Showcase Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D IF

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I do have the beast... but it's helluva big and heavy for just taking along on a day-trip somewhere. So I'm looking into some fun to use lens!

28-105: Nice range eh? How about bokeh and smoothness? Sort of sharp?
 
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Hi Linda,
did you talk about the "NIKON Nikkor AF 28-105 f 3.5-4.5 D IF"?
Or the "C***** EF 24-105 mm 1:4 L IS USM"?

As far as the Nikkor is on discussion, I can tell you that my one
is really a sharp lens even if you stop down 1 step. And the macro
function is nice! Only the plastic finish is not so nice if you ask me.
And the bokeh is fine for me.
 
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Yeah you mean the 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 right? :smile: Almost all of these were taken with my F100 and 28-105, but I think you already saw them. Bokeh is definitely on the harsh/ugly side, but other than that I have no complaints aside from maybe slower focusing, but that hasn't really been an issue for me.

I took this one with my D80 at ISO 800, straight off the camera. This was in its 1:2 macro range although probably not the full 1:2 here. Highly useful lens when my daughter decides to jump in my lap when I've got the camera out! :biggrin:

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The great thing about the 28-105 is not only is it sharp with great color and contrast:

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but the 1:2 macro capabilities can turn even the dullest of photographic days into something special:

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Both images taken with a D80.

It's a great walk-around lens, but not quite wide enough on DX to feel completely comfortable without something else.
 
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lol... yeah I meant the 28-105, couldn't do much with the Canon lens!

Ugly bokeh?! I might have a problem with that. Wow. I have turned into a snob. lol
But the photos shown in these threads doesn't have ugly bokeh.

A macro too? hmm.. interesting
 
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Linda...
the macro button really extends this lens and makes it a fun lens to use...
 
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I was sure you meant the 28-105. The lens is sharp and right now you can buy a used one for a very reasonable price.
I agree with the gentleman that stated that the "macro" setting can save the day. It has for me.
This lens shines when I use it with my F-100.
I posted this shot in the landscape forum this afternoon.
William Rodriguez
Miami, Florida.

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Linda

I have been thinking about getting this lens as well, the 1:2 macro is a bonus. On DX, the lens isn't very wide, but i kinda hate wide angle anyways. I also don't like plastic mounts, I have found the plastic rubs off onto the base when changing lenses, though it isn't a deal breaker. Considering the 28-105 is dirt cheap on the used market, it might be one of those lenses you can pick up without doing too much thinking - afterall, a good range, great performance, and a 1:2, sounds like a good walkaround to me...
 
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Linda, I have the Tamron 28-105 f/2.8.
Some people don't like it because it has an 82mm. diameter lens and is pretty noticeable when you carry it around.

I used it recently to take these shots, many of which were interior low light shots.
If you're looking for a general purpose, light weight lens, though, the best I've found is the 18-200VR.

D300 with Tamron 28-105 f/2.8
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Linda,

I used to carry a 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G AF-S lens my D2X as a walk around lens. I thought it had a nice range, very light weight and decent IQ. Although Nikon no longer list this lens, it may be available on some camera shop shelves or on the used market.
 
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The 28-105 has been discussed here often. Do a search and you will see many nice photos. I took it and my Nikkor 60mm 2.8 micro to a local arboretum, and took the same shot with each, using the 28-105 in macro mode. I saw virtually no difference in photo quality. What it loses on the long end, it more than makes up for with the ncie macro.
 
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sweet...thx all for chiming in. I'm pretty sure the 24-85 would feel too short for me.
Then, there's the 18-135. I have an odd hunch that I wouldn't like the 18-200.
 
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