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Monday, September 25, 2023

AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6, On A D200, Early Images

Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6, The CCD Sensor, Early Images 01
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6, The CCD Sensor, Early Images 02
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6, The CCD Sensor, Early Images 03
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6, The CCD Sensor, Early Images 04
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6, The CCD Sensor, Early Images 05
The CCD Sensor, image making with an AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 on the equally vintage 10.2MP CCD Nikon D200.
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The AF-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 D 8 elements in 8 groups lens, launched by Nikon in 1999, is a replacement for the earlier 7-element 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-D version which was made from 1995 through 1999. Compared to the previous version, the lens came with a broader manual focus ring and was sold mainly as a kit lens with their lower-end 35mm SLR film cameras (F55, F65, and F75). On the D200 the lens has an equivalent focal length range of 42-120mm.

The plastic mount lens is lightweight at 250 grams, comes with an aperture ring but no focusing scale, 7 rounded blades diaphragm which stops down to f/22 @ 28mm to f/36 @ 80mm, a minimum focusing distance of 0.4 meters, a screw-drive AF system, and was introduced as a native AF-D spec optic with a built-in microchip that feeds focusing distance information to the camera body. The AF-D will work with all Nikon AF cameras, as well as on 35mm MF Nikon SLR film cameras (FM, FE2, etc.,).

Nikon D200, AF-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 D
Nikon D200, AF-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 D

While the lens did not enjoy much of review exposures across the Net, even with brickbats on its all-plastic construction, and its tendency to zoom-creep, it does come with a mention or two as an excellent midrange zoom, reasonably sharp, and very low-end prices. Enjoy the images!




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