This 35-70mm f/2.8 AF-D was Nikon’s flagship professional mid-range zoom of the 1990s, and has pretty much the same optical performance as the newest 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS, with a lot less size, weight and cost.
Instead of paying $1,750 for the 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS, which is so big that it’s a pain to carry around my neck, this 35-70mm f/2.8 does the same thing for one-fifth the price with 30% less weight, and it’s built tougher than the newer 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS!
This 35-70mm f/2.8 is much smaller and lighter than any of the AFS lenses and has less distortion, too. It weighs more than you might think looking at its small size; it’s made mostly of metal and is loaded with lots of professional glass, but still light enough to make the difference between being carryable and being a pain in the neck. For me, the AFS lenses are only for use in a fixed location, not for carrying all day.
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