Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Briefly about the lens

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G is a universal standard lens for film cameras. Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G began to be produced in 2002, when there were already Nikon D1 digital cameras, D1h, D1x, D100, because the lens does not have any problems working even with modern digital cameras.

The Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G is one of the most affordable zoom lenses for full-frame cameras, and it still delivers decent image quality. The Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G price / quality ratio is at a good level. I found it very strange that there is little information about this lens, even old Kenny bypassed him.

Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G is one of the best full-frame zoom lenses in the lowest price category. In general, it is a little more convenient than Nikon 28-80 / Nikon 35-80 and slightly inferior to image quality Nikon 28-80.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Main technical characteristics Overview Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Lettering near the front lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G, Nikon Aspherical ∞-0.56m / 1.9ft Made in Thailand ø62
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - the lens is designed for Nikon FX full-format cameras
  • ASPHERICAL - use of aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • G (Gelded) - means the absence of the aperture control ring and the transfer of the focusing distance to the camera
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - Special Integrated Super Enlightenment Optics
  • RD (Rounded diaphragm) - rounded petals aperture
  • 2 body colors to choose from - silver or black (such as in this review)
  • Lightweight and compact
Front Filter Diameter 62 mm
Focal length 28-100 mm EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 42-150 mm
Zoom ratio 3,6 x
Designed by for film cameras, although digital SLR cameras already existed at that time
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals, form a fairly even hole on slightly covered diaphragms
Tags Focal lengths for 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 100 mm, bayonet mount mark, hood mount mark
Diaphragm
  • 28mm - F / 3.5-F / 22
  • 35mm - F / 4-F / 25
  • 50mm - F / 4.8-F / 29
  • 70mm - F / 5.6-F / 36
  • 85mm - F / 5.6-F / 36
  • 100mm - F / 5.6-F / 36
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.56 m by 100 mm, the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 4.8
The weight November 245, XNUMX
Optical design 8 elements in 6 groups.

Nikon 28-100 optical schemeA hybrid aspherical element is used (made by building plastic on a glass base)

Lens hood bayonet model HB-27
Manufacturer country Made in Thailand (Thailand)
Period Around February 2002 to 2005
Price Prices for modern Nikon universal lenses are available see here.

Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G uses aspherical optics. Nikon’s first lens using such hybrid aspherical elements was an old man Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKI)submitted back in June 1991.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Strange AF G Lenses

Usually old Nikon Nikkor autofocus lenses are AF / D, AF-I/D or AF-S / G. Variants AF-S / D and AF / G are extremely rare. I know only a few lenses that do not have an aperture ring (G) and at the same time do not have a built-in focus motor (AF):

  1. Nikon 10.5mm 1: 2.8G af Fisheye nikkor ed DX
  2. Nikon 28-80mm 1:3.3-5.6G af Nikkor (MKIII version)
  3. Nikon 28-100mm 1:3.5-5.6G af Nikkor
  4. Nikon 28-200mm 1:3.5-5.6G af ED IF Aspherical Nikkor
  5. Nikon 70-300mm 1:4-5.6G AF Nikkor
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Assembly

The lens is very simple - almost all of plastic, including the mount. The case design resembles a model Nikon 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor (MKIII), which, incidentally, was also supplied in black or silver versions of the case. But such a simplified case design made Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G very light.

The focus ring is combined with a retractable frame of the case, plastic, very, very narrow. The retractable frame of the body (trunk) consists of 2 plastic parts.

The zoom ring is large, rubberized, it is convenient to use. During a change in focal length, the trunk of the lens moves in a wave-like fashion: decreases from 28 to 50 mm and again lengthens from 50 to 100 mm, this behavior is characteristic of other similar lenses. Nikon's most compact sizes 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G are available at 50 mm focal length and during focusing to infinity.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.

The Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G lens mount, mounted in tiny slots near the focus ring.

The diaphragm uses 7 rounded blades and forms a fairly even hole at apertures up to f / 10, if you close the aperture harder - the shape of the hole will resemble a polygon.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Focusing

Autofocus speed is high. The lens travel time from infinity to MDF and vice versa is about the same as the TOP professional lens Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1: 2.8G ED NanoCrystalCoat SWM IF Aspherica. During Focus Tracking AF-C Refocusing delay is minimal, similar to some professional reportage lenses. I want to emphasize and recall that the lack of a built-in focusing motor in the general case does not affect the focusing speed. Focus speed with non-motorized lenses is most dependent on the lens model and slightly dependent on the camera used.

During focusing, the front lens and the frame for filters spin and drive forward. When changing the focal length, the front lens does not rotate.

The focus ring is narrow and uncomfortable. it thinnest focus ringI've ever met. Its thickness is about 1 mm. Even a more primitive lens Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1: 3.3-5.6G (MKIII) the corrugated edging of the focus ring is thicker. The focus ring rotates 90 degrees. The stroke of the ring is smooth. The minimum focusing distance is 0.56 m. The maximum magnification ratio is achieved by 100 mm of focal length and is 1: 4.8.

When used on a camera Nikon D90 (with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system) and Nikon D50 (with unpretentious Multi-CAM 900 focusing system) behaves well, rarely makes a mistake in focusing. On camera Nikon D90 I checked the presence of the back and focus front at different focusing distances and different values ​​of the focal length (infinity and MDF as well). Pictures taken using the Live View mode (which does not suffer from back / front focus) were used as a measure. Focusing accuracy using phase sensors completely coincided with the Live View mode.

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.

Focus Features:

  1. Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G does not have a focus mode switch. To translate the lens into manual focus on cameras with motor For focusing, use the focus mode switching lever located near the camera mount. For cameras without motor Only manual focus mode will always be available for focusing.
  2. During focusing, the focus ring rotates and must not be touched.
  3. Focus speed may vary slightly from the camera used. This issue has been considered. here.
  4. During focusing, the lens and camera are quite noisy. Noise is heard even during manual focus.
  5. There is a small effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing). Most pronounced at 28 mm focal length, 100 mm focal length 'Focus Breathing' is almost completely absent. For budget lenses, this is a very good indicator.
  6. When changing the focal length, focusing is almost not lost.
  7. There are no additional tags for the type of focus distance scale or tags for working in the infrared spectrum.
  8. Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
  9. Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G does not have hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens at infinity under any external conditions.
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Sample Photos

Examples of photos on this lens can be viewed in my gallery here.

Sample photos on Nikon D50

Sample photos on Nikon D50. Click to enlarge.

Sample photos on Nikon D50

Sample photos on Nikon D50. Click to enlarge.

Sample photos on Nikon D50

Sample photos on Nikon D50. Click to enlarge.

You can download the original photos. at this link.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Once upon a time, I read the report of a professional photographer who filmed a very important sporting event with Nikon's first CZK - Nikon D1. According to him, at the end of the competition, he almost ran out of memory on memory cards to continue shooting. To finish shooting, the photographer turned on the lowest image quality, so that as many photos as possible could fit into the remaining free space on the memory card. As a result, the magazine, for which the photographer was filming, chose a photo taken with the lowest image quality, while paying him a decent fee.

When shooting on the Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G, I encountered a similar situation. Unfortunately Nikon D50 supports memory cards up to 4 GB only (usually only 2 GB cards can be found that work with this camera without problems). The most interesting photographs during one of my shooting began to turn out when there was almost no free space left on the memory card. As a result, the most interesting pictures turned out just in the 'JPEG' 'BASIC' 'S' (the smallest size 1504 X 1000 pixels and the strongest compression). After this survey, I was once again convinced that very often the number of megapixels and the level of compression (quality of data processing) have almost no effect on the final product.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

My experience

Cheap, simple and not capricious full-time station wagon for all occasions. Despite the fact that the Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G is optically slightly worse Nikon 28-80but liked more because of the longer focal length.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical and SIGMA ZOOM 28-105mm D 1: 2.8-4 DG

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 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical on the camera Nikon D50 silver

Results

Nikon 28-100 / 3.5-5.6G is a balanced super budget versatile lens for full-frame cameras. It may still surprise.

Advantages

  1. very low cost, one of the cheapest AF lenses in the aftermarket
  2. light weight
  3. suitable for full-length cameras
  4. a very convenient set of focal lengths for full-format cameras
  5. fast auto focus
  6. trunk self-extension is absent, zoom ring is rubberized, bayonet type hood
  7. moderate distortion and moderate chromatic aberrationlow vignetting on Nikon DX cameras
  8. small MDF with a good maximum magnification ratio
  9. no focus shift
  10. weak effect 'Focus Breathing'
  11. fairly flat discs of blur on the values aperture up to f / 10
  12. confident sharpness of 28 mm and F / 3.5 in the center of the frame, excellent sharpness on covered apertures in the wide angle range

Disadvantages:

  1. low aperture, uneven increase in the number F with increasing focal length
  2. plastic mount
  3. inconvenient manual focus, record-breaking narrow focus ring
  4. while changing the focal length, the rear lens is movable
  5. while changing the focal length, the trunk of the lens moves in waves, there may be psychological discomfort in using
  6. insufficiently rounded aperture blades that, at F numbers greater than 10, create a hole in the shape of a 7-gon
  7. absence inboard motor focusing, which limits its use with amateur Nikon DX series cameras
  8. noisy auto focus due to the lack of a modern quiet focus motor
  9. rotation of the front lens and the frame for the filters during focusing, in addition, the trunk of the lens also goes forward (inconvenience when using polarists and other specific filters)
  10. unpleasant bokeh
  11. tangible drop in sharpness in the television range
  12. palpable spherical aberrations in the television range
  13. poor resistance to back / side light under certain conditions

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Comments: 39, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1: 3.5-5.6G Aspherical

  • NE

    Thank you!

  • Alexey

    Good review, good lens. Thank you

  • Ы

    Arkady, I beg your pardon, but how to understand “unpleasant bokeh”?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Something like this - in the overwhelming majority of cases, the visual perception of the out-of-focus zone will be noticeably worse than with some other lenses. Of course, this is a subjective factor, but based on certain aesthetic sets of perception, one can draw the following conclusion.

      • Ы

        And what did not like in the bokeh of this glass? Sorry for the lamerism)
        It seemed to me that the circles in the bokeh attract too much attention and look a little alien.

  • Pokekmon

    Heh, probably if you put this glass on D3s or D4 it just shatters nafig)
    It is often given away for free, like a plug for a bayonet with film f65, f75, f80 on avito.
    By the way, it is interesting to compare it with other similar glasses - Sigma 28-105 / 2.8-4.0, Nikon 35-105 / 3.5-4.5, Nikon 28-105 / 3.5-4.5.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The lenses you specify are in a different category, then a completely different class of optics. This 28-100 is logical to compare with 28-80, 35-80.

      • Pokekmon

        OK. Got it)

  • anonym

    Thanks for the review. It is always interesting to read information from your site.
    There is a small technical clarification not about the glass, but about the D50, with which the glass was tested.
    Many D50 browsers make the same mistake. Indicate the maximum size of SD cards for this camera is 2 GB. The error can be attributed to little experience with this camera. I have used the D50 for amateur purposes for 11 years. This camera supports SD cards, but not SDHC, and the SD standard itself describes the amount of cards up to 4GB inclusive. Personally, my camera had a 4GB 150X Transcend SD card (TS4GSD150). In 2006-2008, I met SD 4GB cards and other manufacturers on sale. Although I agree that only a few SD 4GB models were released.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I don’t think I have little experience with the D50, but a 4 GB card is like a lottery, the d50 can work with it or refuse. In addition, the d50 can refuse with some micro-sd via an adapter, even for 2 GB. Even if some cards with 4 GB or more are mounted with a volume of 2 GB (or less), formatted in fath 16, then d50 will still not work with them.
      If someone is lucky with a 4 GB card under the D50, that's great, but there is no need to point out that many are mistaken. In general, 2GB is the limit, and 4GB is luck.

      • varezhkin

        in my case all 4GB SD-cards (not SDHC!) worked absolutely correctly on the D50 (transcend, silicon power), they can hold about 700 NEF. finding them now is certainly not easy. the only thing is that the write speed on them is still lower than 2GB, according to my feelings, and cannot be formatted in the D50.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Well, if they cannot be formatted, then in general they do not work on it.

      • anonym

        It may be a lottery for you, but I have experience in the D50 of two TS4GSD150 purchased for different years (I bought 2006 complete with D50 and 2008, to replace the first). My experience shows that they work. Not in the format of the reason (fat16 / fat32), namely that the card was SD, not SDHC. I came across 4GB SD (not SDHC) Transcend and Kingston. I repeat that manufacturers released units of SD 4GB models and immediately switched to the release of SDHC 4GB, which is not supported in the D50. And the use of microSD via an adapter, sorry, but this is a perversion. Any mechanical contact in the electronic circuit reduces the reliability of the system.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          As for the microSd - SD adapter, this is already too bent :).
          4GB formatted in camera?

          • Artem

            And here I am on an old D70s I use an 8Gb card, although the maximum performance is 4Gb.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              D70 and 16 GB can easily digest without any problems at all

          • anonym

            Judging by your answer, you do not distinguish between pure SD cards and the next generation called SDHC.
            Yes, I formatted the card more than once in the D50. I pointed out a specific model for you, it is not an SDHC, and it looks great and works in the D50.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              Well, thanks for the info, I really changed my mind about 4GB cards.

              • Dim

                Yes, the D40 is the same. We in one computer company read this trick, they had these 4 Gigabyte SD “first generation” on sale for a long time.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                I mean the same on the D40? D40 supports SDHC and easily copes with 32 GB of flash drives. I had two different D40s with two different 32GB flash drives and two different 16GB flash drives.

          • BB

            Concerning adapters: sometimes I work in ballroom / modern / oriental dance competitions. There, the cards are constantly changing, tk. you need to quickly merge pictures into the laptop, and you need "a lot" of them - at least 3 pieces per device. So there were 2 gig SD, then I bought 8 gig microSD (they were much cheaper than SD at that time). So these microSD cards with an adapter periodically “fall off” (right during shooting!), And the cameraman does not see them. Now I have almost completely switched to 8-gig SD (I took a couple of used ones, a couple of new ones), so there are no problems with them.
            Regarding SDHC: the first device was the Panasonic FZ-50 ultrazoom. I wanted to buy 4-gig cards for him, but he did not see them. As it turned out (I realized this later) - they were SD (without HC), I had to be content with kopeck piece. And now it works freely with 32GB SDHC :)

  • Dmitriy

    Canon did the same bastard focus ring on the whale 28-90. As I remember, I will shudder

  • varezhkin

    great review and gorgeous photos! interesting brother of my beloved 28-80G from film times ...

  • anonym

    Thank you :)

  • Victor

    Super pictures, golden autumn, nice to see !!!!

  • Bulgarians

    d 50, I love him! picture at d50 as ointment for the eyes in the days of CMOS infection!

  • Serge36ru

    The photos are wonderful! And boke kle!

  • SashOK

    I haven’t visited for a long time, and then I go in and see- Oh, my lens!
    I didn’t even expect to see his review here sometime, although I already know everything about him, but it’s very interesting to read about it from a professional!
    And in general I agree with almost everything about Arkady about this glass.
    Despite his age and cheapness, he is very cool !!! A good budget option, when there is no way to spend money on more expensive glass. And he is much better than that dull standard digital kit 18-55.
    The only thing I don't agree with the author is bokeh. Personally, I really like it - such cute round pieces :)
    But of course, as practice shows, whether you like bokeh or not is a very subjective thing.
    Anyway, thanks for the article.

    • SashOK

      I shoot this lens on Nikon D70 and D7000.
      And the result is more like 70m.

      • Dmitriy

        It is logical. 70d pixels are few, they are large, large resolution is not required from the lens

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    And which lens hood can fit this glass? Native for sale can not be found, only on Ebee at the price of the lens itself.

    • Sergey

      Try from 70-300 4-5.6 sort of fit

      • BB

        You joker, however, suggest a 70mm lens hood instead of 28mm. The picture on the SHU will be like in a fairy tale - round.
        To the question: AliExpress has everything, the issue price is $ 1- $ 2, local resellers are usually 1.5-2 times more expensive.

  • Ivan

    Arkady opened the instructions for this lens and found inaccuracies. Aperture blades 9, not 7:

    • Ivan

      Minimum aperture 38, not 36:

      • Arkady Shapoval

        On modern cameras, it closes down to F / 36. If you show F / 38 on any camera, I will change the values. The instruction, as is the case with the aperture blades, may be wrong.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Here on count this picture the number of aperture blades themselves.

      • Ivan

        Strange, I didn't think there were mistakes in the instructions.

        • Jury

          I'll err humanum est

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