7 comments on “First Impressions–Nikon 70-210mm f/4 Series-E

  1. Nice shots.
    Just a curious question. Im thinking of getting an older zoom lens(75-210) for my NEX too,
    im always afraid if it can take the weight at full zoom, if mounted on a tripod and if it well cause any long term damage? Any thoughts on that ?

    • Hey there Joe, glad you liked the shots. 🙂

      Per your question, let me put it this way: I’ve more than a few times accidentally swung around a 300mm f/2.8 AI-s ED with a monopod attached from my NEX-7. The only thing that has become damaged is the mounting adapter itself. So far I haven’t seen any decentering, or my e-mount beginning to pop out. 🙂 These NEXes (especially the NEX-7 with its magnesium-allow body) are built tough, I’m more than positive it can take the weight of your 75-210.

      What you want to try to do, however, to minimize stress on the mount just to be on the safe side, is to make sure your adapter has a tripod mount of its own. This way, there is literally no stress on the mount at all, it’s all on the adapter. If in the unlikely event the lens breaks free from the mount, your camera will still be safe and soundly attached to your tripod.

      Hope that helps, Joe.

  2. Hello,

    Like you I have been educated about quality that prime lenses produce. Then I tried Minolta MD 35-105 f3.5-4.5 Macro Zoom and was blown away.

    I read this review and several others and I’m hoping I get similar results if I do get this lens. Currently I’m eyeing a few.

    Thanks for the review.

    Kind Regards,


    • I’ve heard some great things about that Minolta. One of those few gems from the legacy film days. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the 70-210 f/4. Only two reasons I sold it were 1) I’m a prime guy and 2) I have a prime lens that covers the gamut of that focal range that is at least one stop faster. I especially loved the bokeh at f/4-5.6 at macro (70mm).

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