I may buy a used 35-70 2.8 AFD. Having never touched one before, can someone describe it. I know this one is push-pull. Is this the current model or does this signify it's an older lens? How should the push-pull operate. I know that's really hard to describe but any hints or pitfalls you may know about for me to what for would be appreciated.
All versions of the 35-70mm f/2.8 AF lenses are push-pull in design. Pushing out will zoom out to 35mm. Pulling in will zoom to 70mm. The lens is a constant apeture lens. Meaning that when you zoom, it will not change f-stop as some other zooms do. The lens is incredibly sharp. It is 62mm in diameter, fairly hefty in weight, all metal construction, and is quick to focus. It also has a macro feature, not very powerful as in order to use it, you have to be at the wide end, 35mm. But, it does get reasonably close. I've used one for years, and it truly is a great lens. I've only recently replaced it with the 28-70mm f/2.8 AF-S. If you do buy it, know that you are getting a great piece of glass and won't regret your purchase. Hope this helps you out, and good luck!!
Tokina? Did someone say Tokina? As everyone knows who has read some of my previous posts, I have been extremely satisified with Tokina lenses and the new 28-80 F/2.8 AT-X pro is fantastic in operation and build. In the next few weeks I should be getting back some slides I took on Fuji Velvia, Provia and Agfa RSX-II 200 ISO film shot through the 28-80 and the 20-35 AT-X pro. I'll post them when I can get around to having them scanned. However, from some test shots I did with this lens, it is even better than the 28-70 F/2.6-2.8 Tokina and I thought that lens was great. Oh yes, Internal Focus. Love it. Great for using a polorizer and zooming back and forth and moving from subject to subject with the sun in the same spot. With internal focus you don't have to keep readjusting the polorizer, or a graduated filter if you are using one. Also, IF is faster since the motor only has to power the movement of internal elements not the entire lens barrel. DD
Instead of buying the 28-70mm f/2.8 AF-S I purchased the 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S and the 35-70mm f/2.8D. I have to concur with Adesso (Bill) in all he said, specially that it is very sharp. Also its micro capability works indeed well. Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
This is a great lens, eventhough a tad old and pretty heavy (not sure if that is an issue).
It's very robust so you normally won't get any bad eggs by buying a used one. Make sure though that the zoom ring is not moving too lightly, or you will have the infamous "zoom creep". I think that some 35-70/2.8's may have this problem. My father has one of these and I have used it pretty much - very nice indeed. I can recommend it if you don't want to invest the additional bucks in a 28-70.
Greg, when I looked at zooms in that range, I found it very slow in AF, and felt "old" in design, not that old is bad, I love the AIS lenses I have, however for AF lenses they should be quick in focus. My opinion, I'm sure others disagree. I bought the AF-S 28-70/2.8 instead, if you look around I'm sure you should be able to find a good 2nd hand version by now.
I own the legendary 35-70 2.8 lens, it's not one of the latest nikon lenses but it sure is one of the greatest.All metal construction , sharp as a tack,with a constant 2.8 aperture. There are newer lenses in about this range ie: Nikon's own a/f/s 28-70 but the cost & weight of that lens is prohibited. This lens is always on my f100, only coming off for the 80-200 2.8 when the need arises. Don't know to much about third party lenses as I prefer to use Nikon lenses when ever possible Don,t confuse this lens with consumer grade lenses Nikon or third party which in most cases are variable aperture & not built to pro standards. This is one lens that can take you where ever your photo interests dictate & always provide out standing results.