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Manual Focus Nikkor Zoom lense 35-200mm f/3.5~4.5s MACRO

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Zoom-Nikkor 35-200mm f/3.5~f/4.5s MACRO

Along with another wideangle Nikkor zoom 28-85mm f/3.5~4.5s MACRO, this 5.7X wide-to-tele Zoom-Nikkor 35-200mm f/3.5~f/4.5s MACRO was introduced in December, 1985. The lense also shared a similar fast operating pull and slide design and has an amazing zoom range covers from 35mm wideangle to 200mm telephoto range. It has a a variable lens speed that ranges from f/3.5 for 35mm and extends gradually to f/4.5 when reaches 200mm.

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This native Ai-S zoom lense has an Ai-S lens coupling system with an additional meter coupling prong provided for used with non-Ai Nikon bodies. Similarly, a macrofocus feature is provided where at the wideangle 35 mm setting, the lense can focus down to 0.3m (1 ft) and reaches a 1:4 life size reproduction ratio (1:7 at 1.6m helical focus)

Credit: A well taken shot of this Nikkor zoom was contributed by Mr Joe <>. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.
The birth of this MF Nikkor zoom was little untimely as most users (including the manufacturers) have started diverting their attention to autofocus spearheaded by Minolta's AF MAXXUM 7000 which first kicked off the start of the AF revolution (Come to think of it, it is very similar to current scenario how digital photography has affected traditional film based photographic products). Whatever it is, if we leave that factor out of this discussion, the emergence of this Nikkor zoom has realized many photographers' desire who wishes only to own a single zoom for their photography. Well, the birth of this mini-super zoom is not coincidental as it was a fruitful product that has taken Nikon optical engineers years of research which can date back to their Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s back in 1982.

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Although personally I would not referred this versatile zoom as the ultimate zoom lense for my personal photography, primarily because its main weakness is still confined to its wideangle section where I find 35mm is still fall short from practicality in my overall photographic usage. Instead, I would rather see it to extend down to 28mm but obviously with the prevailing optical design technology, you know how complicated can it be to design such a dreamed zoom range while keeping its cost down to an affordable price range.

OFF TOPIC: Come to think of it, with ever improving modern lens design/making technologies, when can we see realization of a 10X dream zoom in 28-280mm ? Canon almost did it with their EF 35-350mm f/3.5~f/5.6 L and you can almost visualize what will be their next possible attempt... where I thought Nikon should be more adventurous....give it a try on a killer zoom ! Well, I know it is difficult based on the traditional conservative Nikon corporate culture, as 1-1/2 decade later, even this MF 5.7X Nikkor zoom lense has not even had a AF-version thus far .... Credit: Scan, scaled and retouched from an original image supplied by Canon marketing.

With a body dimension marginally longer than the Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.0s, this lense also has a slightly larger 62mm filer attachment size.
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Whatever the reasons, despite this zoom packed with many useful features (generous zoom range, macrofocus 1:4 and a reasonably compact dimension, Ai-S coupling etc.) however, it has not been a very popular lense among Nikon photographers - other than with its unwelcome variable lens speed feature which has limited its wide scale all round photographic usage, it may also boil down to its unrealistic asking price. The non-ED lense used to retail new between USD840-940-00* while other more attractive alternatives such as a 35-135mm is sold almost halved at USD550-00* and Nikkor 35-105mm at approx. USD400-00*. Source: * Macbroom's Camera Blue Book by Amherst Media, Inc. Well, I am not here trying to question why can't Nikon provide a fair and just price tag for this lense as they may have their own reasons to ask for such calling price; but again, the real threat was actually came from intense rivalries by third party manufacturers that have given Nikon some real tough time to market their optical products. Just for an example, Sigma's 35-200mm f/4.0~f/5.6 was selling at around USD200-00 while the Tamron SP 28-200mm f/3.8~5.6 LD Aspherical Super introduced later was only retailed new at USD325-00. Naturally, these 3rd party lenses were introduced at a much later stage (the earlier Tamron SP35-210mm f/3.5~4.2 was more specifically aiming at Nikon's 35-200mm). As a guideline, (there is no disrespect to the Tamron lenses) I think the Nikkor 35-200mm can be also be a good investment if you are lucky enough to locate them at used condition.

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Back to the dicussion of this Nikkor zoom, the mid to rear section of the lense have four rings with the dual purpose zoom/focusing at the far end, a Macrofocus ring which requires pressing a button to close focus, the chrome lens mounting ring has two indexes in green and orange and the aperture ring with the meter coupling prong rests at its top. An ADR scales is also provided on the rear section of the aperture ring.

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr Bob Chapman" <>. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Image has been cropped to show section from an original image supplied by Bob.

Although Nikon optical engineers have successful incorporated the close focus design in this zoom where the lense offers an impressive 1:4 life size reproduction, if you are picky enough, a slight flaw may also present at their decision to set the macrofocus function at the 35mm wideangle setting. I would rather see it being designed to set at its longest focal length setting to provide a more comfortable working distance and/or natural perspective such focal length provides. Well, imagine how often and what can you really do when using a wideangle to close focus a subject at a short distance at 0.3m ? Further, this lense only offers Well, I was told this lense was eventually being phased out in 1999 but an AF version was never being produced thus far and if its specifications fit your personal requirement, by all means give yourself a treat because if you can filter out a few undesirable minor elements, this lense is still every inch a Nikkor zoom and I have heard many positive remarks relating to its optical performance, that is what matters most to all of us right ? Besides, this lense has a very high built quality on its own and I am positive that your potential investment will prevail for a long time to come (worst scenario, you can still sell it back to the secondary used market as it will still be able to command a good premium value at used condition - provided it is constantly well preseved by you as a caring lense user).


Focal length/Aperture
: 35 -200mm f/3.5~4.5s
Lens Coupling: Ai-S; Lens construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
Picture angle: 62° - 12°20'; Diaphragm: Automatic

Aperture scale: f/3.5 ~ f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale
Focusing and zooming control: via single rings for push and pull control. Dual coloured zoom indexes (orange and green) are provided.
Exposure measurement
: Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Ai cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-Ai cameras
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Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 1.6m (5.5ft) to infinity (oo); In macro focusing mode (at 35mm), down to 0.3m (1ft,).
Macro operation: operate at 35mm operates via pressing a macro button, an orange vertical reproduction ratios scale is imprinted on lens barrel.
Reproduction Ratio: 1:4 life-size at 0.27m (10.6") at 35mm focal length. 1:7 at its shortest helical focus distance.

Credit: Another shot of this Nikkor zoom courtesy of Mr Joe <>. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

Depth of Field Scales: Orange for f/22; blue for f/11 with an additional indicaive line for infrarred index.
Attachment size: 62mm (P = 0.75); Weight: 740g; Dimensions: 70mm dia. x 139mm long (overall); 128mm extension from flange
Filters:52mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-on

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Lens hood: HK-15 screw-in type; Lens case: CL-13A hard leatherette; No. 63 soft pouch or CP-9 Plastic
Usable Teleconverter(s):
TC-200* | TC-201**; * Usable, some exposure control modes may not function efficiently with certain Nikon SLRs; ** Usable, but occationally there are vignetting. Note: Starting serial numbers for this Ai-S version Zoom-Nikkor lense was believed to have been started with 200001.

Credit: Another shot of this Nikkor zoom courtesy of Mr Richard Tillis <> . Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

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