Kitting out my D800e I've been able to buy a very limited number of new lenses and one or two used ones.
One of the new lenses is the Nikon 28 mm f1.8 lens. This lens has only just started shipping in quantity, and I consider myself lucky to have one.
I'm delighted with the lens. It is fairly compact (67 mm thread size), very fast to focus, handles color very well, and is razor sharp ... bearing in mind that DOF can be an issue at very wide apertures.
The lens arrived on 6/15, and I put it to work that evening. At f1.8 it has amazing low-light capabilities, and while it suffers from softness at that aperture, it's nowhere near as severe as formal tests make it appear.
Here are some photos. The first is taken from moving car. It's a tad overexposed, but what it really shows when looked at full-size is an image which is at once buttery smooth and still sharp.
Here's the overview:
And here's the 100% crop.
The f1.8 does a really good job with savagely contrasting lighting conditions, though a lot of the credit must go to the Nikon D800e's dynamic range.
Outdoors at 10:00 PM, the camera and lens had no problem capturing this young woman. The bokeh isn't the only attractive thing in this shot! F 1.8, 1/25, +.33, ISO 2500
For the first time ever using a particular lens / camera combination, I'm delighted with the performance of the D800e / 28mm F1.8 G lens. It's amazingly versatile, inconspicuous, and I think will be my walking-around lens for my upcoming journey to Northern Italy.