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Showcase Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Discussion in 'Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Uncle Frank, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. It's been out of production since 2006, but you can find mint copies of the 28-105 Nikkor for $150-175, and it's a terrific walk-around lens on a DX platform. It's range and its 1:2 reproduction ratio make it ideal for my style of casual shooting. I walked over to a neighbor's house this afternoon, and grabbed a few shots while we had a cool drink.

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    I think a number of us are using the 28-105 as our walk-around. If you're a member of the club, please add some pics to this thread.
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  2. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    You 'drive' this lens well Frank, that first BW portrait is particually impressive.

    I wonder how this older full frame offering will shape up against the new DX only 18-105vr.
  3. Impressive, Frank. Here are a few of mine of Alaska wildflowers.

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  4. I think I'm gonna buy one and find out. I like the idea of extra wide reach (18-28) and VR. But I'll never part with my 28-105.
  5. I'm sure it will be sharp as a tack and contrasty.... but it's max reproduction ratio is only 1:5. That won't do as a walk-around for me.
  6. I will use it with my Canon 500D for close-ups.

    But I agree that the macro capability of the 28-105 is hard to beat.
  7. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    I hear you Frank
    I am looking into the 35/2 as a walkaround prime because I like the idea of a close-up abilty built into a normal range lens. I don't think it's quite 1:2 standard but still a good ratio.
  8. Hi Frank,

    Very sharp. Beautiful color. Great captures. :biggrin:
  9. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl

    Very nice shots, really like the bw, but you could tell no one has touched

    that barbell for some time..........

  10. Buy one if you can find one at a reasonable price. My local camera shop can't keep these in their used inventory anymore. All the D3 and D700 users are looking for them as a compact FX walk around. I bought mine used a year ago for $100. Quite the bargain. Between the macro capabilities of this lens and the Canon 500D I just bought used here on the Cafe (thanks stephen99), I no longer lust after a dedicated macro lens.
  11. two slow

    two slow

    Apr 22, 2006
    Talladega, Al
    These are wonderful lenses. You have put it to some wonderful use too Frank and Jim.
    I would like to show off a couple of mine sometime but at the moment I don't have any hosting.
  12. waltny


    Mar 27, 2008
    Reno, NV
    Is the 2:1 a typo?
    I notice this has nice circular highlights in the background, renders it well. Perks my interest to say the least.
  13. Romeo


    May 31, 2008
    TP, IL
    Wow. This forum really praise this lens and its absolutely correct. I have this lens and when I had the 24-70mm it is as sharp from f5.6 at all focal range. I think these thread increased the market value of the lens. It was selling around $125 when I got mine early this year and now I see that its around $175-200. This is really a gem. I got this lens mainly for its very low distortion at wide for a zoom and I did not realize its also tack sharp. I can't wait to use this on D700 whenever I can afford to get it. Prices are stating to drop. Its now $100 less. :) 

  14. Yes, it should be 1:2. I'll correct my post.
  15. waltny


    Mar 27, 2008
    Reno, NV
    Which 500D will you use it with as none of them match up exactly with the outside rings diameter?
  16. Nice shots, Frank. BTW, a 250D might be more appropriate at these FL's.
  17. I have a 72mm 500D that I bought for use on an 18-200VR, and I also have a 67-72mm step-up ring. It works pretty well on the 70-300VR.
  18. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    captured last year, Sept 22nd.

    28mm, 1100iso..it's a good lens.
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  19. Nute....you have a gift....
  20. We had dinner downtown tonight, and I brought the 28-105 along for some shots of San Jose at Golden Hour.

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