A micro review of the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E.

I’ve been using the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E for almost 6 months now and it has become my favourite lens of any focal length, from any manufacturer.

It renders in both a sharp and smooth way and achieves the perfect balance between the two for environmental portraits (and this is my main use for it).  I’m sure it is also more than capable for landscape photography, but I haven’t used it for that purpose yet.


Nikon 28mm f/1.4E @ f/1.4 | 1/320 | ISO 1100.


Contrast and micro-contrast are excellent.

Colours are saturated and rendered with great clarity, for lack of a better word.

Distortion is limited.

The lens vignettes at f/1.4 in a very pleasing way; I will rarely correct for it during post-processing because I find the photos are better with it than without.  In fact, I will rarely correct for anything with this lens.

My particular copy required 0 (zero) focus adjustment with my Nikon D850; it worked perfectly right out of the box.

Lastly, this is one of those lenses that imparts a je ne sais quoi quality to its images.  Most lenses that are technically proficient tend to render in a very sterile fashion (perfect for photographing brick walls, not so good for photographing people) but the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E is one of the few lenses I’ve encountered that gets both the technicals and intangibles right.

Highly recommended.

I’ve included a few sample images below, mostly from indoors.

I can’t wait to photograph with it outside when the warm weather arrives.




6 thoughts on “A micro review of the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E.

  1. Those photos are winners. I guess your main camera is kind of like a grown-up phone. Fixed, wide-angle lens. That’s what most people use these days, although by default. The 28 is very much a PJ lens. IIRC Winogrand loved the 28mm?

    I can’t remember who said it, but all you need are a 28 and a 50. Apple seems to agree with that.

  2. Dave Uhlig says:

    Peter, good to hear your thoughts on this lens. Some very high praise you have bestowed on it! Always great to see your work and the thoughts you have to create it.

    • Thanks Dave! Yes, I realize it’s very high praise but it’s definitely what I believe. As you know, I’ve used a lot of equipment over the years and I buy my own gear so what I say is what I mean.

      Thanks again for the nice comments.

  3. hwmueller says:

    Thank you Peter. I have a D750 and thinking about a 28mm lens.

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