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 Nikon AF 28-85mm f 3.5 - 4.5

The Nikon AF 28-85mm f3.5-4.5 is an older style, very well made, heavy metal and glass Nikon standard zoom lens. The 28-85 has a good solid feel and the zoom control is smooth and well weighted. The manual focus ring is wide enough for comfortable use but the feel is light and nothing like a true manual focus lens. I’m not sure how old this Nikon 28-85 is but it feels like it was made to last.  It’s probably over ten years old, but looks and feels like it was bought last week.

The Nikon 28-85mm f3.5-4.5 is obviously designed as a film camera lens so how does it perform with digital? In common with pretty well all Nikon lenses it functions perfectly with both my Nikon D70 and Fuji S2 Pro DSLR camera bodies. Autofocus isn’t fast or silent but is perfectly adequate for anything other than high speed action. In comparison to any modern standard zoom the Nikon 28-85 is a big heavy lens, but it feels so good in your hand that I can’t imagine anyone objecting to the extra weight over a modern plastic zoom.      

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