Click On The Icons To See Our Pages

Get Updates Straight To Your EMail!


LENS PORN: Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 (Version 2.0) "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5
Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 



First published on April 2016
Revised: November 22, 2016


According to Nikon, this lens is their most popular zoom lens ever. It first appeared as a lens that was fixed to the Nikkorex camera, but later made it to the market as a stand-alone lens for Nikon F SLRs. The second version, which I'm reviewing here -- has a black rim at the front and improved optics with multicoated glass.












========================================

Specifications


Manufacturer: Nikon

Years of Production: 1963 - 1981

Focal Range: 43-86 mm
(DX = 64.5 - 129 mm)

Max-Min. Aperture: f/3.5 - f/22

Aperture Blades: 7

Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.4 m / 4 ft

Macro Mode: n/a

Build: All Metal

Filter thread size: 52 mm

Can be used with: FX and DX

Serial#: 875885 (Made Around 1977)

Made in Japan


Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

========================================

Handling


This is a one-touch design (aka 'push-pull'). The focus and zoom is just one single ring. This is perfect for capturing fast action scenes, so you don't have to waste time tinkering with separate focus and zoom rings.

The focus ring is buttery smooth, you can actually turn it with just your pinkie finger.

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"



Focue Breathing. I noticed that if you're focusing, the area tends to get wider or narrower. Look at the photos below... can you see the difference?

43mm, nearest focus

43mm, infinity focus... I guess this is now 35mm! lol

Nikkor AF 35-135mm at 35mm.

========================================

Image Quality


This is the second version of the lens with vast improvement to the optics. I haven't seen or tested the first version, but word is out that it's so bad.

The second version can be easily identified, with its front name ring being all black (the first version has a silver rim).

This lens is a Nikkor glass. No doubt, the images are always sharp, contrasty, and has great resolution/clarity when shooting.

The lens has a constant aperture of f/3.5 so you will always get bright images throughout the focal range.

It has a 2x zoom, meaning 43mm to 86mm. It is known that the shorter the zoom, the better the image quality.


========================================

Summary


For

Nice bokeh

Durable all-metal build

Compact and lightweight for travel

Single focus/zoom ring, one-touch design

Fixed aperture of f/3.5 makes this lens excellent for videos

f/3.5 is a bright aperture

It has excellent sharpness, contrast and resolution/clarity. But unlike modern lenses that have a tendency to look very dark, I always get images with good dynamic range. (I mean, you can still see details in the shadows, instead of seeing all black).

Vivid colors

Neutral and no color shift

No zoom creep

Ultra smooth focus ring... look, I'm using my pinkie finger! =)

180 degree focus throw for precision



Neutral

The 43-86mm focal range. Some don't like this lens because it is not wide or long enough at either end. But this should make a nice lens for street photography, candid or portrait.



Against

Focus breathing

The Minimum Focusing Distance of 4 feet / 1.5 meters. If you're using this lens for portraiture, it shouldn't be a problem. That's one big downside if you're doing product shots and especially need closeups or macro.



Conclusion


I swear that I love the image quality of this lens, and the bright constant aperture of f/3.5. The focal range isn't an issue, but the MFD is, since I love to shoot closeup. It may or may not satisfy you, depending on your shooting preferences and goal. But if you are open for options, this lens should be one of them.

Nikon F301 + Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5


========================================

Samples


For the full resolution samples:



Bokeh

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"



Product Macro (Used with +1 Macro Filter)
The background objects are merely 3 inches behind.

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"


Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"



Food

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"



Landscape / Street Photography

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"



Low Light Scenes

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"



Portrait

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 "Nikon's Most Popular Zoom Lens"
Evening outdoor portrait with environmental light, no flash


# # # E N D # # #

0 comments :

Post a Comment

 

About me

The Nikon D5200 as my weapon of choice.

Vintage lenses are my poison.

Kindly hit on the blue CONTACT button at the lower right corner of this page to get in touch for collaboration.


Google+ Followers

FB Feed

Contact Form

Name

Email *

Message *