Dinky Plastic Cheapo

Larger on white

 

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♪♫ Exploding Plastix by Omar Sharif Bonanza "-)

 

I'm laughing my ass off. You know what? I bought this dinky Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 G a couple of days ago. I paid € 30 for it - approx. $44 - but you can probably find it ever cheaper elsewhere! It even saves me roughly $900 on a lens with about the same focal range which I was just about to purchase!

 

I deliberately exaggerated f/3.3 in bold because there's a 3.5 version as well, which is NOT like this one I was told. This f/3.3 version came in silver as well in black finish and reads Made in Thailand.

 

So what? Well, it handles great on FX, but particularly well on DX. I immediately took a boatload of shots from my kiddies at the playground, and you what? Every single shot turned out stellar, crispy as Lays and sharp at all far corners, wonderful contrasts from the shortest to its widest focal range on each given aperture.

 

This Nikon 28-80mm G was sold as a kit lens with Nikon's cheapest film cameras like the F75.

 

I stumbled upon this one because I did a little research on good IR candidate lenses. After reading Kenn Rockwell's review I knew I was able to find a good deal on a local online marketplace.Edit: I can confirm that this lens is perfect for near-infrared with an IR-720 filter screwed on. At least I can confirm Kenn Rockwell's review about this cheapo which is great and embarrassingly much more sharp than many of far more expensive lenses sold for any camera brand today ;-)

 

Edit: yes indeed I did some near-IR tests today with the IR-720 filter attached with ducktape because I don't have a 57mm > 77mm step-up yet :-) Anyway, I confirm this lens is also perfect for IR as well! No hot spots or whatsoever throughout the hole range from wide open at f/3.3 to the narrow f/22. Perfect!

 

Shot taken with my Tokina AT-X124 @ 24mm. on the backside of a shiny plastic coated poster on top of my audio amplifier in my dark room with a custom white balance from a white sheet of paper. It was lightened by an ordinary bulb hanging on the ceiling pointed hand held towards the subject matter. I can imagine more product shots doing this way ;-)

 

Camera & exposure

 

Camera: Nikon D300

Lens: Tokina AT-X 124 Pro 12-24mm f/4

Filter: none - IR-720

ISO-100 , 24mm, f/8, 2.5 sec

 

Read Kenn Rockwell's review, my source of inspiration.

 

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Taken on September 20, 2009