All I can say is "All-in-one" zooms have come a LONG way.
I am quite impressed with this little lens. I have to call this a "consumer" lens, but that's NOT because of the image quality. I'm still amazed at the results that can be gotten from this very compact, wide-range lens.
AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Zoom Nikkor
"All-in-one" zoom lenses (approximately 28-200mm, in my book) have been around since at least the mid-1980's. Most of them have also been scoffed at for about that long. Trying to do too many things at once is a good way to do none of them well, and 28-200's have been plagued by that problem for a long time.
Nikon has had a 28-200mm lens in the lineup since 1998, but has completely revised it in the issue of the new "G" version of this lens. The lens is still a two-ring, variable-aperture zoom with the autofocus driven by the camera's AF motor, but the optical formula is completely different from the previous D version.
The good people at ePhotocraft.com were kind enough to loan us this lens for a few days to try. From a purely personal standpoint, I'm really glad they did. I learned a lot about just how good the latest lenses are.
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