For the opportunity to review the old interesting and vintage Nippon Kogaku Japan Zoom-Nikkor Auto 1: 3.5 lens f = 43mm-f = 86mm many thanks Ivan Mogilyak.
TTX Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto
- Focal Length: 43-86mm
- Aperture: F / 3.5
- Number of aperture blades: 6 pieces
- Front Filter Diameter: 52mm
- Weight: about 400g
- Optical design: 9 elements in 7 groups
- Mount: Nikon F, Pre-ai
The lens has been available since 1963 and is one of the first Nikon zoom lenses. The lens was quite popular and was produced right up to 1981, which is a rarity in lens construction. Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor had several modifications, including a modification with a modified optical design. The main modification is Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor AI versions, in which there are already 11 elements in 8 groups.
This review presents exactly the old Nippon Kogaku Japan Zoom-Nikkor Auto 1: 3.5 f = 43mm-f = 86mm. Yes, the name Nikon is not present in the name of this lens. Nikon prefix is still present on some lenses 43-86mm f / 3.5 first sample.
In general, Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto Is a rather unusual lens, here's why:
- The lens focus ring and zoom are combined. This is very convenient for the photographer, with the help of the same ring you can focus and zoom. Now you will not meet such modern lenses. True, the zoom system is very unusual, with piston zoom... Usually, photographers call this method of zooming "rambon", as it is necessary to make characteristic movements, as when playing the ram. The essence of zooming is that you just need to move back and forth part of the lens by simply pushing it back and forth. At the same time, 86mm focal length is achieved with a fully extended "trunk" of the lens. There are also lenses with a "rambon" focusing with reversible focal length control, for example, as in Nikon 35-70mm f / 2.8 AF-D ZOOM-NIKKOR
- Focusing is very smooth. When focusing, the entire front of the lens rotates, therefore, using gradient and polarization filters will be problematic. The MDF of the lens is only 1.2 meters, which is not a very good indicator.
- The lens is very compact, in length, it is almost the same as the whale lens 18-55mm. Modern autofocus lenses with a constant aperture much larger in size.
- Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto has a constant maximum aperture over the entire focal length, which brings it closer to the professional line of lenses. True, instead of F2.8, the lens has only F3.5. The difference in aperture between F2.8 and F3.5 is one and a half times. But even F3.5 is a good indicator.
- On Nikon DX cameras, the EGF will be equal to 64.5-129mm. In general, the lens has a very non-standard set of focal lengths for our days. Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Autoon DX cameras it turns into a normal, and partly a tele-zoom lens. By the way, the lens is perfect for full-frame Nikon cameras, as it was designed for film cameras.
- Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto has a standard front thread diameter of 52mm - making it easy to find a filter. By the way, the AUTO prefix does not imply autofocus, but semi-automatic aperture control.
- The lens comes with a wonderful case, in the middle lined with velvet. It is very pleasant to use a lens of this class, now manufacturers are seriously saving on cases and boxes.
How to use on modern cameras?
It's very simple - just install and remove. I have no problem using the lens on my camera Nikon D40... How to do this is described in detail in my article about PRE AI lenses. Difficulties arise only with econometrics.
Attention: this lens will not be able to mount on a number of old and new Nikon digital cameras. For example, Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto could not settle on Nikon D200, D80. The reason is his Non AI compatibility. In more detail about cameras with which there will be no problems when working with Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto can be found in my article about old PRE AI lenses.
- A mechanism for changing the focal length, which is inconvenient for many people. However, it should be noted that the "trunk" of the lens does not change its position under its own weight. Usually lenses "ramps" suffer from this ailment.
- The lens cannot work with some modern Nikon cameras. More details in the section PRE AI
- The lens doesn't have very good image quality. The biggest drawback is not backlight compatibility. The lens gives out just an exorbitant number of "bunnies". At the same time, the contrast of the image drops significantly. Also, the lens has quite a lot of distortion, even at 86mm focal length. Ken Rockwell included this lens in his 6 worst lenses from Nikon.
All photos were taken on Nikon D40, as on my other cameras Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto could not install due to its old version Pre-ai... All photos without processing, RAW -> JPEG Q80%, 1600 * 1200, added watermark with data from EXIF. Photo taken in the city of Lviv.
The image quality is mediocre. Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto has very strong chromatic aberration... The lens shows too much distortion - even at 86mm, therefore, it is not suitable for a portrait. The lens is not sharp enough at F3.5, but at F5.6 sharpness is quite decent. Most importantly, the lens is not at all friendly with the backlight.
Nikon 43-86mm f / 3.5 Zoom-Nikkor Auto nice to use, but image quality is not happy. Also, it is worth noting that it needs to be redone for AI compatibility, for use on modern Nikon central control centers.
Nippon Kogaku Japan Zoom-Nikkor Auto 1: 3.5 f = 43mm-f = 86mm - vintage lens with double zoom. Has a good maximum constant aperture over the entire range of focal lengths. Very compact. But, the image quality is poor.