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Nikon 35mm f/1.4 Nikkor AI-S 35mm Primes

4.38 star rating
                      4.38 / 5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.95


  • Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length35mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/1.4
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountNikon
    Closest Focusing Distance12 in
    Attachment / Filter Size52 mm
    Groups / Elements9 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diameter2.7 in
    Length2.4 in
    Weight14.1 oz
    MPN1429
    Product ID20724700

Product Description

  • Manual focus
  • Ideal for PJ and other low light applications
  • Close Range correction system assures high quality even at minimum focusing distance(1 ft.)


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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter a Expert

    Date Reviewed: January 31, 2011

    Strengths:    Small size.
    Build quality.
    Two lenses for the price of one.
    Vignettes, soft(ish) wide open
    Excellent and direct focus through


    Weaknesses:    Vignettes, soft(ish) wide open

    Bottom Line:   
    I have to comment that I think that many people are missing the point of this lens....

    It is really two lenses in one.

    It is SUPER sharp from f2.8., however, from f1.4 to f2.8 it is soft, vignettes, but the images is takes here are beautiful and dream like.

    Take photos wide open of the most ordinary objects, and they become art.

    Want super (SUPER) sharp, then stop it down a bit. Want amazing images that have a real quality to them, shoot it open.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   Nikon 24mm 1.4, Leica M and R, medium format....etc.

    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Augusto Silva a Expert

    Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009

    Strengths:    Small
    fast
    precise and smooth focus
    color matched with the other AI-S


    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Lovely lens. Really nice to find such a small 35mm 1.4. Some vignetting at 1.4 (I love it...I wish it had the same when stopped down). Was the last missing lens on my Nikon set. I am using it to digital cinematography and as a full frame lens meets my expectations completely...I wish Nikon kept manufacturing the AI-S.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by patrickh41 a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 3, 2007

    Strengths:    Sharp, smooth focussing.

    Weaknesses:    Some CA at wider apertures

    Bottom Line:   
    Beautifully built (like most of Nikon's AI/AIS lines), very sharp, good colors, nice contrast and very pleasant boke. On a D200 acts like a 50mm lens, making it a very good contender as walkaround lens. Good in low light since sharpness is pretty good wide open.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Nikon 35/2 AF, Nikon 28/2.8 AIS, Nikon 24/2 AIS



    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by fishyu a Expert

    Date Reviewed: October 2, 2004

    Strengths:    good when stop down...

    Weaknesses:    loads... soft, light loss in corners...waste of money

    Bottom Line:   
    Not bad, however not that good for the price I have paid. For that money I did expect something better, however things came out not quite as i expected. This lens suffers from extreme softness and sevre light loss in corners in wide open, and does not improve until it is stopped down to f2.8 or f4 .(You can see an almost two stop darker at corners then in centre when wide open) What is the point of buying a 1.4 lens and stop it down? I sell it and get a 35 f2

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   Second hand

    Similar Products Used:   AI 35/2, Contax 35/1.4

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by radarman931@optonline.net a Expert

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004

    Strengths:    Build quality and operation is excellent as are all the Nikon AIS lenses.

    Weaknesses:    Poor optical performance. The cost you must pay for this lens gives you no value for your money.

    Bottom Line:   
    Although this lens has a perfect rating on this site, I find this is a very poor performer optically. Images are soft with no contrast at all apetures.

    If you are looking for a sharp wide angle consider the 28mm/2.8 ais or the 20mm/2.8 AFD. The 20mm AFD is the sharpest lens I have ever used. It rivals the optical quality of the 60mm/2.8 AFD Micro lens, if not better. The beauty of this lens is that it takes it all in and you can crop out unwanted items and still get a tack sharp print of what is left.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   bh photo

    Similar Products Used:   28mm/2.8 AIS
    20mm/2.8 AFD


    Type of photography:   Outdoor



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