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Maxxum 28-85/3.5-4.5


Despite it's shiny plastic shell, this thing is BUILT.

You hafta have it in hand to sense that, but OTOH

I've been using it since 1986 ... altho it sat around

doing nothing for several years :-(    Nonetheless it

hasn't aged at all despite 20+ years of regular use.


I also have the slightly newer 28-105/3.5-4.5, and

altho it offers 20mm extra reach, everything else

about it is second fiddle compared to the 28-85.


The 28-85 loses lens speed very gradually as the  

FL increases. The speed of 28-105 drops rather

precipitously. So while both are f/3.5 at 28mm the

28-85 is faster at all other FLs. If you're somewhat

critical about even illumination, then the 28-85 is

faster even at 28mm ! 


BTW the 28-85 also has a nifty "macro" range, so

here's the view at maximum close range. That's a

9v battery there for a sense of scale. If that's not

familiar to you, it's the same length as nex/alpha

camera battery but slightly narrower. 


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and here's the hardware:  




BTW it has a 55mm filter thread, but I stepped it

up to 62mm [and a filter is in place]. 

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