Nikkor Zoom lens AF 35-70mm 3.3-4.5
The standard Kit-lens AF zoom 35-70mm 3.3/4.5 was in production from september 1986 till october 1989, when a new version of this lens was launched, with minor non-optical changes. It was finally discontinued in 1996, and the last 5xxx series-numbers were produced in Thailand.
It's rather a cheap lens, regarded by some being one of the worst Nikon-products. But is that true?
I think it's still a very usefull lens, performing good on a DX-body but some remarkable results also on FX, especially towards the end of the zoom at 70mm. What are the views of the Nikonians here?
Some results I shot this morning:
70mm on a DX (d80) = 105mm f/9 1/320
Against the sun: 70mm on a DX (d80) = 105mm f/4.5 1/3000
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#1. "RE: Nikkor Zoom lens AF 35-70mm 3.3-4.5" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 01-May-13 12:54 PM
I don't recall much discussion on this one at all, actually. Even if it's among Nikon's "worst" - how bad can that actually be? That's kind of like saying "it's the slowest... Porsche." Especially if you limit the discussion to, say, that past two decades or so, are there really ANY Porsches that are slow? Surely any of them made since about 1990 that I can remember are easily fast enough to get your driver's license revoked in at least 49 of the 50 US states. Similarly, with the possible exception of the 70-300 G non-VR and perhaps a few specific focal length / aperture combinations on a couple of other lenses, are there really any Nikkors that are even mediocre?
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