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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G

10 February 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • high build quality,
  • record resolution results on stopping down the aperture,
  • slight distortion,
  • silent and accurate autofocus,
  • rich accessory kit.

Cons:

  • not useful maximum relative aperture,
  • high chromatic aberration,
  • huge vignetting on full frame,
  • significant coma,
  • noticeable astigmatism,
  • weak price/quality ratio.

The mere comparison between the number of pros and cons and one glance at the price of the tested lens shows that our summary can’t be positive. If you buy an expensive, fast fixed-focal lens you have every right to expect resolution records and the Nikkor 1.4/35 provides these. However, you don’t expect weak quality of the maximum relative aperture, high level of chromatic aberration, significant coma and noticeable astigmatism along with huge vignetting. These all flaws we get here as well. Who would you recommend this lens to? Certainly not to the users of small DX sensor – in their case it would be much sensible if they got interested in the Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8 DX or the Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 DG HSM. These two lenses are optically on par with the tested Nikkor being definitely cheaper at the same time.


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Full frame users don’t have such a choice. They can wait what will new manual Zeiss and Samyang lenses of the 1.4/35 class show but still, these will be “manual” devices. Most of users of this type of lenses would like to have an autofocus. Then you are left only with the Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G unless you can be satisfied with lower fastness and become more favourably disposed toward the Nikkor AF 35 mm f/2.0. Its price/quality ratio is definitely better than that of the 1.4/35 model, tested here.

Sample shots

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.51 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.56 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.06 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/6400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.99 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.86 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.85 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 4.26 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 4.77 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.2, exp. 1/200 s, ISO
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 4.35 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 4.88 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 125
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 4.85 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 5.46 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 5.19 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.47 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 5.25 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.28 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 5.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.04 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 6.58 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.04 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.12 MB




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