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Nikon 28-80 "D" vs "G"

Robert De Anda , Feb 23, 2005; 02:33 a.m.

Since KEH has the "D" version pretty cheap, I was thinking of picking one up. I already have the "G" version and the build quality is very weak. I understand that the "D" is not pro build either, however, which one has the better build?

I am looking for something at least comparible to my 50 F/1.8 D.

Also, are there significant optical differences between the D & G?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


Jim Gifford , Feb 23, 2005; 07:20 a.m.


Aside from the absence of an aperture ring on the "G" lens, you will be hard pressed to tell the difference.

Since you already have a "G" version, don't waste any money to get the "D" version.

This is not true of the G/D pair in the 70-300mm focal length, where at least the makeup of the optical elements is different -- better --in the D version with its ED glass.

But for the least expensive 28-80 lenses that Nikon has offered in three or more versions since the mid 1990s, I see no reason to "collect the whole set." The 28-100 is a kissing cousin to these, by the way. If you have any one of that batch, no need to spend money on any others in a vain hunt for improved performance.

If you want a step up, look into the 28-105 D lens, a terrific value in the Nikkor lineup.

Be well,

Bill Harris , Feb 25, 2005; 02:30 p.m.

I shoot with a D100..I have nothing but "D" type lens..I find it hard to believe that a "G" type or any other can beat the optics of a "D" type lens. They are extra sharp. In fact I just today from,E/Bay bought a super wide 20mm 2.8 "D" type lens to go along with the three others I have...They are much cheaper (used) than a newer "G"type and are just as good or better. Save youself a lot of money look around for "D" lens.

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