Nikkors lenses review - AF-D 28-105mm vs many other lenses in similar range

All indoor photos (with map as the subject) taken from camera on tripod, with flash used to light the scene map. Lenses set to approximately the indicated focal length and all shot at F 5.6, 8 and 11. AF lenses focused by camera, MF manually of course, with help of camera focus indicator. Note: at 135mm, the flash didn't light (was blocked by an obstacle) the top corners to the very edge (for AIS 50-135), therefore the darker area at top of corner crops for this lens and setting.

The lenses compared currently include: Nikkor AI-S 24/2.8, Nikkor AF-D 24-50/3.3-4.5, Nikkor AF-D 28-105/3.5-4.5, Nikkor AI-S 35-70/3.5, Nikkor AF-D 50/1.8 and Nikkor AI-S 50-135/3.5 lens.

My conclusion from this test is that the old AI-S 35-70/3.5 is a great performer centrer to edge and a great start for a travel set. Acompanied by a wider lens (20, 24 or 28 F2.8 AI-S) and probably a longer one on the other hand (AI-S 80-200/4.5 is a great one from ~105 on, or if 85 is enough, add a fixed AF 85/1.8) and you are done. Although considerably heavier than AF-D 28-105 alone, you'll be delighted with both the center and the edge sharpness :).

Tested on full frame Nikon D800 (non-E), 400x400px crops from center and then a mixed crop from all four corners, taken 200px from the very edge and 200x200px in size. No other adjustments done to the images.

Author: zdenek.slavik@centrum.cz

Sharpness at 24 mm

Image center

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

AIS 24 F2.8 @ F5.6
AIS 24 F2.8 @ F8
AIS 24 F2.8 @ F11

Image corners

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

AIS 24 F2.8 @ F5.6
AIS 24 F2.8 @ F8
AIS 24 F2.8 @ F11

Sharpness at 28 mm

Image center

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

Image corners

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

Sharpness at 35 mm

Image center

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 35-70 @ F5.6
AIS 35-70 @ F8
AIS 35-70 @ F11

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

Image corners

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 35-70 @ F5.6
AIS 35-70 @ F8
AIS 35-70 @ F11

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

Sharpness at 50 mm

Image center

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 35-70 @ F5.6
AIS 35-70 @ F8
AIS 35-70 @ F11

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

AFD 50 F1.8 @ F5.6
AFD 50 F1.8 @ F8
AFD 50 F1.8 @ F11

Image corners

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 35-70 @ F5.6
AIS 35-70 @ F8
AIS 35-70 @ F11

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11

AFD 24-50 @ F5.6
AFD 24-50 @ F8
AFD 24-50 @ F11

AFD 50 F1.8 @ F5.6
AFD 50 F1.8 @ F8
AFD 50 F1.8 @ F11

Sharpness at 85 mm (AI-S 35-70 at 70 mm)

Image center

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 35-70 @ F5.6
AIS 35-70 @ F8
AIS 35-70 @ F11

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11

Image corners

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 35-70 @ F5.6
AIS 35-70 @ F8
AIS 35-70 @ F11

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11

Sharpness at 105 mm

Image center

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11

Image corners

AFD 28-105 @ F5.6
AFD 28-105 @ F8
AFD 28-105 @ F11

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11

Sharpness at 135 mm

Image center

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11

Image corners

AIS 50-135 @ F5.6
AIS 50-135 @ F8
AIS 50-135 @ F11