AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D
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AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D
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Not sharp at all before f/2.8, then it gets good in the centre but still soft mid-corners.
This doesn´t matter. It renders beautifully. Color, contrast, ´´pop´´ and ´´feel´´ is amazing. I greatly prefer this over my 50mm f/1.8G, which is way sharper, but also more ´´clinical´´.
The best thing is this is so cheap, why not buy one and find out for yourself?
My serial number 347XXX lens is going in for service to clean oil from the aperture blades. This a very common problem for this lens and I can only find folklore that suggests Nikon ever fixed the problem effectively. In fact, when I bought my lens the problem was supposed to be history.
I love this lens for landscapes. Not so wide that you know it was obviously a wide angle. It makes things look natural. The low light capability is excellent at F2. Sharpest at F2.8 or better. See attached photo for how beautiful the perspective of this lens is. Not a bad price either!
Other than a micro lens, this is the first ´´standard´´ fixed lens I´ve used for my DX digital cameras. I expected it to focus sharp because I had read favorable comments about this lens, but it has exceeded my expectations by far. Very fast, very sharp.
Great lens for the money. Very sharp from f2.8 on, maybe a little soft wide open. Recommended.
Maybe I am a snob, or one who walks with blinders on. I only have Nikkor lenses, but I have never been disappointed, so I stay put.
My favorite by far is my Nikon 35mm F2. Small, light weight, and my shots are crisp. If I open it up I am treated to such a soft and pleasant bokeh. I am shooting on a first generation D-70, so I am actually at 52.5mm, and it is a very comfortable focal length. When the light allows, I set the aperture at F8, and have seen some of my images that are so sharp that they look as if I photoshopped them.
This small lens offers good sharpness, especially in the center. Quick focus and good contrast make it attractive for moderate wide angle shots. Mine is sharp and solid. The fast F2 aperture is useable for low light shots.
I am convinced that even the best of the wide and prime range zoom lenses still give up sharpness to fixed focal length lenses, not to mention speed, and the better and faster zooms are painfully expensive. The 35 f/2 substitutes for the traditional 50mm in digital (effectively 52mm on my D1x). This lens is surprisingly inexpensive, and though probably no match for a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8, still remarkably sharp compared to zoom lenses around this range, and much faster than the consumer level zooms. The focal length is flexible for a wide array of situations so I need nothing between my 12-24 and my 80-200 other than this 35.
Excellent for use with my D300 as a low-light normal lens or my D700 as a full frame landscape or Group Portrait lens. No visible distortion and crisp, clean colors translates to a print straight out of the camera. No need to apply any software lens corrections. Easy enough to carry all day on the camera and get Pro quality images from any format Nikon.
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