AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED (FX) Review

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InTheMist
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AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED (FX) Review

Another review up from the 35mm f/1.8 ED (FX) lens via Nikon Rumors.  In Chinese.

Missing perhaps a bit lower contrast as the f/1.4 but better flare control and closer focus, which is important to me.  I kind of like the bokeh.

I've already preordered on my quest for a super lightweight setup for FX using 1.8 primes.  I had to have this since I prefer 35mm over 50mm.

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Tepacca Contributing Member • Posts: 806
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Will be ordering it as soon as I can afford it

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HSway
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I wished I could test it before my travel. have set aside the time. But I don’t get any indications from the vendor about the shipment near. I was thinking perhaps they will trump the US availability here in Europe by a day or two but alas. I will have to cancel one pre-order today, the other in two or three days. This is a third source showing something about the lens and I am getting increasingly certain it will become part of my kit. It would be just nice to start using it right away. It’s not important or I already have an excellent (and big) fast 35mm. I prefer 50mm to 35.

Thanks for posting,

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InTheMist
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Tepacca wrote:

Will be ordering it as soon as I can afford it

You have that wonderful D600 sensor and no primes to stick on it!?  Consider yourself sternly berated.  What about the 50?  That's very affordable and excellent by any measure.

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Tung CC New Member • Posts: 14
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It seems that a great lens.

I like the color rendering and lightweight (in-line with other 1.8G primes) and will buy one to complete my 1.8G primes, in which I just bought 28mm & 50mm to replace Sigma 35 f/1.4 Art recently

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Reilly Diefenbach
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Looks like a real winner so far.  The lowest flare (none) of any 35 and old school D lens sunstars at f8 to boot.  Nice!

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Tepacca Contributing Member • Posts: 806
Re: AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED (FX) Review

I have Nikon 85mm 1.8g, Tokina 100mm 2.8 macro and Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART primes. I use 85mm a lot coupled with Nikon 18-35mm G but not Sigma because of kt's weight. I will definitely be using Nikon 35mm 1.8G FX with it's lovely 305g.

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Stacey_K
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Looks like, especially for the money and the weight, this is going to be a nice choice to have.

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chuhsi Contributing Member • Posts: 999
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why did you replace the sigma art? weight/size?

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Tepacca Contributing Member • Posts: 806
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Me yes

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M Lammerse
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Tung CC wrote:

It seems that a great lens.

I like the color rendering and lightweight (in-line with other 1.8G primes) and will buy one to complete my 1.8G primes, in which I just bought 28mm & 50mm to replace Sigma 35 f/1.4 Art recently

Seems indeed a very good lens.

As the OP mentions, the 1.4G flares quite a bit, it's the only downpoint for me of this lens., and no ED in the 1.4.

The boke rendering of the 1.4 is superb and that is for me at least very important for such a fast lens  sharpness at 1.8 is clearly better.

I will see the lens for the first time during the CP+ will take a closer look at it for sure.

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joejack951 Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
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InTheMist wrote:

Missing perhaps a bit lower contrast as the f/1.4 but better flare control and closer focus, which is important to me.

Perhaps it's just a misprint in the literature but be careful about buying the 35/1.8 for closer focus over the 35/1.4. While the new lens is stated as focusing about 2"/50mm closer, the max reproduction ratio is stated as 0.16X for the 35/1.8 and 0.2X for the 35/1.4. That leads me to believe that the new lens might "breath" more as you focus closer hurting its magnification (what you typically want from focusing closer).

Can anyone confirm the true difference between the two lenses?

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Retzius
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Looks like a nice lens!

I don't like the bokeh in all the sample images I have seen so far. It seems distracting.

I would like to see a test just looking at the bokeh of this lens vs. the older 35 f2.

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SunnyFlorida Contributing Member • Posts: 831
Re: AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED (FX) Review

Why is this lens so friiggin huge!!??, pass

thraaak
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FWIW:
B&H shipped mine today and will be arriving in Central Florida on Tuesday. Bestbuy.com was taking pre-orders but now it just says sold out.
I was hoping to have it for an exotic car show on Saturday, www.carsforthecure.com , but will have to settle for the March 1st show.

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HSway
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Re: AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED (FX) Review

One note to the comparisons in the review. I hope the Nikon’ MTF holds at least relative to the other recent MTF and same focal lengths in basic concept and that more samples can prove a better representative of the lens’ resolution - which hopefully is better (that including wide open) than the 35/1.4 version.

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mg428 Regular Member • Posts: 186
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joejack951 wrote:

InTheMist wrote:

Missing perhaps a bit lower contrast as the f/1.4 but better flare control and closer focus, which is important to me.

Perhaps it's just a misprint in the literature but be careful about buying the 35/1.8 for closer focus over the 35/1.4. While the new lens is stated as focusing about 2"/50mm closer, the max reproduction ratio is stated as 0.16X for the 35/1.8 and 0.2X for the 35/1.4. That leads me to believe that the new lens might "breath" more as you focus closer hurting its magnification (what you typically want from focusing closer).

Can anyone confirm the true difference between the two lenses?

This files demonstrates the comparison of the close focus capabilities of this lens and 35mm 1.4G.

To my eye that 5cm makes a difference. Is that related to the max reproduction ratio you mentioned? Also, would this difference obviate 1.4 version of this lens for shallow DoF purposes?

bbbinohio Contributing Member • Posts: 962
Not Nearly as Good as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4

I don't know what it costs, but I know this much, it's not nearly as good as the Sigma f/1.4 for $899.00 at B&H (or most anywhere).

Bob, from Ohio

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thraaak
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Re: Not Nearly as Good as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4

I don't know what it costs, but I know this much, it's not nearly as good as the Sigma f/1.4 for $899.00 at B&H (or most anywhere).

Bob, from Ohio

How did I know? I knew from your thread reply that you were either a Sigma "fanboy" or "wannabee".
I am not doubting for one moment that the Sigma is superior. I, like many others, are anxiously awaiting for someone, anyone to post up their pictures in their gallery that they have taken themselves in a real world environment with their Sigma lens without being so timid and reluctant to do so.

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Re: Not Nearly as Good as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4

thraaak wrote:

I don't know what it costs, but I know this much, it's not nearly as good as the Sigma f/1.4 for $899.00 at B&H (or most anywhere).

Bob, from Ohio

How did I know? I knew from your thread reply that you were either a Sigma "fanboy" or "wannabee".
I am not doubting for one moment that the Sigma is superior. I, like many others, are anxiously awaiting for someone, anyone to post up their pictures in their gallery that they have taken themselves in a real world environment with their Sigma lens without being so timid and reluctant to do so.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3624532/53122199

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