Excerpt: Handling and features Performance Verdict Specification This wide angle lens from Nikon costs around £1300 and sports a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, silent internal focusing and nano-crystal coatings to help control ghosting and flare.
Excerpt: Last month we tested the industry’s least expensive 35mm f/1.4 lens (the $500 Rokinon 35mm AS UMC). This month, we shift to the opposite end of the pricing spectrum to one of the most expensive: Nikon’s $1,800 full-frame 35mm f/1.4G lens. Like all f/1.4 primes, it’s large and heavy—more than three times the bulk of the 7-ounce 35mm f/2 Nikkor. Its weight is identical to last month’s Rokinon as well as Canon’s comparable 35mm f/1.4.
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4 G (FX) - Review / Test Report
16 August 2011
Conclusion: It took Nikon a while to get into gear regarding their fast primes, but at least in case of the AF-S 35/1.4 G the result is impressive and was worth the wait. The image center is very sharp right from the largest aperture, the borders and corners follow only slightly behind and offer very good sharpness slightly stopped down. Distortion as well as CAs are moderate on a full format DSLR. Typical for such a fast prime, some LoCAs are present at larger apertures.
Excerpt: The Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.4 lens features a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that allows near-silent auto-focusing on all Nikon DSLR cameras. Importantly, this solution allows instant manual override even when the focus mode switch is in the M/A position. Focusing is fully internal, meaning the length of the lens always remains constant, and the front of the lens does not rotate on focus. This is good news for those who use polarisers or ND grads on a regular basis.
Excerpt: Until recently one of the most serious charges against the Nikon system was that it lacked fast “prime” lenses with medium focal lengths and a modern focusing mechanism. The last launches made this accusation out of date – in recent years we’ve seen such lenses as the AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G, the AF-S 24 mm f/1.4G ED, the AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G and the AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G put on the marked. The first and the last one have been already tested by us.
Cons: not useful maximum relative aperture,, high chromatic aberration,, huge vignetting on full frame,, significant coma,, noticeable astigmatism,, weak price/quality ratio.