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|Seller Notes:||“This item is rated in Excellent condition. That means that this item is between 90-96% of original condition. This item shows little to no cosmetic blemishes and is tested as fully operational. This item includes all that is photographed in this listing and nothing more. The photographs are of the actual item for sale. IncludesFront CapRear Cap”|
|Focus Type:||Auto & Manual||Camera Technology:||Digital, Film|
|Camera Type:||SLR||Maximum Aperture:||f/2.8|
|Focal Length:||28-70mm||Series:||Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR|
|Focal Length Type:||Zoom||Product Line:||Nikon Zoom-Nikkor|
|The Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 28-70 mm camera lens has an f/2.8 ED zoom. Made of molded glass that provides high resolution, this digital SLR camera lens provides super contrast and minimized distortion when taking photos. This Nikon digital camera lens also makes photos look more natural because of the nine-blade diaphragm. The Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 28-70 mm camera lens has a rugged, 4 lb design that is built to last. This makes this digital SLR camera lens perfect for shooting outdoor scenes where a camera may get more wear and tear. This Nikon digital camera lens provides professional quality results with lots of picture settings and adjustments. The Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 28-70 mm camera lens is a high-performance piece that does more than prevent distortion. The lens provides standard zoom, fast autofocus, and compensation for dark rooms. Use it to take photos at home or run a professional photography business.|
|Product Line||Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||99695129|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||28-70mm|
|Additional Tech Characteristics||AF-S D IF M/A ED|
|Camera Technology||Digital, Film|
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A beauty of a beast
Similar lenses used: Nikon 43-86mm f/3.5 Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8 Sigma 35-70mm f/2.8 to f/4 (Nikon F mount) Kiron 28-70mm f/3.5 to f/4.5 (for Pentax ME) Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8 to f/5.6 (Nikon F mount) Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 (on Fuji X it has angle-of-view equivalent to 24-82mm on full frame) Background In my film only days, I primarily used prime lenses. The two lenses I used the most were 35mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8. The first zoom lens I purchased was a Nikon 43-86mm that I wanted to use when I only wanted to carry one body and one lens. However, this lens was a big disappointment for me. The lens was too slow, its images were not sharp, and there were many times when 43mm was just not wide enough. This lens was such a poor performer that I dumped it and refused to use zoom lenses for decades. Thirty years later, I was still primarily a prime lens shooter. My general purpose two-lens Nikon kit had not changed much. I was using a 35mm f/1.4 and an 85mm f/1.8. However, when I began shooting DX digital, my manual focus primes did not allow me to focus as quickly and as accurately as I could on a film body. Rather than replace my manual focus primes with auto focus primes, I decided to rely on auto focus zoom lenses on my DX digital bodies. Since a 24mm focal length produces the same angle-of-view on a DX digital body as a 35mm lens on a film body, I used a 20-35mm f/2.8 auto focus zoom to substitute for my 35mm prime lens. Since a 57mm focal length produces the same angle-of-view on a DX digital body as an 85mm lens on a film body, I used a 35-70mm f/2.8 auto focus zoom to substitute for my 85mm prime lens. This year, I finally decided to replace my 35-70 with the newer Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8. I did not want to replace my 35-70 with the newest 24-70mm f/2.8 because the 24-70 is a G lens that does not have an aperture ring and I need an aperture ring for exposure control in my older Nikon film cameras. *** Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 pros: 1. Image quality -- excellent 2. Auto focus -- faster and quieter than the 35-70mm f/2.8 lens that it replaced. 3. FX lens -- lens works on FX & DX bodies. This is very important to me because I want all my lenses to work on my full-frame film bodies and my APS-size digital bodies. 4. Zoom Range -- 28-70mm is good range for FX body; range is ok for DX body 5. Construction -- rugged, lots of metal, well made 6. Constant f/stop -- f/2.8 constant aperture is a very important feature for me. 7. Aperture ring -- presence of aperture ring necessary for lens to function on older film Nikons. Newer 24-70mm f/2.8 lens does not have an aperture ring. 8. Compatibility -- the 28-70mm f/2.8 and the 20-35mm f/2.8 on DX make a good two-lens combo. The 28-70mm f/2.8 works well between the 14-24mm f/2.8 and the 80-200mm f/2.8 in a three-lens kit for DX or FX. 9. Usefulness -- serves as a general purpose FX lens; also makes a good DX portrait lens on the beach and in the studio. Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 cons: 1. Lens hood -- plastic petal-shaped bayonet hood is its weakest feature for me. 2. Availability -- discontinued lens that is only available on the used market. 3. Obsolescence -- makes my Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8 lens and my Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8 to f/5.6 less useful. 4. Vibration reduction/Image stabilization -- none 5. Size & weight -- the large size and heavy weight contributed to the lens' nickname, "The Beast." 6. Repair costs -- about $400 to repair and replace silent auto focus motor. 7. Price -- high when it was brand new and high on the used market; but well worth it.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: robertscamera
Too big and bulky, especially with a non full frame cam. Good value.
A very good lens but after traveling with it for 3 weeks i have realized how right some reviews i read before purchasing it when they said that it is not a "tourist lens". A bit to big and heavy for the quite limited zoom length, especially as i am not even using a full frame camera. I will most likely keep the lens for whenever i need the larger aperture (and for whenever i upgrade to a full frame camera) but will definitely also add a lighter smaller travel zoom like Nikon's own 18-200mm.
Heavy mother conquers all
To go with a D800, I wanted a midrange zoom, the 28-70 is heavy, but that is a stabilizing feature that helps tame my fine tremor. As a shooter it is as fast as I can need given the camera's ISO range. It shows no distortion across the frame, no color fringing, great saturation. Mechanically it is bulletproof, lightning fast focus and totally silent. As far as value, it is half the price of the 24-70 and I can find no advantage to the newer lens. I use mine for travel, architecture, and family groupings. This is my only AF lens besides the 50G; all the others are MF Nikkors, Leica and Zeiss. This lens far exceeds my expextations. WOW!
Nikon 28-70mm F2.8 AF-S D lens
I've shot with Nikon 35mm cameras for years. I lost interest in photography when Nikon first came out with the Nikon/Kodak DCS460. Yes, digital was faster than shooting then developing film, but film had so much more detail. This lens is a superb auto-focus lens. Crystal clear, super fast focus (Nikon D3X body) great ability to blow the back ground out of focus and beautiful color saturation. Paired up with my Nikon 20-35mm F2.8 D reduces the number of lenses I have to carry from 5 to 4. The added benefit is that my three zoom lenses all take a 77mm polarizer, so it's one less polarizer to carry around. To me, I prefer metal over plastic. I need the ability to use my lenses on older Nikon film cameras which the newest Nikon lenses don't. I'm more than happy to let someone else take the depreciation on the lens from what Nikon sold these for new. This lens is a great value purchased second hand. The issues that I've read about is the auto-focus squeal, and the zoom ring being sticky. I sat the lens in the hot sun for an hour then racked the zoom ring back and forth, and everything smoothed out. Same goes for the auto-focus squeal. Suspect that the lubricant is hardened and the heat softens it so that racking the lens re-coats everything. It worked with two of my lenses, it may work with yours.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: stevegibso_0
The Best Studio Zoom Lens
B"H, I own this lens for 3 years. I bought it used and never looked back!! This is , by far, the best zoom lens I ever owned!! I bought it to replace my 17-55mm f2.8 DX ED lens which was only sharp at full zoom 55mm. I have used this lens on D300 an now on the D7000, both of them are DX cameras so I never used the full angle of the 28mm. Thus it is very sharp at all focal lengths, 28 - 70. In fact, it gives the famous 60mm macro sharpness a 'run for its money'. I dare say it is sharper then the 24-70mm f2.8 VR ED AF-S at the widest angle. I guess that is the reason it is indeed sharper. There is nothing the 24-70mm can do that this lens can not do with one extra step back, just one. That is why I use this lens in a studio setup, I found that the extra 4mm does not worth the lose of sharpness! Bottom Line: if you are looking for a studio or events Zoom lens for full frame or DX camera... My friends... Believe me when i say.... "THIS IS THE LENS FOR YOU"!