Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

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Vidau
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Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

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Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

Great photos, and very nice contrast and color!  What processing flow did you use.

I used this lens a lot on my d700.

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sd40 Senior Member • Posts: 1,537
Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

ArunasM wrote:

Great photos, and very nice contrast and color!  What processing flow did you use.

I used this lens a lot on my d700.

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I have owned this lens twice, and sold it twice.  I tried it with the D600.  It was decent but unremarkable compared to the used 28-105 that I also own.  Fast autofocusing, if that's important to you.  Can't beat the light weight--almost made the D600 feel like my old D40.

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Vidau
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Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

My point is: there is no bad lens and we can help with some PP.

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ArunasM New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

Vidau wrote:

My point is: there is no bad lens and we can help with some PP.

Yes, I agree with your point.  Selecting lenses just based speed or ultimate sharpness is too limiting, convenience, size and sometimes a unique 'look' to the images are important as well.

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Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

Years ago I bought 28-80mm and 70-300mm G for cheap and never used, now I'm starting to use them and I'm very happy with the 28-80mm and D800.

I have the 70-200mm VR and not change it for anything but the cheap 70-300 G is very useful and comfortable with good light for portrait (do not use it above 200mm ).

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tankahn Regular Member • Posts: 280
Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

i bought 2 because it was cheap, old new stock at just over $100 plus they are full frame lenses. Unfortunately, they are not remarkable lenses. I hate to be in situations where I got a keeper when I should have used a better lens on my D800.

James

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Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

tankahn wrote:

i bought 2 because it was cheap, old new stock at just over $100 plus they are full frame lenses. Unfortunately, they are not remarkable lenses. I hate to be in situations where I got a keeper when I should have used a better lens on my D800.

James

I do not recommend these lenses for professional work, such as product, fashion, weddings etc.

But for family , pets, streets photos and travel light I think 28-80mm and D800 is just like an expensive lens for DSRL and much better than any pocket camera, you just need a little more PP.

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pipee Forum Member • Posts: 81
Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

Vidau wrote:

I do not recommend these lenses for professional work, such as product, fashion, weddings etc.

But for family , pets, streets photos and travel light I think 28-80mm and D800 is just like an expensive lens for DSRL and much better than any pocket camera, you just need a little more PP.

Isn't that contradictory? If the photos look just like an expensive lens (without pixel peeping), why would your client complain?

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ArunasM New Member • Posts: 24
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sd40 wrote:

ArunasM wrote:

Great photos, and very nice contrast and color!  What processing flow did you use.

I used this lens a lot on my d700.

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I have owned this lens twice, and sold it twice.  I tried it with the D600.  It was decent but unremarkable compared to the used 28-105 that I also own.  Fast autofocusing, if that's important to you.  Can't beat the light weight--almost made the D600 feel like my old D40.

I have owned 2 copies as well, almost identical IQ wise.  On the D800 it is certainly not as sharp as primes or the f4 or f2.8 zooms, and CA and edges arworse as well, but it really is a nice light lens, I agree - a lot like a D40 again!

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Vidau
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Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

pipee wrote:

Vidau wrote:

I do not recommend these lenses for professional work, such as product, fashion, weddings etc.

But for family , pets, streets photos and travel light I think 28-80mm and D800 is just like an expensive lens for DSRL and much better than any pocket camera, you just need a little more PP.

Isn't that contradictory? If the photos look just like an expensive lens (without pixel peeping), why would your client complain?

Sorry I meant: Post Production

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pipee Forum Member • Posts: 81
Re: Nikkor 28-80mm "cheap lens" 3.3-5.6 G w/ Nikkon D800

I have been using this lens the past month and have compared its sharpness with a 24-70 Tamon ($1100 lens) and a 18-105 (currently the sharpest kit zoom lens?). The 24-70 was the best sharpness and contrast but the 28-80 comes close.

At short end, the lens is very sharp all around at f5.6, better than the 18-105 and very hard to tell the difference when compared with the 24-70. 28-80 had by far the worst distortion.

At mid, the center is still better than 18-105 but the edge sharpess takes a dive. So try to avoid 35mm to 50mm?

At long end, edge sharpness returns and sharpness out performs the 18-105.

Does anyone else find that the mid range of the 28-80 is softer?

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