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Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D Autofocus Zoom Nikkor Lens

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  • The AFZoom-Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5DD is compact in size , but big on performance
  • It's close-focusing to 1/2 life-size makes it great for close-ups, nature and wildlife photography
  • Accepts 62mm filters
  • Weight - 19.0 oz.
  • Dimensions - 2.8 x 3.5.
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Important Warranty Information: All Nikkor autofocus lenses from Nikon Inc. USA include four years of Nikon Extended Service Coverage at no charge. Be sure to look for the Nikon ESC certificate with every Nikkor lens purchase you make.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: BP-512
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Device Type: Lens
  • Specific Uses For Product: Camera

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.4 x 4 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005LENU
  • Item model number: BP-512
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2002

Product Description

A 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5DD AF* Zoom-Nikkor lens that's great for close-ups & more!

Customer Reviews

I was pretty amazed at how well this lens performed.
Nancy Opel
If you're just walking around, ready to take a picture of anything that comes up then this lens is a great choice.
Drewbacca the Bookiee
Also, it is very well constructed nice balance and very light.
A. W. Zummar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By John on November 27, 2005
I've been an amateur photographer for almost 40 years and a devoted Nikon user for the last 30 at least. In that time I've owned every professional film SLR from the original F to the F5 and, at one time or another, almost every piece of glass from 18 to 300 mm that Nikon ever produced. Like many, I went through a period of having to have only "the best" in my camera bag and consequently paid a premium to own only "professional" primes and zooms (many of which I still own).
What constitutes a good lens however is not it's performance on test targets alone but how it performs in real life. A $1000, pro level, f2.8 zoom is useless if it's so heavy you hate taking it with you on vacation. All the money you spent on that "pro" performance is useless sitting in the bag at home.
As a real life "user", this lens is hard to beat. With a range that covers the focal lengths used for a large percentage of the pictures you will want to make, the sacrifice of 0.5 stops at the short end and 1.5 at the long is a small price to pay - unless you are in the (discouraged) habit of using slow (ISO 50) films handheld all the time. The lens covers it's long focal length range with a surprising lack of distortions - a tribute to the designers - and even has a usable "macro" feature. Is it the equavalent of my 105 f2.8 AF Micro Nikkor? NO! But the difference only shows in the corners wide open. For the occasional close up on the beach that you might want to grab on vacation it performs surprisingly well.
All lenses are compromises and this is especially true of zooms. This lens is a generally nice package as a stand alone vacation lens. Or, if you prefer, couple it with a AF20mm f2.8 Nikkor and an old AF70-210 f4 Nikkor or newer AF70-210 f4.5-5.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Purswani on September 18, 2003
I purchased this lens shortly after getting my first SLR camera. While it came with a 28-80mm lens, I found that I wanted something that was faster and that had a little more throw on the long end of things.
I've had this lens now for about nine months, and it rarely leaves my camera body. The optics are great, the build is far better than what comes in an SLR kit these days. The only suggestion I can give to a buyer is to get a top of the line UV filter, because otherwise, you will notice degradation of the image quality.
This Nikon lens is built well. It has a nice heavy feel that will make you feel better about spending the money on it. I know I love mine. I only wish that Nikon offered a version of this lens with a constant (fast) aperture.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By raboof on August 24, 2004
I've had this lens for about a year now and really like it a lot. I use it on my FM3a manual body, so the autofocus is not available to me. However, the range of focal lengths and the quality of the build are precisely what I need when I want to travel light.

The benefits of this lens are obvious. The focal lengths range from 28mm at the wide end to 105mm at the long end. The build quality is excellent and yet the lens is not perceptably heavy. In daylight, the lens performs remarkably.

However, the lens also has its downsides. The first and most obvious is that the lens is very slow. F3.5 is hideously slow in anything but the best lit scenes. Then on the long end the lens only manages a measly F5.6.

Another problem is that the lens flares terribly in bright sunlight. Many of my pictures have flaring if the sun is in the frame or slightly out of it. Bright objects in the frame will also cause it to flare.

Focus is also a problem on manual focus bodies. The focus throw is very short and loose (good for autofocus bodies, though) so getting precise focus is a challenge. Even in focus, the lens is very soft. There is also some light fall off in the corners when fully zoomed and some minor barrel distortion when wide.

But despite those drawbacks, this lens serves me well. To replace this lens with anything else would require either a 3 lens set of 28, 50, and 105 prime lenses or a couple zooms which would end up costing more and be a constant weight while traveling.

The range of focal lengths is what sets this lens apart from the rest of Nikon's zooms. While other lenses may be faster, sharper, and better built, this one can do the work of any other combination of lenses between 28mm and 105mm passably and at a reasonable price.

3 stars for this great lens value. It won't be the best lens you own, but if you're lazy like I am it may end up being the lens you use the most.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Drewbacca the Bookiee on September 8, 2007
I use this lens on my D70 DSLR, I haven't used it with film.

This lens is great for wilderness-hiking or touristing/walking around the city. While the pictures are not as good as a dedicated lens, this jack of all trades almost never leaves my camera for day to day shots.

The 105mm (~150 on dslr) has allowed me to take great shots that are normally out of reach such as statues around town and animals in the distance.
The 28mm (~45) is wide enough for a nice landscape shot.

The Macro feature is great for insects or jewelery.

If you're just walking around, ready to take a picture of anything that comes up then this lens is a great choice.

I never use a flash and my low light pictures have turned out great despite the small aperture...so long as it's not a picture of a moving target (i.e. cat or child).
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