Some Nikonians may be tempted by the 28mm f/2.8D and its $275 street price. That rather long-in-the-tooth lens actually boasted stronger SQF scores: six of its seven apertures fell in the red, A+ range at our 11x14-inch benchmark. Think twice, though. Its 0.83% barrel distortion, and lack of specialized coatings or SWM autofocus are real issues. Justifying its price, Nikon’s new 28mm delivers higher speed and more up-to-date optics. Like all 28mm’s, its focal length is well-suited to travel, groups, and environmental portraits, showing great swaths of background, with minimal linear distortion. We’re certain that many shooters will rightfully succumb to its numerous charms.