Nikkor AF 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6D IF

Lens Review

Nikkor AF 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6D IF on Nikon D100.


This was the second lens that I got from my dad when he gave me his Nikon D100. I was hardly using this lens because of its limited focal range versus my other Nikkor AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G lens. Little did I know then, this lens was actual better in terms of color and sharpness than the Nikkor 28-200mm.

The build quality of this lens is a bit better than decent, but not quite good. It’s still vastly plastic but does have some heft to it, probably because it contains 16 elements in 12 groups.

2007-01-05 - Nikkor 28-105mm D lens - 001The auto focus of this lens is slow, especially in low light conditions. It does not have a built on auto focus motor (AF-S) and thus relies on the camera’s screw-drive motor to focus which has the disadvantage of being louder over the other lenses that has the built on AF motor. The loudness is especially apparent when the lens is searching for focus through the focus range. This lens is an internal focus, IF, lens so the front element does not move to focus. It is worth noting that this lens does focus a bit faster than the Nikkor 28-200mm.

This lens has an aperture ring making it compatible with virtually all the Nikon cameras, a feature not very necessary on the Nikon digitals. Available aperture settings are 3.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, and 22.

One really nice thing about this lens is that is has a macro switch, although this is a bit outdated for new macro lens no longer has a need for a switch. The macro can only be activated at focal lengths of 50mm to 105mm. The closes focus distance is 1.64 feet (0.5m) at 50mm with the macro selected.

The filter size is 62mm.2007-01-05 - Nikkor 28-105mm D lens - 004

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