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    Is there a big difference in Nikon 28/2.8 Ai-s and Nikon Series E 28mm?

    I have a Nikon 28/2.8 AI-S coming in, and I was wondering if there is a big difference performance wise between that and the Series E 28mm? I mean like an eye opening difference in sharpness wide open. I will mostly be using it at 2.8 and hopefully for long exposure night shots. I don't have the Series E yet so I cannot compare. I am considering the Series E because it is quite small.

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    Probably mostly in build quality and maybe distortion. Possibly sharpness in extreme corners.
    I don't own either (have the 28 f/2) so I'm just guessing.

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    You are putting the Series E to a pretty tough test comparing it to the AI-S 28mm f/2.8. The latter is one of the best wides ever made for an SLR.

    That being said, I am sure the Series E is a good lens.
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    Dont forget,
    the series E's have no hog nose so forget using it on older bodies without stopping down for metering.

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    I had a Series E and later replaced it with the 28mm f2.8D AF. There are three different 28/2.8 lenses. The Series E is a 5 element design, while the AiS is a more complex optical formula. The Series E optics were also used in the original version of the AF 28/2.8 lens. It had a poor reputation compared to the AiS, so when Nikon came out with the D-version of the 28/2.8 they redesigned the optics. I have not shot the AiS, but the AF-D version is sharper than the Series E and original AF. Main difference is wide open. Stopped down, the Series E is actually really good. The AF-D is fairly cheap used, so I'd probably go for that over the Series E if you cannot afford an AiS, which costs more used.
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    Thanks for the replies. I actually have a 28 AIS that is coming in next week. I used a series e 50mm, and I really liked the performance plus the size ( I'm all for small and compact stuff). When I get my hands on the 28 ais I'm gonna see if its just right. I had a 28 3.5 before and it was quite bulky.

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    There is AiS and every thing else, including the plastic AF ..... lenses

    AiS first

    E series if you are on a budget, the AF etc series lenses are a waste of time and money on a manual body

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    You will be very happy with the 28mm f2.8 AIS. it's one of the best wide angle lenses Nikon ever made. The series E is a inexpensive lens with 5 elements. The AIS is an 8 element lens with a floating element for added close-range performance. It will focus down to .7 feet if I remember correctly.
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    Also worth nothing is that there is a difference in performance between the 28mm f/2.8 AI-S and the AI. They are different lenses optically. Not all AI and AI-S lenses were different, but these were.
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    .7 feet? I gotta research about this lens, that's pretty amazing. It looks like I am really going to enjoy it. Can't wait for it to arrive!

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