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35-80mm old kit lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by kaige, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. What do you folks think of the Nikkor 35-80 f/4-5.6?
    I believe it was Nikon's kit lens for a few of their film
    cameras in the late 90's.

    Also, will it be fully functional with a d70s?
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 14, 2007
  2. JoeG


    Nov 2, 2006
    Tyrol, Austria
    I have this lens.

    Yes, it will work on the D70s, but the lens is more or les pure crap. it is made from cheap plastic, the optics are everything else than superb and f5,6 at 80mm is also not good - you will need lots of light.
  3. Thanks for your time Josef. I visited 'virtual gallerie' and like your work,
    particularly 'arte povera' and 'random'.
    Now to the lens. I hunted around Bjorn Rorslett's lens survey and found
    what I believe to be the same lens. He says
    "A true treat for any lover of plastic-fantastic items, this humble lens accompanies the low-end SLRS such as F/N60/65. I've taken apart this lens to extract its matrix chip print, and shudder by the very thought of its poor internal construction quality (in fact, the lens barrel is just kept together with sticky tape!!).
    As an optical device, you actually get more than you have bargained for. The performance is not that bad and at f/8, quite decent images result. However, don't drop the lens because it certainly won't survive the impact."
    So that is 2 votes for plastic. However, I think I'll use this lens for
    'walk-abouts' which often get me into places where I don't really
    want to jepordize the good glass. See if I can't squeeze some good
    out it.
  4. JoeG


    Nov 2, 2006
    Tyrol, Austria
    thank you for visting my website :smile:

    before I buy a lens, I always visit Bjorns site do see how he thinks about a lens. he really knows about what he is talking.

    the photographer takes the image, not the camera, so go for it if you can get one real cheap!
  5. I am going for it. I found someone in the want ads who was cleaning
    out his closet and I now have this lens, an old camera, a few good filters
    and some other stuff for the price of a CF card. Even if I throw out
    the camera and lens I am ahead just on the filters. Some folks are so
    enamoured with their p&s they are ready to throw good gear into the
  6. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    Nikon has made two 38-80mm f4-5.6 zooms:
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    The early one has a metal mount and a usable focus ring. Optically this lens is quite good, although it is rather slow. It was the second AF Nikkor after the similarAF 28-70/3.5-4.5 to use a hybrid aspheric lens.

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    The second one has a lot of plastic and just a narrow rim for manual focusing. This is the one Bjorn reviews.
  7. JoeG


    Nov 2, 2006
    Tyrol, Austria
    I'm also talking about the second one.
  8. I had that lens in the late 90s as the kit lens on my F60. It was very poor IMO, and I only used it a handful of times.
  9. Sorry to be so late in thanking everyone, I was on a road trip and was
    incommunicado. (Not necessarily a bad thing). I do indeed have the
    plastic version but am fine with that because I don't make it do anything
    it is not capable of doing and my expections are adjusted to that.
    It works fine when I am in a p&s mood or experimenting with composition.
    If nothing else I know a little bit more about lenses.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 19, 2007
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