Nikkor 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Lens
The Nikkor 35-135 f/3.5-4.5 AF is a push/pull lens with very decent performance. Before I begin, it is worthwhile to note that this lens is the DX equivalent of a 55-200mm zoom, so it is up to you whether you would prefer the actual lower f-stop on this lens or the equivalent offered through VR technology in the newer 55-200 DX. I’ve read great things said about Nikon’s 55-200, and it goes without saying that this older model takes some great pictures. If I were making the decision today, I don’t know which one I’d choose; generally, I prefer an actual lower f/stop to just VR though (especially at the telephoto end). I am positive, though, that the older lens is heavier and larger than the newer one, but it also contains more metal components as well.
Anyway, this lens works for me mostly in the context of what I shoot on film. It is the lens that lives on my 8008s and frequently finds itself on the 6006, also. This lens was a steal when I bought it used, and it still is. If you decide to go this route, don’t look back. However, if you own one of the lower-end Nikons (D40, D60, D3000, D5000, etc.), this lens will not auto-focus. The push/pull feature took some getting used to, but I got the hang of it eventually, and I actually kind of prefer it.
Note: There is a “D” version of this lens, which offers slightly better metering because of “distance” information supplied to the metering equation.
All pics with Nikon D300 and Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8 AT-x PRO lens.
More pics and stats after the jump–>
Full Name: Nikon 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Nikkor
Max/Min. Aperture: 3.5/32
Diaphragm Blades: 7
Lens Configuration: 15 Elements in 12 Groups
Filter Size: 62mm
Focuses Beyond: 5′ (1′ on Macro Setting)
I rarely use the “macro” feature on this lens. It just doesn’t work as well as my 105mm f/2.8.