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February 21, 2017: Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5, A Dream Lens Come True!


Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5
Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5



February 21, 2017

The Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5 is one of my wishlist lenses, and today the dream comes true! One of the famous instances of this lens was when the famous photographer Galen Rowell shot a rainbow over the Tibet mountains.

'Series E' (E=economy) was a short-lived budget line of lenses that Nikon produced from about 1979 to 1985. It was their way of competing with cheaper third party lens makers. In an era when lenses were made of metal, the Series E saved on expenses by using plastic instead (unheard of back then).

However, some of the lenses in this series actually gained cult/legendary status for their optical quality. This 75-150/3.5 is one of them. They made 4 versions of this lens (cosmetic differences only), the one I have is the first version. This is a tiny telephoto zoom lens and is only slightly bigger than your typical kit lens. If I would compare it to my Vivitar 75-205/3.8 which is just as good an optical performer but twice the size and weight -- I would prefer to take this Nikon lens any day. Besides, I often find that 150mm will suffice. On my Nikon D5200 with a crop factor of 1.5x, this lens is equivalent to 100-300mm.

The copy that I have had fungus covering 70% of all the glass elements inside the lens. But this lens lives up to its reputation. It's super sharp and vivid from 75mm to 150mm, from f/3.5 to f/32. The only thing that is affected by the fungus is contrast. It should improve further after I clean it.

The specs and review will come soon in my Lens Porn post. For now, please enjoy my video demo and all unedited photos.



My First Encounter with the Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5



My Flickr Photo Album
https://flic.kr/s/aHskVkNn4n

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5
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Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5
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Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5

Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5



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