generally equates quality, but there are exceptions. This
little lens is one of those exceptions. With a street price of $50-$100
this lens is as light on the wallet as it is on features: a
modest 2x zoom range, one touch zoom/focus ring and constant 3.5
aperture, and not even the Nikkor
name, the 75-150 raises no eyebrows. If you're coming from a modern,
plastic 18-55 kit zoom, construction seems great, as this lens is
made from metal and glass. On the other hand, this lens was produced in
the glory days of the Nikkor AIS, and compared to those marvels of
construction it's far inferior. Until it's on the camera.
Sony NEX-7, Nikon 75-150 Series E @ 1/800 F4 ISO 100
100% unsharpened crop
This lens was
designed to go with the Nikon EM, construction of this lens was
outsourced to Kiron and are notorious for their zoom creep. It's hard
to find a copy of this lens that won't have zoom creep when the camera
anything but level, making it unsuitable for tripod use. For hand held
use though, this lens is fantastic. It's decently sharp wide open, and
quickly improves when stopped down. By F8 I couldn't ask more for as
sharpness and contrast.
Nikon D200, Nikon 75-150 @ 1/1000 F5.6 ISO 100
Besides the sharpness and
contrast, which can be found in other optics, this lens has a unique
look to its images that is very reminiscent of the film era.
loved this lens in the DX format, where it had an equivalent range of
100-210mm. The lens still performs beautifully on the FX
but within its true range it just doesn't go far enough into telephoto
for my taste.
After an extended amount of use, the lens developed
moisture on the back of the front element. Not in the actual
element, as it's sealed, but on the glass facing the internals. The
moisture dries out leaving water spots on the glass. It's not too hard
to pull out
element and clean it, but it is a hassle and the problem has been
recurring for me.
Perhaps the true surprise of the Nikon 75-150 Series E is that
it actually works quite well as a portrait lens. While the not exactly
fast aperture isn't ideal for separating subjects, the bokeh is
Nikon D700, Nikon 75-150 3.5 Series E @ 1/160 F3.5 ISO 400
Amazing how dusty lenses are when photographed up close.
Size vs the 70-300VR
The true size difference is diameter, 52mm filter size on the 75-150 vs
67mm on the 70-300VR
The lens hood bulks it up quite a bit.
but not top notch construction, which plays into the handling.
Due to the
loose zoom/focus ring,
this lens rates low in the handling department. Outside of that it
would recieve high scores.
Sharp, nice contrast, great bokeh, nothing to
the price it's
size, weight and
cost. Lack of zoom range lowers the overall usefullness, as does the
for kayaking: 8/10
The small barrel size and light weight make this lens great
expeditions. Compared to anything else in the range it's very small and
light. If you use old Nikkors in conjunction with this one, most share
the 52mm filter size, reducing the need for multiple filters. If you
can stand (or like) the manual focus and deal with the loose
zoom, for $100 or less you can't go wrong with this lens,
you plan on tripod work. My last copy I picked up for only $36! Quite a
shame Nikon never updated this to an
AF lens. It does quite well on the modern high megapixel digital
sensors like the 24mp NEX-7 and A7. In fact in side by side testing it
holds it's own with the venerable 105mm f/2.5 with both shot at f/4.