Summary: I have to comment that I think that many people are missing the point of this lens.... It is really two lenses in one. It is SUPER sharp from f2.8., however, from f1.4 to f2.8 it is soft, vignettes, but the images is takes here are beautiful and dream like. Take photos wide open of the most ordinary objects, and they become art. Want super (SUPER) sharp, then stop it down a bit. Want amazing images that have a real quality to them, shoot it open.
Pros: Small size., Build quality., Two lenses for the price of one., Vignettes, soft(ish) wide open, Excellent and direct focus through
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..
Summary: Lovely lens. Really nice to find such a small 35mm 1.4. Some vignetting at 1.4 (I love it...I wish it had the same when stopped down). Was the last missing lens on my Nikon set. I am using it to digital cinematography and as a full frame lens meets my expectations completely...I wish Nikon kept manufacturing the AI-S.
Pros: Small, fast, precise and smooth focus, color matched with the other AI-S
Summary: The venerable 35mm f1.4 AI-S Nikkor lens is optically unchanged since its introduction in the early 1970s. It was one of the lenses prized by photojournalists, and remains popular with them today. An excellent performer, even wide open, this lens was among the first Nikon made with its CRC lens technology, or in plain English, with floating elements, for optimal performance even close up. It was also the first Nikon wide angle lens with multicoating.
Summary: The 35mm f1.4 Nikkor is the only non-AF Nikon lens I own and I've had it for many years, perhaps 20 or more. I've been shooting professionally a photojournalist since 1960 and haven't retired yet. I own perhaps 12 Nikon lenses and 4 bodies, including an F5, F6, and D-200 and have a D3 on order. All my lenses are current versions except this one which I've always said I would never sell because of its quality and speed.