I have that lens myself and believe it could be a very versatile and useful lens with the FM2. It's by no means the best lens Nikon ever made, but it's very good. Maybe not quite tack sharp at the uppper range of focal length, but I think you could get a lot of mileage out of it. Its compact size is an asset and it uses the 52mm filters.
I reviewed this lens for another Nikonian several months ago. rather than repeating everything, I'll just give you a shortcut to the thread.
The lens was not great, considering the state of the optics Nikon was putting out in the '80s, (there were very few bad lenses with the term "Nikkor" on them back then), but after buying several autofocus zooms, I re-tested it, and it got better with age. The term "consumer Nikkor" didn't exist in the mid 1980's... the consumer range was called series E. Now Nikon puts the badge of honor "Nikkor" on all of their lenses...Sigh.
The thing with using it on an FM2 is to remember to adjust the aperture each time you zoom. It works better on an aperture priority camera where the shutter would adjust for the 2/3rd of a stop light shift that occurs during zooming. I actually started to enjoy the lens a bit more after I bought an N8008s. The lens is a bit hard to focus at the long end, (the finder gets dark), but the focus conformation indicator of the AF camera helps a lot. Once you set the focus... it is set. The lens has the same silky smoothness of the other lenses from that time... no slop.
#3. "RE: Nikkor Manual (Push-Pull) 35 -105mm Zoom" | In response to Reply # 0
Sun 18-Feb-01 11:15 PM
Thanks Rick and 'there for your comments. I will keep this lense, then and have taken it in for cleaning and adjustment. The lense would under focus at infinity.
I would like to echo comments made by earlier new subscribers to this list and say how impressed I am with its value and the obvious quality of its subscribers. I feel much less apprehensive now over filling in my 'profile' - which I will get around to shortly.
Before you send the lens off for adjustment, please check something. The lens focuses in the normal range the standard way. In the close range, there is the combination of the normal focusing ring as well as the macro ring, which is locked into position with a small chrome button.
I would make absolutely certain that the macro ring is fully reset and the button is locking the ring in place. Cycle it back and forth several times and listen for the audible click when the button engages. The macro ring is essentially a variable extension tube... if it has any extension at all, the lens will not focus to infinity.
My lens is as mechanically precise as any of the Nikkor lenses that I have ever owned. It would take some major problem to cause under focusing. Therefore I would check the macro ring, hoping that the simplest solution is the correct one... not to mention the cheapest.
One other thing. I hade a lens appear to under focus, but it turned out it was the cheap filter I had on it. The filter was not planar parallel, causing the optics of the lens to be compromised. It you have a filter on the lens, remove it and see if that helps.
#6. "RE: possible cause for focusing error..." | In response to Reply # 5
Mon 19-Feb-01 10:15 PM
Al That was precisely the problem - and the solution! You have saved me untolled amounts of over-priced 'service' fees. I did/do not have a filter on the lense but might have been tempted to do so (sky filter for front glass protection). Thanks for that area advice as well. "Your a good man, Charlie Brown." -Chris