Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D

The Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D lens is one of 5 fast normal (in terms of focal length range) professional lenses from Nikon. The lineup includes: old Nikon 35-70mm 1: 3.5 AI (and his brother AI-S), Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D (presented in this review and its previous MKI version) and three new and very solid: Nikon ED SWM AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm 1: 2.8D и Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1: 2.8GN ED and Nikon N VR AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1: 2.8E ED.

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D lens (the so-called 'D' version, or the 'MKII' version) began to be released back in 1992 yearwhen he became a substitute for Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8 (without the letter 'D', so called 'Non-D' version, or 'MKI' version). Therefore, in fact, there are two lenses of the '35 -70 / 2.8 AF 'class. All differences between MKI and MKII versions can be found here.

Sample photo on Nikon 35-70 AF F2.8D

Sample photo on Nikon 35-70 AF F2.8D

The lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to the F / 22 value and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the marks aperture... If this is not done, some cameras will display an 'fEE' error (aperture ring not set). Some cameras with diaphragm rheostat, allow you to control the aperture using the aperture ring, but only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses.

Sample photo on Nikon AF 35-70 F2.8D

Sample photo on Nikon AF 35-70 F2.8D

 What is good in this lens?

  1. Metal construction. My copy is at least 6 years old, but I have not noticed any backlash. Holding this lens in your hands, you understand that this is a real professional lens “Made in Japan”, which is actually written on it. And I bet he will survive modern plastic for at least another ten years.
  2. The lens uses a metal hood Nikon HB-1, which is installed in special grooves and can be fastened back and forth for transportation.
  3. Large and constant maximum aperture F / 2.8 over the entire range of focal lengths. This is very convenient when calculating shutter speeds, convenient in low light, and indeed, the F / 2.8 aperture is an indispensable thing in photography.
  4. Macro Capability. Although the macro is obtained only with a maximum magnification of 1: 4, still the ability to shoot small objects is pretty good news. Truth, Macro mode must be enabled manually, he only works at 35 mm focal length and so on in manual focus mode... To switch to macro mode, set the focal length equal to 35 mm, press the special button located on the zoom ring and turn the zoom ring. It turns out not quite a full-fledged 'macro' and even with additional troubles for setting.
  5. Wonderful picture. We will talk about the quality of the final image below.
  6. There is a scale for the focus distance, a scale for manual control of the aperture, as well as two marks for adjusting focus for sharpness when working in the infrared spectrum (for 35 and 70 mm focal length).
Photo at Nikon AF D 35-70 F2.8

Photo at Nikon AF D 35-70 F2.8

Disadvantages:

  1. Heavy... After a day of working with the Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D, you realize that it is really heavy. The lens weighs 670 grams.
  2. Inconvenient Design... Changing the focal length is done using a piston system (push and pull - push and pull), this can be a rather inconvenient method. There is no need to "twist" the zoom, here you just need to push it like a piston. Moreover, it acts the other way around. The further you advance, the smaller the focal length.
  3. No focal length lock. If the lens is set to 35 mm and directed to the sky, then the front the lens unit under its own weight falls down and will make the focal length approximately 50 mm. But not vice versa, if you set 70 mm and point it down, then it stands still and does not lengthen its trunk. Such a cunning beast, this Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D with its piston zoom system.
  4. When focusing the front lens not only rotates, but also moves back and forth. This is bad news for fans of all sorts of unusual light filters. And to put it in a photo bag, you need to set the focus to infinity, and the zoom at 70mm, this reduces the efficiency of working with the lens and gives reason to doubt his professionalism.
  5. There is no manual / auto focus switch. To focus manually you must disconnect the focus drive on the camera (switch near the mount). Even when focusing in macro mode, auto focus must be turned off.
  6. During focusing, the lens is pretty noisy.
  7. His age. Unfortunately, the lens is not dustproof and moisture proof, because it is aging, gaining moisture, condensation and can often become infected with a fungus. When buying it in the secondary market, check carefully. Also, mechanics wear out a bit from old age and my instance also has one problem, about which below.
  8. When changing the focal length, the rear lens of the lens moves (drives air).
  9. The lens has only 7 aperture blades; newer models have 9 blades each.
  10. Unlike many modern Nikon professional lenses that use 77 mm diameter filters, Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D uses 62 mm diameter filters.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Features of working with the lens, which are worth paying attention to:

  1. The lens has SIC enlightened optics (Super Integrated Coating), but still afraid of side and back light
  2. You need to get used to working with piston zoom (with trambone) and remember that he can independently change the focal length.
  3. Always for manual focus, you need to put the camera in manual focus mode. This is simply done with the focus switch on the camera. For motorists, I’ll add that it’s the same as turning the clutch on and off, otherwise the engine could be damaged.
  4. The lens has fast auto focus. The focusing time from infinity to MDF and back is almost the same as Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1: 2.8GN ED(!). In manual focus mode, the focus ring rotates 90 degrees. The focus ring and zoom are rubberized.
  5. During auto focus, the focus ring rotates and cannot be touched. The minimum focusing distance is 60 cm (in normal lens operation).
  6. When used on NikonDX cameras, the viewing angles will change and will be the same as for the focal length in 50-105 mm on 35 mm film.
Macro photo at Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

Macro photo at Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

About the picture.

The bokeh of the lens is very good. The best epithet for bokeh and in combination with its color rendition, I would suggest "festive". Exactly for bokeh and color reproduction, this lens is very appreciated and praisedI join.

Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor photo

Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor photo

The aperture is fully working with 2.8 and this is not a joke. Sharpness at F / 2.8 on any focal, even the most extreme, is quite satisfactory (keep in mind that I work with it on DX cameras). At 70 mm and F / 2.8 it gives excellent portrait shots. Closing the aperture to 4, you can get just wonderful sharpness. On F / 2.8, the edges of the image suffer a little (on FX cameras it may already be a problem).

Photos on the Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

Photos on the Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

The macro is pretty meagerbut still happy. Chromatic aberrations present, but still small. Distortion at 35mm and 70mm is almost invisible, like vignetting on a DX camera. A major drawback of the picture is the drop in contrast in side and backlight. The contrast drops so much that it’s not always sure whether it’s focused correctly, the picture is all in veil. Also, the lens is a lover of catching hares and its small native metal hood does not help him in any way.

Photos at Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

Photos at Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

In general, it is for the sake of the picture, people still use this lens, with some moving from the legendary Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1: 2.8GN ED to this Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D with the words “the picture of Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8 has its own soul”, but as I often write “all markers are different in taste and color”.

Photo at Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

Photo at Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor

 From a personal impression:

Piston control does not only teach you to twist the zoom ring, but to think about how to compose a frame, and then try to get it conceived using a piston. The task is quite interesting, since it would seem that the longer the trunk leaves, the greater the focal length - but it wasn’t there, it’s just the opposite, because the first time it’s quite inconvenient to shoot, but you can get used to it in just one day of active shooting.

On the copy that I visited, I really did not like the glitch with focusing at the focal length of 35 mm, when the lens refuses to focus at all. This is due to his old age. When you focus on 35 mm and the range accidentally reaches 60 cm, it gets stuck there to bring the lens to life, just a little bit to move the piston - mind you, this is just a feature of my specimen.

Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor photo

Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor photo

Regarding the inconvenient focal lengths of 35-70 mm - on the one hand you get three fixes in one: 35mm, 50mm and 85mm, but on the other hand the fixes have at least one stop more aperture. Focal lengths for cropped cameras are really uncomfortable due to the lack of a normal wide angle.

Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor photo

Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor photo

Professional fast wagon

Choosing a good high-speed universal lens is one of the most important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, because I prepared this list of all full-frame universal (standard range of focal lengths) fast autofocus lenses:

Canon

Bayonet EF:

  1. Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  2. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  3. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L II USM

Bayonet R:

  1. Canon Lens RF 28-70 mm F2 L USM, since September 2018
  2. Canon Lens RF 24-70 mm F2.8L IS USMsince August 2019

Nikon

Bayonet F:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70 mm 1: 2.8D ED SWM (two body color options)
  4. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8GN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Asphericalsince December 2007
  5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8EN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Aspherical VR

Bayonet Z:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 S
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm 1:2.8 (the scheme is similar to Tamron a036, animation)

Tokina (for different mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-XAF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 270 AF)
  2. Tokina AT-X PROAF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO)
  3. Tokina AT-X PROAF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO II)
  4. Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherica (Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO)
  5. Tokina AT-X PRO SV 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 287 AF PRO SV)
  6. Tokina sd 24-70 F2.8 (IF) FX AT-X PRO Aspherical

Sigma (for different mounts, in chronological order)

  1. Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom, from May 1992 (Vivitar 28-70 / 2.8 VMC was made on its basis)
  2. Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Ashperical [+ -D], from the end 1998
  3. Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Aspherical DF [+ -D]since February 2001
  4. Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Aspherical [+ -D], [DF version], since February 2001
  5. Sigma 24-60mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], from May 2004
  6. Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Macro [+ -D], From september 2004
  7. Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], From september 2004
  8. Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG HSM, From september 2008
  9. Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG HSM OS A (ART)since February 2017, Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA
  10. Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN A (ART)since November 2019, Sony E, Leica L, the layout is similar to Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 2.8 / 24-70mm, animation
  11. Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C (Contemporary)since February 2021, Sony E, Leica L

Tamron (for different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP AF 35-105 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherical Model 65D
  2. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 176D
  3. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 276D
  4. Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR Di LD [IF] 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 Macro Model A09 (Model A09N & Model A09N II) (scheme like Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75mm 1: 2.8 (32) D и  Sony 2.8 / 28-75 SAM)
  5. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 DI VC USD Model A007
  6. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Model A032
  7. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD Model A036, (15/12), only for Sony E / FE, the scheme is similar to Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm 1:2.8, animation
  8. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III VXD G2 Model A063, (17/15), only for Sony E / FE, Fall 2021
  9. Tamron 35-150 mm F / 2-2.8 Di III VXD Model A058, Sony E / FE only, Fall 2021

Sony

Sony / Minolta A mount:

  1. Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 (32) D (scheme like Tamron 28-75 / 2.8)
  2. Minolta AF Zoom 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (32) G
  3. Sony 2.8 /28-75 SAM (scheme like Tamron 28-75 / 2.8)
  4. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24-70 ZA SSM T *
  5. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24-70 ZA SSM II T * (diagram from the previous lens)

Sony E-mount:

  1. Sony FE 2.8 /24-70 GM (G, SEL2470GM)
  2. Sony FE 2.8 /24-70 mm GM II (G, SEL2470GM2)

Pentax (K)

  1. Pentax SMC FA 28-70 mm f / 2.8
  2. Pentax HD Pentax-D FA 24-70 mm f / 2.8ED SDM WR

Angénieux

  1. Angenieux zoom F.28-70 1: 2.6 AF (for Nikon F, Minolta / Sony A, Canon EF)

Vivitar

  1. Vivitar Series 1 28-70mm 1: 2.8 VMC AUTO FOCUS ZOOM, different mounts, presumably a copy Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom

Panasonic

  1. Panasonic Lumix S PRO 1: 2.8 /24-70 mm, from August 2019, Leica L

Leica

  1. Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8 / 24-70mm f / 2.8 ASPH., from May 2021, the optical design repeats Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN Art (animation)

Samyang

  1. Samyang AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE, aka Rokinon AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE, from October 2021, only for Sony E / FE

Sample photos with shooting data (originals, RAW in JPEG Q80%, resized, watermark)

List of all Nikon FX 35-XXX autofocus lenses:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 3.3-4.5 (MKI)
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 3.3-4.5 (MKII)
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80 mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKI)
  6. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80 mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKI)
  8. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKII)
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 D (MKIII)
  10. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKI)
  11. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKII)

The catalog of modern universal lenses for Nikon can be look at this link.

Prices for the Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor lens in popular stores can look at this link.

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Conclusion

The lens has more minuses than pluses, but still this old man can calmly give modern super sharp optics his indestructible design and a wonderful picture. But for what purpose are all lenses designed?

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Comments: 327, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D

  • Serg

    Great pics !! I liked where there are two girls with glasses)) And of course the bottle of Lambre))))

  • Yes, it was a wonderful autumn day, only dog ​​cold, but apparently the cold did not bother us. And also this is a day of chance meetings.

    I really like the photo of the girl with pigeons - so natural and emotional! I am silent about myself and Alinka))))

    It's a pity about the counter light ... okay, again put a photo experiment with a new lens on me, nothing, this time I won't even say anything))))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nothing like how many sessions I have already shot on my 35-70 and how many weddings? So I didn’t set any experiment, especially since we have pictures from your dime on the D90 :) Thanks for the comment.

    • Alexey

      The girls are beautiful and the glass is excellent ...

  • Anatoly

    Thanks, another good informative review! And, as always, beautiful photos.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      not at all, try :)

  • Yes, the lens is specific ... But I thought about trying it in practice

  • Regarding the photo with the girl and the pigeons .. this is a "masterpiece" .... Laughed for a long time ... that ide ... she probably wants to eat a pigeon;) her mouth is terrible on the glasses the glare is blue ..

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed.

  • Dmitriy

    Good afternoon Arkady! I would like to hear your opinion about the Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80 mm f / 4-5.6 D lens, can you come across? Thanks in advance.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Hello. I have not encountered, I will not say anything.

  • VALENTIN

    “Features of the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f / 1.8G lens to look out for: Small size and light weight allows for good balance of centers of gravity for small cameras such as the D40. After a day of working with the Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8 AF-D, you realize that it is really heavy, of course, not like my 70-300 telephoto lens, but your hands get tired. And you also conclude that if the Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8 AF-S is 140 grams heavier than it, then it is better to use fixes than torment yourself with such a weight. ” In the comments to other reviews, I noted that a good fix is ​​equivalent to a 3x zoom. NIKKOR 35mm - 35-105mm. T.O. Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8 is resting!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, I compare in severity. But bad luck, my Nikon D200 with any lens weighs a kilo, and even with the lightest lens, hands get tired of it. Therefore, 140 g on a heavy camera is also relatively. Also, please note that you did not shoot digital and do not have practical skills, especially work experience for several days, therefore I do not advise readers to listen to your conclusions in the question of "zoom or fix".

      • denis

        camera less than kg, albeit with glass, this is not a camera. if it's hard to shoot with a camera, take a smartphone, there are still a bunch of processing baubles built in and you can call. at the s5pro itself with a butblock and 17-55 / 70-300 (assembly weight 2kg +), it does not bother shooting all day, on the contrary, the camera's weight often helps to stabilize when framing. so when they begin to calculate the grams of the weight of the lens or camera, it smiles a little) if you want light weight - a smartphone will help you))

  • VALENTIN

    I also shot digital with kilogram cameras for weeks - too (over 20 years of the digital era and more than half a century of working with film, anything happened). When cropping, the source file should be increased by interpolation so that the selected crop (in MP) is not less than the original file. Then the pixels on the crop will not be visible.

  • Andrei

    Good evening, I thought a terrible thing))) exchange your 35 1.8g for this old man, what do you say?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I think not worth it.

      • Alexey

        I think it's just worth it ... 35-70 for a crop is irreplaceable as a portrait ... Soft, volume, beautiful ...

  • anonym

    I have not used the 35-70 / 2,8 lens, but I have had great pleasure to work with the 5-28 / 70-3,5 for 4,5 years already. My colleague sold it to me for $ 70 from his broken F-601. The lens is just wonderful! With an eight-blade diaphragm, it gives excellent bokeh; moreover, at a fully open aperture, it is absolutely accurate in borderline sharpness and at the same time surprisingly plastic in transitions between sharp and unsharp zones. All portraits taken by him look very pleasing to the eye, soft and calm, vivid. Surprisingly, despite its "screwdriver" focus, it aims very quickly and confidently, even at dusk. With him, focusing is somehow very tenacious and without problems. The case is plastic, but somehow very durable, despite its obvious old age and intensive reporter's exploitation by my friend, it doesn't even have a hint of backlash. Moreover, he behaves equally exactly on the D-50 and D90. Without this "friend" I do not go to any shooting, even if I know that I can do without him. This is such a glorious technique, and not at all expensive!

  • Anatoly

    Arkady, but have you ever encountered a NIKON AF NIKKOR 35-80 lens? What a beast, in nete there are only technical characteristics and there are no opinions.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No, not tested. Can not say anything.

  • Oleksandr

    can you tell me something about the AF Nikkor 35-70 3.3-4.5 ??? may have encountered?

  • uncle Sasha

    http://translate.google.com.ua/translate?hl=ru&langpair=en| ru & u = http: //www.mir.com.my/rb/photography

    HERE FOUND ON NIKON 35-80

  • mkunin

    Good afternoon, I was going to buy a fast lens. There is a Nikon d90 plus Tamron AF 18-270mm f / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO. I thought about the fix 50 / 1.8, but read reviews on the Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm f / 2.8D and became thoughtful. I found such a unit for $ 330 on the secondary market, the owner says that it is in good condition (there are no scratches and fungus). What do you advise? And if used Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm f / 2.8D, then how to check it?
    Thank you.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The lens is good, you need to check the lens for fungus and sharpness. I came to the conclusion that in conjunction with the station wagon 50 1.8 will be better, but for the money you can take the super-duper Nikon 50mm F1.4D

  • mkunin

    that is, your choice is a new 50mm F1,4D to my Tamron and not used Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm f / 2.8D.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If my choice is interesting, then this is an old used one. 50mm F1.4D for about $ 300 This 35-70 is a rather complicated lens, very inconvenient on the crop, I used it on the D90 for about a couple of months. As written in my review - he has a very beautiful drawing, but the ramming system and the fear of light made him sell.

      • Alexey

        Oh, I disagree ... On the crop, just, it is very convenient as a portrait photographer ... The most convenient focal lengths are played ... As you noticed here, "three in one" ... 35-belt or group, 70-large freedom for an artistic portrait ... The trombone does not bother at all, it is even convenient, for a contra little to choose an angle, errors are corrected by Photoshop Camera Raw ... 35-70 have the main thing - PICTURE !!!

  • Novel

    A very interesting review, the lens was interesting, I will think about buying it.

    The photo was also very, very delivered.
    The question is - what kind of place is this? )

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Kiev Botanical Garden.

  • Dmitriy

    Arkady - thank you very much for your work. It was after this article that I purchased this device) I have a question, you wrote “To focus manually, you must turn off the focusing drive on the camera. Even in macro mode, the drive must be disconnected. " I have a D90 - when you switch the focus to 35mm - the macro mode wheel is spinning, - is it really necessary to switch the camera down to the manual?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I tested this lens for a long time, I remember that there really needs to be turned off on the camera.

  • Alexander

    “The lens hood is screwed into the filter. I have a B + W UV protective filter, and a native metal hood is screwed into it. The hood is not large and sometimes helps with the work. ”” ”
    Arkady, you are wrong. This lens has a native plastic bayonet hood NV-1 - very easy and convenient to put on and take off. His bokeh is excellent, artistic drawing with excellent plasticity and outstanding sharpness - almost like a “fifty kopeck piece”. I have been using it for 5 years already - I mostly shoot on a slide - amazing! The projection size is 1 * 1,5 m - there is no hint of a decrease in sharpness, everything is clear and colorful. As for me, according to the drawing, it is a competitor Nikkor AF S 28-70 / 2.8 ED - but the price of the issue is different (400 versus 1200 USD !!!) with the same aperture !!!!
    The 35-70 / 2,8 has two significant drawbacks - the backlight (the contrast decreases significantly !!) and the rotating front lens-block-polar cannot work especially well! And so MUST HAVE! The quality of that time!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      My copy was equipped with just such a blend, which is described in the review.

      • Alexey

        I absolutely agree ... There are no problems with the lens hood ... HB-1 and no “screwing into the filter”, everything is easy and simple ...

  • Alexander

    “The lens hood is screwed into the filter. I have a B + W UV protective filter, and a native metal hood is screwed into it. The hood is not large and sometimes helps with the work. ”” ”
    Arkady, you are wrong. This lens has a native plastic bayonet hood NV-1 - it is very easy and convenient to put on and off. His bokeh is excellent, artistic drawing with excellent plasticity and outstanding sharpness - almost like a “fifty kopeck piece”. I have been using it for 5 years already - I mostly shoot on a slide - amazing! The projection size is 1 * 1,5 m - there is no hint of a decrease in sharpness, everything is clear and colorful. As for me, according to the drawing, it is a competitor Nikkor AF S 28-70 / 2.8 ED - but the price of the issue is different (400 versus 1200 USD !!!) with the same aperture !!!!
    The 35-70 / 2,8 has two significant drawbacks - the backlight (the contrast decreases significantly !!) and the rotating front lens-block-polar cannot work especially well! And so MUST HAVE! The quality of that time!

    • Alexander

      This lens is just wonderful — but it was designed for film and offers an outstanding card! And do not try to blame him for back and front focus and other artifacts on the digit - film and everything will work out! Just very carefully choose before buying, and you will be happy!

  • J-fx

    Arkady wanted to ask, your lens did not make any sounds when focusing manually, do you remember? the fact is that I bought one, but with manual focus it creaks quite a lot, and with autofocus it clearly rumbles; I bought from another city by mail for 15500, it was impossible to check, although outwardly it is absolutely ideal, and it is induced normally - but the sound is clearly striking - what do you think this can be and what does it threaten?

  • Arkady Shapoval

    In my copy there was only engine noise.

  • Vika

    advise good inexpensive lenses for nikon d5000, preferably sharp (any kind of shooting interests)

  • pilotkins

    And if Sigma AF 35-70 f3.5-4.5 or well it? :)

  • Dmitriy

    Arkady, thanks for the review. There is a choice between this 35-70 and sigma 18-50 2.8 on the D90. There are in stock 50 1.8. In addition, I want to take 1 of these 2x. A wide angle is not so critical.
    What about your account is better to take from the picture for a portrait and when working in the hall with a stage. The budget is limited, so I do not look at longer and wider bright lenses.
    Or, as an option, sell a half-hike and take these both. At a price of 10k for each.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      35-70 is definitely better for a portrait, for a hall you need shirik. Both are better.

      • Dmitriy

        Thanks for the answer. They say that a wide angle is easier to cover with an 18-55 whale.
        18-50 seems to be good. How adequate would it be in your opinion to sell a half-lens to get both lenses?

  • Vladimir

    Thanks for the review. Arkady, but tell me, which of the inexpensive glasses would be good to use this lens. Both by model and simply by FR.

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