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How do I assess the quality of my lens?

limeyzen

Waynesville, US
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limeyzen Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Aug 2011
Fri 30-Nov-12 05:58 PM

Background: I have owned my Nikkor 35-70 F2.8 D lens for around 16 years, so back in my film days. It was furished by my insurance company to replace one that was stolen and I forget what it replaced suffice it to say that in those days I did not have a keen appreciation for lens specs/quality given that even with my N90S I was an upgraded point and shoote . Fast forward to today and after many years absence from photography I now own a D90 (15 months ago) and am gradually getting more and more serious. I can see the 35-70 being the start of a better than enthusiast level lens collection (see my profile) - or is it?

Question: While it has been well taken care of, with UV filter and both end caps always in place when stored and never dropped or scratched, are there ways that I can objectively (cheaply?) assess it's performance and quality short of subjective image evaluation? Should I get it checked out by Nikon?

PS. I do not have any of the documentation that came with it but it looks as though it is multi coated per the description in Ross Hoddinott's book.

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