Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor

Last updated (17 April’12):
– Review by Camerahobby

The Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor features 35-70mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 15 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 62 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.6ft/0.28m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor lens weighs 23.8 Ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 4 inches long.

Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor Reviews

Camerahobby reviews the Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“I have always been satisfied with the quality of images I have gotten from this lens. The focusing is precise and fairly quick on a F90x. The images are sharp and if my shots turn out bad, I can always trace it back to my own error or other circumstances that lead to bad shots. I may not have the best composition but I can pretty much be assured that the subjects will have great color, contrast and sharpness.”
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Momentcorp reviews the Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“..On the good side is the weight and size of the lens, and of course the Sharpness wide open. Peak performance of the lens is f/5.6-f/11 where the lens delivers stunning results.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“On the Nikon D3, it’s a little softer wide open in the corners, and sharpens up a stop or two down. Even wide open it’s pretty good and much better than the cheaper zooms. Focus is manual in the macro mode. Even if you have AF set, it is disengaged automatically, at least on my D3. This is great, because I prefer to focus manually in macro modes.”
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User Opinions

Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor User Reviews

My favorite lens. An excellent lens for the price. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Excellent contrast and clarity and virtually no pincushion at any focal length. Beautiful optics/output at a professional level..” – by Kate Stokes

A must get lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This f/2.8 lens is sharp and contrasty. The 35-70mm range translates to 52.5-105mm in the 1.5 crop factor format. It is like having 3 portrait lenses in 1, i.e. the 50mm, 85mm and 105mm. At the 35mm end is the ability to press a knob and go into macro mode, which is useful when you need it.” – by Gerald Khoo

Incredible Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is great. I used it on my D40 to take shots at Christmas. Took absolutely amazing and sharp pictures, and I’m only a beginner. The 2.8 aperture meant I didn’t need the flash indoors and still got decent shutter speeds.” – by Bryan Gruber

Master craft. State of the art in the 90’s still pack a punch | Rating: ★★★★★
“this thing is a beauty both performance as well as construction.. Sharp pictures, metal and sturdy construction, macro mode with extreme close-ups. As with all Nikkor lenses, this thing is built solid and great optics..” – by Shawn Chen

Excellent lens for the price | Rating: ★★★★★
“Superb image quality, amazing sharpness, excellent contrast and colors. Focuses quickly on my D50 and with little trouble. The macro mode works great and is a nice addition. The focal range makes it nice for a walkaround lens. Sharp even at f/2.8. “ – by Arturo Donate

One of my favorite zoom lenses.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“..the optic quality, the lens is very well built. It feels heavy given that it doesn’t look that big. I usually carry two cameras. This one is now attached to one of my cameras at all time.” – by A. Baker

marvelous | Rating: ★★★★★
“Marvelous lens. It is wonderfully sharp and gives colors depth and density rather than lollipop saturation. “ – by Andreas Gailus

Best bang for your buck! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“..This a great all around carry lens and I consider it pretty light compared to the others mentioned above. Don’t get me wrong this lens is built like a tank and it’s reassuring knowing that there’s nothing but quality Nikon glass inside. If money is an issue this is the best bang for your buck!” – by Michael Makabenta

Great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is my first experience with a push-pull lens, and I’m not a big fan. That said, it’s a very minor aspect of the whole lens, which I rate 5 stars. Look for this lens 2nd hand, keep a filter on it, and you’re good to go.” – by Mcdonald Mirabile

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom Nikkor Features & Specifications

# Holds fast and constant f/2.8 maximum aperture through the entire focal range
# Minimum distortion throughout zoom range
# Nikon Super Integrated Coating for minimized flare and ghost, providing good color balance


Lens construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
Picture angle: 62° – 34°20′ [44° – 22°50′ with Nikon digital cameras (Nikon DX format)]
Focal-length scale: 35, 50, 70mm
Number of diaphragm blades: 7
Minimum f/stop: 22
Closest focusing distance: 0.6m (0.28m at 35mm focal length and macro setting)
Maximum reproduction ratio: 1/7.7 (1/4 at 35mm focal length and macro setting)
Zoom control: Strait
Macro focusing: Selectable via the macro switch
Focus-limit switch: N/A
M/A mode: N/A
Focus lock button: N/A
Weight (approx.): 665g
Dimensions (approx.) (from the camera’s lens mounting flange): 71.5×94.5 mm

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