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    Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    I have one of these on order since it looks like it might fit my need for a light, fast wide and because now I have a good (famous last words?) 24mm PC-E I don't need another 24.

    Here's a link to an interesting set of samples, full size downloadable. The photographer Thomas Rubach has taken some care to make a useful set of images. I find it pretty good, reasonably sharp even at wider apertures to the edges, a lot of vignetting though. However, even at F5.6 there is an odd zone of less sharpness on the left hand third that is not replicated on the right. Take a look at any of the mid aperture shots but especially the F5.6 landscape.

    Anyone got a view? Anyone tried one? Could be a useful piece of glass....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasr...th/7235293042/

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    I didn't even know this existed... please let us know if it's good. I'm looking for a fairly wide, but fast lens for photojournalistic work. Even though I prefer 35mm, given the price I may give the 28/1.8 a try if it works well.

    Anyone else tried it?

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    I looked at the flickr images... seems the top-left corner suffers on this sample more than the other corners in the mid-distance version (castle), but overall it looks quite nice. I think I'm going to order this lens...

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    Thanks for the link....I'll have a closer look at the images this evening.

    I got a note from my local shop today saying the D800E I ordered will be here tomorrow and they had just received a few of the 28mm f1.8G lenses.....so I asked them to set one aside for me to check out when I pick up the camera.

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    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G


    When I recently posted my D800 test shots with RAW files some members complained that they couldn't judge the image quality with such boring static test subjects that didn't fit their creative vision or artistic mind.
    So this time I thought I had to come up with something a tad more entertaining.
    After the yearly carnival parade (which I did not see) there were still some dance-and-drinks-and-drugs activities left in the streets. Not much, but still a bit.


    First a couple at f/8 - as I often struggle to get the necessary DOF with the D800 as Roger Dunham (glenerrolrd) has pointed out in another thread.
    Thank you for starting that interesting discussion, Roger.
    So far my findings seem to coincide with what Roger has said about DOF and D800, though it could also partly be me coming from APS-C lately.

    If you'd like to do the RAW conversion to your own taste you can download the RAW files here, but please keep any posted result here on the GetDPI forum.


    Link to the RAW file 80A_1500_AFS_28mm_G.NEF

    click for native size (6.8 Mb)


    Nikon D800 • AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G • 1/250 sec. at f/8 ISO 100 • Lightroom 4



    Link to the RAW file 80A_1502_AFS_28mm_G.NEF

    click for native size (6.4 Mb)


    Nikon D800 • AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G • 1/350 sec. at f/8 ISO 100 • Lightroom 4




    And here a couple at f/5.6

    Link to the RAW file 80A_0998_AFS_28mm_G.NEF

    click for native size (11.1 Mb)


    Nikon D800 • AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G • 1/180 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 • Lightroom 4



    Link to the RAW file 80A_1000_AFS_28mm_G.NEF

    click for native size (7.6 Mb)


    Nikon D800 • AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G • 1/180 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 • Lightroom 4


    More to come as time allows ...

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    Thanks for posting these Steen.....they look very good.

    I bought this lens today to complete my lens kit for the D800E.....the 28, 50 and 85 1.8G lenses plus the 105/2.8G VR micro-Nikkor will all fit comfortably in my camera bag. I've decided to leave the 24-120/4G lens on my D700.

    Gary

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    Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)


    You are welcome, Gary, and congrats on your sample of the 28mm G.

    Looking forward to hear what you think - or to see what you get from it.

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    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G - bokeh


    With regards to bokeh

    @ f/2.8


    this woman defines 'tolerant wife'

    link to the RAW file 80A_0955_AFS_28mm_G.NEF

    click for native size (6.4 Mb)


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/500 sec. at f/2.8 ISO 100 Lightroom 4



    With this background the bokeh looks rather confused

    link to the RAW file 80A_0953_AFS_28mm_G.NEF


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/2000 sec. at f/2.8 ISO 100 Lightroom 4



    @ f/5.6

    link to the RAW file 80A_1017_AFS_28mm_G.NEF


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/45 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 Lightroom 4



    Link to the RAW file 80A_1019_AFS_28mm_G.NEF


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/45 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 Lightroom 4.1

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    Steen, thanks ever so much for posting these images with the new 28mm. From what I see on these and other web-sized images posted, the lens looks promising but doesn't always appear to that the "presence" or the dynamic impact that some of the other fast Nikon wide angle single focal length lenses used on the D800 have. It may be nothing more than lighting or subject matter....its hard to say at this early stage or to even put my finger on it. I guess as more images are produced with this lens, a consensus will form. Food though looks good What are those squiggly things in the last pic...some form of potatoes being prepared for frying?

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    I personally prefer to use AF 35mm f/2 as a snap shot lens because the angle of view is quite similar to human. And.... of course, the 28mm f/1.8G is much much expensive ...

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    Dave (D&A),
    If you look at the women's polo shirt(few pictures higher), you can see "Churros" written on it. That's a spanish pastry. They usually serve them with pourring sugar (powder?) on them or similar alternatives. You can see the jars on the counter for that. I tried that few years ago at a public market; worth the try! :-)
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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    Churros: Deep fried stuff served with chocolate syrup and/or powder sugar. One of the things that the Portugese picked up from the far east (the chocolate syrup is from Mexico. Powder sugar instead of the sugar glazing which is more difficult. The original version is crunchy and with lightly glazed sugar.). It is one of the earliest "fusion foods" along with pancakes and funnel cakes.

    It has become a standard (exotic) snack in all of European fares now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Churros: Deep fried stuff served with chocolate syrup and/or powder sugar. One of the things that the Portugese picked up from the far east (the chocolate syrup is from Mexico. Powder sugar instead of the sugar glazing which is more difficult. The original version is crunchy and with lightly glazed sugar.). It is one of the earliest "fusion foods" along with pancakes and funnel cakes.

    It has become a standard (exotic) snack in all of European fares now.
    Thanks Mozbee and Vivek! I am familiar with Churros....but the ones I always see look somewhat different. Here they are often much shorter...same pattern on the sides, but more like 6-8" straight sticks, not long and curved as shown in your images. Thats why I didn't recognize them. They are seen in most of the Mexican chain restaurants here and/or in all sorts of county and State fairs....as you say, along with funnel cakes, corn dogs (not my favorite), pizza etc. Not sure I've seen them with syrup or glaze or chcolate but can see where that would be popular...dusted with powered sugar of course. I'm amazed at all the food concoctions people come up with at these fairs...talk about fusion foods

    There is usually a big sign at the counter when you order them..."Warning, do not handle your D800 while eating Churros"...LOL!

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    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 - wide open


    Wide open


    @ f/1.8


    link to the RAW file 80A_1021_AFS_28mm_G.NEF

    click for native sizes


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/180 sec. at f/1.8 ISO 100 Lightroom 4.1



    link to the RAW file 80A_1026_AFS_28mm_G.NEF



    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/2000 sec. at f/1.8 ISO 100 Lightroom 4.1

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    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 - Field Curvature


    Field Curvature


    There seems to be some significant Field Curvature (which can help or hurt, depending on the subject matter)

    link to the RAW file 80A_0966_AFS_28mm_G.NEF

    click for native size (7 Mb)


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/180 sec. at f/4 ISO 100 Lightroom 4.1

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    Re: Nikon 28mm f/1.8 - wide open

    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post

    Nikon D800 • AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G • 1/180 sec. at f/1.8 ISO 100 • Lightroom 4.1[/SIZE][/COLOR][/center]
    Hej naesten synd du ramte spanskroersteksten bagved og ikke hendes soede ansigt (allmost a shame you didn't hit her sweat face instead of the text behind),
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    men ellers dejlige billeder ! (but apart from that lovely pictures!)

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    Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)


    Yeah, while waiting for the self timer and shutter delay seconds to pass the subject moved, which of course ruined the image as such.

    But it's not all that important for our purpose here as the picture still illustrates the wide open characteristics, i.e. sharpness in the plane of focus and out of focus rendering.

    Just initial test shots.

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    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 - children


    there were children


    click for native sizes


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/500 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 Lightroom 4.1





    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/180 sec. at f/8 ISO 100 Lightroom 4.1






    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/350 sec. at f/8 ISO 100 Lightroom 4.1
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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    , Yes, but perhaps 1/180 should be enought without shutterdelay and all that. And the shutterdelay should be sufficient while the mirror starts jumping up? (it was just a thought of that lovely, mild and gentle face of her, one wished to take a closer look at..)

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    Nikon 28mm f/1.8 - and adults


    and there were adults (more or less)


    click for a bit larger sizes


    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/350 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 C1 Pro 6.4






    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/350 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 C1 Pro 6.4






    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/1000 sec. at f/2.8 ISO 100 C1 Pro 6.4






    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/1000 sec. at f/2.8 ISO 100 C1 Pro 6.4






    Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 1.8/28mm G 1/500 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 100 C1 Pro 6.4

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    hmm, some hot life going on here in Copenhagen I'm afraid...better stay home and do the calculating (almost too sharp
    Do you just size down direct in C1, Steen, and post?
    Guess you’re going for the distortion-festival then, in the inner city this evening, my kids too, but thanks god, I've got work to do….
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    Nikon 28mm f/1.8


    Yes, I always do any optimization, cropping and scaling directly in the RAW converter it be Capture NX, Lightroom or Capture One

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    Your LR4 handled pictures seems to look sharper than the last posted from C1. Is LR more cleaver for posting on web?

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    Nah, I doubt that.

    I guess it just has to do with the fact that the LR processed pictures were linked to full size conversions (though some of them somewhat cropped) while the C1 processed pictures only were linked to rather small, downscaled conversions so that you cannot zoom in to see the most subtle details.

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    ok, wasn't aware of the zoom-abilities before now. An awful lot of sharp details from the linked full-size!

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    I just rented this lens from Lensrentals.com and tried it on my D800
    I think it is a very good lens for landscape.
    I did tests at F5.6 and F8 at infinity using LV for focusing.
    I compared it to my old Nikon 28/2.8 AIS which is not bad for the money, yet the new 28/1.8 is sharper, I have one on order.

    I also rented the 16-35/4 VR lens, I think its a dog.
    I again did tests at 16,20,24,28 and 35mm at F5.6 and F8
    used LV for focusing, I thought at all focal lengths the center is very good but the corners suck compared to primes.


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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    Quote Originally Posted by kuau View Post
    I just rented this lens from Lensrentals.com and tried it on my D800
    I think it is a very good lens for landscape.
    I did tests at F5.6 and F8 at infinity using LV for focusing.
    I compared it to my old Nikon 28/2.8 AIS which is not bad for the money, yet the new 28/1.8 is sharper, I have one on order.

    I also rented the 16-35/4 VR lens, I think its a dog.
    I again did tests at 16,20,24,28 and 35mm at F5.6 and F8
    used LV for focusing, I thought at all focal lengths the center is very good but the corners suck compared to primes.


    Steven
    Thanks for your post Steven! As we've discussed in the past, our uses of lenses is often quite different. How was the 28mm f1.8 you tried at the more open apertures across the entire frame?

    As for the 16-35mm f4, you may have noticed my previous postings regarding this lens, that for me personally, it was one of the more disappointing Nikon zooms I've attempted to photograph with. This was in part due to the outer zones you mentioned, but primarily for its extrodinarily high distortion at the wide end. This usually fixable distortion (in post processing), unfortunately could not be adaquetly fixed/eliminated for in the kinds of subjects I photographed. I often have a harsh opinion regarding this lens but do realize and respect it has it's legions of fans, who use it differently than I do.

    On Nikon rumors, they showed that Nikon took out a patent for a design of a 20mm f1.8 and a 18mm f1.8 . Whether either one of these see the light of day, is anyones guess, but new single focal length high performance ultra wide i believe would serve them well. Thanks again Steven!

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    Re: Nikon 28mm F1.8 anyone? (samples link)

    A couple of my first shots with the 28/1.8G lens and D800E on an overcast day (seems to be the norm here in Anchorage this "summer").

    These were both shot at f4, processed from Raw in CS5.

    Gary




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