I'm springing for an N80, but need guidance on lenses. I’m shooting a mix between landscapes, birds, family – nothing special.
#1. The N80 is sold often as a “kit” that includes a D series Nikkor 28-80 mm f 3.5-4.5 lens. I’ve heard some hesitation over it because it has a plastic lens mount. Should I go with this lens in the kit, or another? Someone recently suggested I skip the "kit lens" and look at the Nikkor 28-105. Any thoughts?
#2. As a second longer lens, I’m looking at two: the Nikkor AF 70-300 f4-5.6 ED Zoom or the Nikkor AF 80-200 f2.8 ED. Any suggestions or guidance? Thanks!
Hi and welcome. On #1. Follow the advice. It is sound. On #2. Both are great lenses and if you want to shoot birds you will not regret the longer focal length of the 70-300mm over the 80-200mm. Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
I bought my F80 in the kit form then bought the 70-300mm ED about two weeks later and very very happy with it. The 28-80mm is okay just not a fan of the plastic mount so I (when I get some money saved) am planning to swap the 28-80 for the 28-105mm. I think it would be the best companion for the 70-300 and both lenses have got excellent reviews.
Hi every one is the problem with 28-80 that it's got a plastic mount only or there is something else, I mean is there anything about the compatibility with AF or the metering system, and what about the sharpness of this lens.. it seems that it is good!!!
The more I use the 28-80mm the more disapointed I am with it. From the prints and slides I have taken my 70-300mm ED set at 300mm wide open f5.6 are sharper than the 28-80mm anywhere. This lens is okay if you want to keep your prints to about 5x7 but any bigger it just doesn't cut it for me. This is my opinion and what I have found in the last couple of months, but I'm really picky. Although I haven't tried the 28-105mm I would get this lens anyday over the 28-80mm just from the test reports I have seen. I've held one in my hand and it feels like you have some quality there too.
I forgot to mention that the 28-80 does focus nice and quick on my F80 and have no problems with metering exposure. I just don't like the optical quality and plastic mount. Optical quality being the primary letdown.
I, too, bought the N80 as part of a kit and ended up buying a 28-105 for it while wishing I had gone ahead and sprung for the better lens to begin with. I cost myself money by going the cheap route to begin with. And the 28-105 has a real nice balance to it on the N80. Jrp, as usual, is right about that and about the longer zoom. The extra length is great for getting right up close to your subject. The 2.8, however, does have the advantage of speed and would be a better choice for low light photography. I can normally use my 80-200 2.8 to shoot basketball games indoors without a flash (of course, I have to push the film a bit!). But my 70-300 gets a lot more action because of that extra focal length. It's much better for shooting soccer, baseball, etc., as well as for wildlife and many other types of photography that require you to get in close!
but what would I do if my budget is limited.. I mean is there any non-nikkor lens which may be at the same price but of better quality?? if it is a littel bit more expensive, it is alright.. what about the Tamron from the same category?? please help me, I wanna buy one next Thursday?..
If I could afford it, I would get the 28-105 mm lens with the F80 instead of the 28-80mm standard lens. Why? I was a relative newbie when I bought my F80 a few months ago and got the 28-80 with it. Its not a bad lens at all, but according to Jessops here in the UK, it has very little resale value - there is little demand for a 28-80 by itself as it is usually sold with the F80 camera body. So while it is worth a lot more, resale value for an almost-brand-new 28-80 lens is a mere 40 pounds, whereas a new 28-105 mm lens costs 269 pounds!
So it would be cheaper in the long run to get the 28-105 right away instead of trading in - at least, this is true if you live in rip-off Britain!
I'm about to buy an N80, and am also looking at lenses. Here's what I've found:
You can get a 28-105mm f/2.8-4.0 lens from Sigma for as little as $200. I've also seen a 28-300mm for $369, but it's largest apperature is... 4.0, I think. I'm planning on getting the 28-105mm and a 70-300mm f/3.5-6.something. Each can be found for about $200.
I should state that I really don't know much about lenses... or photography in general yet; I'm just a beginner. However, these numbers seem pretty good to me. I don't know the quality of Sigma lenses, but everyone I've spoken with who's used them seems to think they're decent. I'd be curious as to whether anyone else has had any experience with them. If memory serves, they do have metal (as opposed to plastic) mounts.
By the way, I was able to find those prices using mysimon.com, in case anyone's interested.
When I bought my first F60, it came with the 35-80 4.5-5.6 lens. It developed a problem on the focusing screen so it went back and I added a few dollars to the pot and opted to get another F60 but this time with the 28-80 3.5-5.6.
I am still using that lens with my F100. It's a great-light lens... It weighs next to nothing and focuses blindingly fast. I think it would actually make a great portrait lens - because it is somewhat soft.
You know, I've been so tempted to get the 28-105... But work and saving up for my car has blocked that path temporarily.
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the build quality of the lens. It's only about 100$, it may be a great lens for getting used to AF and the F80.
I'm still waiting for a roll of neg-film to come back where I used the 28-80 MANUALLY stopped down to take some close-ups with an old extension tube...
I'll post them as soon as I get them - yes, its a cheap lens, but I'd be lying if I said the close-ups didn't look good in the finder!
Given your mix of subjects, I'd go for the 28-105 and the 70-300. The 28-105 AF's throughout the entire range and can do a 1:2 'close enough for government work' macro. I hear the 70-300 also focuses fairly closely. Both lenses are light and, if you get caught in the filter wars, they both have a 62mm thread. Keith D. Smith