Arguably the most versatile zoom, and lens, in the “consumer” Series-E by Nikon, the 70-210 f/4 also weighs in as the biggest and heaviest. At 25 ounces/730 grams, it’s over twice as heavy as the NEX-7. With that weight comes a useful 3x zoom, a fast f/4 constant aperture, and even a macro mode at 70mm (focusing down to 2 feet/.56 meters). With those features it becomes harder to complain about the front-heavy balancing, but it’s still there.
So far, I’m generally pleased with the optical performance. I haven’t had a chance yet to do any critical testing (or, photography in general) yet, but in real-world use, the f/4 aperture provides adequate depth-of-field control, and images appear pretty sharp straight from the start. With some chart shots, we’ll see just how much pixel-level detail gets resolved.
Until then, I took it out for a photowalk recently around town. I’ll finish up these quick impressions with 9 samples.
In case it wasn’t obvious, my style of shooting primes still holds true even with this 3x zoom. Rarely in my shooting have I shot this lens at anywhere other than 70 or 210mm. Only one shot (Stairway to…) was at 100mm. What can I say, I’ll always be a primes guy.
That’s all for these impressions guys and gals, thanks for dropping by. I hope to work on the review for this final Series-E soon. The key, is finding the time. As always, have a great day!