Monday, November 27, 2017

Digital Moments: Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai

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Olympus E-P5, Nikon Nikkor Ai 28mm 1:2.8

Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai

Nikkor Ai 28mm f/2.8, View
'Overview of the Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai lens with image samples photographed using the digital Olympus E-P5'

The next few posts of Digital Moments will feature images from a batch of Nikkor legacy lenses, shot in 1:1 image aspect ratio, in post-processed colors or in black-and-white done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

First up is the Nikkor Ai 28mm f/2.8, a 7-element construction introduced in 1977, launched as a followup the non-AI version which was available from 1987 to 1977. The 28mm f/2.8 was Nikon's most popular wide angle lens from 1974-1981.

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Nikkor Ai 28mm f/2.8, Top

Fitted to the 2x crop sensor Olympus Pen E-P5, the lens is now the equivalent to that of a 56mm lens on a standard 35mm full frame camera.

The closest focus distance of 0.3m suits me well for this quick take session - a trio of minimalist images of plants in the mini garden, and a couple more of the foliage.

As Ken Rockwell wrote it on his blog, the Ai 28mm f/2.8 is a compact and lightweight unit, with image quality recognized as a top class Nikkor performer.

Sharp as it is, the lens claim to fame was later overshadowed by its sibling, the Nikkor Ai-S 28mm f/2.8, which is reputed to be Nikon's sharpest manual focus wide angle lens ever.

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Aside from the post by Ken Rockwell, a few other instances of discussion or posting pertaining to the lens includes:

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor Ai 28mm f/2.8

Using the lens was easy and fun, the balance was just right, and cradling the camera in the hand with the index finger on the focus ring and the middle finger of the aperture ring is as perfect as it can be.

These images were shot in RAW, wide open, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

Resource Links:
Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AI
Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 ai (Image quality filming)

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