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Image Quality E series lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mrtac2man, May 23, 2007.

  1. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    How is the image quality from e series lens.. have a chance to pick some up.. I understand no meter no af on my d70.. but with the new light meter I am getting soon.. was just wondering how these are.. thanks in advance
  2. ultimind


    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
  3. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    The series-E lenses were the budget line made from around 1978-1985. They were the first Nikon lenses to use significant amounts of plastic in the construction making them smaller, lighter and cheaper than the Nikkor counterparts. The optics are generally simple and the coatings are not as good as Nikkors.

    The 28/2.8E has a simple 5 element design, not particularly good wide open although fine when stopped down. The AF 28/2.8 (non D) has the same optics but with better coatings.

    The 35/2.5E is optically similar (but not the same) as the AiS 35/2.8. It's good when stopped down. The optics are not multicoated so take care when shooting into the sun.

    The 50/1.8E has the same optics as the late AiS version and the AF versions including the current 50/1.8D, so it's very sharp. The E version is not multicoated. This lens is very compact. It only focuses to 0.6m (2 feet) compared to 0.45m (1.5 feet) for other 50mm lenses, so not good for closeups.

    The 100/2.8E is Nikon's smallest, lightest telephoto. It is very sharp and near as good as the bigger 105/2.5, but the rendition is not as smooth. It is not multicoated so use a hood when shooting into the sun. One of my favorite E lenses.

    The 135/2.8E is similar to the AiS equivalent but with a simplified optical design. Personally I'd go with the AiS version as it is only slightly longer and heavier, better built, and focuses closer.

    The 36-72/3.5 is in some ways the successor to the 43-86/3.5 zoom, with a similarly odd focal range, one-touch design, 2x zoom and constant f3.5 aperture. It's supposed to be quite good but with low contrast. A big drawback is the long 1.2m close focus limit.

    The 75-150/3.5 is my other favorite E lens. With a constant f3.5 aperture is it only 1/2 stop slower than the big "pro" zooms, yet it is a fraction of the size or cost. The optical design is similar to the Ai 80-200/4.5 with good sharpness at all settings, dropping of just slightly at the telephoto end. It focuses to 1m at all zoom settings so it quite good for closeup work. It performs well with closeup filters (3T, 4T).

    The 70-210/4 was the last and biggest E lens introduced. It is similar to the AiS 80-200/4. As with other E lenses, performance is close but not equal to the AiS version.
  4. nancyr


    Feb 14, 2006
    La Jolla, CA
    I'll put in a word for the 75-150. Sharp, fast, light. It's my walkaround tele.
  5. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    thanks for all the info.. will look around for a 75-100 and a 100..
  6. The 50/f1.8 Series E is surprisingly resistant to flare and ghosting, despite not having multicoating. I find its results pretty much indistinguishable from the 50/f1.8 AIS.

    Add me for another vote on the 75-150. Amazing what comes out of that simple, inexpensive lens.
  7. Well Roland pretty much says it all.

    I have two 100mm and two 75-150, I would be willing to sell one of each :)  the 75-150's are both mint the 100, are very good, all have excellent glass and mechanics.
  8. I have the 75-150. Very sharp and fun to use. Makes a nice light combo with the D50. Here are my first efforts with it:


    Get one and have fun with it.
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