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REVIEW: Nikon Zoom-Nikkor

35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Ai-s

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-08-04

Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Ai-s

Specs:

Lens:
35-70mm

Aperture:
f/3.3 to f/22
7 bladed aperture

Focus:
Infinit to 0.5m (1.7ft) + Macro 0.36m (1.2ft) at 35mm

Mount:
Nikon F-mount

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)

Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Ai-s

Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Not extremely sharp wide open but I must still say that it's farly good for a zoom lens.
The same with the corner softness.
Nikon 35-70mm
                            f/3.3-4.5 Ai-s
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35mm   f/3.3 - f/8 - f/22
50mm   f/3.3 - f/8 - f/22
70mm   f/3.3 - f/8 - f/22

Bokeh
35mm              
Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5
                                        Ai-s
                70mm
Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5
                                        Ai-s
Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5
                                        Ai-s
Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5
                                        Ai-s


Digital
Pictures taken with a Canon 500D at ISO100 and I used a Nikon to Canon mount adapter
Nikon
                                                          35-70mm
                                                          f/3.3-4.5
                                                          Ai-s
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35mm   f/3.3 - f/8 - f/22
50mm   f/3.3 - f/8 - f/22
70mm   f/3.3 - f/8 - f/22

Bokeh
35mm               
Nikon
                                                          35-70mm
                                                          f/3.3-4.5
                                                          Ai-s
                70mm
Nikon
                                                          35-70mm
                                                          f/3.3-4.5
                                                          Ai-s

Flare
Handels flares very well.
Not perfekt but not far from.
Nikon
                                                          35-70mm
                                                          f/3.3-4.5
                                                          Ai-s

Chromatic aberration
Can get very big and ugly wide open but most is gone at f/5.6
Nikon
                                                          35-70mm
                                                          f/3.3-4.5
                                                          Ai-s
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f/3.3 - f/5.6


Filming
Nikon
                                                          35-70mm
                                                          f/3.3-4.5
                                                          Ai-s


Build quality

Like all Nikkor manual focus AI-s lenses, this have a great build quality.
But it's quite plasticky compared to other Nikkor from the same time.
This is more like the Series E lenses.


Conclusion

Image quality is not that bad at all.
Of course far from perfect especially wide open.
Bokeh can look really bad in some occasions but also look great in others so its a bit mixed resoults.
Chromatic aberration can also be a big problem but most of it goes away by f/5.6.

Yes it's quite plasticky compared to other Nikkor lenses but still have a very good build quality.
But this is solid as a rock compared to today's plastic lenses.

Thumbs up:
Image quality
Lightweight

Thumbs down:
Plasticky
Chromatic aberration wide open



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Nikon 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Ai-s

Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: Rollei Retro 400s
Developer: Kodak D76

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