First shots with Nikon 28mm and 85mm f/1.8 G lenses

Nikon D800E 85mm f/1.8


Nikon D800E 28mm f/1.8

 Nikon D800E 85mm f/1.8

 Nikon D800E 28mm f/1.8

 Nikon D800E 85mm f/1.8

 Nikon D800E 85mm f/1.8

 Nikon D800E 28mm f/1.8

 Nikon D800E 85mm f/1.8

Well my first impressions of these two lenses was confirmed by using them in a real world shooting situation. The renewed 85mm f/1.8G takes what was already an excellent lens, the D version, and improves it. Beautiful rich colour, superb sharpness, even wide open and great bokeh.

But for me however the star was the 28mm f/1.8G. I've waited a long time for a wide-angle lens this good. Super sharp, again even wide open, sublime bokeh, which even though I'm not a great fan of that and hardly ever use, is undeniably quite beautiful. Combined with the D800E the resolution I got from these images was quite breathtaking. When I downsized a few of these to the sizes of some of the most talked about mirrorless cameras, it does put them into perspective. A D800E file at 16MP, or even 24MP simply blows everything else away. I had a look at a file at 14MP, the size the Sigma DP Merrills produce, and I think it would be really difficult to tell the difference. Plus of course the advantages of the D800E over those Sigma cameras in terms of operation and functionality are probably too many to list in this post. 

So very impressive indeed, and while I find zooms much more convenient, its easy to see the difference that these top class primes can provide. Both are probably not even regarded as Nikons finest, though I can see the 28mm becoming something of a legend in time, its that good.

Tomorrow I'm going out with these and my D7100, and if the weather behaves as its supposed to, Sunday I'll be with the D800E again and the 50mm f/1.8G. So no time for test shots yet. I'll do that when the rain comes back.