Quality of Nikkor 28-80 f3.5-5.6 D ?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by n m, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. n m

    n m

    I understand that since this range is sold with kits there are a lot
    of similar versions. What I am asking about is here, the version
    looking just like the picture he has put up as well:


    Though Ken Rockwell seems to think quite highly of it, after a few
    test shots I am not sure I am in agreement and if this lens is
    worthwhile. Though the lack of rectilinear distortion was commendable,
    the lens does not deliver the contrast of other lenses I have seen in
    the range, with a milky outcome like old lenses. The lens seems in
    excellent condition.

    Can anybody who has had and examined this lens critically add their
    impression, and in particular what is the real used price for this
    lens? Though it was quite expensive originally for a kit lens I do not
    think it is worth very much, but find a comparison hard to come by, as
    it seems to get lost in a maze of similar items.
  2. The lens is a 'consumer' zoom. You have to judge if it will serve your purpose in photography.....

    A 'used' price comparison can be made at


    "quite expensive" is a mystery to me.
  3. n m

    n m

    Thanks for the link. I had seen a strangely high price for the lens when new, but those used prices look more realistic.
  4. I don't have this particular lens now but, I did have time to shoot with it when I
    bought my N80 (came with it) 2 years ago. I find it fragile and thought it would
    break apart when I used it in my F5. but as far as image goes, it did pretty well.
    I had to switch it with the 28-80G lens, which I believe is a much better
    "cheap" lens than this one.
  5. This lens indeed has poor quality. I had it coming along with my F80-body. I found the same effects as you, NM. I didn't know it is sold separately as a lens and can't imagine why.

    I never use it anymore. Instead I bought a 50mm/1.8, which is not expensive.

    (So i did the opposite to this guy:

    Meanwhile I have a Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF, which was about 500 US$ and which I mainly use on vacation. There are even better Nikon zooms (which I couldn't afford), but this one does a good job.

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