Review of the Nikon NIKKOR 28mm 1:3.5 Ai-S Lens (f/3.5).
This lens was introduced in 1981 and retired in 1989. It replaced the 1977 Ai version with the same optics which were superior to the pre-Ai versions by having a smaller front element and a larger rear element allowing for more even coverage of the camera sensor. It also has some thicker elements which help with the peripheral brightness. It doesn't feature close-range correction like its faster cousins the 28mm f/2.8 Ai-S and 28mm f/2.0 Ai-S lenses. It has a 0.3 meters / 1 foot minimum focus which gives it a reproduction ratio of 1:7.4. About 40,000 units were produced.
This lens is Ai-S compatible so it will work with some Nikon bodies in program and aperture
priority mode and the front element does NOT rotate when focusing so using a polarizer is
easier. The optical performance is improved from the
earlier Nikkor 28mm/3.5 by having
slightly greater sharpness, but both exhibit similar color fringing.
This is an all-metal design with excellent manual focusing. There is no play in the focus
collar. The build quality, though, is not as high as that of the earlier AI lenses.