Today I got my hands on the NEW Nikon 28mm 1.8G AFS Lens with Nano coating. This was a surprise announcement from Nikon a few months back and I have to say its a very interesting lens. This lens is designed for FX camera but being that it is an AFS it will work on ALL DX camera bodies. Though I will say I think it performs much better on the full frame sensor.
This lens feels very light but it still feels well built. You have one switch on the side that allows you to go from AF to M. There is a simple large focus ring and pretty much not much more on the lens. One very important feature of this lens is that it has Nano Coating. Nano coating is a special coating on the lens elements that pretty much negates all lens flair. You can honestly point it right at the sun or a bright light and never see any issues with flaring.
At $699.99 this is a pro lens geared toward that professional photographer who is looking for a light fast aperture lens in their bag. This honestly is not a portrait lens but it is great for photo journalistic work. If you are looking to crush the background of a photo, dial down to 1.8 fill the grame with your subject and boom, the background butters away.
For those who are on DX camera the effective focal length of this lens is 42mm which is ok but not as special as what it is full frame, 28mm. I would not fully recommend this on a DX body unless you already own all of the other staple lenses. Those lenses for me would be a 17-50 2.8 and 70-200 2.8. If your looking for something not as expensive you can always pick up the Nikon 35mm F1.8.
All and all this is a solid lens that is light, sharp and fast. This would be a great addition to any photographers bag.
If you would like to pick up one of these lenses be sure to check out AllensCamera.com or call 215.547.2841.