No love for the 35mm f1.8?

Started Mar 16, 2020 | Discussions thread
OP vegetaleb Senior Member • Posts: 2,510
Re: No love for the 35mm f1.8?

SpacemanUA wrote:

vegetaleb wrote:

But worst in what meanings?


BTW I shoot mostly landscapes,street and travel

I really don't thing that words like "bad" or "worse" should be used here. All Z lenses are spectacular. It just happened that 50S is a masterpiece at very reasonable price for such performance. And while I haven'e had a change to use 24-70/2.8S, it's owners saying that it's a best lens in this class.

Speaking of various 35 mils, only Tamron SP 35/1.4 is better optically than Z35, but at a huge price of size, weight and portability. And some features as well. Sigma is only better at one thing: it can be opened to f/1.4. Z35 is better at everything else. Yes, it's a but overpriced, but it is what it is. If you're with Z system already, just get it and forget that $200 difference with Sony 35/1.8 or whatsoever. Consider it as a donation in Nikon's development

For landscapes you want best IQ and sharpness all over the frame. Z35 is amazingly sharp stopped down to it's sweet spot.

Street - you would want a lens that is fast to operate and doesn't attract much attention. Tammy is not such lens, it looks like a bazooka BTW, dpreview has a nice short video review of it:

Travel - well, you know your answer here. 13.05 oz / 370 g, as compact as possible, no adapters needed, weather sealing - there's simply nothing that can beat it.

The only situation when I can recommend Tamron or Sigma over Nikon is if you exclusively shoot portraits wide open with 35mm lens and use it for portraits for 80% time or more and don't care about size, weight and portability.


Yes it's indeed overpriced, I would get it either used at 500$  or wait for offers, perhaps after the corona crisis is finished they will do offers to promote sales again.

Meanwhile my 24-70 f4 is really fantastic, can't wait to try astro, it's stormy here

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