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Nikon 28mm f2.8d lens


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The Nikon 28-70mm f2.8d lens is still an optical wonder for the time it was manufactured. Mine is in excellent condition, looks hardly used. I am still amazed how it stands up against the newer Nikon zooms. Mine has not squeak and focuses extremely fast. It is a huge lens but the optical quality overrides the size. It is my event and a lot of other uses. Old is not allows that much worse and better than a lot of lenses than new, especially for this lens.
I was happily using my D-series lenses until my D610 body died. I decided that was the time to go to Z. I didn't want the lenses to be longer by using the FTX adapter. I decided to sell off most of my F-mount lenses and start with just a couple of simple lenses, building back up over time.

Since I kept my FE and N90s, I kept the 50/1.8D, (which is not worth much anyway) 28-105/3.5-4.5D (awesome do-it-all lens for the N90s) and 50/3.5 Micro-Nikkor AI.

I decided that for a walk-around lens, 70 or 85 isn't long enough for me on the long end. Minimum for me is a 105, and 120 is better. 200 means we start to make some optical compromises, so I stop at 120.

Anyway, I think my 28-105 is my favorite, equivalent to your 28-70/2.8. I happily give up the extra stop or so for the extra reach. It has a great macro-focusing mode, too.