twmangrove's reviews

  • Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF Nikkor

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    low cost, good AF speed, nice image quality
    plastic lens mount, not prime glass images

    I've had this lens for several months on my D70 and it has served me well. I've shot with it at rodeos, and I have used it with an SB-800 shooting hockey indoors under horrid lighting conditions. It has always given me images worthy of publication. It's a terrific all-in-one for keeping dust out of your DSLR. Physically it's surprisingly compact and light, yet solid enough to work with. No zoom creep either. Also, because it's not a DX lens it works very well with either the SB-600 or 800 (I've used both with it) - you don't have to calculate in the flash's zoom function for the crop factor. The exposure tends to be bang on.
    I admit, I am selling my copy to pick up the new nikon 18-200 (I tend to shoot more on the wide end), but for what I paid for this lens it has more than paid for itself. A pleasant surprise for an all-rounder.
    And though the image quality may not be that of higher end glass, it's been so rewarding that I couldn't give rat's arse. Fun to use and quick enough to capture those important moments. Besides, there's always post-processing for fine details.
    It's a lens to remind you that photography isn't always about the gear you're lugging.

    reviewed November 13th, 2005 (purchased for $260)