Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus

Last updated (29 July’10):
- Review by Nikonians

The Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus features 28-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 12 elements in 11 groups (3 ED glass elements and 3 aspherical lenses) and has diagonal angle of view at 74 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.3 feet at 200mm and has a filter size of 62mm. The Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus lens weighs 12.7 ounces and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 2.8 inches long.

Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus Reviews

Nikonians reviews the Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus and writes;
“This is one impressive little lens. It’s well built, it performs extremely well and as a 7.1X zoom it covers an enormous range of focal lengths. The lens has no inherent design flaws that I can see.”
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Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus and writes;
“Sharpness is much better than I expected. It’s sharp! As technology improves, Nikon’s cheap lenses get better and better. Used properly, it’s surprisingly sharp and doesn’t have any lateral color fringing. It looks great! “
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User Opinions

Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus User Reviews

A very good “walk around” lens! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a very nice lens. I found images very close in sharpness to the kit lens wide open. The near instant focus wasn’t there of course (and missed!), but otherwise this is a lens that does a lot of things well. Focus was spot on and I tried some test macro shots fully zoomed in, also very nice..” – by Capt RB

near-perfect everyday lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens gets along very well with my N75. I wanted a versatile lens that could go from wide-angle to telephoto, and that is exactly what this lens does. It is also extremely lightweight, extremely sturdy, and produces that classic Nikon background blur..” – by Jessica Nauright

A good fit for your D70 | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I was looking for a do-it-all lens after I bought my D70 and took a chance on this lens. At $300 it’s a great bargain. Yes, the focus is rather slow — and noisy — but photographic quality is still good. For anyone starting out from scratch with a DSLR with a limited budget, I highly recommend this lens.” – by Kaifu Wu

Great general purpose lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Once it gets a good lock on your subject, the lens will very quickly compensate for recomposition if the change isn’t drastic. Nine times in ten, the autofocus is sharp and right on the money..” – by M. J. Redd

A fantastic Lens for Nikon D50/D70 Cameras | Rating: ★★★★★
“This 28-200 lens is really spectacular. Forget about people talking about barrel distortion, keystoning, etc. The images really speak for themselves. The human eye can accomodate small optical errors. Besides, who cares? The images from this lens are simply astounding. The lens is lightweight, very compact, sharp, and is an amazingly good value.” – by Brian Andonian

The Third Choice | Rating: ★★★★★
“If you want to get an ultra zoom, which despite their problems in quality arr useful if you want to carry only one lens, most people’s first choice is the Nikon 18-200mm; if you can find one and afford it. The second is Tamron’s 18-250mm lens. The last is one of the 28-200mm (Don’t touch the 28-300mm lenses) like these. This Nikon is by far the best.” – by Scott Peterson

GREAT LENS | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is an excellent general purpose lens. This lens is always on my D80 camera. Whether I want to shoot group of people close up or pull in a shoot from farther away, this lens will do it all. For longer shots I use a 70 – 300mm on special occasion, but normally I use the 28 – 200mm. “ – by Steven J. Mcguinness

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Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF Autofocus Specifications

Lens-making is an art–Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world’s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the “glass” that makes the world’s greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 28-200mm f3.5-5.6G ED IF is an affordable high-power (7.1x) zoom lens in a compact design. The world’s lightest 28-200mm lens also boasts the shortest closest focusing distance (1.3 feet at 200mm) of any 28-200mm lens. The ultra-compact optical system with 62mm filter attachment size also features three aspherical lenses and three ED glass elements for higher optical performance. The seven-blade rounded diaphragm achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements, internal focusing for smoother focusing, and better body balance.

G Type DX Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon SLR models where aperture is controlled from body, while the Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes. High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare. The lens is fully compatible with D1X, D1H, D2H, D100, D70, F6, F5, F100, N80, N75, N65, and N55 cameras.

ED glass: An essential element of Nikkor telephoto lenses
Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. Put simply, chromatic aberration is a type of image and color dispersion that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. In the past, correcting this problem for telephoto lenses required special optical elements that offer anomalous dispersion characteristics–specifically calcium fluoride crystals. However, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens’ refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass, which offers all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses. They deliver stunning sharpness and contrast even at their largest apertures. In this way, Nikkor’s ED-series lenses exemplify Nikon’s preeminence in lens innovation and performance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon’s multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Aspherical lens elements
Nikon introduced the first photographic lens with aspherical lens elements in 1968. What sets them apart? Aspherical lenses virtually eliminate the problem of coma and other types of lens aberration–even when used at the widest aperture. They are particularly useful in correcting the distortion in wide-angle lenses. In addition, use of aspherical lenses contributes to a lighter and smaller lens design. Nikon employs three types of aspherical lens elements. Precision-ground aspherical lens elements are the finest expression of lens-crafting art, demanding extremely rigorous production standards. Hybrid lenses are made of a special plastic molded onto optical glass. Molded glass aspherical lenses are manufactured by molding a unique type of optical glass using a special metal die technique.

Internal Focusing
Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon’s IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance. In addition, a smaller and lighter focusing lens group is employed to ensure faster focusing. The IF system is featured in most Nikkor telephoto and selected Nikkor zoom lenses.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70.

G-type Nikkor lens
The G-type Nikkor has no aperture ring; aperture should be selected from camera body.

Features include:

* New Nikkor cosmetic design
* 3 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration
* 3 aspherical lens element for low distortion
* Rounded diaphragm to make out-of-focus elements appear more natural
* G-type DX Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon SLR models where aperture is controlled from body
* Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes
* High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
* World’s lightest 28-200mm lens
* Shortest closest focusing distance (1.3 feet at 200mm) of any 28-200mm lens
* Internal focusing for smoother focusing and better body balance

What’s in the Box:
Lens, 62mm snap-on front lens cap CL-62, rear lens cap LF-1, bayonet hood HB-30.

See also: Lens Reviews | Nikon Lenses

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