Started Aug 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
PRW_Photo Contributing Member • Posts: 668

The older f2.8 zooms can be quite a good value. I have the 35-70/2.8 AF (pre-D) and the 80-200/2.8 AF-D push-pull. Excellent image quality, and both are built like tanks. I paid $800 for the pair, and the modern equivalents are over $4000. Definitely an example of the 80/20 rule (80% of the capability for 20% of the price).

Old primes are another possibility. There are a number that are available for less than $500. I have an 85/1.8 AF (pre-D) that I love.

Below that, there are a lot of older variable aperture zooms that are good quality for an excellent price. The 28-105 you mentioned is one. I used to have an ancient 35-135 push-pull that was pretty good for a $100 lens. Build quality of these older lenses is often better than their modern descendents.

Paul Wossidlo

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