Review Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6

For the opportunity review of the lens Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210 1: 4-5.6 Many thanks to Oleg Muravitsky.

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6

The Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 is a good old 'dark' telephoto zoom lens from film cameras. The zoom ratio of the lens is exactly 3h. There are three Nikon autofocus lenses in the 70-210mm class:

  • Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4 - Nikon's first ever autofocus telephoto zoom lens. It was produced only in Japan. Interesting constant aperture and internal type of zoom. Non-D version.
  • Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 (MKI) - The second version of the lens from Nikon class 70-210mm. It already has a different optical scheme. Only available in Japan and became not a replacement for the MKI version, but an addition. This lens is presented in this review.
  • Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII) - third version. Optically exactly the same as MKI, just upgraded to version D type lens. It was produced in Japan and Thailand. You can find more details about the differences from MKI here.
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 side view

Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 side view

Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 has a piston design. In order to change the focal length of the lens (zoom), you need to pull or push the front of the lens. The piston grip is very comfortable, the ribbed surface of the piston control ring turned out to be plastic. But the ribbed surface of the focus ring is made of rubber. Unlike single-ring lenses, the Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 has two rings that share the focus and zoom tasks. Personally, it’s more convenient for me to use single-ring piston lenses, where one ring is responsible for both focusing and zoom, an example of such a lens is Nikon ED 80-200mm f / 2.8D AF Nikkor (MKII)... The pump mechanism of the lens forces the rear lens to move, which creates the effect of a vacuum cleaner - and this threatens with excess dust in the middle of the camera.

Nikon 70-210 rear view

Nikon 70-210 f4-5.6 - back view

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.

Enlightenment Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F4-5.6

Enlightenment Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F4-5.6

Important: the lens has an aperture control ring. In order for the lens to start working normally on modern cameras, you need to set the F / 32 value using the aperture control ring on the lens itself, while the aperture control ring is automatically locked by a special lock button. This button has an orange color, it is easy to find on the lens near the iris control ring. After such a manipulation, it will be possible to control the diaphragm from the camera, like with modern lenses, in more detail in the section on Non-G Lenses.

Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F4-5.6 lens at 210mm and MDF

Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F4-5.6 lens at 210mm and MDF

Auto focus on the lens is slow. When focusing, the front element rotates around its axis and moves forward 2 cm. The focus ring rotates a little more than 90 degrees. I did not find any problems or nuances in the auto focus. The only thing you need to remember is that the lens decently buzzes when automatically focusing. Autofocus speed is exactly the same as Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4. At 70 mm focal length, the lens focuses a little faster than 210 mm.

Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F4-5.6 aperture

Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F4-5.6 aperture of the lens aperture and the appearance of the lens indicators

The lens has a focusing distance scale and two indicators for working in the infrared spectrum for 70 and 105mm focal lengths. It's a pity, but the lens lacks a depth-of-field scale. The number of diaphragm blades is 7 pieces. The lens itself weighs 590 grams and uses 62mm color filters. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 can use lens hood NH-24which is screwed in instead of a light filter. I really liked that the lens is enough compact.

Two brothers 70-210

Two brothers 70-210

The disadvantage of the lens is the spontaneous protrusion of the trunk, the focal length lock button on the lens is not provided. Sometimes, when you sharply set the focal length to the extreme position, you can hear a strong metal ringing. Some disadvantages of the lens are fully compensated by the image quality from it and the price / quality ratio.

Two televisions 70-210

Two televisions 70-210

Examples of photos on FX:

Sample photos on DX (EGF is 105-315mm):

Personal impressions of the lens

Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 I like a lot more than modern plastic animals Nikon 55-200mm f / 4-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor and Nikon 55-200mm f / 4-5.6G AF-S Nikkor. There is something nice about old lenses, and it's not just the metal mount and metal part of the case. Old AF lenses have a kind of their own charm. Now used Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm can be bought for just $ 150 Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm is very suitable for outdoor use on a clear day. Most importantly, the Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm has a nice design, not much worse than that of Nikon 70-210mm f / 4 AF Nikkor. Most likely, the small popularity of Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 and Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6D is due to the fact that there are more attractive models of lenses with a range of focal lengths of 70-300mm and the presence of an image stabilizer.

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All Original Similar Nikon FX Telephoto Lenses

Below is a list of all Nikon Nikkor telephoto lenses without high aperture and with auto focus support:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4, 1986-1987
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6, 1987-1993
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm 1:4.5-5.6, 1989-1998
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1991-1999
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1:4-5.6D, 1993-2000
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED, 1997-2005
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 75-240mm 1:4.5-5.6D, 1999–2000
  8. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D ED, 1998-2006
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6D, 1998-2006 (?)
  10. Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6G, from 2000 to 2014, black or silver
  11. Nikon AF S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, from 2006 to 2017
  12. Nikon AF S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF N Nano Crystal Coat, from 2012 to the present day
  13. Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6E VR ED, 2017 to present

The names of the lenses are indicated according to their spelling on the case.

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Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 is a solid old full-frame zoom telephoto lens. Provides good image quality for a modest price. Behaves well both on crop and full frame. I recommend it for simple photo tasks.

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Comments: 133, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6

  • Sasha

    Hello! Should I buy this lens as universal instead of 18-105?

    • Igor

      Good afternoon. Instead - not worth it, since it is for completely different tasks. But as an addition - it is even worth it. Portraits from him are amazing, color rendition and sharpness at a height. YES, I don’t know why the respected author said that the lens makes a lot of noise, mine is very quiet, and aims quickly enough.

  • pasha

    Arkady, would you recommend this lens for your first football shooting experience? Or it’s better to take 70-210 / 4, but it is 2.5 times more expensive.

    • Maximum

      You yourself answered your question. in the case of these glasses, the picture quality is proportional to the price

  • Max

    Tell me, is this lens for Nikon 5100 suitable?

  • Max

    I really need an answer on this lens for the Nikon 5100. I bought Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105 mm f 3.5-4.5D like

    • Arkady Shapoval

      as with 28-105, there will be no auto focus with this lens.

  • Max

    the fact that there will be no focusing, I know, I really liked the pictures with Nikkor 70-210mm I want to buy

  • anonym

    I sell for $ 150

  • Vladimir

    I bought this lens in November of the 13th year and went with him to Thailand, the photographs were not very pleasing, by the middle of the rest the lens fell into two parts, 3 bolts unscrewed under the front lens, put everything in a heap and attached 18-105 whales. Upon arrival I took it all home, cleaned it and put it together. I really liked the results of the photos, now I have it constantly on the camera. I like its focal lengths, sometimes I catch 35.

  • Alexey

    Together with the beautiful Nikon 28-85 ordered in Japan and this 70-210. I still can’t understand where the Japanese get these lenses for sale .. Well, in the sense that they are new)) Both lenses have not the slightest trace of use and not a single speck of dust inside. Really, the feeling is that made yesterday. I gave 120 cu for each with shipment! As a bonus, Marumi filters were included.
    The picture pleased me immensely, sharp practically at all focal and apertures, the color reproduction is excellent. Constructive - I do not want to let go of my hands, but just look at a technically perfect thing. Now they do not do this and will not do so. Highly recommend. For the price of a clumsy and awful whale zoom, you get gorgeous glass with a great picture.

    • Alexander

      Alexei, ordered from Ibei? I would really appreciate a link to the seller!

      • Petro

        I can sell )))))

        • Yarik

          price? condition?

  • Anton Karpov

    Good time to all!
    I bought a nikon d700 along with this lens. I use a very beautiful picture for portraits because there is no money for the road while I use this lens. For portraits I use flash illumination. I put my experience in an experimental way. I'm glad, an excellent lens with a skillful approach to creativity. Although the 50mm fix is ​​far superior, this is another fixes story.

  • Sergei

    Good afternoon, what is the best TV set to buy for Nikan D90 !!! Nikon 70-210 4-5.6 or Nikon 70-300 4-5.6 D ED

  • Sergei

    both of them are Japanese but which one I better can’t figure out!

  • Petro

    I’ll sell Nikon 70-210 4-5.6 in the box; the condition is excellent; the lenses are clean; I want 110 cu or 1700 UAH; there’s another Nikon f 601 with a native lens 35-70 I want 700 UAH together bargaining (the camera has a native case

  • Petro

  • Christina

    “The situation with the choice of lenses is quite interesting. It is possible to get a technically uncompromising picture only on top-end optics at uncompromising prices. Something simpler also costs significant money. After examining everything that I have and assessing my needs, I decided to get this lens. ”

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  • Jury

    Recently I bought this lens with a filter for 1800 UAH. Mindful of his disloyalty to the backlight, I bought a hood for him. I am very pleased with the lens. Together with Nikon, D610 showed very good results. Despite the fact that, judging by its appearance, the owners used the lens regularly, the "trunk" under its own weight does not leave. Focusing is noiseless and I would not say that it is slow. Static objects do not lather even at 210 mm. Moving, of course, is difficult to shoot on this focal point, you can feel the absence of a stub. For portrait photography, the lens is very similar. Considering the low price, I recommend it.

  • pasha

    and what is the difference of this lens with tamron 70-210 1: 4-5.6 (52d) 1.1m (3.6ft), tried to find the info on it but didn’t find something

  • Alexey

    Good afternoon, tell me whether it will be difficult to focus manually (carcass without a motor)?

    • Lynx


  • Vladimir

    Does he really draw in so much dust and it settles on the mirror? I want to take it for D90

    • Lynx

      Do you care about the dust on the mirror? In addition, it is blown off the mirror by a pear

  • Oleg Sh.

    Arkady, thank you for your articles, for I was guided by them, choosing a zoom. And I chose between this lens and the "older brother", which is 1: 4. Which I already had older, the picture for this money is beyond praise, but it was stolen along with the camera. I didn't have time to enjoy it, but again I could not find it in excellent condition. I got my hands on 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6. I don't know where it was lying all these years, but it looks like it was made yesterday, a couple of dust particles on the lenses during its construction spoke of a minimum of use. As a result, I bought it.
    About slow focus and noise. Focusing speed is enough in 99 out of 100 cases, where it is noisy, I still do not understand, rather it is not silent, that's all.
    For compactness in general, he should forgive all the cons! Now it works for me as a regular lens)) I am in principle satisfied with the picture.
    I would be grateful if you answer the question. Now I choose between TAMRON 17-50 1st generation and NIKKOR 17-55. Is there a big difference in the pictures on the D7000 and is it worth the difference in money?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Compared to modern af-s, it is noisy, especially if you record a video with a camera microphone. There is a possibility - native 17-55, there is no possibility - tamrons and so on. The difference is great in sharpness when open.

  • Pal Ivanovich

    I will slowly sell my Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6 with a D chip.
    The condition is wonderful. The trunk does not fall out, it moves very tightly. The lenses are clean, the mushrooms do not grow))
    Complete with two caps. Hood as a gift.
    The reason for the sale - lies idle, let someone bring joy)))
    I see the price at $ 100.
    I can send pictures to mail.

    • anonym

      Hello. Already, of course, sold ...?

  • maximilianis4e

    I bought this lens at the end of February and was very upset at first. In cloudy, gray weather, the photos from it did not please at all (no colors + Iso had to bully)! But when sunny days came and the first greenery appeared, I was just delighted. The colors are just super! If you close the aperture a little, then the image quality is not much different from that given out by my 50 mm f / 1.8 d. And now I don’t want to remember about 18-70, I carry it with me only because of the wide angle. But there is also a drawback: it gives out a lathery picture when focusing at long and sometimes at medium distances (10 meters or more). And I just can't figure out where the focus goes :( My camera is nikon d7000.

  • Tofig Babaev

    Just today I was filming a football match with this Kasavets. I took it from a friend (I wanted to experiment, I left my Sigma 70-200 2.8 at home). The lens was very pleasing. Filmed in the evening at 21.00 until the end of the first half. Camera d610. ISO 5000. The picture turned out to be something that should be taken into account that this is a reportage, and not a shooting of a fashion love story))) the only thing that was not in the buzz - this transition of the aperture from 4 to 5.6 when going over the focal values, which of course led to drops in the light. And so there are no complaints about the quality of the picture and the speed of afthofocus. Of course, this is AF-S 70-200 2.8))) But prices are almost 15 times apart from each other. In short, I advise everyone who cannot afford a more expensive option. But keep in mind that older models may have problems with lens mildew.

  • Tofig Babaev

    Taken today on 18.08.2016/XNUMX/XNUMX at the European League match. Match between Gabala (Azerbaijan) and Maribor (Slovenia)

  • Michael

    I looked at the pictures, modern glass does not know how to draw like that. I bought it for 5500r, everything is fine, only on d80 the metering is very wrong. "M", which is not always convenient. Can someone tell me what the discrepancy is.

    • Oleg

      Try changing the metering value, because the same value is not always good for different scenes. He photographed a small object and set the spot metering, and then he began to take the general picture and also received a strong overexposure, since the metering, apparently, did not take into account that the sky was bright, but proceeded from the fact that it was dark in the center, giving out values ​​so that the center was bright, respectively, everything else turned out very bright. I put the metering over the entire frame, the situation improved.

    • Michael

      I decided to test it on d40. So, the result was just impressive. The sharpness starts from f10 to f20. There is no problem with manual focus. The exposure on a sunny day is set to -2. Drawing is just a bomb.

  • Rinaldo

    I got such a lens almost for nothing, not the D version. The problem is somewhere from 135 to 210 mm, a very soapy picture. On the D7000, the F80 is much soapy on the film. What could be the problem? I didn’t drop it, I don’t know. Maybe this is the case. And is it possible fix? Thank you all in advance.

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