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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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    1. larsvandegoor.com 67 months ago | reply

      Geweldig verhaal man, ben benieuwd naar de shots :-)

    2. Dani℮l 67 months ago | reply

      Da's idd belachelijk goedkoop voor wat je er voor krijgt........

    3. ! . © Angela Lobefaro . ! 67 months ago | reply

      Congrats!

      Good scavening!! ;-)

      ciao Max!

    4. Boris Mitendorfer Photography 67 months ago | reply

      Great, you found this lins at such low price! Thanks for informations.

    5. Eric Rousset 67 months ago | reply

      Ohh m8 such a find , really cheap n top quality in large :-O

    6. Guido Musch 67 months ago | reply

      mooi lensje is het :)

    7. Jorge Marrufo ' 67 months ago | reply

      Fantastic tip, this kind of things makes me want to have a Nikon, but what i really call my attention was your music tip, im a huge fan of xploding plastix, i think the 'Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents' is one of the best new fusion albums, and they arent play anymore like xploding but they have a new band call 'the electones' more jazzy funk, is really great too, find some videos in you tube, now they are very underground and more acoustic. Cheers !

    8. edwindejongh 67 months ago | reply

      Gaaf resultaat, Gert. En gefeliciteerd met je foto op Calumet! Zag 'm net in de nieuwsbrief.

    9. Guido Musch 67 months ago | reply

      Wat je computer kan 9 exposures niet aan? Wat heb jij voor computer ;)

    10. Richard Roscoe Photography 67 months ago | reply

      Wonderful!
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    11. Ben Heine 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr United (Must Award 3), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. Ben Heine 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called CREATIVEYE UNIVERSE( Post 1/Award 2 ), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Ben Heine 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called *Magico Touch* POST 1 AWARD 1, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Ben Heine 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called One Million Peace Signs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. iyad LA 67 months ago | reply

      i got an 28 90 myself

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    16. d.photogal 67 months ago | reply

      get out! im going to have to give it a whirl!

    17. Jerri Johnson (away) 58 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the great news....how could I NOT buy this??? ;-))

    18. what's_the_frequency 58 months ago | reply

      Some beautiful work here on your photostream. I just received this humble little lens from a used camera dealer this week and am anxious to try it out on my digital and film cameras this weekend!

    19. THE Holy Hand Grenade! 23 months ago | reply

      One correction it's a 58mm filter - no one makes a 57mm... otherwise I agree with you (I have one that came with an N75... in black... that is now regularly used on a F4!

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