Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

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Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Please note that under the name Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D, there are two lens models:

  1. MKI1993-1995. The first copies were released in Japan, the rest in Thailand. It differs from the later version by a rubberized ring and a metal bayonet mount. Review can see here.
  2. MKII, 1995-1999, with updated housing design and optical design (8 elements in 7 groups, versus 6 elements in 6 groups for MKI, while MKI has one of the elements - aspherical) All lenses of this modification were made only in Thailand. This lens is presented in this review.

They saythat there is also a third version of the lens, the same as the MKII, but with a metal mount, although, as I was not looking for, I could not find such a lens.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII) is a standard lens for full-frame cameras. Probably, it can be called one of the most primitive in the entire line of autofocus Nikkor 'zooms', so you shouldn't expect something stunning from the small Nikon 35-80mm. Also, it's a shame that the updated MKII is mechanically much worse than the original. MKI.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

The lens is very 'poor' - almost all of plastic, including the mount. It lacks focusing distance and depth of field markers and any other useful pointers (IR shift, hard stop, etc.). But this lens can rightfully be considered the lightest zoom lens in the Nikkor family that supports automatic focusing - the lens weighs only 180 grams, which is as much as 15 grams less than that of a cropped 'lightweight' Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII VR II AF-S DX Nikkor. Also, the lens is very small and compact, it uses 52mm classic diameter filters. The zoom ring is rubberized, comfortable and rotates easily.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII) has fast auto focus, believe me, on the camera Nikon D700 this baby focuses faster than some modern zooms with a SWM motor, such as Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical. The minimum focusing distance is 0.35m, while you can get a macro with a maximum magnification of 1: 3.6X. There is no focus mode switch on the lens; to put the lens into manual focus mode, you must put the camera in manual mode focusing using the switch located near the camera mount.

The focusing ring is aligned with the lens barrel, plastic, very narrow, rotates 90 degrees and moves forward with the front lens. It is inconvenient to focus manually, but it is not scary, because in 99% of cases such "generalists" are used by amateurs only in autofocus mode, in the style of "click and shoot." When zooming, the front lens does not rotate, but the lens trunk does wavy. This is not the most convenient lens for all sorts of special light filters.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Auto focus with Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII) lens available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing. An exact and complete list of Nikon CZKs that support automatic focusing with similar lenses can be found in the 'Auto focus on Nikon cameras'. During focusing, the lens is pretty noisy.

The lens has a manual aperture ring. In order to be able to control the aperture value from the camera or to automatically set the aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to F / 22 and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the aperture marks. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

The diaphragm consists of 7 blades and closes to F / 22 @ 35mm and F / 32 @ 80mm. The lens can use a lens hood that is screwed into the front light filter, Nikon’s native is recommended. HN3.

The lens has only 2.29x zoom (80/35), when used on Nikon DX cameras EGF lens will be 52.5-120mm, and the ability to use a sufficiently wide angle of view will be lost. However, the one who wants, can get good pictures with Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII) on any camera :)

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm F3.5-5.6 DX and Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm F3.5-5.6DX and Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Despite the external wretchedness and toyness of the lens, optically it is quite good. On slightly closed apertures, it creates a very good picture with normal sharpness and contrast. At F/5.6@80mm it limps a little, but in general the level of aberrations, distortion and even vignetting is at the proper level. I would say - such a normal 'average'.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 250 MB, 25 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from the camera Nikon D700 (FX).

Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII) and Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII) and Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

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.

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Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII) - a very light, very simple standard lens for Nikon FX cameras, in general - pretty good. You should buy some kind of Nikon D4S for the lens, or at worst, Nikon D4 and shoot for fun :).

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Comments: 31, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)

  • Ivan

    “You should buy some kind of Nikon D4S or, at worst, Nikon D4, and shoot for your pleasure :).” - this is correct, because the photographer first buys optics, and for delivery - a camera.

  • Dmitry K

    something lately on a joyfully lazy and uninteresting lens. It would be better if less, but more interesting.

    • atypical Kiev

      so where to get them, these most interesting lenses? As I understand it, Arkady writes reviews of what is available or what is sent.
      If you have an interesting lens - send it, I think Arkady will test it with pleasure and publish a review, to the delight of all of us ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The previous Nokton is not interesting?

      • Dmitry K

        you yourself said that the usual 50 1.4 is 1.4 more interesting)) the same voitlander is 20 3.5 - so it will be more interesting and the manual focus on the width is more convenient. I am not commenting on your work in order to mock, but to what you yourself said as the fact that now there is not enough energy and time for reviews of cool lenses from the same “fotika” store. That's actually from here and the thought - it can be less often, but the lenses are more complicated

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Well, no, I didn’t say that it’s more interesting, there is no need to breed heresy here. Reread more carefully and take your words back. And to write about such 35-80 as well as necessary (yes, it’s not particularly difficult for me), there are a lot of darkness on the secondary market and few people know that they are quite suitable. By the way, for more than half a year no one wants to give 5300/3300 for a review, is it really all the greedy ones?

          • Dmitry K

            nope, everyone read about the battle of megapixels and “it doesn't matter what to shoot”, bought d80 and enjoy life))))

            • Arkady Shapoval

              :) also about FujiFilm SxPRO)))

              • Jury

                taught, on their own head, as they say :) It's not for nothing that S5Pro are now selling for 5,6k - “legends go to battle” :) Thank you for the science, Arkady and for the reviews, even of such simple glasses.

          • Dmitry K

            "Native 50 1.4g by 1.4, in my opinion, is much better." your words? Let's say noctone is more interesting, but the most popular, affordable and relatively cheap fifty dollars is better according to your own words. Well, I take away the words about the uninteresting Noctone 58mm, but autofocus and the quality of the native fifty dollars, coupled with a democratic price, put it above the previous subject.
            PS and it is not necessary to react so violently to criticism and throw the words "heresy". I don't write like that about your words.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              funny, better doesn't mean more interesting, especially since I wrote about 1.4 aperture, and not about the lens in general, just be careful :)

            • Oleg

              Dmitry K, it's good to verbally and twist !! All lenses are different, it is interesting to read about their differences and similarities. Do you know what those who are not interested in reading do? :-))

              • Dmitry K

                verbiage is about you. I took back the words of inaccuracy, but the lens did not become more interesting from this. Have something to say in the case - go ahead

              • Arkady Shapoval

                By the way, forgive me for “heresy” too, it turned out harshly :(.

              • Oleg

                Dmitry K, I am also a critic on the case ...

          • Alexander Trekhsotkovich

            It’s unlikely that someone will give D5300 and D3300 to Arkady) on your website people rub only photo lovers with amateur D90 D300s D700 D800 D600 D4 D3 D3s))) the owners of professional equipment such as D5300 and D3300 are professional photographers and they have 2 weddings removed a week, and they have no time to go to such resources))) they beat equipment 200 times at a given time) and simple in their busy schedule regarding the review is not included in their plans)

    • neposer

      Any lens is interesting. Each was created for a specific task, camera or class of cameras. Each lens is unique in its "perspective", each has its own "secret". The main secret of the lens for us is where it can show itself most favorably.
      I will give an example without voicing models. One mediocre, worthless lens was limping in all respects. But in one African country, at abnormal plus temperatures, it was the only one that turned out to be workable, from a large fleet of optics.
      Experiment and you will discover the secrets of your glasses. And who knows, maybe these discoveries will become a sensation.

  • sergey

    It is always interesting to read about lenses. If you don’t like it, why read the review?

  • Arkady Shapoval

    By the way, on the road somewhere sigma 70-200 / 2,8 OS goes to review.

    • Pastor

      Ltd! I will really wait for this review. I realized that the canon 70-200 4 without a stub is of little use to me - there is not enough aperture and stub. After Nikon's 70-300VR and Canon's 55-250IS 70-200 4 it is somehow hard to work in terms of shaking. I'm used to stub. Of course, in the daytime and with a flash of color and sharpness are wonderful, but it's not everywhere to carry a flash ... And you don't have the courage to take a Canon 70-200 2.8IS - it's too big a waste for an amateur. Maybe sigma would be a great choice.

    • Yana

      Let it go faster, wait :-)

  • Gene jb

    Well tell me, well, where's the focal point? Portraitbook?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      As stated in the article, this is a full-size wagon.

  • Leonid

    Thanks for your review. There are no lenses that are not interesting. An uninteresting lens is broken or without glass, like a pipe from a vacuum cleaner. And I like the lenses, like the reviews, without exception, each lens has its own peculiarities.

    • Jackie

      Well, why, a broken lens can also be interesting if you try to dissociate it))

  • Alexander

    I liked the review. Thanks.

  • Dmitriy

    Good evening. Someone in the know, tell me please, will this lens work in autofocus mode and control the aperture from the camera (wheel) on the Nikon d90?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it will.

      • Dmitriy

        Arkady, thank you. And in your opinion, is it worth taking this lens for portraiture, street photography?

  • Ramis Ebellehovich

    You should buy some kind of Nikon D4S, or at worst, Nikon D4, to the lens and shoot for your own pleasure :). - this is a joke, right?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes it's a joke

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