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A tribute to Nikon's cheapest: The 28-80G

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by keko, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. keko


    Jul 20, 2007
    I've considered selling this tiny, plastic, slow and cheap zoom a few times... But every time I see the pics I've taken with it I change my mind.

    The 28-80G probably is Nikon's cheapest lens ever...

    Here are a few samples taken w/ the D50, straight out of the camera jpg only resized for web...

    Doing macro/close-up:


    NIKON D50    ---    80mm    f/7.1    1/50s   



    NIKON D50    ---    28mm    f/9.0    1/320s   

    NIKON D50    ---    34mm    f/9.0    1/320s   

    NIKON D50    ---    44mm    f/11.0    1/250s   

    NIKON D50    ---    28mm    f/8.0    1/320s   



    NIKON D50    ---    56mm    f/4.8    1/50s   

    NIKON D50    ---    80mm    f/8.0    1/160s   
  2. Proves that it's less about the *gear* and more about what you do with it. These shots are lovely!
  3. Wonderful! Great pictures need a great eye and an open mind--the camera and the lens just do what you ask them to do!
  4. A tribute to Nikon's cheapest glass

    July 26, 2008

    I own one or two of these "el cheapo" 28-80 G zoom lenses, and I have had great results with them. Stop them down to their middle apertures and focus carefully and you should have good results. Use the HB-20 lenshood with the lens.

    By the way, this is NOT the only version of this lens that Nikon made. Back in the late 1990s there was a 28-80D version of this lens with the aperture ring and a wider focusing ring. It had one or two more elements then the G lens and and was a bit heavier then the G version. I purchased one at B&H in 2006 and have had no problems with it. It certainly looks better cosmetically then the G lens but as usual Nikon discontinues a better looking lens to come out with one that does not look as good cosmetically.

    Just because the glass is cheap does not mean that it will always produce "cheap looking" results. Check NikonCafe, I think that there are other postings of images taken with Nikon's cheap glass. Also please display some of your sample photos at the top of your thread directly, I clicked on the little squares with the x in them and nothing came up. Thank you.

    Steve Zalewski
    Syracuse, NY
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 26, 2008
  5. keko


    Jul 20, 2007
    Thanks everyone for your positive feeback.

    In the end it's all about the available light and when and where you take the picture.

    With the FX era just kicking-off, I wonder if we'll see a rivaval of this cheapo somewhere down the road...

    I've seen the D version and it certainly looks much better built, but you can't beat the lightweight and compactness of the G.

    p.s.: I did not pp the pics at all on purpose, some may look a little soft, but they do take a fair amount of additional sharpening.
  6. Really nice shots. Now if you could just clone that guy's butt cheek out of #5...
  7. Paulesko


    Jul 23, 2008
    This was my very first lens. I used it with a nikopn d50 with good results.

    NIKON D50    ---    60mm    f/32.0    30s   

    NIKON D50       28mm    f/22.0    1/357s    ISO 200
  8. MrCupHolder


    Jul 3, 2008
    Paulesko, I love number 2

    I used to have one of these lenses however I traded it in with a 70-300G to get the 24-120 a number of years back. (Edit: Just remembered that I traded it in when I bought my D100 which was in about July 2003)

    Back then I didn't know much about forums or reviews.
    Back then all I cared about was it was a nikon lens and it had VR (which was a nice addition), was F4 all the way and had ED elements in it which supposedly made it better. Yet now I read here I find that it doesn't exactly get rave reviews. That being said I've not been disappointed so far with the results from my 24-120 but we'll see how it holds up on a 12MP camera instead of the 6MP I was using.
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