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Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« on: August 10, 2020, 20:56:04 »
Is this a photoshop job or a prototype lens that was never released? In all honesty it looks like it could have been the sibling to the AF 20-35/2.8 lens. 

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2020, 22:58:53 »
(Also posted at photo.net)

This must be a prototype. The styling matches mid-late 1990s lenses like the AF 80-200/2.8 D ED (new version with tripod mount). It is a screw-drive AF lens, no built-in AF-S motor, so obviously precedes the AF-S 28-70/2.8 which appeared in 1999.

Obviously, Nikon was trying to improve on the old AF 35-70/2.8 D by expanding the zoom range in both directions, going to a more useful 28mm wide-angle and increasing the long end to 80mm to bridge the gap to the 80-200/2.8 zooms.

This lens is a highly developed prototype, it looks like a finished production lens. So why was it never produced? Maybe the 28-80 zoom range was pushing things too far and the optical quality was not good enough. Or maybe it was judged to be too expensive for the market. Or they decided to introduce the new AF-S motor, and for various technical or economic reasons they had to reduce the zoom range.

Interestingly, the zoom ratio of the 28-80 is 2.8x which is about the same as current 24-70 and 70-200 zooms.

Hopefully the new owner can clean the lens and restore it to good working condition, it would be interesting to know how it performs.

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2020, 23:36:19 »
Yes looks like 20-35mm 2.8 and 80-200mm 2.8 AF-D vintage completely, a mix of both. No golden ring,,,


Yahoo Japan Auctions, would be fun to clean and try indeed!

Thanks for posting, please some of our JP friends could buy it  ;D
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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2020, 03:29:02 »
im going to win this auction :o :o :o

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2020, 03:43:12 »
I just donated a little to your blog to help you out. I hope you win :)

There is quite a bit of interest in this lens - there is another thread at photo.net and probably others, plus I was contacted separately via my site yesterday from someone who wanted to know more about it. Hopefully that interest does not translate into too many bids.


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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2020, 05:03:19 »
I just donated a little to your blog to help you out. I hope you win :)

There is quite a bit of interest in this lens - there is another thread at photo.net and probably others, plus I was contacted separately via my site yesterday from someone who wanted to know more about it. Hopefully that interest does not translate into too many bids.

yes, I just saw that! thanks for your support! :o :o :o

will this end up in my blog? who knows...

by the way, i almost landed a job in Christchurch earlier this year, you could've been a regular visitor at my house if that happened :'(

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2020, 05:39:23 »
Maybe I will make it to Japan some day ... you can be my tour guide :) :o

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2020, 05:50:20 »
Interesting, best of luck on winning it.   One of my few regrets re: lenses, is selling my 28-70 2.8D in favour of the 24-70 2.8G.   I used the 'Beast' for people Events a lot but not the 24-70.
I hope you can show us how it does.   With collectors, bids may go high  :( .   
Cheers,
Tom Hardin, Goa, India

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2020, 07:29:55 »
Is there any news on this lens?
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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2020, 10:30:09 »
i almost won this auction...but i had to go to the toilet! :o :o :o

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2020, 10:46:24 »
Was the price that frightening?  ;)  ;)   ;D  ;D
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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2020, 11:26:11 »
Was the price that frightening?  ;)  ;)   ;D  ;D

its the revenge of butter chicken curry  :o :o :o

it burns going out ::)

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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2020, 12:24:08 »
Ah - where I come from this is known as a three day meal.....
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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2020, 00:20:25 »
According to a post on photo.net it sold for $785.

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Re: Nikkor AF 28-80/2.8D ?? Roland ?
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2020, 09:27:54 »
Fair price for a unique prototype lens I believe, is there any possibility to learn more re this zoom?
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