Showcase Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

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I should be getting mine on Saturday (Thanks Eric!) and I'm going to plop it on my F100 and shoot a roll of E100GX. I have a feeling it'll be rather magical. :smile:
 
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Has anyone tried this lens on a D300 or even full frame yet? I'm interested to see how well this will hold up to those.
It's FANTASTIC on the D3! :biggrin: It is my walk-around lens. :smile:

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This lens is my favorite lens! I purchased it in the early 00s for my N70, but I used it as a walkaround lens on my D70 for about a year. It is not wide enough for lots of shots on the DX so I had to get something else. However, the IQ is great and it's compact, sharp, and lightweight. It doesn't focus particularly quickly but is very accurate.

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Those are some great shots Gretchen. Its great to see that such an old kit style lens like this can still perform so well.
Actually, the 28-105/3.5-4.5 is relatively modern. It was introduced in December 1998, and wasn't discontinued until 2006. It's a cut above the kit lenses in terms of build quality, has a relatively fast aperture at 105mm, and marvellous macro abilities, with a max reproduction ratio of 1:2. It's so good that some people feel it eliminates the need for a dedicated macro lens. I use the 28-105 in my table top studio when the subject is too large for the 60 micro to frame, and outdoors where the working distance at 105mm is a big advantage.

As a matter of personal style, prefer tight shots and macros for casual walk-around application, and that's where the 28-105 excels.
 
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Yes, I'm on the verge of selling my dedicated macro b/c I've come to realize that I have neither the eye nor patience, for true macro work. I prefer tight close ups, and just LOVE the minimum focus distance that I get with this lens in macro mode. The shot of James' hand above is macro mode. Here are a few others:

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All are hand-held, auto-focused.......just the style of "macro" that I like to do! :biggrin:
 
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Nice, Gretchen. Beth wants to know where you found the yellow Lady's Slipper.

p.s. I agree with you on the macro capabilities (as evidenced by my pictures above). It's perfect for wildflowers, and about as "macro" as I ever want.
 
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Actually, the 28-105/3.5-4.5 is relatively modern. It was introduced in December 1998, and wasn't discontinued until 2006. It's a cut above the kit lenses in terms of build quality, has a relatively fast aperture at 105mm, and marvellous macro abilities, with a max reproduction ratio of 1:2. It's so good that some people feel it eliminates the need for a dedicated macro lens. I use the 28-105 in my table top studio when the subject is too large for the 60 micro to frame, and outdoors where the working distance at 105mm is a big advantage.

As a matter of personal style, prefer tight shots and macros for casual walk-around application, and that's where the 28-105 excels.
I didn't know this. I thought it was an older kit lens. Thanks for the schooling.
Looks like I need to try to use this lens for more than just a casual snapshot lens.
 
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I tried the macro on this a little today. It won't be replacing my 150mm sigma but it does a fine job for a walk around.
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I tried the macro on this a little today. It won't be replacing my 150mm sigma but it does a fine job for a walk around.
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FWIW, you only get 2:1 if you put the slide switch into the macro position, and you also need to zoom to 105mm.
 
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I love mine :smile:
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I love this lens for flowers:
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7 exposure HDR (camera on the floor) @ 55mm:
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