Nikon 28mm f/1.4E Review: Does the performance justify the price? Check our full technical review!


posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 2:20 PM EST

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After giving it a thorough testing in the field, we've now put the recent Nikon 28mm f/1.4E prime lens through the wringer in our testing lab. We've just now published our detailed technical review on this rather pricey prime lens. As an update to the earlier Nikon 28mm f/1.4D, this new version features upgrades across the board, including new optical and body construction, newer lens coatings, improved autofocus, and Nikon's new Electromagnetic Diaphragm (aperture) Mechanism.

With such a bright aperture and wider angle focal length, the Nikon 28mm f/1.4 can produce some unique images, with sharp centers and smooth, out-of-focus edges/corners. If you're looking for edge-to-edge sharpness at f/1.4, this lens won't deliver on that, but that's not really what this lens is about. For attractive landscapes with more isolated subjects, low-light work as well as general wide-angle photography, the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E is a unique tool. At nearly $2,000, however, it's certainly a niche-market, dare we say "luxury" lens, but for those professionals and deep-pocketed photographers wanting that unique perspective, the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E is worth considering.

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For all the details, including test results, samples images, and analysis, check out our Nikon 28mm f/1.4E Technical Review. And if you've not yet read it, be sure to explore our in-depth Nikon 28mm f/1.4E Field Test and Gallery Images.

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