Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G Lens

Posted in photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 11, 2010

This Nikkor lens is a little secret-ok, not really since it was packaged with a very popular selling Nikon DSLR, but the standard view is that it is merely a kit lens-, but the big secret is that this former kit lens has staying power. First, the bad, it is all plastic, pretty slow at the long end, and is prone to flares. Now, the good, it is remarkably fast for a kit at the wide end, relatively sharp, and a good all around performer. When you throw in its used price to the mix, the 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G is a great value, and an excellent walk-around lens. On that note, if you have read the rest of my lens reviews, then you should know that the lenses that are most typically on my cameras when I am out and about are: for older film, the Nikkor 35-135mm or the Nikkor 50mm; for newer film and digital, the Nikkor 50mm or the lens in this article. I am so comfortable shooting this lens that it is one of the two lenses that I took with me to shoot behind the scenes at St. Louis Fashion Week! Plus, this lens is fully compatible with the Nikon sb-400 Speedlight; barrel shadow is a non-issue.

If you are looking for a good-performing, used gem to add to your line-up, look no further. This lens is a consistent over-performer in an under-appreciated bracket.

All Pics with Nikon D300 and Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G Lens.

More shots and stats after the jump–>

Top View at 28mm:

Top View at 50mm:

Top View at 80mm:

Full Name: Nikon 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor
Max/Min. Aperture: 3.3-5.6/22
Diaphragm Blades: 7
Lens Configuration: 6 Elements in 6 Groups, including 1 Aspherical Element
Filter Size: 58mm
Magnification Ratio: 1:3.4
Focuses beyond: 1.1′

Side View:

Pics that I took with this lens:

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  1. […] decisions. Instead of bringing my 17-55 and 80-200, I took my Nikon 105mm f/2.8G, 50mm 1.8D, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G, and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. The 105mm ended up being the best choice for the circumstances, followed […]

  2. […] lens, a normal lens, and a popular portrait lens. Generally, these zoom lenses (see one that I love here) are pretty compact which benefits the versatility of their use as an all-in-one, walk-around lens […]

  3. Stan said, on February 21, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I’ve seen this lens go in the sub-$50 range!

  4. […] 2: Nikon N65; Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 lens; Kodak T-Max 400 film (35mm, 24 […]

  5. […] Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G […]


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