This Nikkor lens is a little secret... ok, not really, since it was packaged with a very popular selling Nikon DSLR, but the standard view is that it is merely a kit lens. The big secret is that this former kit lens has staying power. First, the bad, it is all plastic, pretty slow at the long end, and is prone to flares. Now, the good, it is remarkably fast for a kit at the wide end, relatively sharp, and a good all around performer. When you throw in its used price to the mix, the 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G is a great value, and an excellent walk-around lens. On that note, if you have read the rest of my lens reviews, then you should know that the lenses that are most typically on my cameras when I am out and about for myself are: for older film, the Nikkor 35-135mm or the Nikkor 50mm; for newer film and digital, the Nikkor 50mm or the lens in this article. I am so comfortable shooting this lens that it is one of the two lenses that I took with me to shoot behind the scenes at St. Louis Fashion Week! Plus, this lens is fully compatible with the Nikon sb-400 Speedlight (barrel shadow is a non-issue; even at 80mm!).
If you are looking for a good-performing, used gem to add to your line-up, look no further. This lens is a consistent over-performer in an under-appreciated bracket.