Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII)

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Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII). View shown on a film camera.

Overview of the first version Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 See here. In this review, only the differences between the Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII, from this review) and Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKI).


  • Version MKI was produced from September 1986 to June 1991. The MKII version was released from June 1991 to October 1994.
  • Version MKI has a plastic and very narrow focus ring. The MKII version has a wider and rubberized focus ring. It is believed that this is the main difference between the lenses.
  • Version MKI has a button-lock ring aperture. The MKII version has a slider-lock aperture ring.
  • The version MKI the focus distance scale has values ​​of '0.4 meters' and '1 ft', instead of them the MKII version has a value of '0.35 meters', and there is no mark for 1 foot at all. At the same time, the amount of rotation of the focusing ring and the speed of automatic focusing are the same for the versions.
  • The versions have a slightly different body design: different sizes of the focus distance scale, different places with inscriptions, a black screw (a special mark of the bayonet orientation) on the MKII mount, different color of the focus distance in feet and other little things.
  • Versions have different enlightenment. Most likely, the MKII version has improved enlightenment.
  • A familiar repairman claims that inside are two structurally different lenses.

Versions MKI and MKII use the same optical design. Optically and functionally almost identical. I did not find much difference in the picture between these versions.

Nikon now has the following 28 mm autofocus fixes:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8D (MKIII)
  4. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 28mm 1: 1.8G
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 1.4D
  6. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 28mm 1: 1.4E ED
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKI) and Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII)

Sample Photos

Most of the examples Anna helped me prepare ( when we shot together here.

You can download the original photos. at this link.

On sale Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII) is not new to find. I recommend a newer model for use Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8D, prices for which you can see hereor in the price block located below:

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Comments: 13, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII)

  • zengarden

    Of course, it is undesirable for them to shoot portraits :) but the general plans are quite.
    I’ve been thinking for a long time whether it makes any sense to take something from 28 / 2.8 on the crop? for it turns out a little narrow for the city.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Better 24 2.8 or 20 2.8, but in general, any 18-70 on the crop will not be much worse.

      • zengarden

        Yes, I have 16-50 / 2.8 for both cameras, and a full-fledged shirik for a crop goes over budget every few times ...

        • Valery A.

          Tokina 11-16 / 2,8 - a full-fledged shirik? (looking closely)

          • oGo

            On Canon 600D, norms)

    • Simon

      We fish the same as undesirable, but as an artistic technique it is POSSIBLE and even necessary ...

    • Victor Drozd

      … For the city take (from the same series) - 24 / 2.8. If you have a cropped Nikon, this is 35 mm. In most cases, this is sufficient.

  • Andrei

    Arkady, hello! Tell me, please, a sharp lens for the full-frame Pentax K-1. Something like 24-70. Mostly I take off the sights, exhibits in the museum (with not always good lighting). Thanks in advance.

  • Oleg

    Why portray portraits wide?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      On crop EFR 42 mm, standard lens.

  • Victor Drozd

    Thank you, Arkady for the review! Do not take it for a moral, but if two, practically identical lenses are tested, from my point of view, it would be somewhat preferable to shoot the same scene alternately with both lenses, perhaps even with a tripod. And, preferably, in “cruel” conditions, such as backlighting, twilight, etc. And further. Still (in my opinion) wide-angle and close-up portrait are undesirable things. Once again, thanks a lot for the review!

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