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Nikon Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D

PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:35 pm
by Thomas
Just got one of those cheap from eBay and put it to the test.
See one result here:


Which clearly shows the strengths of this unassuming little lens:
- it can focus down to 15cm (!) from the front lens :D
- it renders a very nice bokeh :D
- it has very small dof at F/2.0 :D
Other attributes of this lens are:
- FX-compatible :D
- very nice color-rendition :D
- bitingly sharp in the centre from F2.0 up, good corner sharpness :D
- flares easily, so use your left hand to shield it from the sun :(
- focusses fast and positive :D
- it is complementing your 70-200/300 or 80-400 nicely when you're out and just want to cover the wide(r) angle with one pocketable lens :D

PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:23 pm
by grahamnp
Thanks Thomas, it's a lens I've been interested in for a while. Is it as sharp as your 50mm f/1.4?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:57 pm
by Thomas
Well Graham, it's really nothing scientific, but my resume from what I can see so far:
- centre-sharpness of 35mm seems a little better than 50mm from F/2.0 until F/4.0. Looks more like the famous 50mm F/1.8.
- corner-sharpness of my 35mm seems to trail the 50mm F/1.4 from F/2.0 to F/4.0.
From F/5.6 I don't think you can see much of a difference.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:50 am
by grahamnp
Cool! That's one more to add to my wish-list! 8)

PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:03 am
by Nathan
oh man, my only regret in picking up the 30mm f/1.4 is that is doesn't focus nearly as close as this lens. I was torn between the 2 but I am still glad I have my f/1.4.

I would almost consider picking this lens up to shoot with my Nikon N6006.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:23 pm
by Thomas
Well I have an update for you after selling the non-D version and getting a new D version: It seems that the flare-probem with this lens is smaller than with the older version :)
On the other hand I recognized some strong color fringing in high contrast situations :? (but I really can't say that I tested for this with the older non-D version).
I really love this lens, that's why I tried another copy. See a result "hot from the press" here.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:47 am
by Gregory.Rotter
*old photo removed*

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:11 pm
by Thomas
Hey gregory I think Nikon measures the minimum focusing distance from the sensor. I gave the figure from the front-lens :wink:

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:31 am
by thomasrichards
... adding my 2 cents...

1. full view...

2. 100% crop one...

3. 100% crop two, top left...

4. 100% crop three, bottom right...

1/500sec @ f/2.5 - ISO 100.

... i didnt do any post processing on these... as that would defy the point of the test.

also... this was handheld... thanks to the wide aperture :D

PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:43 pm
by Gregory.Rotter
*old photo removed*

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:58 pm
by Gregory.Rotter

Iso 100
sb-800 bounce flashed

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:28 pm
by Gregory.Rotter

Taken with D80/35mm f2d
Iso 100

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:35 pm
by Thomas
Very nice demonstration Greg. As it shows that even at f/4.0 the dof can be seriously limited if your lens can focus close enough.
That demonstrates that the 35/2.0 has two major advantages apart from being the 50mm equivalent of film-days:
- it's fast with the large f/2.0 aperture
- it goes close with its 1:4 magnification

btw.: what is it?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:58 pm
by alex168
looks like an ironing machine or iron :p

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:32 pm
by 0eyvind
I think so too :)
I like it.