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Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0S Telephoto Zoom lens - Part II

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Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0~5.6s telephoto zoom lens (MK II)
Introduced: February, 1988; Discontinued: 1993

The first radical change on the design of the AF Nikkor 70/210 zoom lens was occurred barely 1-1/2 year later in 1988 where Nikon has released a new Ai-s AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4~5.6. The optical group of the zoom lens has an entirely new 12 elements in 9 groups design as it is now a variable aperture zoom instead of the constant aperture zoom featured earlier. The physical appearance is a complete change from the earlier version. I do know many online references may stated the lens was directly replacing the original Nikkor 70/210 f/4.0 Ai-S AF zoom, but the updated was actually more like a supplementary option for Nikon photographers rather than referring it as a replacement model because the fact is being, the AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0~5.6s was sold along with the AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0S as option as it was a more affordable package than the f/4.0 zoom. I was in Japan in 1994, where I still kept copies of the brochure from a Nikon authorized dealer, both lenses were listed officially by Nikon in the Nikon sales guide.

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If the above comparison photos of two lenses didn't caught your attention, perhaps let me go through the differences as compared to the earlier version in a summarized form. The focusing window on this AF zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4~5.6S has been removed. The manual focusing ring which faced so much of criticism has been improved with a broader collar now, and it comes with a hard rubberized pattern for improved lens handling during manual focusing. The zoom is still keeping a separate controls but remains as a one-touch push and pull zoom. The engraved the zoom range (focal length) indicators are now being displayed vertically and directly imprinted on the lens tube, so while you zoom, it shows the appropriate settings on the barrel. The design pattern on the zoom ring uses a different diamond grid pattern for user to differentiate the two main control rings without having to check it visually via the feel of the different feel. The central section zoom collar trimmed down in its width but it is adequate and still offers comfortable zooming operation. The minimum aperture lock, previously which used a twisted button has been reverted to current state in a slide switch design. A less significant change is the infra compensation indexes which has been changed to 70mm and 105mm from the 70/210mm found on the previous AF zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0s version.

River side in the evening at Sibu, Sarawak
A evening at the Riverside at SiBU, Sarawak... From scenic, nature or travel or other form of general photography, the versatility of a telephoto zoom can be very handy for many photographic usage

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A feature of this new Ai-S AF Zoom lens that may affect real life application is the use of variable aperture concept and the lens has a slightly smaller opening diaphragm at the longest end of the zoom range of f/5.6 (the diaphragm changes accordingly while you zoom). Results ? It may present a dimmer finder image as well a f-stop slower in lens speed to fight for shutter speed in your picture taking situation and a slightly restrictive of depth of field manipulation. Close focusing is marginally affected in this version as it focuses to approx. 1.2m (3.9') at MACRO and 1.5m (5') on normal setting at AF. An orange macro close focusing index line was added for such purpose.

Lens data and focus distance detail
But the decsion to change to a variable aperture design does bring two significant differences:- A) dimension: it now measures 73.5mm x 108mm with shorter lens to flange measurement of only 116mm; B) It weighs merely 590g as compared to 760g found in the previous constant aperture of f/4.0 version. What it has improved upon was essentially portability and a more affordable price. However, this AF Zoom Nikkor update has a less rigid feel. So, if some of you were complaining on the built quality of the early version of AF Nikon lenses; this update can even make you feel more uncomfortable. Please take NOTE: this is NOT a D-spec zoom lens and may limit some functions if use it with a 3D Matrix Meter powered Nikon SLR cameras.

 Nikon AF zoom 70-210mm f/4..0S captured by Jenny

<<<--Despite achieve the "target" in a significant reduction in both size and weight, the lens still uses 62mm filter.

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Lens extension for AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4~5.6 Non D version Section view for Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4~5.6 Non D version
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Macro shot of a car engine oil compartment
The close-up performance may not not challenge any of the comparing dedicated Micro-Nikkor, but it serves its basic purpose for general close up photography .....

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Technical Specification for Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0~5.6S Telephoto zoom lens:-

Type of lense: Autofocus Nikkor zoom lens with built-in CPU and a metal rear Nikon bayonet mount
Focal length: 70mm to 210mm; Maximum aperture: f/4.0/5.6; Minimum Aperture: f/32;
105-315mm for APS DX format DSLR.
Lens construction:
12 elements in 9 groups
Picture angle:
34° 20' ~ 11° 50'
Focal length scale: 70mm (marked in green), 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and 210mm (marked in yellow) imprinted on zoom ring barrel
Diaphragm: Fully automatic,
Focus control: Autofocus with zoom control; Manual via manual focusing ring
Zoom control: Via one-touch push and pull zoom ring
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 1.5m (5'') to infinity (OO); MACRO: Closest distance 1.2m (3.9') for all zoom range in manual focus
Distance information: Output into camera body with CPU interface system
IS NOT POSSIBLE with this lens; Option for manual focus provided

Front lens element section view of the Nikon AF zoom 70-210mm f/4~5.6S tele-zoom lens
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Aperture scale: f/4.0/f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22 and f/32 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with 5x CPU contacts;
Attachment size
: 62mm (P=0.75mm); Meter Coupling Prong: NONE
Depth of Field Scales: NONE
Reproduction ratio: approx. 1:5.6; Diaphragm: 7 blades
Minimum aperture lock: Provided via press and twist knob

Lens Coating: NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating)
Exposure measurement:
Via full-aperture method with Ai cameras or cameras with CPU interface system; via stop-down method for other cameras
Infrared compensation index
: Two white indexes are provided for the 70/105mm
Standard accessories: 62mm front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; Hard lens case CL-15S, CL38, No. 63, CP9 usable
Optional Accessories: Metal Lens hood HN-24; 62mm screw-in filters etc.
Dimensions: Approx. 73.5mm dia x 108, 116 from the lens flange
Weight: Approx. 590g

Basic setup of  Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4~5.6S telephoto zoom lens.
Compatible Tele-Converters: - TC-201S; TC-14AS (note: MANUAL focus only and when using aperture smaller than f/11 with high shutter speed, uneven exposure may occur.* 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**. Nikon doesn't advise the use of TC-16AS with this lens. 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;

Startup Serial Number for the AF Zoom Nikkor 70-210mmmm f/4~5.6S tele-zoom lens may have been began from: AF 70-210/4 200001 Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

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RELATIVE:- Nikon Series E Manual Focus Zoom 70-210mm f/4.0S | Manual Focus Zoom Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.5~5.6S | AF Zoom Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5~5.6S / AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~5.6D ED / AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~5.6G / AF Zoom Nikkor 75-240mm f/4.5~5.6D / AFS VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~5.6G IF-ED

EXTERNAL LINKS: Good review provided by KenRockwell, Australia on AF70/210f4s and AF f4~5.6D; Another good review with technical analysis on AFD- version by Yurly Vilin for Photozone as well as another by Ulrich Grothaus on the older 70-210mm f/4s; Nikonian site on some recommendations; Photonet discussion on this AF Nikkor tele-zoom ONE/ TWO

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