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4 0 1982
Test at 43mm
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Test at 86mm
3 0 740
Owner reviews: Nikon Nikkor 43-86 mm f/ 3.5
- well made, all metal
- push-pull design
- small 52mm filter thread
- nice color rendition
- small and compact design
- constant f/3.5 accross the focal range
- strong barrel distorsion, around 60mm is it gone
- unsharp and lack of contrast wide open at any focal length
- modestly sharp at f/8
- strange focal range (43 to 86mm)
I bought this lens for pure fun.
It is nice and easy to use, I like this compact push-pull design.
But when it comes to resolution, sharpness and contrast... It is very bad until you stop down to f/8, at f/8 you will get modestly sharp pictures.
The lens also presents strong barrel distortion at 43mm and 86mm, around 60mm this goes away. So you need to shoot at 60mm if you want to see straight lines. Haha!
Please don't get me wrong. Some great shots was taken with this lens in the past, for example Rainer W. Schlegelmilch (http://www.schlegelmilch.com/) used this lens in Car Racing.