Nikon announces the Nikkor AF-S 28mm 1.8G. This wide angle prime lens for FX format offers a fast aperture and maximum shapness. The lens features 11 in a total of nine groups, with nano crystal coating and two aspherical elements. The weight is only 11.6 ounces (330g). Seven rounded aperutre blades can be stopped down to f16 at minimum aperture. The sharpness is exceptional across the frame and will be an excellent choice for use on high megapixel cameras including the Nikon D800 and D800E. The maximum aperture of f1.8 provides low light capabilities and smooth bokeh with shallow depth of field for creative wide angles shots. It provides a 75-degree angle of view on FX-format cameras (53 degrees on DX).
An internal silent wave motor (SWM) provides fast and nearly silent auto focus. There is a switch on the side of the lens to select focus modes: M/A for autofocus with manual override available and M for full manual focus. Minimum focusing distance is 9.84 inches from the focal plane (approximately 5 inches from the front lens element). The front thread accepts 67mm filters.
The 28mm f1.8 will be available at the end of May 2012 and will be priced at $699.95 suggested retail.