Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR 28~85mm 1:3.5~4.5 Ai-S Lens (28-85mm f/3.5-4.5)

Review of the Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR 28~85mm 1:3.5~4.5 Ai-S Lens (28-85mm f/3.5-4.5).

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This lens was introduced in 1985 and made until 2005. It cost approximately $550 USD. It has two-touch zoom/focus mechanics. It is fine to use on Nikon DSLR bodies, but being a variable aperture zoom lens, don't expect to easily keep EXIF data accurate.

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macro to 0.3× magnification (detail)

There is some color fringing with this lens, and there is pronounced barrel distortion on the wide end and like-wise pinchushion distortion on the long end.

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color fringing at f=28mm/5.6

Infrared seems okay up to f/11.

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infrared at f=28mm/8
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infrared at f=85mm/11

It flares horribly which some may appreciate.

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flaring at f=85mm/22
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flaring at f=28mm/22

Bokeh is fair, neither poor nor great.

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bokeh at f=50mm/4
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bokeh at f=85mm/4.5

This lens has a macro function which goes all the way down to a reproduction ratio of 1:3.4! Sadly, the front element does turn when it is focused and this makes for difficult times when using a polarizer. It has a focus scale.

Diffraction begins around f/8.

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