Review of Nikon ED AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF Aspherical

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AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f / 3.5-5.6G IF-ED review

AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f3.5-5.6G IF-ED review

Nikon ED AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF Aspherical is a versatile super-zoom for Nikon FX full-frame cameras. Nikon has two similar lenses:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6D - the first version of the lens. Produced in Japan and China from 1998 to 2003. The lens has an aperture control ring. Weighs 560 grams.
  2. Nikon ED AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF Aspherical is the second version of the lens. Produced in Japan and Thailand from 2003 to 2005.

The second version of the lens turned out to be very compact... This is a real tourist lens - it doesn't take up much space in the case, weighs only 360 grams and gives the commonly used focal length range of 28 to 200mm. Nowadays, you won't be surprised at the 50x zoom in point-and-shoot cameras, but for APS cameras it is very difficult to make a zoom lens with a large zoom factor. This is due to the fact that APS (Full Format) cameras use a large sensor.

TX lens

TX lens

Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G, along with its rather large multiplicity of 7.1X, fits in a fairly compact package. The lens owes its small size to the optical scheme, which includes as many as 3 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements that allow you to create compact lenses. For example, the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR uses 2 ED and 3 ASP elements.

Optical design AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f / 3.5-5.6G IF-ED

Optical design AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f / 3.5-5.6G IF-ED

There is a lens focus stop 'LIMIT / FULL'. In the 'Limit' position, focusing is available from infinity to 60 cm. The focusing speed in the 'Limit' mode is below average, and in the 'Full' position, the focusing speed becomes very slow. In 'Full' mode, the focus ring rotates approximately 60 degrees.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G has internal focusing, the front lens does not rotate when zooming. The lens has 28mm zoom lock - Button 'Lock 28' allows you to get rid of spontaneous lengthening of the 'trunk' of the lens. The zoom and focus ring are rubberized. The lens has plastic mountbut overall the assembly is not bad.

Sample Photos

The lens suffers from strong vignetting at F / 3.5 @ 28mm, as well as distortion over the entire range of focal lengths. In the center, sharpness is normal over the entire range of focal lengths, but not everything is so good around the edges. The lens well tolerates back and side light. The image quality turned out to be slightly worse than expected, but do not require anything more from such a zoom lens.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D700 using protective filter Hoya HMC UV (c) 62mm. On-camera JPEG L ('optimal quality' compression). Filmed in Auto ISO mode, with shutter speed no longer than 1/200 second. Functions: vignetting control, ADL, long exposure noise reduction, high ISO noise reduction have been turned off. Everything was shot in SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 between 0 and 9. Used white balance: 'Auto', 'Shadow' and 'Cloudy'. The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP.

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List of all Nikon FX 28-XXX autofocus lenses:

The catalog of modern universal lenses for Nikon can be see here.

conclusions

Nikon has not updated the Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G for a long time. The lens was not destined to get a built-in focus motor and image stabilizer. The continuation of the lens can be considered Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VRthat came out in 2010. In the period between 2005-2010, Nikon did not produce superzoom of this class.

I do not recommend this lens due to its slow focusing - otherwise the Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G can do quite well. super-budget full-time lens for FX cameras, especially if you know how to use the Auto ISO function. On Nikon DX cameras, this lens loses its versatility due to the loss of wide-angle (ERF will be 42-300mm). The analogue of this lens for Nikon DX cameras can be considered Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF-ED, EGF which is 27-202.5 mm (in fact, the same 28-200 mm).

Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G is intended only for simple photo tasks, so expect, and even more so, demand a lot from Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G - it’s just not worth it. If you really want to buy a lens with similar focal lengths, I advise you to add a little money and take his older brother - Nikon AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6D.

Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G is a unique lens, it has no aperture ring (G type) and there is no focus motor (AF type). Simultaneously 'G'and'AF'is very rare with lenses. On the sidelines they call it "Not a mother or a father, but a visiting fellow."

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Comments: 49, on the topic: Review of Nikon ED AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF Aspherical

  • Sergei

    Thank you for the review, although you please us, do not let us die of boredom

  • Alexey

    You write: “For Nikon DX cameras, we can consider the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF-ED, the EGF of which is 27-202.5 mm (in fact, the same 28-200 mm) “I don’t understand why you are recalculating the focal length for a DX lens, because it is specially designed for DX format and the focal length is indicated not for FX, but for DX cameras, or am I wrong? If I'm wrong, why is the manufacturer lying when specifying a focal point for FX for DX lenses, despite the fact that DX lenses are not recommended for use on FX cameras (and who does it)

    • Sergei

      And on the compacts indicate a focal, 6-60mm (for example), is the manufacturer also lying?
      On medium-format optics, they indicate 90mm (and the film 135 already has a crop compared to the SF), then you need to count in 50mm?
      In the cameras of the phones they write 5.5mm.

      The author sits, writes, believes that it will be easier for you to understand and present the viewing angles, and you write nonsense.

    • Sergey

      look not at the focal length, but at the angle of view

  • Alexey

    In addition to the above, according to your logic, then the standard Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor on DX cameras has an effective focal length of 27-157,5?

    • Lynx

      Yes, why?

  • Alexey

    Not a stone in your direction, but I can't figure it out, help me, in your review of the Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX NIKKOR you point out: “The focal length from 18 to 55mm is very convenient when used on Nikon DX cameras ... This range allows you to take photos with a wide angle of field of view at 18mm. ”, And in the review Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor wrote:“ Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor on a cropped sensor will have an EGF equal to 27-157,5mm. ” Why didn't you recalculate the EGF in one DX lens (18-55), but in the other (18-105)?

    • Sergei

      Why are you making claims, this is a blog, not reviews. Photographer works, lives, learns something new, tries different optics, and spends a lot of time to share with you, and you still find some shortcomings there.

      P.S. Yes, 18-105 in the equivalent for the 135th format is 27-157mm.

      • Alexey

        I don’t make any complaints, I ask, because I can’t figure it out, because different reviews have different information, I repeat once again why “The focal length of 18 to 55 mm is very convenient when used on Nikon DX cameras. This range allows you to take photos with a wide field of view angle of 18 mm. ", And the Nikon review 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor says:" Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR "AF-S DX Nikkor on a cropped matrix will have an EGF of 27-157,5mm." Why is EGF not recounted in one DX lens (18-55), and recounted in another (18-105)?

      • Alexey

        I don’t make any complaints, I ask, because I can’t figure it out, because different reviews have different information, I repeat once again, the question is why EGF is not recounted in one DX lens (18-55), and in another (18-105) ) recounted? more question see above

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Be careful. In the Nikon 18-55 review, the conversion to EGF was simply not performed. Indeed, 18mm is a wide angle on Nikon DX cameras. Focal length is a physical quantity, it does not depend on the size of the camera sensor, it is described in detail in the corresponding section. https://radojuva.com.ua/2011/05/size-of-matrica/. Please first understand the basic concepts and do not write nonsense.

  • madness scif

    28-200mm is a full-frame FX lens, Arkady specified the conversion for cropped DX cameras - it will be 42-300mm. all cropped NIKON NIKKOR lenses indicate that it is intended for cropping - there is a DX nameplate.

    • Alexey

      The question prompted this: “The analogue of this lens for Nikon DX cameras can be considered the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF-ED, the EGF of which is 27-202.5 mm (in fact, the same 28-200 mm) "
      P.S. no one makes claims, noticed confusion, trying to figure it out, ask for help, that's all

      • Igor

        The actual focal length is written on the lenses, depending on the crop factor, the angle of view changes, so 18-135 on the crop will have the same angle of view as 28-200 (1,5 * 18-1,5 * 135) on the FF. That is, even on lenses designed for DX carcasses, real focal ones are written, and how it will look on the camera needs to be calculated by yourself.

        • anonym

          The question arose because: “The focal length from 18 to 55mm is very convenient when used on Nikon DX cameras. This range allows you to take photos with a wide angle of field of view at 18mm. ” According to you, for Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX NIKKOR EGF (viewing angle as on FX) on DX cameras will be 27-82,5 mm. I can’t understand what is right: either Arkady was mistaken, or for DX lenses when using on a DX camera you do not need to calculate EGF?

          In general, the question is: is it necessary to calculate EGF for DX lenses when used on a DX camera, or is it the same as for FX lenses on an FX camera?

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Yes, we have.

  • madness scif

    yes, I agree, bug ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I see the bug only in the lack of awareness of users and not the ability to carefully treat the materials of the site :)

  • Alexey

    Everything, he figured it out, the error was with Arkady. Arkady himself helped to figure out his link http://nikon.ru/ru_RU/product/nikkor-lenses/simulator. After playing with the lenses, I realized that for DX lenses when using on a DX camera you need to calculate EGF) So really for Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX NIKKOR EGF on DX cameras will be 27-82,5 mm I just don’t understand why to do this and indicate the focal length on the DX lens when installing on an FX camera without cropping.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I ask you to take your words back, for I did not have a mistake. The Nikon 18-55 review clearly states “focal length” and not EGF.

  • Alexey

    No))) since you wrote not about the focal length, but about the angle of view, that is, the EGF: "This range allows you to take photos with a wide angle of field of view at 18mm."

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, that's right, 18mm on the Nikon DX camera allows you to take photos with a wide angle of field of view. Where is the mistake? Where did the EGF stick from? Please do not clutter your comments with your stupidities.

      • Alexey

        Why do you focus on the Nikon DX ?, because the FX will be the same

        • Arkady Shapoval

          The Nikon DX designation clearly links the Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherica lens to Nikon DX cameras (details here - https://radojuva.com.ua/2012/03/nikon-lenses/). If we are talking about the focal lengths of the kit lens Nikon 18-55 DX, then this automatically attaches the crop factor to it. And the focal length is also the focal length in Africa. The FX will not have “the same” for one simple reason, this lens is not intended for these cameras and will not work correctly, which is confirmed by my test shot with this lens and the full-frame (APS, Full Frame, Nikon FX) D700 - https://radojuva.com.ua/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/nikon-af-s-dx-18-55-mm-f-3-5-5-6g-vr-fx-dx-2.jpg

          • Alexey

            I agree, but if you crop this image in the camera, the viewing angle on the FX will be like on the DX

            • Arkady Shapoval

              Yes, that's exactly it. And with the d700 with this lens, we get pictures a little more than 5MP.

  • Alexey

    I sincerely apologize if I messed up something, as soon as I study)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Apologies are accepted. I wish you good shots :)

  • anonym

    Arkady gives quite rare articles on lenses that have been tested in practice. People! Read photo tutorials, learn, practice. I know how many serious photographers - no one sits on the Internet for 24 hours a day, nothing will ever work out without personal practice (without "flying" hours). Do not turn a technical resource into a bazaar.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Arkady,
    Thanks for the very interesting reviews. I often re-read them.
    in this article I suspect that you made a mistake saying that there is no focus ring. Rather, the diaphragm rings.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

  • Novel

    Thank you very much, Arkady! Always great reviews! Subscribed to the newsletter for a long time. More grateful readers to you and less arguing "literate"! All the best!

  • Sergei

    Arkady, Nikon ED AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G IF Aspherical
    Is there a problem with the zoom ratio depending on the distance to the focus point?
    such as the NIKON AF-S 28-300 mm f / 3,5-5,6 G ED VR:
    http://vmirefoto.blogspot.ca/2013/12/nikon-af-s-28-300-mm-f35-56-g-ed-vr-300.html

  • Oleg

    I do not quite agree with the author. I have one (Japanese-made). I used to make excellent shots on film apparatus and no less good ones on d80. sharp .quality.

  • Vadim

    I agree with Oleg's previous comment (and somewhat surprised by Arkady's findings) - I have had this wonderful lens for a long time (on D50) and I will not part with it for anything! Branded Nikon's drawing. The lens is a tool in our hands. You need to learn how to use the tool - and the result will be!

  • Vladimir

    I got this lens by accident (I bought it with the D200 included). I read Arkady's review about Nikon AF 28-200mm F / 3.5-5.6G and decided to get rid of it right away. However, after testing, I decided to leave it just for travel. With such dimensions and weight, and a ridiculous cost of $ 100. at the moment it is out of competition in the price-quality section among travel zooms. Personally, I didn’t like the protruding trunk and the fact that the “zoom” ring had to be turned counterclockwise unusually, unlike most modern Nikon lenses. And with a focusing speed, everything is GOOD, he checked it on reportage shooting on cameras D200, D90 and D7100.

    • Jacob

      Thanks for the support. I also have this lens and also wanted to get rid, because I decided to buy a full Nikon 750 full frame camera.

  • Koba

    Very interesting, but this G version of the lens in China in almost all stores costs exactly two (!!!) times more than its D counterpart. For some reason, they value him more here. Why would this be?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      G is much newer, that’s the whole secret.

      • Koba

        It may well be, and this is good, since the old version, which seems to be better than this, and made better, is almost half the price, around $ 170 per copy in the state of 97-98.

  • Eugene

    I tried to find a lens hood for this lens. The recommended HB-30 does not exist in the world. You would clarify this question. What kind of hood is it?

  • Eugene

    Thanks Valentine, and you try to buy it somewhere. Not even in China.

    • Valentine

      If there is no way to buy a native, I take a large metal black with a corrugation inside, which is screwed into the front thread of the lens under the filters. Shipping costs 190 rubles. + The front cover on it is better to order immediately. Here is an example: http://shopeasy.by/redirect/cpa/o/p58nwp8vywjqpgw5wdrp4v90xqitoixj/

  • Oleg

    NORMAL GLASS. I WAS used by me on a Nikon F65 camera for several years.
    and cartographic cards were very acceptable (printed in large sizes). Of course, he does not have enough stars, but it is quite normal!

  • Vladislav

    From inexpensive excellent lens, sharp, focal (good range) suit even on crop. Stands on the D90, focuses quickly, lightweight, convenient. Excellent lenses, as stated in the review.

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