Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF
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It was great for over 7 years, then...
Hank, B&H Photo
14 February 2008
Summary: This has been an excellent lens for me over the years. It came with the F100 I bought in June of 2000 and I have been very happy with it. Having said that, I was crushed when I found out too late that it was defocusing - or unfocusing - with subjects more than ten feet away! This problem arose (as these things always do) when I took a once-in-a-lifetime photo of my mother's side of the family while visiting Detroit just this past July.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: If you need versatility and are on a budget this lens delivers sharp results and the creative possibilities of 2 or three separate lenses. I have used it over the past few months as a normal-to-portrait lens, mostly outdoors, with very acceptable results. Very good quality for the money. Build quality is very acceptable for this price range. For beginners its a good step up from your kit lens. Its is not AFS so i only manual focus on my D40, but dont let that stop you.
Summary: For a relatively small investment, this lens produces sharp results at all focal lengths, but might be just a little soft at 105mm with the f/stop wide open. Practically speaking, nobody shoots with the f/stop wide open if it can be avoided - so not a real issue here. This is a good every day basic lens that I carry most of the time with any of my three F-100s.
Summary: Neither is perfect on the D80, but together and working on a tight budget, the 28-105 and 50mm lenses (with SB600) do a fine job. Sometimes, you have to think real carefully about what it is that you want to capture, where to stand, how to frame, and then be willing to experiment with the settings. But, regardless of equipment, that's part of the fun of being a photographer!
Summary: Nothing fancy, no VR and no AF-S and the 1.5x crop factor means you can't get too wide on a digital body (unless you own the D3, but then i doubt this lens is on your list), but those things aside, this is a great walk around lens w/ a very useable Macro feature.Make sure to buy the optional lens hood. I rarely shoot without it and this lens looks great even at f4.5 with nice bokeh and sharp, contrasty images. For $240.00, it's hard to beat!
Summary: My basic camera lens for my D200...Love this.Great for macro shooting especially and regular uses.I recommend to have this lens all the time where ever you go. Expertise: 20 years of being a shutterbug... Problems Encountered: The least problem with is when I have to switch NORMAL to MACRO or visa versa is hard to operate...Why so? Ask Nikon.
Summary: I bought this lens several years ago along with my N-80, andit has been my primary walk around lens since. I recentlypurchased a D-80 and have used this lens in the samecapacity, though the lack of a little wide angle reach onthe smaller D-80 sensor is a distinct drawback of this lensas a primary lens on the new digital body. The 28mm end isbarely wider than normal for the Nikon CCD's, which has leftme wanting for a little more in a primary use lens.
Summary: An excellent lens to take walking. It's not too heavy, butstill has some weight behind it to keep the camera steady. Shooting on my D50, color is of no issue. There is somedistortion at 28mm, but not enough to be easily noticeable. All the way out at 105mm, magnification is just what isneeded for walking around.The macro setting is something to marvel at, in my opinion.
Excellent travel lens, could do better for more serious work
Orangej, B&H Photo
13 May 2007
Summary: I got this lens from B&H after purchasing a Nikon D80. It'sa nice midrange lens covering a great deal of myphotographic needs. Overall quality of build and accuracyof focus are quite good. Pics have been reasonably sharp. Max aperture of 3.5 - 4.5 is frustrating at times, but I canlive with it given size and cost.One major limitation has been the difficulty of focusingmanually.