I recently broke my 28-80D Nikkor. I messed it up quite badly, the front barrel seemed to detach from the rest of the poor lens. While I'm waiting for the Nikon service shop to send the remains back with a note saying "the guarantee does not cover dropping the lens", I thought I'd check with you guys what replacement you would recommend.
I've been looking a lot at the 28-105D. It has more lens elements, longer focal lenght, and a nice macro function.
I'm really into macro right now so the close-focus distance is very important to me.
But could I get more lens for the money from another manufacturer such as Sigma or Tokina? How is the Nikon 24-85/2,8-4? The Nikon 24-120/3,5-5,6?
I'd be happy too hear your suggestions!
#1. "RE: New lens!" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSun 28-Oct-01 10:48 PM
The 28-105mm has long standing as the best all-around travel lens, for the combination of its focal length coverage (from landscapes and groups to individual head and shoulders pictures), convenient size and weight, and price. I just bought it and turned it over to my daughter who seems indeed pleased with it.
Others, wanting more landscapes and less portraits, have preferred the 24-85mm f/2.8-4; more luminous (faster).
Yet others, use the 24-120mm. This is supossed to be "softer" than the 28-105 but I've seen great images made with it.
My own appreciatiopn of sharpness and contrast is in that order, in descending order, but it is possible not to notice until you go beyond 8X10 prints.
So it depends on what you want to do with the lens. Each one is designed to the a specific job of covering specific needs and personal preferences.
To further make your choice more dificult, the Tokina AT-X 28-70mm and the 28-80mm are also very good.
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#3. "RE: New lens!" | In response to Reply # 1mrten Basic MemberMon 29-Oct-01 09:22 AM
Pro-lenses with an 2.8 aperture is a bit too expensive for my student budget.. I think I'll go for the 28-105 and then buy a wide-angle zoom when I can afford it.
JRP, since you seem to know a bit about the Tokinas, I ask for your opinion about the Tokina Af 28-105/3,5-4,5. Any good? Close focusing?
#2. "28-105" | In response to Reply # 0
I will second, and expand upon, JRP's advice. I have used this lens quite a bit, and it is my fall back lens. I mean that if I have no specific subject or project to shoot, it stays on my camera body. It is a very good portrait lens, but not in the 105/2.8 or 105/2.5 category. The macro function is very useful also. When I first got this lens, I put it through a little test to try it out on many different subjects and types of photography. I have been VERY pleased with it's performance. Like most variable aperture zooms, it has a "sweet spot" of f8-f11, but is by no means unacceptable wide open.
In short, GO FOR IT.
#4. "RE: New lens!" | In response to Reply # 0
I just recently replaced my 28-80D Nikkor with the 28-105D and I agree - this is one fantastic lens. Sharper and MUCH more contrast-y than the 28-80. It's heavier, and I almost didn't buy it for that reason, but once you put it on your camera you'll find that the extra weight is not prohibitive. In fact, I think I hold my camera steadier when I use the 28-105!
In my short experience with the lens, it seems sharp (to my eye) at all focal lengths and wide open as well as stopped down. The macro feature is amazing - for most macro applications (at least what I use it for - flowers and leaves) it will work just great. The only negative thing I can think of is that my 28-105 vignettes when used at 28mm, wide open, with a circular polarizer attached. Some folks have been saying this is not the case, but I swear, mine does. I've seen it with my own eyes! This should be easy to avoid with a super-thin polarizer or by stopping down - I have to do some tests to see what works. I think it might depend on what kind of light you're in. (I was in late afternoon sun.) Maybe one of the resident experts can help me with this.
Anyway, my point is that the 28-105D macro is an excellent lens that is well worth the $300.00+ price tag. I was a skeptic, but the proof was in the slides. Consider it recommended!
#5. "RE: New lens!" | In response to Reply # 4#jim# Basic MemberThu 01-Nov-01 09:29 AM
I would really reccomend that you look at the Tokina 28-80 F2.8 - it has a great build quality, the silly focus clutch is acutally an MF / AF switch on this lens (eg. leave your body in AF mode ...). And it only costs the same as the 24-85mm lens...
If I had to pick one lens for travel this might just be it...
#6. "RE: New lens!" | In response to Reply # 5gewe21 Basic MemberThu 01-Nov-01 04:22 PM
I just want to make your selection process more difficult. In terms of prices, according to www.bhphotovideo.com :
Nikon 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0 IF D-AF US$ 539.95
Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D US$ 319.95
Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8 ATX-Pro II US$ 369.00
I'd say for fixed aperture f2.8, the Tokina is quite a steal. I own one myself and love the results.
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