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Nikon Autofocus (AF) Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wide-tele zoom lens
Introduced: Sept. 1986; Discontinued: 1991

Nikon Manual Focus Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5 LINK
For those of you who may be familiar with the Nikkor lens development all these while, you probably would remember the days back in the early '80 Nikon was rather quite conservative in introducing zoom lenses. While the rest (including the third party labels) were aggressively promoting wide to tele zoom lenses, Nikon was only began responding positively around 1983. An example was the manual focus version of the Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s MACRO. Although the competitions, in particularly TAMRON which has released some good zoom lenses such as their manual focus SP 35-105mm F/2.8 Aspherical (discontinued in 1994), a fast speed 35-105mm Nikkor was never being produced by Nikon to counter such aggression by rivalries. However, after its release, the MF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s MACRO was very well received by Nikon photographers and it has survived many years that followed and it was only being phased out by Nikon in 2005, great huh ? Although it has never been classified as a Nikkor classic despite its long surviving state; I guess part of the reasons why Nikon still maintained its production was mainly due to a modest retail price, good zoom range as well as it has some very usable features such as close up capability which all these factors has made it a very practical companion zoom lens for the entry Nikon camera models such as the manual focus Nikon FM2N as well as Nikon FM10 and Nikon FE10 etc. which suits budget minded camera photographers.

So when Nikon turned its development to autofocus in 1986, an AF version of the immensely popular MF 35-105mm zoom lens was replicated as an autofocus zoom lens Along with the this early version of AF Zoom Nikkor, Nikon also offered an alternate AF Zoom Nikkor 35-135mm f/3.5~4.5S MACRO for photographers to choose from. The AF Zoom 35-105mm lens has proven to a commercial success for Nikon and has been stretching a long spell of 15+ years or so in its entire product cycle. So, whatever you termed it to be, this AF Zoom 35-105mm zoom lens by Nikon deservingly has my respect as not many zoom range can withstand such a long spell in the test of time.

With a rotating zoom design, the first version of the AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5S has all the essential encoders and levers of an Ai-S spec. This makes it fully usable with Nikon SLR cameras that has a minimum camera spec of Ai. As an autofocus Zoom lens with provision for manual focusing, naturally, it will autofocus with any Nikon autofocus camera models as well. The Ai-S AF 35-105mm offered a bare basic lens design as well as appearance similar to other early versions of the entire series of AF Nikkor zoom lenses. One of the point that often being criticized by photographers during those days was its typically thin and narrow plastic manual focusing ring design that locates at the further end of the lens tube which makes manual focusing less convenient. It has a focusing window as well as lens data inscription next followed by a zoom range indications locating just above the zoom ring. The minimum aperture lock of this Ai-S AF zoom lens uses a twist-knob type and the aperture ring has two colored index marks for 35mm and 105mm. The manual focusing ring has been the the center of controversial debate over the years as most of the early autofocus system used in those Nikon autofocus SLR cameras exhibited focus hunting issue when handling low contrast subjects or subjects with no distinctive outlines - so, manual focusing was often used to counter this issue. Similarly, the thinly designed manual focusing ring may also post some lens handling ease for manual focus Nikon users. If that is not enough, Nikon has also removed the conventional depth of field scales from the lens, citing most of the early Nikon autofocus SLR has provision for the depth of field preview feature built in. As there was no depth of field scales, around the all plastic focusing distance window only displays two infrared compensation indexes of 35mm and 105mm. IF you are more fussy than me, the distance scale was not even painted in colour to differentiate the distance scales of feet/metres and even the indicative index extension line for MACRO was simply printed in white (Note:- the subsequent one-touch zoom version that followed has improved these areas such as the MACRO index extension line was a brightly orange colored line).

AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens side view with various details
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The lens uses a rotating zoom design, it turns and zooms to alter the focal length. The MACRO index was placed after the 105mm zoom setting and delivers a maximum reproduction ratio at 35mm at 0.28m (normal focus @1.4m (4.6'). Among the three subsequent updates for this AF zoom Nikkor 35-105mm lenses, Nikon has used a total of three separate designs, from the rotating type used in the original version to one touch design in the second and reverted back to a rotating zoom design with an IF design for the last of the series (AF-D version). Strangely, the late AF-D IF version has not been mentioned with a MACRO capability in it but it actually also delivers close focus capability down to 0.85m (approx. 3 feet).

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Side view of an early AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens

Rear section side  view of an early version of Nikon's AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens

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The omission of the colorful or even bare basic reference guide for depth of field scales is not that disastrous as long as your Nikon has a depth of field preview feature. But it makes a lens less appealing during a quick shooting session where one can prefocus using an old rule of depth of field manipulation.

Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f:3.5~4.5s lens extension
<<<-- Lens BEFORE and AFTER extension. Overall, it is still considered to be quite compact before lens extension but slightly longer after full extension. Overall, it is still be considered as a quite well built zoom lens with a good lens handling property. It is an easy to use zoom lens and focusing is quite smooth on a compatible Nikon autofocus SLR camera.

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Rear lens mount view of an early AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens
Except for the high end spec AF Nikkor Zoom 80-200mm f/2.8ED which offers convenience of one-touch zoom design, most of the other mid range Nikkor autofocus zoom lenses were using a rotating zoom design. Although there were a lot of debate between the two designs, each has their respective following. I always thought single ring control is a better option as it facilitates simpler and more responsive control. However, some photographers dislike the easy way and most often they concluded the zoom can easily be shifted but in the contrary, I thought it is supposedly to be designed that way for easy and effortless for a zoom. In comparison, many of the zoom lenses have sticky and stiff zoom movement and I wonder why people prefer that. This rotating AF 35-105mm is okay as it rotates when altering the focal length. It is not particularly smooth but zoom action is still can be rated as positive.

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Front lens element of an early Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens Rear lens element of an early Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens
The rear section of the lens mount is still metal, ensuring long lasting frequent lens interchanging, which includes all the encoders of a native Ai-S lens specification.

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Twist lever of Minimum aperture lock MACRO button release MACRO setting
MACRO button Macro setting where you have to press the button in order to release the zoom ring to the macro mode. It is placed after the 105mm zoom range indicator. The reproduction ratio is 1:3.5, marginally better than the 1:4 offers by the MF version. The lens actually close focus down to 1.2 ft (38cm) after Macro activation.
Minimum Aperture Lock A feature that began implementing with the Nikon FG of 1982 and subsequently, virtually all Nikon SLRs with program AE and shutter priority AE use this method. For programmed auto or shutter-priority auto shooting, use the minimum aperture lock lever to lock the lens aperture at f/22. 1. Set the lens to its minimum aperture (f/22). 2. Press and TWIST and hence lock so the white dot on the lever aligns with the orange index; 3. To release the lock, press and twist the lever in reverse direction. If you have forget to set the minimum aperture when shooting in certain AE mode, the viewfinder and LCD panel will blink with a reminder.

Optically, the lens is employed with a rather complex optical structure of a 16 elements in 12 groups design; it has NO Internal Focus design in this version but rather, it has a close focus mechanism being deployed. Distance correction can be further supplemented by the memory lock (AF-L) in certain Nikon SLRs. The lens actually weighs lighter than the MF predecessor by approx. 50g. Basically, many Nikon photographers had presented their positive opinion over the optical quality it delivers. Most agreed it is an excellent offering but some also raised their own conservative views. It probably offers itself as a good zoom lens If your Nikon is a manual focus lens and/or non-3D Matrix powered Nikon AF SLR camera. Except the 35mm wideangle setting which is restrictive for tight interior shooting, it has a useful and practical zoom range esp. on the longer end of the focal length. It has compact / light weight design but more importantly, a modest entry price as a wide to telephoto zoom lens. The filter size uses a popular 52mm type and makes it easy and cheaper to share with many other easily accessed popular filter accessories. Overall, I would think mobility / portability / price are its primary advantages. Personally, I would think the wideangle range would be nice and more versatile to have it on a 28mm but it was a prevailing product during those early days of Nikon autofocus era.

The original bayonet lens hood for the lens should be HB-2 but I have seen people mounting a HB-5 onto the lens and wonder if it fits on the wideangle setting. As THIS VERSION of the AF Nikkor wide-tele zoom lens has been long discontinued , but strangely, most of the version of the AF zoom Nikkor 35-105mm you can find today on popular online outlets such as Ebay SEARCH are of this version.

Mark Krauss - One for the Roses - LINK to site portfolio
One for the Roses. The macro mode of the zoom lens can be used for a wide varieties of subjects. The photo illustrates one good application in this nature.

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Conclusion:- Unless your Nikon is not a 3D Marix enabled autofocus camera body, it makes a good entry zoom lens for your camera. For those who may be still committing to use your manual focus Nikon, this lens may not present any advantage over the previous manual focus version.

For 3D Matrix Nikon users, this lens may present some incompatibility and may restrict all the advantages of the camera for metering and exposure control. IF you can live without the latest technological enhancement, this lens does deliver its objective to serve in a very affordable package of a wide-telephoto zoom lens. In short, this lens may be just serve your tight budget. The lens has been phased out by Nikon during the late 1990 / early 1991. The next replacement AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm was revised as a one-touch zoom design as well as added with some cosmetic changes.

Technical Specification for Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s lens:-

Type of lense: Autofocus Nikkor zoom lens with built-in CPU and a metal rear Nikon bayonet mount
Focal length: 35mm to 105mm; Maximum aperture: f/3.5; (35mm=1:3.5; approx. 70mm=1:4.0; 105mm=1:4.5) Minimum Aperture: f/22
Lens construction:
16 elements in 12 groups; with close focus Design
Picture angle:
62° - 23° 20'
Focal length scale: 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, and 105mm
Diaphragm: Fully automatic,
Focus control: Via focusing ring
Zoom control: Via rotating zoom ring

Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 1.4m (4.6m) at normal focus to infinity (OO); close focuses at its nearest distance at 38cm at MACRO mode
Distance information: Output into camera body with CPU interface system
IS NOT POSSIBLE with this lens; Option for manual focus provided
Aperture scale:
f/3.5/f/4.5, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16 and 22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with CPU contacts;
Attachment size
: 52mm (P=0.75mm); Meter Coupling Prong:

Front lens element and manual focusing ring of an early Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens
Depth of Field Scales: NONE
Reproduction ratio: 1:3.5 maximum
Minimum aperture lock: Provided. Via twist button
- an alternate way to verify this early version
Lens Coating: NIC (Nikon Integrated lens Coating)
Exposure measurement:
Via full-aperture method with Ai cameras or cameras with CPU interface system; via stop-down method for other cameras

* Notes on optional original bayonet hood HB-2. If the hood is not attached properly, vignetting is likely to occur. To attach/detach the hood properly, make sure to hold the lens side of the hood (not the tip of the hood) when attaching/detaching.

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Nikon lens hood HB-2
Infrared compensation index: Two. Provided for the 35mm and 105mm focal length setting
Standard accessories: 52mm front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; Hard lens case CL-33S
Optional Accessories:
52mm screw-in filters; Bayonet hood HB-2 *; Flexible lens pouch No.62. CP 9 may also be possible
Dimensions: Approx. 69mm dia. x 87mm (approx. 3.5'); overall length is approx. 95.5mm
Weight: Approx. 460g
(16.1 oz)

Side detail view of Nikon AF Nikkor zoom 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5s original version

Standard Accessires for Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s wideangle-telephoto Zoom lens

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Usable Tele-Converters: - TC-201S; TC-14A (Note: MANUAL focus only); Nikon does not encourage the use of early AF Te-converter TC-16S with this AF zoom.

Other information: A. Be careful not to soil or damage the CPU contacts. Do not attach the following accessories to the lens, as they might damage the lens' CPU contacts: Auto Extension Ring PK-1, Auto Extension Ring PK-11*, K1 Ring, Auto Ring BR-4**. Other accessories may not be suitable for use with certain cameras. This lens cannot be used with AF Finder DX-1 attached to the Nikon F3AF camera. * Use PK-11A instead. **Use BR-6 instead; B.

Startup Serial Number for the Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5S lens may have been began from: 2000001 < 2023671 - 2327155 > Sep86 - 1991 Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

| NEXT | 1/3 The second upgrade of Nikon AF zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s (MK II)

Original Version (1986~1991) | Nikon AF zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s MK II (1992~1994) | Nikon AF zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5D IF MK III (1995~2003/4); Relative: Manual Focus Nikkor Zoom 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5s

EXTERNAL LINKS:- information on this lens on the Internet is scarce. Here are some:- A write-up of this brief encounter of the Nikkor zxoom by
Liang Wu-Cia; Version History by Roland Vink

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