Summary: This is a really useful lens and one of the sharpest zooms Nikon has made on a par with the 24-70 but with a more limited range. It is a metal lens. Its front element rotate with focus. It has a push pull zoom. I use this lens as I would a normal 50 - 60mm prime lens. But once I move to the required position for the shot I can tweek the view with its zoom. This lens just feels good on my D800e and it isn't too big. Once you get used to the push pull zoom.
Summary: I paid a little more than they go for on eBay. However, this lens is now my favorite lens. even though it's an old lens, it renders color like no other lens I have, including a Nikkor 50mm, Tamron 70-200mm. The macro feature is very useful. Some might say that it isn't a true macro. However, I can get within a couple of inches from an object and that is close enough for me. It's built like a tank, it's very sharp and I love the push/pull way you zoom with this lens.
Summary: The lens came in an extremely timely manner, packaged wonderfully and in amazing shape. Beautifully clean - like new!! I have already used it exclusively for one wedding (forsaking my 28-200 zoom, 50 mm prime and 35 mm prime), and I was thrilled with the results - crisp, clear and vivid! I can tell already that this will be my all purpose "go to" lens. Thank you so much for the amazing service and awesome product!
Summary: What a little gem this lens is, all metal construction, max f2.8; very sharp as it was designed to be a Cine lens and as a bonus it has macro available at the 35mm end. Always in my bag when I am looking for inspiration! Jim Merchant [...
Summary: The lens I bought replaced the lens that was stolen. I use it about 80% of the time and it is very good for majority of photos. I have other lenses for specific purpose. I use a Nikon D800 and see no need at present to use the new lenses when this lens that was first sold in 1963 is as good as it is.
Summary: I had this lens (new 1990) on my F4s for two years, the images were very good, but the push-pull zoom was heavy and uncomfortable - I had to rest the camera against my forehead to move it back. Also, the rotating front focusing group was very wobbly in my copy compared to other examples I came across. The image in the finder moved around. The lens was returned to Nikon who applied heavy grease on the helical threads where no grease should have been applied.
Pros: Very sharp
Cons: Too much play in the front focusing group making the lens wobly
Summary: when this lens was introduced it set the standard for normal zooms. Today it is still very sharp across all apertures and has much les barrel and pincushion distortion than any of the newer "better" models. Still viable today as an alternative to the 28-70mm f2.8 or the 24-70mm f2.8 as well as being 1/3 the price. Pros; sharp and nice contrast with no coloration (i.e.
if you like taking pix all day long, get this one. Just awesome!
14 January 2014
Summary: built like a tank...maybe old but picture quality is much better than the many others. it may not be as long as 24-70, but if you don't mind walking a bit like me, then this 35-70 should be your choice...indeed, pix quality wise is similar to 24-70 (i'm looking at real 3R, 4R or even 8R size pix, not at charts or graphs), with less weight and lots of money saving...VR? hey, even nikon 24-70 got no VR...a real bargain and an excellent value for money!
Summary: This is a great pro level lens back during it's time. If you are on a tight budget but what something that has a F2.8 aperature. This is the lens for you. If you look at the price of this lens in comparison to the Nikon 24-70mm F 2.8, there is a significant price difference. Although there are technology difference. I primarily use this lens on my Nikon D90 since it will not work on my D5000 or any lower level DSLR.