Excerpt: This is an outstanding prime lens. It is extremely sharp in center frame wide open and focus is very accurate. Focus speed is on par with the 24 and 85 1.4 lenses from Nikon. I believe it is consistently more accurate than the 24mm. No AF fine tuning was necessary on my D810 or D4S. The expected degree of vignetting is present wide open but this quickly dissipates as you stop down. This focal length is very good for environmental portraiture of individuals or groups.
Excerpt: This lens is perfect for interior low light situations. Below is a photo taken by candle light with a Nikon D4 camera body. The shutter speed is 1/125 of a second, the aperture is f/1.4, the ISO is 2200, with Auto White Balance and Matrix Metering.
Summary: I own 2 of these. It's my favorite lens of all time for both stills, and particularly video (i use it on Nikon bodies, Canon 5d with an adapter, and on the Canon c100 and c300. a little barrel distortion...pretty pronounced at close focus. people say it's not sharp wide open...and they're kind of right...it's very sharp (particularly in the center), but it veiled, and loses contrast fast when opened from f/2 to f/1.4. Some people will say the lens falls apart there..
Excerpt: I photograph a lot of different events from commercial to portraits, to newborns, to weddings and I take this lens with me to all of them. I enjoy that it is wider than a 50mm so I can easily take in more of the surrounding area (you cannot always back up) but it is not so wide making everything super distorted (just don't get too close to a person's nose and you will be ok).
Excerpt: I had debated between this lens and the Sigma version. Looking back, I'm glad I ponied up the extra cash. You see, I already own & heavily use a Nikon 24mm f/1.4 wide angle lens for wedding photography. I'm a huge fan of primes. They're light, offer unparalleled image quality and a creamy depth of field. (Shallow depth of field on a wide angle is a very differentiating look. I seem to gravitate towards the world of f/2!
Excerpt: I sold all my Nikon zooms (af-s f/2.8) and went back to prime lenses. The 35mm f/1.4 is now on my D800 most of the time. The view finder is VERY bright (compared to a f/2.8 lens). This lens is light, the focus is a little slow but accurate. You get the maximum sharpness of the lens at f/2, but in case of low light, f/1.4 is very usable. I find the 35mm focale much more usefull than 50mm. So now I have only primes lenses (make the camera bag quite heavy !
Excerpt: I love this lens. Gorgeous and fast. I purchased it for pet photography because I needed something that would focus closer than the 50mm (this allows you to focus as close as .98 feet), that was good in low light and fast auto focus. This does the trick and I love the results. Produces beautiful out of focus areas if you are shooting wide open and beautiful bokeh. Expensive but worth it.