28-105 question

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mood, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    can you tell me at what focal lengths the macro function is available ?


    any examples would be nice also....
  2. You can engage the macro switch at any focal length over 50mm. The lens has an orange stripe indicating the macro range and the lens will then only zoom from 50-105mm when the switch is in the macro position. To get the lens out of the macro mode, focus the lens to infinity and you can then slide the switch back to the normal position and then you will be able to get back out into 28-50mm range.
  3. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thats what I had thought

    thanks Jeff
  4. Here are a couple taken with the 28-105 in the macro mode:

    105mm, 1/60 sec, f/7.1

    75mm, 1/1600 sec, f/9

    105mm, 1/30 sec, f/13

    105mm, 1/30 sec, f/8
  5. The macro mode is great, a genuine half life size at 105mm.

    Baffles me why this lens is so frequently sold, its a superb lens, and works very well on the D700 too.

    Some macro-y samples:







    This is a GREAT lens IMHO - if you see anyone selling it, buy it, and question their sanity *after* you've paid for it :) 

    Its so cheap, and so good, and so versatile its a no-brainer. One of the best bargains out there right now, and did I say it was Full Frame? :) 
  6. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    great shots Andy,Frank, Jeff

    I doubt I'll want/need 1:1 , so this lens does seem a great deal

    and FF is certainly a benefit for the near future..
  7. Cope


    Apr 5, 2007
    Houston, Texas

    There is still a need (want?) for a macro lens, but as you have seen, the 28-105 makes it a whole lot less pressing. This was taken at 55mm.

  8. LindaZ


    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    I recently got it, and it's sharp and really fun as a macro. I did notice some pretty sever purple fringing, shooting around backlit subjects especially. I don't know if it's typical of this lens, but thought I would mention it.
  9. Gretchen- were any of these images taken with your D3?
  10. lisantica


    Jul 4, 2006
    So. Calif.
    Great samples shown here in this thread.
    I have to agree that it should be bought if seen on the buy/sell forum. It's a lot of bang for the buck.

    The only drawback I found was not being able to auto-focus it on my D40, but that's a camera limitation and not a lens limitation. I did quickly realize that I mainly focus manually when doing macro work, so that's why I decided to keep it as my main Macro lens.
  11. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thanks Gretchen and all

    as a follow up
    what hood do you use ?

    the original is huge
    are there other alternatives ?
  12. Yes, all of them. :smile:
  13. MarcV


    May 3, 2007
    Schoten, Belgium
    There's bad copies of this lens too!

    Would you believe I actually have a BAD copy of this lens?

    At the wide end I have to stop it down to at least f/5 to get acceptable results, otherwise the pictures are hazy!

    But it was the first lens I bought for my (then) D100 and I didn't know any better.

    I wonder if such defects can be corrected, because I do like the range of this lens.
  14. Leif


    Feb 12, 2006
    I think they are all hazy wide open and need to be stopped down at least half a stop. At least mine is. And reviews mention this.
  15. MarcV


    May 3, 2007
    Schoten, Belgium
    Ah OK!
    But I've read often that this lens is great also wide open. Mine definitely isn't!
  16. Hi, Marc. I don't know of any lens that does its best work at its widest aperture setting, but the 28-105 should be capable of useful renderings at 28mm f/3.5. The lens is quite susceptible to flare, so it's important to use a hood for landscapes. I'll try a few shots today and see how my copy performs wide open at 28mm.
  17. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    28mm, wide open
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