Nikkor 28-80 G vs. 28-105 D - How much difference?
LAST EDITED ON Jun-27-01 AT 06:19 PM (GMT)
Currently, the only camera we have is an Olympus Stylus Epic (and a first generation Contax T that just sits in the box, possibly appreciating). I will buy the Nikon N65 (any dissenters please speak now). It will be a general purpose camera with the bulk of the usage for pictures of our now 7 month old baby and travel photography. The 28-80 has the advantages of being light and cheap (kind of like the Epic). I have heard that the optics are actually pretty good and you can't beat the price with the kit. But then again, it would certainly be a waste if the pictures get beat by my Epic. The 1:2 Macro mode in the 28-105 is a nice little bonus as well. Probably would not expect to blow up to anything larger than 8x10. Will I be disappointed in the 28-80 and just go straight for the 28-105?
Any thoughts appreciated.
#1. "RE: Nikkor 28-80 G vs. 28-105 D - How much difference?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 27-Jun-01 06:34 PM
The Epic has an excellent lens, so don't expect your photos to improve a lot in terms of sharpness, color and contrast.
What will improve your photos over the limitations of the Epic will be the flexibility of a zoom, the accuracy of TTL composition, accuracy of matrix metering, and depth of field preview. As long as the range works for you, the G lens would be light and cheap and the optical performance will be about the same as the 28-105. The lightweight combination would be great for travel.
The 28-105 is a very good lens, but if I were to consider an alternative to the G series zoom, I'd go for for an aftermarket 24-70mm zoom. 24mm is considerably wider than 28mm, where 105 isn't much of a gain over 80mm. My bias is to have a true wide angle for scenics when traveling. 28mm is just "sorta" wide. Grey market for the 28-105 is $300. It looks like the 28-80 G adds about $100 to the kit price of the camera. Although we have a 28-105 in the family, I'd personally go for a wider zoom.
Here are the choices I know of:
Tokina 24-200 3.5-4.5 $310 (reviewed in this month's Pop Photo)
Tamron 24-70 3.3-5.6 $160
Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DF $380
Sigma 24-70 3.5-5.6 $150
The lens I've chosen for this job is the Nikon 24-85 2.8/4 IF AF-D, which is quite a bit more expensive at $475 grey market.