Reviews and Problems with Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF
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Perfect for DX format camera
Leslie "BookGroupBooks", Amazon
3 April 2013
Summary: I've used this on both DX and FX format cameras. On a DX (Nikon D300) it is very sharp and the images have very nice contrast. On a full-frame FX sensor (I was using the D800), the outer edges of the image are not so crisp as the center portion. This is a common problem with zoom lenses in general, especially at the wide end of the zoom range, and the D800 is such a high resolution camera, that it can exaggerate the flaws of any lens.
Summary: I bought this lens for a used Nikon D70 that I bought on ebay, and it's been a good lens. I have only had a couple of instances where it threw up an error, but all it took was a removal and reattachment of the lens - and even then that hasn't happened very often. It has given me good pictures (although I'm sure I could find some flaws if I were more versed in resolution issues and such) as I use it for pictures of flowers and old cars around my home (Helena, Montana).
Summary: Nikon has discontinued this lens, which is a shame. It is lightweight, sharp, and makes a perfect walk around lens for any full frame (FX) Nikon DSLR like the D700. I bought mine used, for more money that it originally sold for new. Ken Rockwell gives this lens very high marks. For DX Nikon DSLRs there are many versatile and sharp zoom lenses, so I doubt that many DX shooters will buy this lens.
Summary: I have owned and used two copies of this lens. The first was remarkably sharp, at all focal lengths, just as other reviews had led me to expect. Unfortunately it was a used copy with a significant undisclosed flaw on the front element, so I returned it. The replacement, although cosmetically perfect and identical in every other regard, suffered from completely mediocre optical performance.
Summary: This is an excellent general purpose lens. This lens is always on my D80 camera. Whether I want to shoot group of people close up or pull in a shoot from farther away, this lens will do it all. For longer shots I use a 70 - 300mm on special occasion, but normally I use the 28 - 200mm.
Summary: If you want to get an ultra zoom, which despite their problems in quality arr useful if you want to carry only one lens, most people's first choice is the Nikon 18-200mm; if you can find one and afford it. The second is Tamron's 18-250mm lens. The last is one of the 28-200mm (Don't touch the 28-300mm lenses) like these. This Nikon is by far the best. The reason why they're 28-200mm is because they were intended for film; where 28mm was a wide angle.
Summary: If you are like me, you really can't afford the 18-200MM VR Lens. Besides, the VR lens is sold out everywhere at this time. This 28-200 lens is really spectacular. Forget about people talking about barrel distortion, keystoning, etc. The images really speak for themselves. The human eye can accomodate small optical errors. Besides, who cares? The images from this lens are simply astounding. The lens is lightweight, very compact, sharp, and is an amazingly good value.
Summary: After I bought the D50--my first DSLR--I went on the hunt for a good all-around lens. I was upgrading from a fixed lens system with 10X optical zoom, so I would settle for nothing less than a lens with 10X zoom equivalent. Luckily, with the D50 having a 1.5x crop factor, a 200mm lens would fit the bill fine. I found this lens on Amazon, and things fell into place.
Summary: I was looking for a do-it-all lens after I bought my D70 and took a chance on this lens. At $300 it's a great bargain. Yes, the focus is rather slow -- and noisy -- but photographic quality is still good. For anyone starting out from scratch with a DSLR with a limited budget, I highly recommend this lens. Then you can use the money saved for an ultrawide lens like the nikkor 12-24G, Tokina 12-24, or Sigma 10-20.