8 out of 10 points and recommendedReasonable range, little distortion, sharpMacro not the best
Purchased a used 28-105 lens to go with a N80 for my wife a few years ago. Great image quality, sharp, contrasty and very little distortion--especially for an inexpensive zoom. Bought a second, used lens for my F100, same great optical results. I've also used it on my D80 and had the same experience. The second lens had seen more use and is a little stiff but the optics are as good as the first.reviewed September 18th, 2008 (purchased for $190)
The macro is touchy and sometimes difficult to get out of. You have to refocus on something distant.
No, it's not a 2.8, but it is one of the better mid range f3.5 zooms I've found.
5 out of 10 points and not recommendedsize, weight, zoom rangezoom creep, soft, distortion, narrow "sweet spot", speed
I have an older non-DI version I bought as a travel lens because of the zoom range. I've used it on a F3, F100 and a D80. The lens is generally soft with lots of barrel/pincushion and is not very contrasty. Because mine is made for FX, much of the distortion is cut off on the D80-which helps. The lens seems to have its best optical performance between 50mm and about 180mm at f8-f11. Forget about the extremes in range and f stops, it just gets soft and washed out. I recently bought a Nikkor 55-200VR for the D80 which I think is a much better lens over the Tamron's usable range - for less money.reviewed September 18th, 2008 (purchased for $370)