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    Man, i'm quite confuse at what lens to get for my Nikon FG. i'm interested in buying the AF28-105mm 2nd hand, but i dunno if its really worth the money.

    can u guys tell me what good zoom lenses are there?
    abt 24-120mm, preferable f/2.5. And i dun mind second hand ones in gd condition. My budget, max is $400.

    Pls HELP! hee hee! thanks.

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    Default Re: Which lens to get???

    Originally posted by Joshua T
    Man, i'm quite confuse at what lens to get for my Nikon FG. i'm interested in buying the AF28-105mm 2nd hand, but i dunno if its really worth the money.

    can u guys tell me what good zoom lenses are there?
    abt 24-120mm, preferable f/2.5. And i dun mind second hand ones in gd condition. My budget, max is $400.

    Pls HELP! hee hee! thanks.
    I don't think there's any zoom faster than f/2.8, let alone f/2.5, and you're talking about 24-120 here. The only one I know is the Nikkor AF 24-120mm f/4-5.6, and it's not a very good lens.

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    then what good and versatile zoom lens would u recommend?

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    Originally posted by Joshua T
    then what good and versatile zoom lens would u recommend?
    Tamron 24-135 SP len, but it is around $600++ price range.
    I can say that it is a very good len and I always bring it along while doing photography.

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    The only one I know is the Nikkor AF 24-120mm f/4-5.6, and it's not a very good lens.

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    yah, it's just that the name is nice.

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    I have done a test on 3 Nikon lenses (35-70mm f2.8AFD, 50mm f1.8AF and 28-105mm f3.5AFD) and all fixed at the same focal length: 50mm, taking the same picture of a brick wall.

    At the end of the test and to be fair to all 3 lenses tested, I asked a friend to comment on the slides. Surprisingly, but quite rightly, my friend chose the best of the slides taken by the 28-105mm lens.

    A review done by other photographers on the 28-105mm lens is also highly rated. Since then, I have come to term that non-prime or variable-aperture lens like the 28-105mm can also be a winner.

    The focal range of this lens is without doubt a blessing to all photographers. This lens also has a useful macro mode, capable of half life-size reproduction. Thumbs up!


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    Originally posted by jasphotography
    I have done a test on 3 Nikon lenses (35-70mm f2.8AFD, 50mm f1.8AF and 28-105mm f3.5AFD) and all fixed at the same focal length: 50mm, taking the same picture of a brick wall.

    At the end of the test and to be fair to all 3 lenses tested, I asked a friend to comment on the slides. Surprisingly, but quite rightly, my friend chose the best of the slides taken by the 28-105mm lens.

    A review done by other photographers on the 28-105mm lens is also highly rated. Since then, I have come to term that non-prime or variable-aperture lens like the 28-105mm can also be a winner.

    The focal range of this lens is without doubt a blessing to all photographers. This lens also has a useful macro mode, capable of half life-size reproduction. Thumbs up!

    The 28-105 is indeed a great lens, BUT its relatively slow aperture of f/3.5-4.5 severely limits available light shooting. Like most zoom lenses, it's also soft wide open and at full wide angle. Things improve tremendously at f/5.6 onwards.

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    Originally posted by ckiang


    The 28-105 is indeed a great lens, BUT its relatively slow aperture of f/3.5-4.5 severely limits available light shooting. Like most zoom lenses, it's also soft wide open and at full wide angle. Things improve tremendously at f/5.6 onwards.

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    I agree... that's why I still keep the Nikon AFD 35-70mm f2.8 lens over the 28-105. The bigger aperture (small f value) of the 35-70 also mean you get a BRIGHTER image through the viewfinder of the camera, and hence allow quicker and precise manual focusing.

    But still... I miss the 28-105mm lens terribly especially when I need the extra focal length at both ends (wide angle and telephoto).

    Nevertheless, I think the relatively slow aperture (f3.5-4.5) of the 28-105mm lens should be able to cope with Singapore's bright & sunny all year round weather . Not an advisable lens for Europe weather though.

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    Actually, comparing Nikkors and Cannon lenses, which is cheaper and better?

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    Originally posted by Joshua T
    Actually, comparing Nikkors and Cannon lenses, which is cheaper and better?
    For lenses in the same range, they are equally good.

    Regards
    CK

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