Excerpt: This is my go-to lens as it provides more drama than my 50 and easier to compose than the 24. A lot of fringing at wider apertures, but usually an easy fix in any good post-processing software. Lots of distortion too, again easily fixed.
Pros: Consistent Output, Contrast, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharpness, Strong Construction
Summary: Sharp in the center wide-open, sharp to the corners at f/2, sharp throughout the frame at f/4. Heavy vignetting at f/1.4 that disappears entirely by f/2.8. Mild barrel distortion that's largely unnoticeable. Purple fringing and LoCa somewhat common, but not severe. Highlights in the bokeh have a tendency to blow-out at f/1.4, very smooth by f/2. All-in-all, a very satisfying lens. My first foray into prime territory and undoubtedly my most-used piece of glass.
Summary: I have read people complain in forums that this lens is inferior to the 24mm AF/S. The perspective between the 24 & 35 are vastly different. It's not a matter of which is sharper, more important is which perspective is needed/preferred. Many are quick to judge this lens because Nikon did not use ED glass ala 24mm and only uses one aspherical element. These are special glass elements reserved for overcoming difficult obstacles in extreme lens designs.
Excerpt: I LOVE this lens. I shoot with two Nikon D3 bodies, one being a D3s. The Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AFS is practically soldered to one of my bodies throughout the entire wedding day. It's virtually replaced my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM permanently. <br /><br />The image quality is delicious, love the contrast and colors, even at f/1.4 it's tack sharp, so I rarely stop it down past f/2. The bokeh is smooth and buttery for a medium wide angle lens.
Excerpt: With the advent of Digital Photography and affordable dSLRs, focus (no pun) has turned to long spread zoom lenses going from superwide to long tele. <br /><br />In the film age collecting light was limited by film, and the more light you could get through a lens, the better off you were. That was kind of forgotten, 'cept for those who had the resources to own a camera like a D3s.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I love this lens. It is one of my favorite Nikon primes for FX. This 35mm lens is a little wider than a standard 50mm lens, which lets you add more context to your shots or get closer indoors. Yet it's not so wide to distort people's faces like 24mm and below. It is sharp in the center at all f-stops, starting right at f1.4. It and the 85mm f1.4G are the only lenses that are sharp enough at f1.4 for me to voluntarily choose to shoot at that aperture.
Excerpt: I find this lens to be very good as a low light lens. I would use it more if I did not also have the 50mm f1.8. I often mount this one on a second camera to complement my 18-200. Great buy for the price.
Summary: I find this lens to be very good as a low light lens. I would use it more if I did not also have the 50mm f1.8. I often mount this one on a second camera to complement my 18-200. Great buy for the price.
A Very Welcome Addition to the Nikon Lineup, With Caveats
joel MD, Amazon
10 April 2011
Summary: I've had this lens now for a couple of months, and have had ample time to get used to its characteristics, its strengths, and (unfortunately) its weaknesses. Here are some main points from my ownership experience, which has been largely positive: -- Chromatic aberrations are very pronounced with this lens (purple and green fringing along high-contrast edges).