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Lens Reviews

Nikkors Shootout at 70mm

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Keywords: lens, comparisons, nikon, lenses, nikkor, 35_70mm, 28_70mm, 70mm, scan, coolscan, f100, manfrotto, film


Very pleasing portrait perspectives can be accomplished starting at 70mm. On APS-C DX format, this focal length is equivalent to 105mm, so the perspective further improves.

Two zoom lenses providing this focal length, qualify as "pro" Nikkors as they are both "fast" -constant f/2.8 aperture- quite free of aberrations and very well built. They are the 28-70mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S (predecessor of the newer 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S) and the more modest 35-70mm f/2.8D AF. Considering using just one of them eventually, I proceeded to compare them in a quick shoot-out at 70.

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I chose as target the front door of my home, at 16 feet (4.9 m), deep in the shade so as to not introduce artificial contrast. It has a paint finish that seemed suitable for the purpose and it is not a flat surface. For film, the very good grain and low contrast Fujicolor Superia Reala 100. The camera: Nikon F100, on a Manfrotto/Bogen carbon fiber tripod and a large Manfrotto ballhead.

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