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Nikon 35-70 f 3.3-4.5

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#1 Keith M

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 11:07 PM

The Af Nikkor 35-70 is another of those film kit lenses often overlooked by serious photographers.


It's small, light, has an aperture ring and macro.

first the good;

Decent focus speed even in low light

the built in motor is fairly quiet.

smooth zoom with no creep.

close (macro) focus at all zoom settings of around 6" and it has a focus scale!!!

around 100 degrees of turn so manual tweaking is good.


the not so good;

manual focus is a thin ring at the end of the lens, with that typical AF lens loose as a goose feel.

but it does stay where you put it in MF. 

the front element moves with focus which makes using a polarizing filter a pain.


As this is part of my digital on a student's budget series, I ran tests with the D100.


first an oops

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and a couple of quick shots from a moving car (I wasn't driving so it's ok)

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Edited by Keith M, 04 September 2015 - 11:07 PM.

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Posted 05 September 2015 - 12:43 AM

As usual Keith you are spot on! Sharp and cheap a great combo.



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 09:38 PM

I used to have that lens. Not a bad little lens, but I replaced it with the 28-70 3.5-4.5.


Still shooting DX digital and don't plan on going full frame.

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