Nikkor AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D - Review / Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published May 2006

Lens kindly provided by Dirk von der Ehe!


The Nikkor AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D is an old lens which has seen its best days during the early 90s. It has a been discontinued a while ago. On an APS-C DSLR the lens has a field-of-view equivalent to 42-105mm which isn't terribly useful anymore but the lens was offered among other lenses so it was worth a quick look.

The mechanical construction of the lens is quite decent based on good quality polycarbonate and a metal mount. As you can observe above the lens extends when zooming towards the short end of the zoom range which is a little unusual but in principal not objectionable. The zoom and focus control rings feel reasonably smooth. Unfortunately the front element rotates when focusing so using a polarizer is quite awkward. Typical for older AF Nikkors the lens has no internal AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera. The moderately noisy AF is quite fast.

Equiv. focal length42-105 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/5.3-f/6.8 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction8 elements in 7 groups inc. one hybrid aspherical element
Number of aperture blades9
min. focus distance0.4 m (max. magnification ratio 1:?)
Dimensions68 x 71 mm
Weight355 g
Filter size52 mm (rotating)
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information.

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