Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D review

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Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D review

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D review

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D is an excellent fast prime for full-frame Nikon FX cameras. The first version of this lens - Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (no letter 'D', full difference between versions is described here) was released back in 1989, and in 1995 was updated to the D-version. This lens is still being released.

On full-frame cameras, Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D gives a viewing angle of 66 degrees, which allows you to use Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D as a standard lens for many tasks. Often 35 mm focal length is much more convenient than the classic 'fifty'. But on Nikon DX cameras EGF the lens will be almost 53 mm, which greatly affects the ease of use.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D - very small, weighs just a little more 200 grams and uses 52 mm filters. All Nikon 35/2 lenses are exclusively manufactured in Japan... The build quality is very good. The lens has a metal mount.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D has aperture control ring. To control the aperture value from the camera, you need to set the aperture ring to F / 22 and fix it with a special button (for more details, see the section on Non-G Lenses).

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

Lens uses fast auto focus, the speed is comparable to Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor... The focus ring is rubberized and rotates approximately 120 degrees. The ring has a hard stop for fast aiming at infinity (a rarity for lenses). When focusing, the front lens does not rotate, but only moves forward. Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D has a very small MDF, which is only 25 cm, while you can get close-up magnification 1: 4.2 - which is very, very good.

During auto focus, the focus ring rotates and cannot be touched. There is no focus mode switch on the lens. To put the lens into manual focus mode and vice versa, use the switch near the camera mount.

In the middle of the lens there is a diaphragm with 7 non-rounded petals, the optical scheme consists of 6 elements in 5 groups. Unlike many modern lenses, Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D does not use special optical elements in its design, but this does not prevent it from creating a good image. The lens has no grooves for installing a bayonet hood, which is why it has to be screwed in place of a light filter.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D on the ZK

I am often asked the difference between Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D and Nikon AF-S 35mm 1: 1.8G DX Nikkor... In practice, these are two completely different lenses.

  • 1: 1.8G is only suitable for Nikon DX cameras, has a built-in focus motor, which allows it to work on the most basic Nikon cameras. The lens is sharper at wide open than '1: 2D'. The lens trunk does not extend when focusing. Continuous manual focus control available in auto mode ''M / A'. Comes with a lens hood.
  • 1: 2D is suitable for both Nikon FX and Nikon DX cameras, has an aperture control ring, does not have a built-in focus motor, and therefore it will be difficult to use on Nikon amateur cameras. The distortion level is less than 1: 1.8G. On crop cameras, it gives less noticeable vignetting. Has no mode 'M / A'and hoods included.

The auto focus speed of the lenses is almost the same. For Nikon DX cameras, I recommend buying exactly 1: 1.8G because of better sharpness on the open aperture and a lower price tag.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D700. On-camera JPEG L ('optimal quality' compression), no processing. Functions: vignetting control, ADL, noise reduction at long exposures, noise reduction at high ISOs were turned off. All shot in Picture Control mode SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 out of 10. Used white balance: 'Auto', 'Fluorescent lights'. The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP.

It so happened historically that Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D had no native alternatives for a long time - there were only very expensive Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1: 1.4GN, or old non-autofocus Ai-s, AI, K, OC Auto, OC and O Auto versions. Now this lens has a successor - Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1: 1.8G SWM RF Ashperical. For the price of the closest wide-angle lenses, you can look at Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8Dor per version Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 MKI. Usually 35mm of focal length are overlapped by some kind of zoom lens, only the zoom will not be able to provide such a high aperture lens :)

In the center of the frame, the lens lacks sharpness at F / 2.0 a bit due to chromatic aberration, but by closing the aperture to F / 2.5-2.8, sharpness immediately returns to normal. In the center of the frame on closed apertures, the lens becomes very very sharp. Also, good sharpness at the edges and corners of the frame starts with F / 8.0. The lens showed a surprisingly small level of distortion, which cannot but rejoice. Easy software on F / 2.0 is not so scary, but in general the lens creates a three-dimensional image with a pleasant neutral color reproduction.

Real prices for the Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D lens in popular online stores can look at this linkor in the price block located below:

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Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D is a good small fix. Interesting fast auto focus, good image quality and small size. I liked the lens very much, it can serve as an excellent standard fixed lens on full-frame cameras or on cropped cameras with a focusing motor.

UPDATE: a cheap similar lens went on sale in 2016 - Yongnuo 35mm 1: 2 (YN35mm F2N, for Nikon cameras, review at this link).

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Comments: 172, on the topic: Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D

  • Leonid

    I choose an inexpensive option for the landscape, flowers, city attractions for crop with a screwdriver D7100.

    Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D or Nikon AF-S 35mm 1: 1.8G DX Nikkor?

    The reviews are better on the Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D, so far I'm leaning towards it. Judging by the reviews, the Nikon AF-S 35mm 1: 1.8G DX Nikkor is worse with chromaticity. What do you think?

    • Leonid

      For convenience, everything is clear. In terms of picture quality, which lens will be better?

    • Leonid

      Is it worth looking in the direction of 50 mm for my tasks, in particular

      Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f / 1.8G
      Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f / 1.4D
      Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f / 1.8D


      • B. R. P.

        For landscapes and sights on the crop it will be narrow to you with 35 mm and even more so with 50. And the aperture here is not critical, you will not shoot all this outdoors.

    • Jury

      The 35mm f / 2D has a drawing (close to 50mm f / 1.4D), the 35mm f / 1.8G DX is sharper. The focal length of 50 mm on the crop is less convenient, so you probably should not look in its direction.

    • Denis

      for landscape I would choose only zoom. same sigma 17-50
      I have Nikon 16-85, quality pleases
      there are fixes 85mm, 50mm, there is something to compare

  • Leonid N

    From reviews to “Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8D, 'D'-version, MKIII"

    "Perceptible backlash when focusing."

    Personal observations:

    - when the camera turns the screwdriver back and forth, a shift in the image in the viewfinder is noticeable

    - the backlash is noticeable if you grasp the focusing ring with your hand and shake it slightly.

    The question is - does the Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D have these disadvantages?

    “All Nikon 35/2 lenses are made exclusively in Japan. The build quality is very good. "

    • Peter Sh.

      As a general rule, it doesn't matter if something staggers or rumbles. Literally, this is completely unimportant.
      Reviews on the Internet, like inscriptions on the fence. It's up to you whether you bother with other people's troubles or not.
      Any misses AF? What is the problem?

      • Leonid N

        The impression is _personal_, not from the Internet.

        • Leonid N

          If there is backlash, we look further. IMHO at 1.8D the build quality is worse. than the whale 18-55

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Micro-backlash is the norm for such old lenses. Doesn't affect functionality in any way.

      • Leonid N

        Those. Is there any backlash?

      • Leonid N

        Old - because old development, or because used?

    • Pokemon

      The build quality of the 35 / 2D is really good.
      I didn’t see any play in my copy.
      The only thing is that 35 / 2D by today's standards is not quite suitable for something like D800 / D800E / D810 / D850, if sharpness is a priority.
      It focuses quickly and accurately in the dark. On open 2.0, there may be AF errors, but it greatly depends on the AF module on the camera.

      • Leonid N

        Once again, I'm trying to choose an inexpensive lens for the D7100. The first time the choice went to 50 / 1.8D, I did not like the build quality.

        Does the case have 35 / 2D plastic?

        • Pokemon

          Metal + plastic, metal bayonet mount.
          The unpretentious lens well tolerates negative temperatures of -10-15C (somehow I went out with it at -18C), as well as increased humidity.
          It tolerates bright backlight.
          For D7100 it is better to choose something more modern.

  • Yuriy

    I repeat the advice above: Sigma 17-50. At the very 7100 + Sigma 17-50.

  • Hristina

    If you choose between this lens and 35 1.8 fx, what do you recommend? Is it worth it to overpay?

    • B. R. P.

      If there are a lot of puffels in the cell, maybe it’s worth it. Generally, from tasks.

      • Hristina

        D610 camera

        • Julia N.

          I, too, like you, pick up a 610-chk to my 35 nikosha. I would like to wind up and try 35mm2.0, but not in stores in stock ... ((I want an angle wider than 50, sometimes I don't even have a half-price in tight conditions. I looked at several options for Avito 35mm1.4 from nikon, but again not in my city ((I think, decide and buy without looking?)) Sharpness can be added to Photoshop if necessary, the main thing for me is the quality of the picture!

          • Arkady Shapoval

            You can take the "folk" Chinese yongnuo 35/2 (with autofocus) costs a penny, especially on the secondary.

          • Jury

            buy cash on delivery, but so that the inventory is, then you can open the parcel and check!
            good luck

          • Pokemon

            There is a more modern 35 / 1.8G under full frame. It's cheaper than 35 / 1.4G and they say it's even a little sharper.
            I would also recommend looking at the focal length of 28mm. In the last year or two years, I began to like it more than 35mm.

            • Sergei

              How can you like the 28mm focal length better? o_O Yes, they are close, but! This is the same for landscapes, and then wide. The corners are pulled out. The perspective breaks terribly ... Pictures from him remind me of Kolobok's skin stretched over a rectangular frame. And 35 mm is divine, immersion in the scene, classic street photography, classic reportage from the times of Lake, cinema - too, and indeed the best focal point for my and not only taste!

          • Evgeniy

            there was a tamron 35 1.8, bought for 20000 rubles in china, very worthy + plus stab

  • Elena

    Hello Arkady! please tell me which lens is suitable for wedding and reportage photography. I have Nikon d800. I want one good one, for all occasions))) thanks

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nikon 24-70 / 2.8E VR

      • Elena

        I can't find it in your review ... I want to read it. Drop the link if you can. Thank you

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I do not have reviews for all lenses

      • Chebe

        And how is this old 35 2D in comparison with its peer, 35-70 2.8D zoom. (Weight and size are understandable).

        Something tells me that in the presence of 35-70 and the willingness to carry it, it no longer makes sense to take 35k 2.

        • 1Ds_mk3

          in 35 / 2D, as in the Canon EF 35mm f / 2 IS USM, there really is not much point in the presence of a zoom with aperture of 2.8.
          But if you shoot in the evening or at night, then the fix will help, because it is small and light (Canon even has a stub).
          If we talk about Nikon 35 / 2D, then optically it is not a fountain - nuts in the bokeh, 2.0 is so ... especially on 24MP ff matrices (I don’t know what is there on d800, but there is an idea).
          Nikon has a more modern motorized AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f / 1.8G ED

          It is sharp (sharper than 35 / 1.4), but strongly chromate.

  • Alexander Petrovich

    Since there is no hood for this lens (no grooves), how do you get out of the position? Or is she not needed in principle for him?

    • Victor

      In principle, under certain conditions, a hood is certainly needed.

      52mm threaded hoods can be used.

  • Dmitriy

    Good afternoon.
    Tell me, who has experience in using, which is better to take: this nikkor 35 f \ 2 or, say, mir-24n.
    The presence of autofocus is not important because I shoot with a film nikon f3.
    I would like to try an angle wider than 50mm, but not to overpay right away.
    Thank you.

    ps: or, you can recommend fix 35k from other manufacturers. Thanks again!

  • Maksim

    Colleagues, I encountered such a strangeness (well, for me) my 35-ka 2d (by the way, bought from a Nikon branded store several years ago, that is, not at all old, just not used for a long time, and if it is used, only on a wide, so as in the main I used this focal length at zooms with 2.8 and therefore did not immediately notice, it turned out to be with a defect, its aperture does not change (more precisely, in the entire range from 2 to 22 it can change by 2/3, the maximum stop, at least by 22 scroll, at least at 8, everything is the same in the picture), although if you look at the light, everything moves gorgeous easily, but it seems that the petals are pretty oiled, however, as I understand it, this is not uncommon, there were messages with a similar problem, the strangeness is in the other, if shoot through live view, then everything is ok with the diaphragm, it works fine, even for reliability I specifically compared it with another 35th tokina dx, full compliance at all stages. And it's not a specific camera, I have several nikon cameras, from d90 to 850k and with normal eating Mke through the viewfinder is such a misfortune for everyone, although with other af glasses everything was always ok. Why, through live view, everything works like a clock, the mechanism for working with the diaphragm is still the same, or are there any nuances?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      in live view, the petals have time to close. Apparently they close with a lag (slowly, because they are stuck from oil or other malfunction). During shooting through the OVI, they simply do not have time to close for a short exposure time.

      • Maksim

        Thank you, Arkady, yes, it looks like the truth, and I think it's just the oil, they definitely did not regret this instance

  • Hamlet

    Hello. I recently bought this, in perfect, practically new condition with a box and docks. The seller does not seem to be a photographer and is engaged in a completely different business. So, I didn't immediately notice that the left edge of the frame washes out the picture much more than the right one, and even at closed f8 apertures. Is it a marriage or something skewed? The lens has no backlash ...

    • Hamlet

      ... by the way, there is also Sigma 35 / 1.4 ART, heaven and earth compared to the subject, but it is heavy and large, but I put this kid on and went ...

    • Ivan

      Yes ... The box and documents are very "weighty" arguments when selling photographic equipment. They are even sold separately on the network.

  • Artyom

    Hello, I want to buy a 35mm full frame in the future, due to a limited budget, there is only a choice between the old 35mm F2d and the Samyang 35mm 1.4. I lean towards my native Nikon due to the presence of autofocus, for the sake of it I am ready to close on all the shortcomings, except for one: the so-called vacuum cleaner effect. I would like to know from the owners of this glass, how serious is this problem? I plan on using this lens almost always in clean (well, relatively) rooms, not outdoors / nature.

    • DM

      Not long ago I managed to buy it at a discount for a new one for 15 rubles. So far, I haven't really tested it yet, but I can say that for me it is more convenient than a fifty-fifty in a full frame. From what I did, I like the pictures. It is difficult to say how he will behave in dusty conditions until he drove him there. I like its compactness and constructiveness. They speak openly rather weak, maybe, but I didn't really notice this. In short, I'm happy with him. I use it on d610

      • Artem

        I also want to take it to the D610. For me, the possible softness in the open is not a serious drawback, since I do not consider ringing sharpness to be the highest optical property. But the reports that the lens sucks dust onto the matrix are somewhat alarming ...

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