AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D
Crisp, Clean Colors in a Light Fast Lens
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.
October 10, 2010
Perfect prime lens for DX format
This is a great lens for DX format cameras. It translates to a 52mm; which is a perfect standard prime focal length. I use it for portraits, and it stays on my camera more than my 50/1.4 lens (which I love also). The 35/2.0D lens is very fast, extremely sharp from 2.8 up (even nicely sharp wide open). Great color, contrast and image quality...a must have for DX cameras.
July 30, 2010
So much quality in such a small lens
For FX cameras, this is a great lens for everyday use. I have most of the time mounted it in my D700. For DX cameras it is more suited to portraits as it gives a narrower view.
Back to FX, this lens will perform correctly both for portraits, still nature or even not too wide landscapes. As a bonus it has a minimal focusing distance rather short, compared to other fixed lenses, which allows for more extreme close-ups than usual.
Its maximum apperture of f/2 it is a bit soft, colors are not so well captured, and most of the time the depth-of-field is too narrow. I almost never use it. In fact most of the time, when speed is mandatory, I normally stick at f/2.8 where its performance and sharpness are simply excellent.
July 30, 2010
small but fine
Good lens, very sharp in the range f/2.8-5.6, small enough to take it with for every travel. Helpful when there is not enough light around.
August 20, 2010
This is a very good lens. The optics are great, it's reasonably small, lightweight, fairly well built, pretty much everything you could want.
August 1, 2010
The best all-around low-light wide angle lens
I've gone back and forth trying to decide what prime lenses to own for my various nikon cameras that range from 35mm manual focus to DX and FX digital. I love the 35mm focal length because I find it IDEAL for full frame and still useful on DX. The Nikon 35 with its f/2 maximum aperture serves as my night/evening walk-around lens. Coupled with my D700, I can capture some great low-light images, even if they're in motion. I appreciate the good build quality, compact size and manual aperture ring (needed on my FM3A). It's a real joy walking around with just a prime lens sometimes.
My only small complaints are it's price compared to the Nikon 35mm AF-S f/1.8 DX prime (an amazing bargain if you only shoot DX), and it's average amount of distortion compared to my Nikon 28mm AI-s lens (a true benchmark design with ZERO distortion).
Overall I think this lens strikes the best overall balance for my varied needs.
July 30, 2010
Oily aperture blades, common problem for this lens.
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.
June 14, 2012