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Norman my love wrote:
The separate end piece of this lens where the lens cap attaches, has a little bit of play in it if you gently rock it side to side. Is this normal for this lens.
It came with a note from the seller saying this, "When zooming to 35mm do not extend the barrel of the lens out to the point where you can see 35mm on the scale or it will not focus. The 35mm must be hidden. Is this normal as well for this lens.
The play is normal, most likely. The 35-70 f/2.8d is a trombone lens, in that the outer barrel moves outward as you zoom from 70mm to 35 and vice versa. Then you have another internal barrel at the outer end, where focus adjustment is done. That also moves in/out quite a ways as you turn the focus ring. That focus piece has a little bit of play in it.
The part about zooming to 35mm is definitely not right. The zoom has hard stops at both ends of the range and that seeing the 35mm shouldn't affect AF at all.
You have to slide the barrel all of the way out to 35mm to use the micro function of the lens. If you hold the lens so you can see the writing, on the left side it will say Nikon AF Nikkor. Right below that is a silver button. That's the button that you have to press to get the lens into micro function. So, you zoom in to the stop, 35mm, push the silver button in and hold it, then twist the barrel to the left until it stops. That locks the barrel at max extension. At that point, you have very little working distance and, IIRC, manual focus.
But, if you don't hold down that silver button while zooming to 35mm, you can't twist it into micro mode, unless, I suppose, the silver button stop is broken.
It's a bummer that you don't have a camera to test it on. It's a wonderful lens, if it's in proper working order.