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Nikon AF 70-210mm f/4-5.6 D : Specifications and Opinions

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The Nikon AF 70-210mm f/4-5.6 D is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1993 to 2000 (discontinued). The focus is done by In-camera AF motor, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 160 €;
25 users have given it an average vote of 8.8 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

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 Focal lenght   70-210 mm
 Angle of view   34.4 - 11.8°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   7
 Lenses/Groups   12 elements in 9 groups
 Min. focus distance   1.50 meters
 Reproduction ratio  

 Zoom type   Push-pull, external
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   In-camera AF motor
 Internal Focus   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   62 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   590 g
 Dimensions   74 x 150 mm


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sent on September 10, 2021

Pros: Price, good yield at intermediate focal lengths, fast AF

Cons: at maximum focal length the yield is poor

Opinion: Purchased for the affordable price and, for positive reviews, in reality the lens yields well up to intermediate focal lengths, after which the yield decreases, at maximum focal length, 210mm is very poor. The AF is quite fast, used with the Nikon D7000. In general it is not bad both in price and yield.

sent on August 17, 2018

Pros: A perspective that occupies little space and is built honestly for its category of belonging. It is not a professional model so we must not demand the same surrender.

Cons: Nothing.

Opinion: This lens I use for many years as an alternative to zoom f 2.8 when there is good light and I do not look for the fur in the egg. It is an honest perspective, better than other similar zooms of the same parent and non-original ones. Compared to the first non-D version, with which it shares the same optical pattern, it has the fastest autofocus and is also more accurate... due to this to a modified internal cammes system. In fact versions D used if they find much less than the previous d. For those who do not know the D has nothing to do with the focus as it stands for Distance and was an innovation launched with the Nikon F90 where this function was related to the use of the new Speedlight SB 25. It is ideal to be brought to the following with an AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 D... another small, honest, robust and with an attractive price on the used market. If found in good condition the AF 70-210mm F/4-5.6 D is an optics that I recommend also saw the price demanded... with which it is practically impossible to bring home an honest and that can be defined as such.

sent on August 16, 2018

Pros: size/weight, cost of used goods, yield at medium distances

Cons: rendered at the edges to infinity, better not to go beyond the DX format

Opinion: It is a lens that is worth knowing and keeping in the kit given the merits and the very affordable price. In total I have tried three, currently I have the AF-D version. I was looking for a travel and compact lens that was also autofocus, the first 70-210 I took used was not bad even using it on the D800; but part of the optical group was disaxed and one side of the frame was always out of focus (the side changed between infinity and medium distances). I resold it, found another one, much more kneaded at 210, which I then did not buy. I then found a third specimen, of the latest version produced: AF-D, optically identical to the AF version but with a more efficient and fast focus system and has a more advanced anti-glare treatment (SIC). It is a robust lens, with a good color rendering. On infinity at f8, it shows a good sharpness in the center that drops noticeably on the edges (D800) until it becomes totally kneaded at the corners; at medium distances, on the other hand, the optics change pace and show a more homogeneous yield accompanied by better sharpness and good contrast even near the maximum opening. I consider it a recommendable lens for anyone: both to expand the basic kit as well as for those looking for a compact lens to take anywhere or to take 'candid' images without giving in the eye, because it is small and does not alarm the subject who, instead, with other lenses you would see real cannons pointing at him that, moreover, would also attract too much attention to the photographer. It is by no means comparable to the AFS 85 f1.8 or the AFS 80-200 f2.8 the sharpness is much lower and even the blurry (bokeh) suffers from the 7-slat diaphragm that returns fairly annoying polygons on the points of light in the background. Compared to the current optics, it is undoubtedly a choice of folding and also obsolete, but the small size and the overall satisfactory yield in the center, make it a tool that pays off with versatility, manoeuvrability, weight and small size, the optical deficiencies that are ultimately more than acceptable, unless you shoot on FF at 36-45 mpix and for each image you go to look for the hair in the egg of sharpness rather than the substance and message of the image itself. It must be said that if used on APS-C many of the obvious defects on FF (at the edges) practically disappear because it works only in the center, where the quality is always reasonably good. A recommendation: this is an approach that - at the very least - has been around for at least 20 years (the AF version was produced from 1988 to 1993, the AFD from 1993 to 1999), and although constructively it is done very well, it is important to try the lens thoroughly before consolidating the purchase because my experience shows that it is very easy for one of the optical groups to be disased. This is Ken Rockwell's review: https://kenrockwell.com/nikon/7021056.htm, and here you're going to find some history: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/AFNikkor/AF70210mm/index2.htm

sent on November 10, 2016

Pros: contrast, AF speed, portability, price

Cons: slight drop in yield at the maximum focal length, maximum aperture

Opinion: I agree with what was said by my colleagues: it is a lens that has a value / price amazing. I bought it used, in perfect condition, 100 euro, and that figure is has a lens by the excellent tonal contrast, the remarkable sharpness (only a slight decrease to the minimum focal length and maximum aperture). The AF is incredibly fast, to be a lens without internal motor. obviously we must deal with the maximum not generous opening (it is still unusually moved downwards in the sense that the closing of the iris to the progress of the focal occurs keeping the larger opening later than you usually experience this type of goals ). Moreover, by limiting the zoom range to a 3X and not offering large apertures, the Nikon engineers have had a good base to work on, and have accomplished the task at best. Note that in macro the minimum focus distance is reduced to 1.2 meters. Defocused has the typical configuration occhio Cat of the bright spots, but the background is rendered with a nice soft feel.

sent on March 15, 2016

Pros: current cost used, excellent sharpness and incisiveness in relation to the years of construction, good construction, low weight / results.

Cons: The lens hood is purchased separately, pump zoom that stretches easily and not for a padlock

Opinion: Great zoom mediotele equipped with a focal length sufficient to cover together with a wide-angle zoom lens for most photographic needs. Purchased new and used with various analog cameras (F70, F90X) and later on digital aps-c, manages to be still relevant perspective and able to outperform even the latest 70-300 nikon stabilized. Although it stretches easily, already it did it after a short time it was purchased new, considering the weight of the front lens group, and does not have an internal motor objective, remains exceptional optics for shots that manages to offer and the modest weight that carries around. The metal lens hood is bought separately and today is not easy to find if you do not find it along the optic.

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