I am a brand new nikonian and would like to know if anyone has any comments on the 35-70 f2.8AF-D zoom lense. I have recently sold my old DX format cameras and have progressed to full frame. I never aquired any DX lenses.I already own the 18-35 f3.5D Ed. The 35-70 would be an ideal mid range for me and I have a chance to purchase one that is as new. Frank
I own the 35-70 f/2.8 D and think it is an amazing value. It is very sharp and if you look at some of the test Rockwell did on his site comparing it to newer lenses it holds its own very well. At the price you can purchase one, it is an absolute steal. On my D200 it was my most used lens. I have been shooting a lot of wildlife lately so I have not had a chance to use it much on the D700, but I have taken head shots of my new grandson with the D700 and the detail is amazing. On an FX body this is a great range. I paid $266 for mine at a dealer auction on eBay and it was Mint +. You can get them from reputable dealers like B&H I think in the $400 range. I cannot think of another lens in that price range that I would rather own.
I have owned a 35-70/2.8 AFD since 1993. I originally purchased it with my F90 (N90)and shot it for more than ten years. It was Nikon's best mid-range zoom at the time and it delivered superb results on film, even wide open.
I didn't use this lens when I purchased my DX dSLRs. My new D700 arrived two days ago and my 35-70 now has new life. It is delivering the same beautifully sharp pictures that it did in the past. You won't regret owning one of these! And, as Bob has pointed out, these lenses can be had at very favorable rates right now compared to one of the new 24-70/2.8 AFS models. Other than the wider part of the zoom range and a lot of weight, you won't be giving up much that will be noticeable in real-world use.
Hope that you get one!
Nikon user for 40 years. F-Ftn, F3, F4S, F90, F100, D5100, D700
I used to own one (now donated to my son), but stopped using it because I shoot a lot of landscapes and the rotating front filter ring, coupled with the relatively loose manual focusing action, made it frustrating to use with grad filters in holders. I was constantly having to readjust focus and the angle of the grad filter, and ended up getting a 28-70mm. Polarizers were also a challenge as the effect would change as you changed the focus. I had no complaints with sharpness, though. It's quite sharp.