Best of these 3 budget lens for FX

Started Oct 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
davidxyz Regular Member • Posts: 344
Re: Why not look at the new kit lens?

Glen78 wrote:

If you think the 28-80 (I assume you are referring to the f/3.3-5.6 version) is terrible you either have not used it or got a very bad copy. Yes it is dinky and cheaply built but the images I get out of mine are very good. Plus it can be bought used for well under $100 and acts as a good bridge lens until you can afford a better one without wasting significant money on a "not quite what you really wanted" 24-85. It has no problem at all with 24MP.

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Nikon D600, 16-35 f/4 VR, 24-120 f/4 VR, 70-300 VC, 50 f/1.8G
Nikon D3100, 18-55 VR
SB-400 Flash


The 28-80 3.3-5.6 is an EXCELLENT lens. Clean, light and sharp. Can't believe the quality images this thing is capable of. Best $20 i ever spent, Lol.

If you do a search you will find quite a few very positive comments by 28-105 owners.  I've also got the old Tamron 24-135, purchased for $200. This is a very handy, versatile lens. It has an excellent range, focuses closely at near 1:3 but is not as pin sharp as my 28-80. But that could be a focus adjustment issue. For me it was definitely worth the $1000 discount relative to the newer, faster 24-120 Nikkor.

Good luck with your purchase.

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