Panasonic G6 - Nikon Series E 36-72mm f/3.5 Zoom Lens








As promised the Nikon Series E 36-72mm f/3.5 Zoom. I've taken quite a lot of pictures of it as it is an unusual lens for these days. Its a 'trombone' zoom, which means you pull and push it. Plus contrary to what you expect the wide-angle is at the long end when the lens is fully extended. Its also a pretty odd zoom in terms of focal length. 36-72mm - How did they come up with that? It is fixed aperture throughout and fitted onto my G6 + Metabones Speed Booster its an approximate 35mm equivalent of 50-100mm f/2.5. 




Not as crisp as the primes, and the bokeh isn't anywhere near as nice. Plus wide open (The flowers / lamp post shot) its 'interesting'.

This is more of a 'fun' lens than the primes, and it does have a certain look that gives me something different. Again, like the primes, there is a 'cool' colour balance and it has quite low contrast. Wide open there is a soft, 'dreamy' look which would be nice for a certain kind of portraiture. Its also such an odd zoom length, which does in fact cover the most popular focal lengths for portrait photography, that it makes me look at things in a different way. How much I'll use it I can't say, but at £35 I can well afford to have it sitting on the shelf for when I feel like using it. 

Next up, a (very rare) post about the Leica X-vario, which I'm still using all the time, but write about very little. 


 

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