Nikon NIKKOR 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Nikon NIKKOR 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 1983-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: The Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105 mm f/3.5-4.5 is a kit zoom lens for Nikon F cameras. It belongs to the first generation of Nikon autofocus lenses, which had a thin plastic focus ring (the second version featured a broader rubberized focus ring). In macro mode the minimum focusing distance is reduced to 0.28 m, and in so doing a 1:3.5 scale is achieved.

Nikon NIKKOR 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length35-105mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm SLR
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio3x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/3.5-f/4.5
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)62
Minimum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)18
Optical Information
Lens Elements16
Lens Groups12
Diaphragm Blades7
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.4m
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions64 x 86.5mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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How do I mount this lens to my FM3A camera, can’t find the mounting index mark.

Stephen Hill

I have just purchased a Nikon Fe which came with the AI-S manual focus version of this lens and am needing advice on how to operate the second focus ring to enable the macro features of this lens. Thanks

Ardit Dashaj

You have a small metallic push button on the second ring of the lens. While push it rotate the ring.


From the Wirral, UK.
try this link…….5-4.5.pdf


Hi Pawan

I just received one – a used but good one from another seller and the lens looks clean. I also use a Nikon D3300 and while it mentions AF, it is not autofocus and it shoes MF. But, with practice, you will get use to it and it does not take much time to manually focus it.

Hope that helps.

Pavan Modh

Does AF Nikor 35:105mm 1:3.5-4.5 lens work with nikon D3300?
And how to use it with focus because i am not able to use either manual ir auto focus with this lens.

Please help.



Why does the photo of the lens look like my lens (a manual focus lens), yet the description and specifications are of the Auto Focus version? I know it is easy to not realize the differences, when you are in a hurry to meet deadline, but there is a lot of difference between the manual focus lens and the Auto Focus lens. Are they so similar in performance, with the exception of the focus method, that the other details are good for both manual focus and Auto Focus?

I was searching for the earlier manual focus lens information, and it seems that the manual focus lens information is no longer available.


Matthew Currie

This lens came in an AIS manual focus model before it was auto focus, and it is this version that is shown above. The AF versions are optically similar but look different.

I have one of these (the AIS) , and its optical performance is decent, if nothing special. It’s a handy range for walking around with a full frame camera.

However, a couple of things should be noted. First of all, it is really a varifocal lens, and not a true zoom, and is not even remotely parfocal when you zoom, so you must recheck focus whenever zooming, and the varying aperture, while no problem in automatic operation, also requires resetting exposure if you are shooting manually. The macro feature is limited to a ratio of 4:1, nice and close, but hardly really macro.

In addition, it’s quite common for this vintage of sliding zoom to develop a looseness that makes it necessary to hold the zoom in place when shooting other than vertically. Macro mode is rather clumsy,effective only at the widest focal length, and requiring the user to shift a second focus ring, and a drooping zoom on top of that can make macro use a challenge. If doing non-horizontal macro shots, you may have to tape the zoom in place to prevent creep.

It’s a decent lens for street photography, but I would not get it for the macro function. Consider that a bonus for occasional use. And if buying blind, make sure you know which version you’re getting, as at one time the AF and MF versions existed at the same time, and serial numbers overlapped. The second generation of the AF version dropped the problematic sliding zoom, and had improved close focusing, but it seems the third generation went back to the sliding zoom.

Dave Hammer

Matthew, this is a very helpful review. Thank you. I am equipping my daughter for a college photography class. Full manual film class with dark room. I got her a Nikon FM2 and was considering this lens as a good everyday lens. Do you have any recommendations given the shortcomings you outline above?

Thank you!