"Cheap" 28-70mm f2.8 lens recommendations

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
KingCharles
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Re: "Cheap" 28-70mm f2.8 lens recommendations
In reply to OngT8m, Mar 31, 2013

OngT8m wrote:

Hi all, so I tired to put 2-3 legacy lenses in my backpack every time I went traveling. Now it's time to find a news all-in-one lens that has enough function for my daily routine.

I found out 28-70 2.8 is the best for me but it's too pricey, about 200$ or above on ebay. I have no idea about third parties lens like Tamron and Sigma, but they're seem to be reliable. Please give me some advices for buying. The best price I can afford is 150$.

I picked up an old Vivitar Series 1 28mm - 90mm f2.8-3.5 on ebay for $48.

Here is what it looks like:

It's fairly heavy, but the range is nice, and when you are shooting at 28mm you can get about 2-3 inches from something and still focus on it so you can get very detailed close up shots like this one:

You can adjust the aperture with the ring, and the focus has to be done manually. I am 99% sure you won't find an autofocus 2.8 zoom for under $150.

Here are a couple more, but keep in mind I have run them through post-processing:

If you do get one, make sure the serial number starts with 28 or 22. Those are both solid manufacturers.

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