Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G – the beast for everyday shooting

If I should go on a trip with just one lens in my bag, I would recommend this wonderful piece of glass. In my opinion, 35mm is much more practical than the standard of 50mm lenses.

the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1,4G is one of my favourite lenses, because you can capture most situations with it. It’s a pro grade lens, which has ten elements lens in seven groups, with one aspherical elements, nano crystal coating and 9-blade rounded aperture.

The external lens barrel is made of plastic with metal interiour. The weight is practically the same like Nikon 24mm f/1.4G or Nikon 85mm f/1.4G lenses. Nikon 35mm f/1.4G is not so tiny, but fits perfectly into your hands. The filter thread takes 67mm filters. I owns reduction for 67mm filter thread so its not a problem for me.

Focus ring mechanic is made of metal. The ring is smooth and accurate. Due to the size of the tube, you have plenty of place for your fingers.

On the tube is a classic Nikon auto and manual switch. Rear barrel comes with a rubber gasket on the lens mount, which provides good sealing against dust making its way into the camera (the rubber gasket definitely helps not only in reducing sensor dust, but also in reducing the amount of dust that could potentially end up inside the lens). The lens mount is made from metal.

The image quality of Nikon 35mm f/1.4G looks so nice. At the minimum aperture is sharp in the center of the frame with blur bokeh and soft corners. Above aperture of f/2 the quality of the entire shots rise significantly. The images are much lighter and sharper. If we are talking about landscape photography, the best images comes from the aperture above f5,6. The beautiful staring lights comes from the aperture of f/11.

Short compared with other Nikon f/1.4 prime lenses

35mm focal length lens is popular, since the Nikon began to produce glass with a fixed focal length. With the production of 35mm f1.4 Nikon began in 1970 with Nikkor-N Auto glass, followed by K, Ai an Ai-S lenses. These lenses are made for film SLRs. Of course, they can be used on some DSLRs.

Earlier I used cheaper and much smaller Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED for FX. It’s cool everyday 35mm lens. This lens is so light, great for traveling or for those who need to eliminate the weight of your bag. If you shooting street photography, city life or nature – it’s a great choice. If you’re shooting portraits, weddings, fashion, night scenery or or „details“ with blurred background, the 35/1,4G is unique.

All pro grade lenses hold their retail price well if you ever decide to sell them on, but trust me on this one – if you can get your hands on one of these lenses, you’ll never want to sell it …

* AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1,4G vs 58mm f/1,4G
Merit:
  • Image quality
  • Excels in low-light and night time applications
  • Very large and smooth focus ring
  • The bell-shaped tube perfectly sits in my hands
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Excellent aperture at f/1.4
  • Lens caps, hood and case included
Cons:
  • Higher price
  • Slower AF
Summary:

I will repeat, but Nikon 35mm f/1.4G is a great Everyday lens, which has a soul. This lens is not for everybody. It’s not a lens for those, who follow the numbers in the spreadsheets. If you love 35mm primes and you’re Nikon fan, this is the best choice.


Thanks for reading!


Specifications:

Lens type: Wide
Focal length: 35 mm
Maximum aperture: f/1.4
Minimum aperture: f/16
Lens construction: 10 elements in 7 groups (including one aspherical lens elements)
Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
Angle of view: 63° (on DX-format D-SLR cameras: 44°)
Minimum focus distance: 0.30 m from focal plane
No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded) 
Filter-attachment size: 67 mm 
Diameter x length: 83 mm x 89,50 mm
Weight: 600 g (excluding hood)
Accessories: LC-67 67 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap,HB-59 Bayonet Hood, CL-1118 Lens Case

* Nikon 35mm f/1.4G sample shots: