The Nikon 35mm f/2 AI is a compact fast wide-angle prime. 35mm primes have been in Nikons lens line-up since the 1960's and the latest update was done in 1989 with the AF Nikkor 35mm f/2 (I'm talking about 35mm Nikkor's in general here, and not only about the f/2 versions). The 35mm wide angle primes have been a favorite lens by photojournalists for decades, mostly until the zoom lenses hit the market. Like most of the manual focus lenses out there, gone but not forgotten. As usual the lens will be tested on the Nikon D3.
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Rear lens cap LF-1
63.5mm x 51.5mm
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- DOF/IR markings.
- Build quality.
- Close focus performance.
- Excellent on bellows.
- Corner performance, not really great until you hit at least f/4
Peak performance is f/4 to f/11, it is quite usable below f/4, but corners are not perfect until you hit at least f/4. This can of course be used creatively, and for some shooters this can be an advantage as much as it can be a disadvantage to some. Close focus on the other hand is outstanding, great results can be achieved from f/2, with soft corners though. Diffraction starts kicking in around f/16, still providing usable results @ f/22 if you add some sharpening to the pictures. IR performance, is overall good, but it does show a hot-spot around f/16.
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D From: $319.95 USD
Zeiss MF 35mm f/2 ZF Distagon T* Price: $826.00 USD
Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF From: $1,599.95 USD
Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF From: $569.95 USD
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX. Price: $194.95 USD
Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X M35 Pro DX Macro. Price: $319.00 USD
*Prices are subject to change. Listed price is from May 18, 2010
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