NIKON Manual Focus Zoom lens

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Charlie, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    Could anyone advise, please. I would like to buy a NIKON mf zoom lens
    in about the 35-70mm range. It doesn't have to be particularly 'fast',
    I would like something of good optical quality, not too large in size,
    and not vastly expensive, in AI or AIS fitting. What is my best
    Thanks, Charlie.
    Charlie, Aug 4, 2003
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  2. Where were you when my 35-70 f/3.5 Vivitar went for a mighty $22 on
    eBay? :->

    If you want the Nikon (or Nikkor) name on it, my first suggestion is a
    manual focus 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5, _if_ you can test it before commmitting
    to purchase. I've owned (and used) one of these since the mid-80's.
    Expect to pay around $150 (used) for a nice one.

    My second choice would be a 36-72mm Series E, but I haven't used one
    of these in a very long time. Easy to find at around $100.
    Michael Benveniste, Aug 4, 2003
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  3. Charlie

    Roger Guest


    See for great selection of used lenses. A Nikkor 35-70
    f3.5-4.5 AIS MF zoom in E condition will give you a respectable,
    useable lens. Note there is also a 35-70 f3.5-4.8 (note the digit "8")
    that is of lesser quality. Stick with the former and you will have a
    nice compact zoom (albeit a bit slow) that is a good general
    photography option.
    Roger, Aug 4, 2003
  4. There was a 35-70/3.5 that looks nice. Costs a little more than the
    variaperture models others have suggested, and it's supposedly heavy too...
    but it may be worth it
    Martin Francis, Aug 5, 2003
  5. Could anyone advise, please. I would like to buy a NIKON mf zoom lens
    How about the high quality and fast 2.8-3.5 Vivitar S-1 28-90, or the very
    good Kiron 28-85? Excellent lenses. Perhaps exactly what you are looking for.
    Also, quite cheap on the used market.

    Quietlightphoto, Aug 6, 2003
  6. There are two models of the 35-70mm f/3.5. The AI version with the
    72mm filter is almost exactly the same size as the current 35-70
    f/2.8, although it's considerably lighter. The AI-S version with the
    62mm filter is smaller and has a macro feature. Unfortunately, it
    tends to run about twice as much money as the 36-72mm (also a constant
    aperture design), and is far more difficult to find.

    For those with a preference, these two Nikkors were two ring zooms
    while the Series E lens was a one-ring design.
    Michael Benveniste, Aug 7, 2003
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