Reviews and Problems with Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
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China-made lens does not hold up
Quartzmine Photo, B&H Photo
24 December 2014
Excerpt: Bought this to use with a D7100 DX camera. The lens is made not in Japan but in China, a fact not disclosed prior to purchase. Optical quality acceptable. However, after only 6 months of lightr use, the mount came loose and caused a lot of lost photos before the problem was discovered.
Summary: After reading the reviews I was really excited to try this lens but was really disappointing. !. I have a D3200 and I just could not get the autofocus to do its job. it would only focus on small areas (even with higher aperture settings). The 1.8 setting produced images so soft they were virtually useless. Granted I was shooting a moving child not a still object but the standard lens had no problem holding focus 2.
Excerpt: First off Adorama is great! Really fast, free shipping.I did an initial review and feel that I really need to do another one.I purchased a D3200, which I really like, due to it's ease of use for my wife. It is cabable of taking some really good photographs.On to the lens... When I first got this lense I was very let down. Not up to the quality I thought it would be or should be. Image quality/focus was horrible. The lens was back focusing.
Excerpt: I have had continual problems with this lens not focusing properly with my d5100. I sent it in for service three times to Nikon and they were unable to fix it, although they claimed it was fixed three times (it was not). Of course, this is a sample size of one, so draw your own conclusions, but I would NEVER recommend Nikon to anyone at this point...
Excerpt: Received my order... tried it, returned it. The lens was so soft at large aperture that it would not autofocus accurately. Compared it a the same focal length and aperture (set aperture priority) to the AF-S 18mm - 55mm f/3.5 - 5.6GII kit lens. The kit lens was always better. At larger aperture where the kit lens would not go, the 35mm f/1.8 was so soft I would not use it. I hope my lens was just a quality control escape and not a characteristic property of the design.
Excerpt: This is a second lens I got from B@H. The first one was quite bad, it front-focused. Very often focus was much worse than 18-55 lens kit focus. Now I am sending second sample back to B@H since this 35mm lens does focus in the same manner. I understand that 3-5mm of front focusing may not be as much noticeable when you take a picture of bunch of people, but when you photograph just one individual and you focus on one of his or her eyes- later on you can see that focus...
Excerpt: May be it was just the one I got. Sometimes I am special that way. I have a sigma 28 70 f/2.8 to 5.something. When I got the nikkor lense I unboxed it and took a photo of my car. then put my old sigma on and took another pic and the difference was amazing the nikkor was not nearly as good. So I took the photos again, being careful to use f/2.8 on both, auto focus on both 35mm on both used a tripod, and the sigma still took a better photo.