Nikkor 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 AIS - any good?
Just saw the above mentioned general purpose zoom lens on the used shelf which is in excellent condition and a decent price.I wonder if anyone who has experience with it can tell me how does it perform.I vaguely can recall some lens comparison site stated that there is a great deal of quality variation with this zoom and one can get a lemon with a very significant vignetting problem in the longer end.Does it have any "pseudo" macro mode and to what magnification?
Considering using it on trekking where weight saving is an issue.
#1. "RE: Nikkor 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 AIS - any good?" | In response to Reply # 0Chuck Heagy Basic MemberWed 28-Jun-00 08:07 AM
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I have a Nikon AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF lens, not quite the same as the one you are thinking about buying. For general purpose phptography it is a good lens. I have not had any problems with mine. There is no macro function. This lens is good for landscapes or portraits. I just located an old edition of the Nikon Product Guide and this is their Comment: "Extensive 3X zoom range for wideangle, normal, telephoto, and marco photography, by sliding the zoom control. A great autofocus travel lens. Focus down to 11". Accepts 52mm filters. Wt 18.0 oz" It takes the HB-5 lens hood. I think the lens I have is an upgraded virsion of the one you are looking at and mine dose not have a macro function. I rechecked the directions that came with the lens and they do not address a macro function unlike the directions that came with my Nikon 35-70mmf/2.8DAF All I can suggest is that you ask the place selling the lens if you can test it before buying. Hope this is of some help.
#2. "RE: Nikkor 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 AIS - any good?" | In response to Reply # 0f8bthere Basic MemberMon 03-Jul-00 08:31 PM
I have used two of these, both bought in the mid '80's. The lens is very petite for it's range, the reason I bought it. At the time I was using the manual 35mm f2.0 and the 105mm f2.5. The zoom was OK for general print film snaps, but when ever I started thinking it could do it all, I made side by side comparisons with the primes, and put the zoom in it's proper context... a snap shot lens for non-critical work. Operationally there were a couple of things that made it a bit hard to use... compared to the primes. The rotation from minimum to maximum focusing distance was quite extended. Focus didn't snap... it oozed into sharpness. Also a pain was the manual "macro" mode. The lens stopped at about 5 feet, then you push in a small button and rotate the macro ring. You basically got down to 1:4 mag, but at the 35mm setting. At 105 it is about 1:5.5. The darkness of the narrow aperture as well as the long through made focusing difficult in less than optimum conditions. When I got my 8008s, I used this lens with the electronic rangefinder and it was easier to focus. Not a bad lens, but not one I would cry over. In my opinion though, the manual focus AIS lens wins hands down over the latest "wonderplastic" as far as construction... it was a "real" Nikkor.
#3. "RE: Nikkor 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 AIS - any good?" | In response to Reply # 2NikF2AS Basic MemberTue 04-Jul-00 12:11 AM
To Chuck and f8bthere,
thanks for your insightful input with different views for different use of the lens. i will get my hand on the lens and check the features/handling over before i consider purchasing it.