RobinCanada's reviews

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

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    Light Weight $50 for black and cheaper at $30 for silver. Fast Focus Sharp Great colour
    Plastic 58mm filter ring Filter rotates with focus

    After years of APS-c Nikons, I stumbled into the group of Nikon people who bought D600s so we could use great legacy glass. Took a year or so to go through some expensive and heavy, more modern lenses, before realising that the older 35mm glass was as good as the modern stuff if you know what you're doing.
    Because I love landscapes I splurged on an AF 20mm f2.8 D, a focal length equivalent that's hard to match on an APS-c. Then looked for a standard set of wide-zoom and tele-zoom. I bought a 28-80G and a 70-300G and can attest they are great lenses. I had owned a 70-300 VR and a 24-85 VR and loved the sharp images while hating the weight. The G lenses gave me the same image quality but I had to watch my shutter speeds closer to keep things as sharp as VR does electronically. Usually, 3 shutter speeds higher.
    I think a big part of being able to get top quality results from old lenses is Nikon's firmware updates that correct all known optical faults of these and current lenses.
    I have tried to use my older AI lenses with nowhere near the great result I've got from D and G lenses.

    reviewed May 18th, 2017 (purchased for $50)