Anyone tried the Nikkor 35-70 f/2.8 AF-D with the D700? How does it perform? I'm in the process of selling off some lenses to buy a D700 and some new lenses and was wondering if I should keep this lens since I probably won't have enough money left for the 24-70 f/2.8. I do like the fact that the 35-70mm f/2.8 is much lighter that the 24-70.
I haven't got my D700 yet, but I plan to use my 35-70 f/2.8 on it. since it was originally built for 35 mm cameras, it should work just fine on the d700. It work great on my D200. I just purchased a 17-35 f/2.8 (in transit) to cover the range below the 35-70 and already have a 70-200 VR, so I will have a complete range of 17-200 at f/2.8. The last lens I intend to buy is a replacement for my MF 300 mm f/4.5 prime, then I am done buying lenses.
I am a little mixed on the 35-70. I haven't tried it on the 700 yet, since I just got it, but my lens occasionally creates images with a "haze" quality to them; some knowledgeable folks feel this is a consequence of using a lens designed for film bodies on digital ones. I think it has mainly been an issue with outdoor pics. It's also possible that there is something wrong with my lens, given its age.
Also focuses pretty slowly.
One thing I do like: the smaller nature (as compared to all the 77mm pro lenses like the 24-70) is less intimidating to folks.