Hi everyone, I am considering a 75 - 150 Series E zoom lense for my FM3A. I would be grateful for any opinions from anyone who has used this lense. I am particularly interested in the optical quality. All opinions are gratefully received.
#1. "RE: zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 0jwb Basic MemberSun 21-Jul-02 10:36 PM
I would highly recommend this lens. It makes a great hiking kit, along with a wide angle. Carry a 3T diopter or an extension tube and you've got a nice field macro. It also holds up very well to a 1.4 X teleconverter.
#2. "RE: zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 0Ed Basic MemberMon 22-Jul-02 02:00 AM
Get one! A superb light lens. Reasonably fast. 52mm filter-size. Very usable focal lengths. And most important, it's got sharp optics that delivers creamy smooth background blur. They're very cheap, might as well get one. That said, don't spend more than $120 US on this (these days), but only because it's so widely available on the used market. But be fore-warned, one shortcoming of this lens is the trombone-like action of the zoom ring. But if you look hard enough, there are still samples out there with minimal zoom creep. I know, I have two of them!
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#3. "RE: third one was the charmer" | In response to Reply # 0jaymor Basic MemberWed 24-Jul-02 02:37 AM
it took me three ebay purchases of this lens before i could get one that was acceptable to me(a lot of unscrupulous sellers out there, be sure to ask a lot of questions). the first had fungus , the second had a scratch at the center of the rear element and the click stops were sticky. the third was functioning perfectly with clean glass elements. i still have all three.
oddly, all of them take excellent shots, even the first two in spite all their defects. it is this lens together with the 28mm mf ais (i have two f2 & f2.8) and the 105 mf f2.5 ais, that i now use the most. i started out with an n80, an AF 28-105 D, and an AF 50mm f1.8 all of which i now rarely use except the 50mm. that is the company that this lens is with in my set of lenses. it's sharp!
#4. "RE: zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 0JoySimmons Registered since 31st Mar 2002Wed 24-Jul-02 08:40 PM
Ive had one for abt half a year now. Abt the creep, an easy way arnd it is to remove the plastic sheath on the outside and tighten a few screws. It worked on mine for a few months until it started creeping again. That said, the mechanism is pretty obvious and if youre handy with DIY you can easily make some kindve tightening mechanism up. Be careful where the innards of the lens go when ure doing this, if you unscrew some screw and take it off, the inside lens may actually drop on the outer element (scratching it from inside).
The lens is the sharpest I own - Ive never been a fan of teles until I got this baby. Buy one if its cheap, I got mine for 35pounds ($50)- a major steal, I guess the guy was put off by the creep (which I fixed).
#5. "RE: zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 4jrp Charter MemberWed 24-Jul-02 09:44 PM
On a previous thread, the question of what made Nikon legendary came up; through the answers, a list of legendary lenses was integrated. The 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E zoom lens is among them.
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#6. "RE: zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 4jwb Basic MemberWed 24-Jul-02 11:08 PM
Another alternative for the zoom creep issue -------
My 75-150 is VERY loose, but what I did was put a piece of black electrical tape on the underside of the barrel, along the axis of the lens. This seems to provide just the right amount of friction. If this results in the action being a little too tight, you can always cut the tape narrower (= less friction).
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I have and use classic Nikkors like the 105mm f/2.5 and several variations of the 85mm lens. I also have the 135mm f/2.0 Nikkor. With all of those options, the 75-150mm series E zoom is my favorite zoom lens, and in my top 5 favorite lenses from Nikon. If you can locate an example with good optics and that is mechanically sound, then I'm sure you will be pleased.
I bought mine new in the 1980s for a hundred Dollars and it still functions well today. It is dinged up and the action of the zoom is loose, but the optical quality is still great. When I do portraits with it, the aperture stays locked at f/3.5 and I have never had a soft shot due to the lens being used wide-open. In the 1980s, many snobbish Nikon shooters were quick to adopt this lens for fashion work, and many requested that Nikon bring it out as a true AIS lens, with all of the robust qualities of the Nikkors... but keeping the optics just as they are. It is interesting that today, that many of the lenses that have "Nikkor" stamped on them, are not as well built as the lower level series E lenses were back 20 something years ago.
When searching, be aware that there was an upgrade during production, so if you want the latest version, seek out the model with the chrome ring forward of the aperture ring.
Here is a snap shot window light portrait, (it is all I have scanned fromthis lens, since I mostly shoot slides) with the lens at about 100mm and the aperture set at full-open.
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"RE: zoom lense"
One other thing... The 75-150mm lens has some of the smoothest bokeh for a Nikkor. It is on a close par with my Leica M series glass, (but at a tenth the price!)
Here is a terrible photo, (bad pose, bad light) but it gives a good impression of the transition from in-focus to out of focus, and shows the background blur pretty well. Sorry for the quality, but my best stuff is on un-scanned slides. This is from a cheap flat-bed.
This is at 75mm and f/3.5.
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#7. "RE: zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 0
I had one that was stolen and just recently bought another, optically these lenses are very good. The 75-150 optic's are multi-coated unlike the E series "prime" lenses that are only single coated. Both of mine have been the first models without the chrome ring and I have no complaints. I had a 80-200/2.8 for a while and found it produced images that were no better than the 75-150, so I sold it and bought a 85/2 (for a bit more speed) and a 75-150 (more versatile), both lenses together are lighter and take up less space in my bag. I use prime lenses most of the time but the 75-150 is so good I had to make the exception.
The 75-150/3.5 E is one of Nikons best buy used lenses, its about the fastest Nikon tele-zoom (except for the pro 2.8 versions), its a constant aperture lens, it has outstanding optical quality, its light weight, compact and doesn't cost the earth..... How can you afford not to own one
I took these with the 75-150E on my F3
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