7 out of 10 points and recommendedCheap versatile mid-zoom lensBit slow - rotating front element
This lens came together with my Nikon F60 about 7 years ago. The lens is constructed from 8 elements in 8 groups and has a rounded 7-bladed diaphragm which can be stopped down from f/3.5 to f/22. Despite its plastic construction this lightweight lens (265 g or 9.3 oz.) feels solid and sturdy. The 28 - 80 mm is a very nice mid-zoom range which translates for a 1.5x crop sensor into a focal length range of 42 - 120 mm. The images are sharp at all focal lengths especially when stopped down. Autofocus is rather slow and after zooming one needs to re-focus this lens. The front rotates when zooming and takes 58 mm filters. Distortion such as pincushioning or barrel distortion hasn't been measured.reviewed January 12th, 2007
Current price tag is about $ 100 which is very cheap for this versatile mid-zoom lens.