Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 (New) Auto Focus Lens Review & Sample Photos

One of the overlooked gems from the Nikon auto focus film days, this AF Nikkor 35-105mm zoom lens is very well made, is relatively compact (considering the decent range and hefty build), covers a very nice range, and performs well optically. On the digital scene - specifically in the realm of Nikon DSLR bodies with APS sensors, the wide end of 35mm will very likely feel cramped for most photographers, though that personally doesn't stop me from enjoying this one. Back in the film days, we didn't hesitate to leave the house with a 50mm lens on a film camera, right? Well the 35mm wide end give a similar field of view when used on a 1.5x crop DSLR body (Nikon D70, D80, D200, D300, etc. - to name just a few of my personal favorites). The example of this that I have (shown below), is the second version or "New" version - falling between the original AF version and the later "D" version.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 zoom lens

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LIKES: well-made, hefty feel (mostly metal construction I'm sure); decent focal length range (more flexible range on full frame digital or 35mm film, but still quite useful on APS digitals); very nice macro mode at the 35mm end; relatively compact design despite range and build quality; excellent image quality; faster than modern consumer lenses at the telephoto end (f/4.5 rather than f/5.6 on today's consumer zooms).

DISLIKES: I can't think of anything to dislike. I've mentioned that on an APS cropped sensor digital, 35mm on the wide end is a bit tight (equal to 52mm), but this is no fault of the lens of course - if the range works for you, it's a stellar lens!

Specifications:

sample photo taken with a Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 lens - click for sample gallery...

Above: "Dinghy 31 Detail"; Photo taken at Yarmouth Town Landing, Yarmouth, Maine with a Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 zoom lens on a Nikon D7000 digital SLR.

View a gallery of sample photos taken with the AF Nikkor 35-105mm lens.

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