Nikon D7100 - 28mm & 85mm f/1.8 lenses

Nikon D7100 28mm f/1.8G

In similar fashion to the D800E, the D7100 produced excellent files with the 28mm f/1.8G and 85mm f/1.8G lenses. With the 1.5x crop these give 35mm approximations of 42mm and 135mm lenses. Again beautifully sharp, they show the most significant difference I've seen of the effect of no AA filter. Certainly the classiest APS-C files I've ever produced.

 Nikon D7100 85mm f/1.8G

 Nikon D7100 28mm f/1.8G

 Nikon D7100 28mm f/1.8G
 
 Nikon D7100 28mm f/1.8G

 Nikon D7100 28mm f/1.8G

 Nikon D7100 85mm f/1.8G


Nikon D7100 85mm f/1.8G


Nikon D7100 85mm f/1.8G

Nikon D7100 28mm f/1.8G
Classy sums up this camera / lens combination. Nikon produce gear that is the epitome of content over style. No-one can really argue that Nikon DSLR's are new, modern, cutting edge design, sexy or a style statement and they just go their own way and concentrate on what is important, producing quality images as efficiently as possible. While much of the photographic internet obesses about lenses named after a parrot and retro chic, Nikons just go about their business and sell loads of cameras and lenses, without ever quickening the blood with their design aesthetic. 

These 28mm and 85mm are pretty much the same, design and looks wise, as all the other Nikon lenses I've used. They aren't particularly pretty, but boy are they effective. They are far from beautiful, but its really a question of what you want, beautiful looking gear or beautiful looking images.

I put forward the opinion, on a regular basis, that Nikon are the best lens maker in the camera marketplace. I base this on the sheer scope of what they make and what they have made. Lenses for compact cameras, rangefinders, SLR's, DSLR's, view cameras and now with the Nikon 1, mirrorless cameras. The only Nikon lens I've ever had that was disappointing was a 20mm f/2.8 and that was bought second-hand so its probably unfair to comment on it. In all other cases the lenses I've bought and used since 1991, when I was finally able to afford some Nikon gear, have been in most cases excellent, and in some cases breathtakingly good. I've used them on Nikon, Kodak and Fuji film and digital cameras and via adapters on Canon, m4/3, NEX, Samsung and Leica bodies as well. Manual and auto focus for stills and video. 

They are pretty much my 'go to' lenses. Again, there is not a lot of fuss made about them these days, there always seems to be many more column inches written about other, much less worthy gear, often regarded, quite wrongly, as the new 'holy grails' of photography. And you'd be forgiven for believing that few people use Nikon gear anymore, since all the chatter is about other stuff. But when Google+ started up its communities I joined a few. There are m4/3 groups, Fuji X groups etc. and many of these have member numbers in the high hundreds and sometimes over 1000. But then you look at the Nikon groups and some have memberships in excess of 30,000. So the world still buys and uses Nikon and in terms of numbers sold they are currently the worlds favourite camera and lens maker. Everything they do and make (made) isn't perfect and there was a time when the D2X was their state of the art camera (NOT!) that I wondered if I would ever use their products again, but then they bounced back with the D3 and they, and I, haven't looked back since.

The 28 and 85mm lenses I've just bought are for me (very) impressive additions to their lens range and today I'm planning to have at look at the updated 50mm f1.8G lens. Haven't yet decided whether I'm going to use it on one of my DSLR's or on my Nikon 1 V1, which I'm pining to use again. Will let you know what I decide on tomorrow.