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28mm f/2.8 AIS - pictures please

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by BostonRott, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Yes, another request for AI-S lens photos. :smile: With this lens specifically, I'm interested in the later generations (8 elements in 8 groups) with the very short close focusing. :smile:

  2. matthew.paul

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    What a great lens...I really regret getting rid of mine.

    These were taken on film

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  3. Jonathan P.

    Jonathan P.

    Jul 10, 2007
    Wow. Amazing shots, everyone.

    Does Nikon still sell this lens?
  4. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    Yes - the AiS 28/2.8 is one of the few manual focus Nikkors still in production (along with 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 35/1.4, 50/1.4, 50/1.2, 55/2.8 micro and 105/2.8 micro).

    I don't have any pictures on hand to post, but can confirm this lens is sharp wide open, performs very well though the range from infinity to its (very) close limit, and it has no barrel distortion unlike most other wideangle lenses.
  5. The 28/2.8 is very nice

    Great photos Matt and Rui--I love the comp in that roller coaster shot Matt.

    The 28/2.8 is a great lens, but I never use mine. I have the better closer focusing version, and it's great for all the aforementioned reasons, but it sits on the shelf because I find the 28/2 superior for my general needs. And with the 28/2 available used (and in easy supply) for ~$200, I think it's a steal.

    Gotta love the 28s though, whichever one you end up with--they're great performing lenses with solid build and best of all for me, that old school enjoyable manual focus handling.

  6. Sunesha


    May 3, 2007
    Malmoe, Sweden
    I read up on the internet on this lens. This one off the lenses I dream to get for good price. It is rated very highly by Björn Roslett:

    Which I came to agree quite much with.

    I really want one but hasnt seen one in good shape yet. My father said it was his sharpest lens he owned before he sold all his gear 5 years ago.
  7. I thought those were the 20/2.8, from a thread of yours a while back.
  8. I just purchased a used one and hopefully it will be here early next week. :smile:

    Prices on used seem to run $150-200. If buying used, be sure to get a S/N that is above 635001 if you want the close focusing version. This website details the serial numbers.
  9. Robert - you are absolutely right!
    Actually, when I did that trip, I carryed both along with others. After uploading some images to my PBase Tenerife'gallery I posted some images here thinking that the lens used was the 20 as I used it there oftenly. However, now, when I did the search to post here pics taken with the 28, from the exif data I realized the mistake. I am sorry for the misinformation. However, I can assure that both are sharp performers.
    Best Regards
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