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Nikon 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G Autofocus Nikkor Zoom Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

4.2 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
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  • Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Zoom range covers wide-angle to moderate telephoto focal lengths
  • Includes lens cap
  • 58mm Filter size
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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.

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Color: Black

includes manual

Product Information

*:Black
Product Dimensions 6.6 x 6.2 x 6.1 inches
Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
ASIN B00005LEND
Item model number 1927
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4.2 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #769 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
#24,040 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com May 31, 2005

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By Jason Gray on June 20, 2010
Color: Silver
This Nikkor lens is a little secret... ok, not really, since it was packaged with a very popular selling Nikon DSLR, but the standard view is that it is merely a kit lens. The big secret is that this former kit lens has staying power. First, the bad, it is all plastic, pretty slow at the long end, and is prone to flares. Now, the good, it is remarkably fast for a kit at the wide end, relatively sharp, and a good all around performer. When you throw in its used price to the mix, the 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G is a great value, and an excellent walk-around lens. On that note, if you have read the rest of my lens reviews, then you should know that the lenses that are most typically on my cameras when I am out and about for myself are: for older film, the Nikkor 35-135mm or the Nikkor 50mm; for newer film and digital, the Nikkor 50mm or the lens in this article. I am so comfortable shooting this lens that it is one of the two lenses that I took with me to shoot behind the scenes at St. Louis Fashion Week! Plus, this lens is fully compatible with the Nikon sb-400 Speedlight (barrel shadow is a non-issue; even at 80mm!).

If you are looking for a good-performing, used gem to add to your line-up, look no further. This lens is a consistent over-performer in an under-appreciated bracket.
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Color: Black
This is what I condsider my "base" lens. If I grab my D50 and run out the door with just one lens, this is it. Most of my picture taking happens with this lens. Picture quality has been very acceptable. This is not a macro lens but I have been able to get closer to things than I expected. The lens is small, light, and focus is fast and precise. Well worth the low cost.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This lens for its price is beyond expectation. Good clean sharp photos.
I use it for a portrait lens and carry it on my camera at all times.
This lens is as sharp as my Nikkor 18-70mm kit lens.
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Color: Silver Verified Purchase
A small, light, plastic lens that performs miles beyond its small price tag. I am really impressed by the images this thing produces. I bought it hoping to use it to help discover what focal length I would use more often before I lay out the money for a prime lens. I tend to use longer focal lengths because I do more intimate/unobtrusive portraits. This lens is performing beautifully throughout its range. The images are sharp. Perfectly sharp. They are bright and gorgeous. And the lens is a featherweight. I am using it on a Nikon D7100, which has the in-the-body focusing mechanism that this lens needs to auto focus. Focus is fast and accurate. That is the gotcha if you are using the camera models that require the AF-S or SWM lenses (D40, D3xxx, D5xxx model lines are the ones that come immediately to mind), those will NOT autofocus with this lens. It will mount and function as a 42-120mm lens on these crop sensor cameras, but only as a manual focus lens. That said, I am more than delighted with this on the D7100, but would not get it if it would not autofocus with my camera. It takes too long get good manual focus with any lens/camera and too many shots are missed, IMO. I purchased from KEH as I have purchased there before. They have a dependable grading system as well as a limited warranty. The lens I received does not look like it has ever been touched. All it needed was a clear UV filter to keep it pristine.
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Color: Black
Have worked with Nikon Nikkor lenses for many years; this lense is awesome. If you are looking for professional results, then this is the "glass" for you. Excellent for portraits; just about any photography event you're tasked to fulfill. Cherish it and keep it well maintained by having it professionally serviced/cleaned on a regular basis. Truly a versatile Nikon lense.
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Color: Silver Verified Purchase
Cheapest and Best mid-range lens for any full frame camera. When I use a mid-range zoom with my D700, I use the cheap plastic 28-80 G if I want super sharp results, great macro and instant auto focus (faster than the 24-120 VR).
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This was bought as an exact replacement of the lens that came with my mom's Nikon D50. Somehow, she or one of my sisters broke a piece off of the original to where it wouldn't stay attached to the camera, so I found this lens for her. It isn't the fastest, but the pictures are clear and crisp. 28-80mm is a good range for versatility at family functions or any situation where you need to take a lot of pictures in different settings and don't have time to be changing out lenses. It's definitely worth the $60 (including shipping), unless you're doing some high end professional jobs, or if you just have that discerning eye, in which case you wouldn't be reading this post anyway, you would have skipped this lens altogether. All in all, for what it is, it's definitely worth the money. If you want something a little faster, look for an f/2.8 or smaller. When you see 2 numbers after the f/, that means it's variable and you lose speed when you zoom in on something. A highly recommended lens, in my opinion, is the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. It's a fixed lens, meaning you can't zoom, but you can capture some beautiful images once you get used to it.
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Color: Black
I wanted a light lens for for weddings and such I feel this lens fills that void in my case nicely. Build quality is to be expected of a lens this price but I wasn't expecting the great clarity. The pictures that I'm getting are very sharp on my D80.
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