Summary: I started with the 50mm 1.8 and f1.4. Then got this 28mm f2.8. Almost all of my night photos were blurry. 2.8 is just not bright enough. I was spoiled by my 1.8 and 1.4. Also, it seems kind of bad wide open, so you have to mostly use it in reasonable light, and stopped down. Not for night photos. Someone suggested 28mm for street photography, but I think they meant on full framed cameras.
Summary: Back-focuses too much. I was really trying to like this lens, as it had pretty good reviews here and all. I have a 50mm prime from the same family, but this is a much better focus range. Maybe there is some way to calibrate this lens to my camera but I do not know how. I am using it on a D90. I can't see how to insert a photo into this review, so I cannot show you but I have some photos I would like to show you.
Summary: The lens worked fine out of the box. But we sent it back because you have to be so close to get a picture of your subject. Right up in their face. The camera needs to be only 24" to fill the frame.
Summary: I brought this item and it was described 'Like New'. When I got this item, I was a little bit disappointed. The appearance of this lens is a little bit old and the UV of this lens is not clean (and cannot be cleaned up). Also there's nick on the lens. The front and back lens also has dust. I think, from appearance, this should NOT be 'Like New', should be 'Acceptable'. Also, No box, No instruction papers. The good point is the function of this 'old' lens is OK.
Competent and inexpensive: bargain "normal" lens for DX
Glenn Carpenter, Amazon
17 September 2010
Summary: This is an undistinguished but competent lens, a viable solution for DX users looking for a "normal" lens at a bargain price, and a useful and inexpensive wide angle for FX and film shooters. It can not be said that Nikon spared no expense in the development of this lens. They spared plenty, settling on a minimalist, simple, proven optical formula, without the close-range correction (CRC) used in some of its more-expensive contemporaries, and with an unambitious f/2.8...
Summary: DX side: I wanted a nice normal, prime, fast lens for my DX-format camera. This was a strong contender due to a 42mm effective focal length with 1.5x crop factor. Turned out to be a decent performer. Provides good color saturation and good FOV. Performs better outdoors. This lens lives on my Nion D70 now for the most part, but that's only because I have only one 50mm f/1.8 lens and I don't like changing out lenses too often.
Summary: I was hoping that this lens would be the perfect, slightly wide "normal" lens for my D200. I was not thrilled with the image quality - it seemed to focus properly and sharply at very close distances, but was not sharp at normal distances. The problems could have been due to the sample I had. I sold it and bought a 35mm f/2.0D instead, and it is much better.
Pros: Compact, fairly fast, not terribly expensive.
Cons: My sample did not focus properly (exhibited back focus) on my D200.