be wide and not long enough for interesting portraits.

    • PhilK

      Pretty much my position on this FL for years now.

    • a.almeida

      I´m from the time of film. In those days a 35mm focal lenth was a very agreeable lens. Today I would say the same of a 28mm focal length, considering high resolution sensors and ease of cropping. This lense is as useful than ever. IMHO

  • hje

    seems like they removed the camera model from the exif data.

    *speculations on*

  • PhilK

    Interesting how complex the optical formula is on this for a non-VR lens – 14 elements – zoom-like, almost..

  • xrb

    Wow.. But I still love my 28 1.4D!

    • Noor

      I know – I have this lens and I’m very curious how this will perform! It did destroy the market value on the 1.4D 🙁

  • nek4life
  • Looks oh so tempting, I love my 1.4 nikkor primes but like others have said, I already have the 24 and the 35 so…. but gorgeous… must buy

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