Accompanying the other 2x zoom in the “consumer” grade Series-E lenses from Nikon, the 36-72mm E is another no-frills, simple optic for general photography. On film/FF sensors, the optical range goes from kinda-sorta-wide to a short telephoto; a useful range for sure. However, on APS-C cameras, the field of view equivalency covers “normal” to medium telephoto: about 54-108mm. Combined with the pretty slow maximum aperture of f/3.5 (less depth-of-field control) and the painfully far close-focus distance of 4 feet/1.2 meters, the usefulness is much less here.
In other words, I have a pretty hard time getting excited when going out with this lens. I can’t do macro with it. It’s hard to get “pop” on subjects (new visitors to my site may not know I have a knack for shallow depth of field). For icing on top of the cake, ISOs have to increase in low light for handheld shots. Though…I have to remind myself this is a $40 market price lens, so I cannot really expect that much from it.
Of course, sometimes it’s a nice exercise to work under difficult conditions, to try to still be creative even when the big visual tools of photographers are absent. With that said, I don’t see this lens seeing much future use on my NEX-7, despite its wonderful pancake design (leading to increased compactness, of course). What you see above is the longest the lens goes; as the focal length increases, the entire front lens assembly collapses, ending up as a kit similar in size to the 100mm f/2.8 E mounted on the camera.
For the most part, I use this lens as I did with the 75-150, either at the wide 36mm or long 72mm end. I just can’t shake my knack of shooting with primes. 🙂
That’s all for this post guys and gals, sorry for taking so long, I’ve been pretty busy lately. That combined with the aforementioned “un-excitedness” that I get with this lens has made it difficult to go out and shoot. Regardless, I’ll keep on-a-keepin’ on. Thanks for dropping by, and have a great day! 🙂