Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Review

11/16/2016 - 00:36
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Review




Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D is autofocus zoom lens for Nikon SLR cameras. They were equipped Nikon F100 film camera. Subsequently, this lens was replaced by a new one, with the best performance Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105mm 1: 3.5-4.5D.

 

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Specs

Focal length: 28-70mm
Max. aperture: f/3.5 — f/4.5
Weight (gr): 360 г
Length (mm): мм
Filter Ø (mm.): 52
Aperture blades: 9
Min. Focus distance (m.): 0,4

 

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Handling and Mechanics

The lens has a compact size. That's what it is comfortable. Especially if you install it on full-frame cameras. the lens is designed in the style of MKII Nikon lens versions.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D 70mm

View at position 70mm

 

On the barrel is placed the zoom ring, a width of about 1.4 cm. Closer to the front element is a manual focus ring, 1 cm wide.

The focus ring is rotated by 135 degrees. Focusing manually is more convenient than Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5D.

But in general, the lens is still used for autofocus. Autofocus will work on cameras with built-in focus motor on models D70 and D7000 and over and over. For younger models autofocus will not work. Focus speed is average. On the Nikon D80 autofocus accuracy is not bad, but still there are mistakes, not often.

When focusing, the front lens rotates and the front part of the lens extends about 1.5 cm.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D

While zooming the front element does not rotate, but put forward. On focal length of 28 mm, it looks 2 cm, at 50 mm and not peeking at 70 mm peeps 0.5 cm.

Also, the rear element moves when zooming.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D rear

View at 28mm, rear elemet more closer to the camera sensor

Aperture when zooming varies nonlinearly. Here is a table:

28mm f/ 3.5
31mm f/ 3.8
38mm f/ 4
48mm f/ 4.2
55mm f/ 4.5

 

Next to manual aperture control ring is switch automatic to manual aperture control.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D aperture controil

Manual aperture comtrol mode can be useful at using the lens with the extension rings.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D on Nikon D80

View on the Nikon D80

 

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Example Photos

All photos were taken on Nikon D80. RAW export with no post-processing.

 

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Sharpness

At wide-open aperture lens has a normal sharpness at all focal lengths. Sharpness is about the same as the kit lens Nikkor 18-55 3.5-5.6. And if you compare with the Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5D, the latter seemed to me sharply.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos cityscape 28mm

28mm f/ 3.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos cityscape 70mm

70mm f/ 4.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos chase

28mm f/ 5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos urban portrait

28mm f/ 3.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos urban

28mm f/ 3.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos architecture

28mm f/ 3.5

When covering aperturem, sharpness become better.

 

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Character and Bokeh

The lens has a nice character. Especially on long end.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos portrait

70mm f/ 4.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos bokeh

70mm f/ 5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos MFD

70mm f/ 6.3 МДФ

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos child portrait

34mm f/ 4

Sometimes you can catch bokeh with smooth circles. I liked this lens more than the kit Nikkor 18-55 3,5-5,6.

 

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Contrast and Color Rendering

The lens has a good contrast. Good keep backlight and side light, can be a bit worse than the modern kit lenses.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos autumn

70 mm f/ 5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos city

28mm f/ 3.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos sobor

38mm f/ 5.6

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos railroad

28mm f/ 6.3

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos fog

52mm f/ 6.3

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos flare

60mm f/ 4.5

Sometimes it is possible to catch flare.

 

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D Distortion

The lens has a mild distortion.

At 28mm there is a barrel distortion.

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D distortion 28mm

28mm f/ 3.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D distortion 70mm

70mm f/ 4.5

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos bulding

28mm f/ 5.6

Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D example photos autumn portrait

70mm f/ 4.5

 

Summary
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5D is good autofocus oldshcool lens. Its aperture, which on the stop more than the modern kit lenses. Has a good reliable handling and small size, it is like this for many photographers. In general, a good substitute of kit lens, if you have a buit-in motor in camera. And also it is an important feature that it will using on a full frame.





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