Sec­ond­hand Su­per­star

I’m after an in­ex­pen­sive but high-qual­ity prime lens for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy with my D600. Can you rec­om­mend a good sec­ond­hand pur­chase?

NPhoto - - Nik Pedia - Mike Wil­liams, via email

Ja­son says... The Nikon AF 28mm f/2.8D is great value even if you buy it brand new, and makes an out­stand­ing sec­ond­hand buy. A bonus is that many used ex­am­ples are sold with a lens hood, which you have to buy as an op­tional ex­tra when get­ting a new one.

Nikon AF 28mm f/2.8D

Com­pact and light­weight, yet well made, it’s a smart buy for the great out­doors Re­leased: 1994 Price new: £245/$290 Price used: From £90/$110 This lens has been on sale for 22 years, so sec­ond­hand bar­gains aren’t hard to find. The 28mm fo­cal length gives gen­er­ous wide-an­gle cov­er­age on an FX body, mak­ing it ideal for land­scapes. Its aper­ture ring is su­per­flu­ous for D-SLRs, and it lacks an in­ter­nal aut­o­fo­cus motor, but that’s no is­sue on the D600, other FX bod­ies or high-end DX bod­ies like the D7200, which have in-cam­era mo­tors driv­ing aut­o­fo­cus.

Cen­tre sharp­ness is great even when shoot­ing wide-open at f/2.8, al­though the edges and cor­ners of im­ages can look soft, and vi­gnetting is pro­nounced. That’s sel­dom an is­sue for land­scapes, where you’ll more of­ten use a medium or nar­row aper­ture to ex­tend the depth of field. At f/8 to f/11, sharp­ness is ex­cel­lent across the whole frame, and vi­gnetting is neg­li­gi­ble. As with most 28mm lenses, bar­rel dis­tor­tion is no­tice­able, but it’s uni­form and easy to cor­rect.

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