28-85 3.5-4.5 vs. 28-85 3.5-4.5N...what's the difference?
I currently use the AF 35-80D, but would like to have the wider range of the 28-85. Moose Petersen says the "N" version is far superior to the original AF version. How do I tell the difference? Is the N imprinted on the lens? I saw one for sale on ebay and there was no N on the info printed on lens. Has anyone compared the two? Is there a big difference? I'm working on a fishing book and want the best quality photos I can get with non-pro glass. Thanks.
#1. "RE: 28-85 3.5-4.5 vs. 28-85 3.5-4.5N...what's the difference?" | In response to Reply # 0
Usually the 'N' denotes a change in the comestics of the lens that can turn out to be useful or which should have been better designed in the first place. In this case I believe the later lens had a better manual focus grip, wide rubber collar compared to narrow front end ring. The optics tend to remain the same though ( so they keep telling me).
#3. "RE: 28-85 3.5-4.5 vs. 28-85 3.5-4.5N...what's the difference?" | In response to Reply # 2NickH Basic MemberFri 06-Jul-01 03:45 AM
I used the original 28-85 for about ten years or so. About 6 months ago I upgraded to the 28-105. The main benefits being a usable close focus mode, sharper optics, and slightly longer telephoto end. In it's time the 28-85 was a very useful lens, and I'm keeping my old one as a backup, but if I was buying a lens now, I would get the 28-105 with no hesitation. I don't know how the 'new' 28-85 compares, but I can't see it being as good as the 28-105.