35mm F2. It does OK

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mandophoto Contributing Member • Posts: 630
35mm F2. It does OK
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The 35mm F2 AF D is not as sharp as the 1.4, and must be stopped down to get the corners in, nevertheless that light, little F2 lens does OK.

Sorry, the EXIF stuff is missing.

D800, 35mm F2 AF D, F8, 250/sec., ISO 200

Tucson AZ, 2013

PSCL1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,226
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The 35mm f2 is one of the most criticized but underrated lenses ever discussed on this forum.  I have one too and consider it a bargain for what it delivers, which is f2 street shooting and near-macro close-focusing capability at a very cheap price given the lens speed.

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RudivanS Veteran Member • Posts: 4,437
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Yes, it does ok. I like mine around f5.6 - f8. It's non nano coated to a good lens hood is a must.

Wish Nikon would release a new 35mm f1.8 - small, light and not too pricey.

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gnet158 Senior Member • Posts: 2,360
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The 35mm f2 D is one of the lenses I regret selling.  Small, lightweight, and very sharp.

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mandophoto OP Contributing Member • Posts: 630
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RudivanS wrote:

Yes, it does ok. I like mine around f5.6 - f8. It's non nano coated to a good lens hood is a must.

Wish Nikon would release a new 35mm f1.8 - small, light and not too pricey.

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From my experience, the 35mm F2 D has great flare control. I have two other D lenses, a 24 f2.8 D and a 50 F1.4 D, neither of which was usable in the situation below because of big flare problems. Undoubtedly better lens coatings is one of the valid reasons to buy new G, nano coated lenses. However, I would buy the 35 F2 D again if need be because as you suggested, the choices are rather narrow.

Tucson AZ, 2010

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Denis of Whidbey Island Senior Member • Posts: 1,135
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PSCL1 wrote:

The 35mm f2 is one of the most criticized but underrated lenses ever discussed on this forum. I have one too and consider it a bargain for what it delivers, which is f2 street shooting and near-macro close-focusing capability at a very cheap price given the lens speed.

When I had one, it was my go-to lens for tabletop shooting. I didn't find that I used it much otherwise on DX, but always for that one purpose.

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gnet158 wrote:

The 35mm f2 D is one of the lenses I regret selling. Small, lightweight, and very sharp.

I absolutely regret selling mine, which I did after getting a 35/1.8 DX - and a year or two later I converted to FX.  The 35/1.8 actually does great in 1.2 crop mode on my D800E as a 42mm equivalent, and I prefer it to a 50/1.8, although remembering to set the crop mode (and more importantly to set it back later) is a pain.

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mandophoto wrote:

The 35mm F2 AF D is not as sharp as the 1.4, and must be stopped down to get the corners in, nevertheless that light, little F2 lens does OK.

Sorry, the EXIF stuff is missing.

D800, 35mm F2 AF D, F8, 250/sec., ISO 200

I'm glad I listened to Rudivan re this lens. It's a sharp lens, best treated as if its a F2.8 lens. Bokeh isn't great, but F4 through F8 its very sharp in the centre. Here's one of Westminster:

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mandophoto OP Contributing Member • Posts: 630
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Great photograph, nicely done.

rudyr Regular Member • Posts: 349
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It's no where near as sharp as my 50/1.8G, but I find the 35mm focal length to be more to my liking. The size is also very "carry friendly" as a walk-around lens on the D600, which led to my decision to go with the simple Nikon 35/F2 over the incredible Sigma 35/1.4. Ideally, Nikon would update their 1.8G lineup to add a 35mm in there as that would be, for me, an ideal balance of modernized optics + reasonable size.

I actually think a 35/1.8G around $500-600$, or even a 35/2 w/ VR like Canon's, would be a better competitor for Nikon vs. the Sigma than trying to revamp the expensive 35/1.4.  I don't think they can ever bring the 35/1.4's optical qualities to a level that people will pay more for that lens vs the Sigma.

RudivanS Veteran Member • Posts: 4,437
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sgoldswo wrote:

mandophoto wrote:

The 35mm F2 AF D is not as sharp as the 1.4, and must be stopped down to get the corners in, nevertheless that light, little F2 lens does OK.

Sorry, the EXIF stuff is missing.

D800, 35mm F2 AF D, F8, 250/sec., ISO 200

I'm glad I listened to Rudivan re this lens. It's a sharp lens, best treated as if its a F2.8 lens. Bokeh isn't great, but F4 through F8 its very sharp in the centre. Here's one of Westminster:

Well executed shot! Glad you like the little lens and thanks for the follow up

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I prefer the manual focus AI version

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I believe this lens won a photographer photo of the year last year. It was the one of the woman in a Niquab holding her dead son.

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Even after getting the Sigma 35mm 1.4 I kept my 35 f2 just for its compact size, it performs quite well on the D800E even wide open but on the D600 it's horrid, I tested it out on my Df and while the out of focus rendering is a little harsh (which I can fix in post) it's quite a good lens and will see quite a bit of use on my Df

bigconig Contributing Member • Posts: 640
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RudivanS wrote:

Yes, it does ok. I like mine around f5.6 - f8. It's non nano coated to a good lens hood is a must.

Wish Nikon would release a new 35mm f1.8 - small, light and not too pricey.

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Looks like your wish may come true. (I've been waiting for this one too)

Nikon 35mm 1.8G

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philm5d Contributing Member • Posts: 681
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On the basis of the 35mm F2-AF-D I bought the f1.4 G and was sorely disappointed . Sold it and lost a packet but glad I retained the dinky F2. Mind you I had the oily iris problem but an inexpensive clean up and service cured that. One of my favourite lenses.

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RudivanS Veteran Member • Posts: 4,437
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bigconig wrote:

RudivanS wrote:

Yes, it does ok. I like mine around f5.6 - f8. It's non nano coated to a good lens hood is a must.

Wish Nikon would release a new 35mm f1.8 - small, light and not too pricey.

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Looks like your wish may come true. (I've been waiting for this one too)

Nikon 35mm 1.8G

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That is really good news! At long last ..

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Anyone can comment on using this lens with the D700? Is it at least "usable after PP" wide open?

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I used the 35mm F2 for a couple of years and because it makes my D700 easier to carry around I've just leave it on the camera.  I am a rank novice but love the hobby.  With that said, I find this lens exceeds my expectations on speed of focus and sharpness.  Here's a shot I took earlier this year at a MECUM auction.

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I always liked the 35f2. It's *really* sharp in the center, but mediocre in the corners on FX. So is my 24F2.8 AF-D, but the 35's character seems better somehow.

Anyway, when I got a D700 I took a number of my lenses out to do some walk-around test shooting and get used to corner performance, depth of field, and focal length. This after several years of shooting DX. I put up my test shots here, so you should be able to get some idea of whether or not you think it's adequate on a D700:

http://www.cjcphoto.net/lenstests/35f2/index.html

I included a brick wall test at many apertures, though it was handheld, and several DOF evaluation shots.

I recently tried it briefly on my D800e, and the differences between the corners and center seemed even more magnified.  (That is, the center is even sharper than I had thought, but the corners are still mediocre at best wide open to a bit stopped down).   Since I now have a Sigma 35F1.4, I don't use the old 35F2 anymore.

If you shoot it on FX, just be aware of corner and edge issues and avoid greatly off-centered compositions.

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