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  • Nikon 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    Cheap versatile mid-zoom lens
    Bit 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.
    Current price tag is about $ 100 which is very cheap for this versatile mid-zoom lens.

    reviewed January 12th, 2007