My Fuji and … a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.6

No sharpness tests, pixel counting or other technical mumbo jumbo, just everyday pictures with the intention of showing the view angle, color pattern, character and my thoughts of this lens.

The camera I used here was the Fujifilm X-T20.
When I was testing this lens, I had this camera only a few weeks. I had bought it second hand and it was a big step up (feature wise) from the X-T10 and X-E1.
So I took this set to a local airport to test out the camera and the lens together.
It was a very sunny day, and I wanted to use the lens aperture fully open to get the highest shutter speed possible, and I also wanted to see how well and quickly she was able to focus manually.
I had set the shutter to ES – electronic shutter.
The first pictures of the gliders were out of focus, I had to get used to the speed at which they passed. But with the focus peaking set to high and red, I finally managed to shoot lots of sharp photos. Now and then, it was still difficult to focus correctly with focus peaking, even with still subjects, but that had to do with the shallow depth of field of the lens at maximum focal distance, contrast, light and the subjects themselves. I also tried split focusing, but it was worse than focus peaking, I think split focusing is good for still objects.

The lens :
A bit strange that there is nowhere to find a review of this lens combined with a camera other than Nikon, or at least not that I found. Only the world famous Ken Rockwell (of course) has written a (Trump-like) review with a Nikon digital camera, and of course it is an “exceptionally great lens”. Under “performance”, Ken writes “This is a very sharp lens under almost all conditions. This is unusually good performance for any zoom lens”, and I must admit, Ken is right this time, it’s a really good lens across the range. If I had to say anything negative, it would be that the lens is quite heavy.
The lens is of the “pump” type (push-pull), which I personally really like,
you can zoom very fast without moving your hands much.

My conclusion:

Pros: sharp en good glas, easy – accurate and fast to focus, fast zoom (push-pull), good value if bought less than €100/150

Cons: heavy weight

A heavy (590gr) but high-quality push-pull lens, not super fast with its f4.0-5.6, but the sharpness of the glass makes up for it, plus with a good camera you can go high in the ISO without much loss of quality. . I bought this lens for € 99, ​​and then this Nikon is really a bargain. Recomended lens for adapted use.

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Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. My camera Gear in 2022: Fujifilm X-H1 for architecture, landscape, ..., and Olympus E-M5 Mark II for bird and wildlife photography.

2 thoughts on “My Fuji and … a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.6

  1. I sold all my Nikon gear when I went to Fuji over a year ago. I wish I had kept at least one lens, probably the 8mm Samyang fisheye. Great blog, and interesting. Thank you 👌


    1. Thanks for the comment Mark, in the old analog day’s (i’am almost 60 now) I was a die hard Pentax and Fuji SLR user, many of those old lenses could be used on my later Pentax DSLR’s, and today I still use my old lenses (amongst other) on my Fuji mirrorless cameras, yet I can’t say goodbye to my Pentax DSLRs, they are heavy and big, but I have a very hard time saying goodbye to the optical viewfinder. Shooting manual, focusing is so much easier for me than through an electronic viewfinder. I wish Fuji made T series cameras with a hybrid viewfinder.

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