Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR 35~105mm 1:3.5~4.5 Ai-S Lens (35-105mm f/3.5-4.5)

Review of the Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR 35~105mm 1:3.5~4.5 Ai-S Lens (35-105mm f/3.5-4.5).

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This lens was introduced in 1983 for SLR film cameras like the Nikon F3, EM and FM2. In 1986, its optics were adopted to an autofocus version of the lens. It is hard to keep the EXIF data on Nikon DSLR cameras accurate thanks to it being a variable aperture zoom. All together, including its optically-improved AF variations of 1991 and 1994, it sold for 11 years.

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macro to 0.25× magnification (detail)

This lens has some very, very slight color fringing but still a usable lens. The performance is fairly consistent throughout the zoom. It is a hair soft on the long end.

Barrel distortion is present on the wide end and pincushion distortion on the long end. Honestly, this is par for the course for lenses from this time period.

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almost no color fringing at f=35mm/8

It is excellent for infrared photography.

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infrared at f=35mm/8
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infrared at f=35mm/11
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infrared at f=50mm/8
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infrared at f=105mm/8

It flares horribly which may not be a problem.

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flaring at f=105mm/22
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flaring at f=35mm/22

Bokeh is pretty harsh looking too busy.

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bokeh at f=50mm/4
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bokeh at f=105mm/4.5
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notice the shape of the highlights

Diffraction has begun by f/11. Shoot at f/8 or even f/5.6.

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macro to 0.25× magnification
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macro to 0.25× magnification

This is an AI-s lens meaning it will work in program and shutter priority mode on some older model cameras. It takes 52mm filters and the front element turns as it is focused making use of a polarizer difficult. It has a macro function ring and when turned a reproduction ratio of 1:4 can be achieved. There is an infrared focus index for all focal lengths, a focus scale and a depth of field scale. The focus collar has a short throw like most AI-s lenses. This is an all metal lens with rubber focus/zoom collar so as to prevent "brassing" as is typical on earlier lenses.

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