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Nikkor Zoom 28-50mm f/3.5s Lense


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Zoom-Nikkor 28-50mm f/3.5s MACRO

Where technical spec sheet is concerned, among the three Nikkor wideangle zoom lenses with focal length from 25mm to 50mm, this compact zoom stands out in various departments. First, it is very compact and lightweight, measures only 65.5mm long and weighs merely 395g, despite it also has quite a complex optical design of 9 elements in 9 groups construction within.

Credit: This well taken image of the Zoom-Nikkor 25~50mm f/4.0 lens courtesy of Mr Bil Barry <>. Image copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.
Unlike conventional design employed in three other 28mm~XXmm Nikkor wideangle zoom lenses, this lense uses a different single push and pull zoom control to alter its focal lengths. It provides a useful picture coverage from 74° - 46° which often encounters in many pictorial situations such as small group pictures, travel, candid, wedding and other PR photography. A good advantage offers by push and pull zoom lenses is, such design greatly improves responsiveness on lens handling for quick and decisive focusing and zooming at the same time. The easily-handle slide zoom has a very attractive appearance with its colourful indicative depth of field scales, distance and an unusual orange line to mark the macro setting that encompasses in a compact dimension.
As zoom lenses with macro settings were quite a popular feature during the early '80, Nikon optical designers have successfully came out with a good design to offer similar specification. At its longest zoom range of 50mm, the lense improves its physical close helical focus limit at 0.26m down to 0.23m. At this range, it offers an impressive reproduction ratio of 1:4 which has further enhanced its value for other possibilities in close-up photography.

<<<< --- Comparing the fixed aperture (at f/3.5) sliding zoom 28-50mm with the dual rings varible lens speed (f/3.5~f/4.5) 28-85mm zoom side by side will show just how compact the Zoom-Nikkor 28-50mm f/3.5s MACRO is.
This compact Nikkor zoom was introduced in April, 1984 as a native Ai-S Nikkor zoom lense. Combining various factors in its cute appearance, useful zoom range, easy to handle, compact, lightweight and a good close focus ability, this lense was quite well received but strangely, it was discontinued barely two years after its introduction.

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Well, I used to have a similar thought with its overall good lens specification and bought a unit for my general use too. Unfortunately, I have decisively disposed the lense off within the same week after a quick session involved shooting a backlit scene along with my trusty Nikkor 28mm f/2.8s. There was nothing wrong with the lense by itself where I still strongly believed it is a pretty good zoom lense but you ought to cater for some rooms to handle some of their weaknesses and used it carefully on some specific tricky photographic situations. This opinion can be entirely personal and may not apply to everyone in and around to find other good applications for this lense.

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr Bil Barry <>. Image copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.

As Nikon claimed NIC is used to control flare and ensure high image contrast but when used in backlit scenes, a good practice is always used it along with a dedicated lens hood (HK-12) to minimize chances of stray light striking its front lens elements. This zoom with its practical zoom range is an ideal optic for both outdoor and indoor photography with a flash unit as most electronic flash units have flash coverage well suits to ensure full illumination even at its widest zoom setting. The single zoom mechanism may be good and easy to operate but somehow I felt it was a little "too smooth" for my comfort. The zoom extension from widest to furthest setting at 50mm is quite short and thus, the variation of picture image while changing focal length can be quite "dramatic" too. Basically, for those who are more familiar with other zoom type design may find it hard to adjust to such difference, orientation and frequent use of the lense may be a good way to get familiarize and get used to it. This Ai-S-ONLY Nikkor zoom compatibles fully in Programmed AE, Shutter Priority AE and Aperture Priority auto-exposure modes with appropriate Nikon MF SLRs, and including most of the Nikon AF models.

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This lense has an even better substitute with extended zoom range down to 24mm introduced in 1988 with an AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-50 f/3.3~4.5 lense.

Credit: Both images courtesy of Mr Bil Barry <>. Image copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.


Focal length/Aperture:
28-50mm f/3.5s
Lens construction:
9 elements in 9 groups; Picture angle: 74°' - 46°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale:
f/3.5~ f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale

Depth of Field Indicative lines: Provided for f/22 (orange) and f/16 (blue)
Focusing/zooming control: Via Push and pull single action
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4 at closest focusing distance 0.32m at 50mm zoom setting

<<<--- Optical construction of the Zoom-Nikkor 28-50mm f/3.5s.

Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Ai cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-Ai cameras
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.6m (2 ft) ); 0.32m (MACRO at 50mm zoom setting) to infinity (
395g; Dimensions: 68.5mm dia. x 65.5mm long (overall) 75mm extension from lens flange
Attachment size:
52mm (P = 0.75); Front lens cap: Screw-in
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Lens hood: HK-12 slip-on type; Lens case: CL-34A hard leatherette, No. 62 soft pouch
Usable Nikon Teleconverter(s):
TC-200, TC-201. TC-14A Note: Serial numbers for this Nikkor zoom lense may have been started with 188021 for this Ai-S ONLY lense.
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