I had the Nikkor 35-135 f/3.5 - 4.5D before. It's a NICE lens. Well built, reasonable amount of distortion, and relatively inexpensive. The negatives would be it's rather heavy and it only goes to 35mm on the wide side. Still, it's a pretty good lens.
Also be aware that any plastic Nikon bodies like the N70, N80, N90, etc. may have backs that are sticky, due to a coating they have on them. Scrubbing the back vigorously with isopropyl alcohol and something only mildly abrasive helps to neutralize and remove the coating. I say this because I just got an N70 in the mail off an APUG seller very inexpensively, and it had this tacky coating on it. It wasn't due to the seller's fault or any negligence in camera care -- it's a known issue with this series of Nikons.