The Nikon 28mm f/1.4E is one of my favourite lenses (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).
↑ 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 sometimes correct for it during post-processing but more often will not.
My particular copy required 0 (zero) focus adjustment with my Nikon D850; it worked perfectly right out of the box.
This is one of those lenses that imparts a je ne sais quoi quality to its images. Most technically proficient lenses 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.
I’ve included a few sample images below.