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Old Apr 19, 2010, 8:22 PM   #1
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Default Nikon AF 35-80mm f/4-5.6D - What is this for?

Hey... When I bought my D50 off of Ebay I got a Nikon AF 35-80mm f/4-5.6D in the kit...
What shall I use this for?
Reading around the interweb, people call it too plastic, and some say it's great value and some say it stinks...

I can't wrap my head around what i should use this lens for.
The f-stop seems so poorly chosen and the zoom range is weird to me.
Have I misunderstood something?
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 9:18 PM   #2
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Hey... When I bought my D50 off of Ebay I got a Nikon AF 35-80mm f/4-5.6D in the kit...
What shall I use this for?
Reading around the interweb, people call it too plastic, and some say it's great value and some say it stinks...

I can't wrap my head around what i should use this lens for.
The f-stop seems so poorly chosen and the zoom range is weird to me.
Have I misunderstood something?
This is an old film lens, hence the odd focal length. Not all too long ago, 35mm was a common starting length for zoom range. This changed as 28 became standard, and later 24mm. On an APS-C camera, this is really a moderate tele lens (52mm-120mm equivalent). It's lack of speed and VR make it lens that is sort of awkward for general use. If it had a wider aperture (f2.8 constant), it could work well for portraits or indoor sports. But as an f4-f5.6 it really won't do either well.
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thans for the response... still not sure what to make of it though. Should I just throw it out, or keep it to have as a "these are my lenses"-filler? haha
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thans for the response... still not sure what to make of it though. Should I just throw it out, or keep it to have as a "these are my lenses"-filler? haha
I would never just toss a lens. It has some value. Again, you could keep it and use it as a moderate telephoto, keep for backup, or look to sell it on ebay or to a used camera vendor like Keh (current sell back value in EX condition is $32).

Ultimately, try using it, see if you like the results and if it fits your style of shooting. If it does, then yes it's worth keeping. Only you can make this determination.
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