[ Posted 20 January 2014 - 22:04 Edited and reposted by agreement ]
Next in the long lens queue is the successor to the 35-70 mm f/3.5 Zoom-Nikkor. In 1981, a new lens with the same specification appeared, this time with a longer and slimmer lens barrel using 62 mm filter threads. It also introduced the so-called ""macro"" feature in which you could push a button and force the lens into focusing closer (double quotes because the lens only will go to 1:4 which isn't even remotely 'macro').
Here is the lens, with the lens hood I deem suitable for it, in this case a Canon W-62 slide-on lockable hood. Nikon wants me to use their HN-22 instead but I decline because it is way too short and wide to offer any shading at all.
An example of the stuff the 35-70 mm f/3.5 (62 mm thread) AIS delivers with ease.
The ""macro"" feature needs to be tested as well ... I hadn't really any expectations of decent image quality, though.
To get the lens into ""macro"" overdrive, the zoom has to be set to 70 mm, and a locking button pushed down to its 'go' position. In normal mode the lens focuses to 0.7 m while it does 0.35 m in the ""macro"" setting. This enhanced near limit translates into approx. 1:4 reproduction ratio.
Here I'm around 1:7 to show the hips of the Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa
) at winter. This Rose is black-listed as an invasive obnoxious shrub, but on the flip side provides lots of nectar for the pollinators in summers, and the hips are eagerly eaten by birds in winter. So not every aspect of this unwanted species is sinister and black.
Moving in to the enhanced near limit (1:4), the centre of the frame is rendered pretty crisp although the corners start to pale. Still, much better than I had expected. Perhaps the ""macro"" setting wasn't entirely an idea originated in the Marketing Department of the Mothership after all?