Review Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G (MKIII)

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Review Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G (MKIII)

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G (MKIII)

There are three versions of the lens:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.5-5.6D (MKI) - was produced from 1995 to 1999. Optical design 7/7.
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.5-5.6D (MKII) - was produced from 1999 to 2001. Optical design 8/8. An overview of this version can be viewed here.
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G (MKIII) - was produced from 2001 to 2005. Optical design 6/6. Now you are reading a review about this version. Exists in black and silver (white) case (see).

Unlike MKI and MKII, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G is missing aperture control ringbut increased slightly aperture - from F / 3.5 to F / 3.3 (the difference is 13%). Also, the MKIII version was available in black and silver cases.

Basic lens specifications

Basic lens specifications

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G is probably the easiest auto focus zoom lens for full-length cameras... It has been released in countless pieces, mostly Nikon 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G came as a stock lens for Nikon film cameras. We can say that this is an analogue Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM Aspherical for cameras Nikon DX (gives an EGF of 27-82.5, almost the same as the Nikon 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G on a full-frame camera, and also has a similar aperture and build quality). Nowadays, a modern replacement for Nikon 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G can be considered Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm 1: 3.5-4.5G ED VR SWM IF Aspherical.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G when focusing on MDF and 80 mm FR.

In addition to the marks of the focal length and the mark of the bayonet mount, it does not have any useful indicators. Such lenses were made in Thailand, they saved on assembly, therefore, the lens has a plastic bayonet mount and a rather flimsy body. The zoom ring, in contrast to the focus ring, is rubberized. But thanks to this, the lens turned out to be very, very light, and in addition very compact. This is one of the lightest zoom lenses. auto focus for cameras Nikon fx. Only easier Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII).

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G rear view. During zoom, the rear lens moves (the front does not rotate)

This 'lightweight' boasts very fast focusing, which has improved accuracy over the version MKII. When focusing, the front lens rotates and moves forward. The focusing ring is very narrow and, in fact, combined with the front of the lens trunk, rotates 80 degrees. MDF is only 35 cm and it is not difficult to remove small objects. When zooming, the trunk of the lens moves in waves, having the most compact dimensions at 50 mm of focal length. From the foregoing, we can conclude that this lens is not too suitable for serious use with special filters (for example, polarizing).

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G

Tags Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G

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 Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G

View of two Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G lenses and Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G

However, the image quality is an order of magnitude better than you might think when evaluating the lens in appearance :).

Here link to the archive with the originals - 445 MB, 42 NEF (RAW) photos from camera Nikon D700.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G

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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.

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Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G (MKIII) is a very simple and affordable lens, you can buy it for mere pennies on the secondary market. In our time, it is of no value, since there are many better solutions. It is unlikely that anyone is going to use it on a full-format digital signal center, and for cropped cameras, the lens does not have the most convenient FR range. Nevertheless, it is worth noting the lightness, fast autofocus and, in general, good image quality for such a crumb :)

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Comments: 63, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G (MKIII)

  • Mike

    I will try to resurrect the topic in 2021 rotsi. Having thought of sob, buy such a character in a collection. You can please your spirits, as you can quickly reconsider the asset at the supplied delivery service (before, it was not enough to replace the asset). And what about the specific model (type of problem)? I will convert to D750. Dyakuyu.

  • Paul

    "It is unlikely that anyone is going to use it on a full-size central hall"
    A very strange opinion. The picture is good from him in the full frame. I have been using the d2 for 750 years already. No ha, sharp, and this is for $ 30. "New" condition

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