Review Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

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Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII). The lens is shown on the camera. Nikon D3400

In short

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII) is an old manual focus telephoto lens designed for Nikon film cameras. The lens uses a PUSH-PULL (trombone) design. Good at open apertures, not bad for his age. It attracts with a constant relative aperture throughout the focal length range, low cost and decent image quality.

'Nikon Lens Series E' lenses are among the simplest Nikon lenses. These lenses were used as accessories for entry-level Nikon film cameras (Nikon Super Compact Bodies: EM, FG, FG20). The 'E' series can be safely called the whale lenses of its time. They were designed as low cost lenses for a wide range of users. Typically these lenses had slightly poorer body and optics quality than the more advanced Nikon lenses. Nevertheless, the 'E' series is appreciated by many amateurs for its light weight and good image quality. None of the 'E' series lenses no name 'Nikkor', which refers to all 'real' lenses from Nikon. Most likely this lens for Nikon was made by third-party manufacturers. The 'E' is most likely associated with Nikon's first low-cost EM camera, for which a line of similar lenses was developed in the first place.

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)


Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 is AI compatible lens (knows how to convey value aperture into the camera that have diaphragm rheostat, with it there will be no problems when installing on any CZK Nikon) Does not have metal 'ears' to work on old film NON AI cameras.

There are 8 Nikon lenses in total. Series e, of which 5 fixes and 3 zoom lenses:

  1. Nikon Lens Series E 28 mm 1: 2.8 MKI
  2. Nikon Lens Series E 28 mm 1: 2.8 MKII
  3. Nikon Lens Series E 35 mm 1: 2.5 MKI
  4. Nikon Lens Series E 35 mm 1: 2.5 MKII
  5. Nikon Lens Series E 50 mm 1: 1.8 MKI
  6. Nikon Lens Series E 50 mm 1: 1.8 MKII
  7. Nikon Lens Series E 100 mm 1: 2.8 MKI
  8. Nikon Lens Series E 100 mm 1: 2.8 MKII
  9. Nikon Lens Series E 135 mm 1:2.8
  10. Nikon Lens Series Zoom E 36-72 mm 1:3.5
  11. Nikon Lens Series Zoom E 75-150 mm 1: 3.5 MKI
  12. Nikon Lens Series Zoom E 75-150 mm 1: 3.5 MKII
  13. Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 70-210 mm 1:4

MKI versions have a black plastic case, MKII - with a chrome insert for the depth of field tags.

Please note that the lens from the review was additionally equipped with a special chip. Why this chip is needed is described in detail in the section. Dandelion Lushnikova.

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII). Lens shown on a film SLR camera Nikon EL2.

Main technical characteristics of Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5:

Name of instances from review Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75 ~ 150mm 1: 3.5 3009976
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - lens designed for Nikon FX full-frame cameras
  • MF (Mannual Focus) - manual focus only
  • AI (Automatic Indexing) - automatic transmission of the aperture value to the camera
  • Non-g (Non gelded) - presence of a diaphragm control ring, automatic aperture control
  • ZOOM - zoom lens
  • Metal case
  • Design PUSH-PULL
  • Enlightened Optics
  • Hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) - Fast and accurate focusing at infinity.
  • Lens series e - a line of budget lenses
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm
Focal length 75-150 mm EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 112,5-225 mm
Zoom ratio 2 x
Designed by for Nikon film cameras with Nikon F mount
Number of aperture blades 7 straight (not rounded) petals
Tags marking on the focus / zoom ring with focusing distance in meters and feet, ', depth of field scale for F / 32 (orange color of the arc), F / 16 (blue color of the arc). Infrared label (red arc). Aperture ring, there are labels for F / 3.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16 (cyan), 22, 32 (orange), other intermediate values ​​cannot be set. There are values ​​for focal lengths 75, 100, 150.
Diaphragm over the entire range of focal lengths from F / 3.5 to F / 32. The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type).
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 1 m over the entire range of focal lengths
The weight 520 g
Optical design 12 elements in 9 groups. The lens does not use special optical elements.

Optical design Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5

The image is clickable.

Lens hood Nikon HN-21 metal lens hood screwed into front filter thread
Period It was produced from May 1980 to 1985. The MKII version is available from approximately 1981.
Manufacturer country MADE IN JAPAN (Lens manufactured in Japan).
Price New do not sell. In a variant B. at. 50-100 cu Prices for modern Nikon lenses can be found here.

Nikon 75-150 / 3.5 is an AI lens and can be easily mounted to any modern Nikon DSLR camera.

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 is very similar to its old brother - Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm 1: 4.5. Lenses have the same control, and the same optical scheme is taken as the basis.

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII). The lens is shown on the camera. Nikon D3400

Assembly, control, focus

Lens body made very high quality. The diameter of the filter for the front lens, as for a lens of this type, is generally tiny and is only 52 mm. The piston ring and diaphragm are not rubberized. During focusing and changing the focal length, the rear lens of the lens remains stationary. When changing the focal length, the lens length does not change.

One ring is responsible for focusing and changing the focal length. To change the focal length, pull or push the piston ring, to focus - rotate it. Nikon 75-150 / 3.5 uses'reversible PUSH-PULL'- the maximum focal length value is available when the piston ring is closest to the camera mount.

Nikon 75-150 / 3.5 focus ring rotates approximately 180 degrees. During focusing, the front lens rotates and extends forward. On the case there is a focus distance scale, the depth of field scale (in the form of colored stripes) and a label for working in the infrared spectrum. The lens has a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens to infinity under any external temperature conditions.

Nikon 75-150 / 3.5 has a pronounced 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases. Due to the fact that the focus ring is wide enough and has a large and smooth stroke, the effect of 'Focus Breathing' is almost not noticeable during focusing.

Unfortunately, the lens changes the focal length under the weight of its own piston. Effect spontaneous piston movement on the copy from the review expressed very, very strong. Rumor has it that in the first version of this lens (without a chrome ring) this effect is not pronounced.

How to use Nikon manual lenses (such as this one without CPU and with manual focus) on any modern Nikon digital SLR camera or on 'Nikon 1' system cameras, described in the 'manual optics'. Older lenses are sometimes watched by owners of Canon cameras, who can use them on their cameras no worse than on their Nikon cameras. To do this, just use the adapter Nikon - Canon. Of course, manual lenses from SLR cameras can also be used on any mirrorless cameras with the help of an adapter.

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

dimensions Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8 (MKI) and Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

Image quality

First of all, I want to note that the f / 3.5 aperture, in terms of sharpness, is working across the entire range of focal lengths. On the covered diaphragms Nikon 75-150 / 3.5 can pleasantly surprise.

The weak point is the work in the backlight (example) and frying. Non-rounded aperture blades can create nuts. In general, the lens has a nice bokeh.

The relative aperture of 1: 3.5 is only one and a half times less than 1: 2.8. At the same time, the cost of zoom lenses from 1: 2.8 is several times higher. In sunny weather, F / 3.5 allows the use of very short excerpts at low ISO, which makes shooting comfortable, and you should not worry about blurry images due to shake. On ISO 200 and F / 3.5, I often used a shutter speed of 1/2000 second.

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

Sample Photos

Pictures from Nikon D90. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Nikon ViewNX-i utility without making additional adjustments.

Download RAW c source photos Nikon D90 can at this link.

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Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

The sizes of the Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII) and Nikon DX VR AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G


The strength of Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 is its good sharpness, especially on covered apertures. It is very difficult to find a cheaper lens with a constant aperture F / 3.5 over the entire range of focal lengths. The weakest side is the spontaneous movement of the piston and poor resistance to flare. I recommend this lens for leisurely creative shooting.

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Comments: 17, on the topic: Review of the Nikon Lens Series E Zoom 75-150mm 1: 3.5 (MKII)

  • anonym

    Thanks for the next review!
    I can’t confirm, but I have repeatedly met in English-speaking forums that this zoom for Nikon was released by Kiron.

  • Miroslav

    Sometimes I use it, in the mood, with such a lens. Excellent condition, despite the age, a nice picture.

  • B. R. P.

    Very nice device. Thanks for the review.

  • Anna

    From a recent fond of photography.
    I read a lot of reviews and yours including. As a result, I chose Nikon for work, here
    so far happy :)

  • IIIolibden

    "The piston and diaphragm ring is not rubberized." My lens has a rubberized piston ring. Perhaps this lens has polymerized and looks like plastic due to its age. My copy has a black diaphragm ring and there is a spontaneous change in focal length under its own weight, but this is not critical and I read on one foreign forum how to replace a felt pad between moving parts. With this lens I use a metal hood from Jupiter 37-AM MC, it fits perfectly and it is possible to screw it into the transport position. I really like the picture this lens creates. He became one of my favorites. I use it in conjunction with Nikon D7000 without Lushnikov's chip.

    • Anatoly

      Nikon 75-150mm f / 3.5 Series E AI-s I like this lens on the D7000. I love old lenses. Lightweight lens, quickly focuses by changing the FR. Nice to shoot
      Macro and portraits. On Df, not as good as on D7000.

  • IIIolibden

    A few photos from him.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you.

  • Alexander

    Friends join a group where you can buy similar manual optics and photographic equipment.

  • Aries

    class review .. bought .. by 5tr already 2 ... a second as a gift to a friend .. everything coincided with what you said above ... a very sharp buzzer, but both copies are tight on zooming ... new paint as soon as from the factory is bright and not faded.

  • Arkady

    One ring for zoom and focus is very convenient for me, and sharpness is not inferior to Ob-you at times more expensive. Pay attention to the eBay market, only 2-3 pieces!

  • IIIolibden

    Something so unusual.

  • IIIolibden


  • koba

    The photographs shown here show that this lens delivers great pictures in technical and aesthetic terms. The images are voluminous; on the open aperture, the background separates very well from the foreground. And again, we have a review of the full-frame lens on the tilted camera, and this is bad because in fact we see images obtained from the central part of the lens.

  • Nicholas

    Tell me, plizz, do friends in the Middle Kingdom have a lens hood for this lens? But not just a hood, but so that as with the Yu-37 it was possible to wind up in a transport position.
    Thank you

  • nashua

    Despite the presence of a fast autofocus telephoto zoom, I use this lens with pleasure. Sharp with a nice picture, but the bokeh is a little rude. The main advantage is compactness and light weight. You don’t always want to carry 1.5kg, if you don’t know how it can come in handy. It is convenient for use both on FF and on a crop. Even on the BZK crop-2 I put it sometimes, like a telephoto lens

  • Anatoly

    Who cares to see the photos of these Nikon 75-150mm f / 3.5 Series E AI-s lenses here

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