I purchased this lens a month or so ago. I have a very specific use in mind. It is part of my portrait set, which includes this lens, the 58 1.4G, 105 1.4E, 200 2.0E (when released) and 400 2.8E.
It is very very very sharp in the middle, which the Photography Life review points out. What it does not point out, but Thom and Rockwell do, is that it is soft in the edges and corners when shot wide open.
In practice, it does not matter. If you are shooting it wide open, you are likely trying to isolate something and corner sharpness is irrelevant. If you stop down, it is sharp in the corners, but this is not what this lens is for - my landscape set has a 28 2.8 AIS for this type of shooting.
This illustrates, I believe, the trade offs that are made in lens design. I would rather spend money on centre sharpness for a lens like this than corner sharpness and this seems to be the design philosophy behind the lens.
I thought that the Photography Life review, while good, missed this important point - this review earned a B in my view. I think that Ken Rockwell caught the point, but failed to point out why it might not be important (or why it might be). I think Ken's review earns a C. Thom on the other hand, while not as technical as the Photography Life review (and I do like the technical aspects of Photography Life's reviews), conveyed the important information that is really important in a lens decision and earns an A in my view.
The reviews are here:https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-28mm-f1-4ehttp://www.dslrbodies.com/lenses/nikon-lens-reviews/nikkor-prime-lens-reviews/nikon-28mm-f14e-ed-af-s.htmlhttps://kenrockwell.com/nikon/28mm-f14-e.htm
And here is a shot of my second son (middle child) that I took today:
This is taken with the 28 on my D850 and the 28 is wide open. I really like the centre sharpness and how it pops against the background. A little self critique, I missed focus on the eye slightly. I think that plus or minus one or two on fine focus assist will fix that.
Does anybody else have experience with this lens and/or have any views on it?