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, long exposure noise reduction, high ISO noise reduction were turned off. Everything was shot in SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 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

  • Arseny

    Thank you very much for your site! I learned a lot of new and interesting things) In my D7000 you can control the diaphragm both from the camera and the ring itself. There, in the menu you only need to specify the method. So just in case, those who did not know, otherwise I bought myself a similar copy and was at first saddened by the reluctance of the lens to shoot when the position of the ring is different from 22.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Most cameras can only be done from the camera, so I recommend everyone to do it “as it should”.

      • Lynx

        "On most lenses", fuck?

    • Alexey B.

      Where does the d7000 menu indicate how to control the aperture? I can not find.

    • Sergei

      Good day. Tell me where on the menu?

  • Oleg

    Aperture ring mechanical or electronic?

    • Lynx

      electronic diaphragm rings are HOW?

      • Oleg

        when it works only on native carcasses

        • Dmitry VG

          Have you accidentally confused electronic focus adjustment?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The aperture ring, if any, of all Nikon lenses is mechanical and can be clearly seen in the lens views in this review. And even if it is not visible, then the review contains a link to a detailed description of such lenses - https://radojuva.com.ua/2012/03/nikon-lenses/#g-nikon.

  • fierce Anonymous

    But on the cameras
    Nikon DX EGF lens will be
    almost 53 mm, which greatly affects
    ease of use. –Arkady, clarify your question: will the FR change on the crop with a fix, or the viewing angle?

    • Oleg

      Yes

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In the review, it is written in black and white about the change in the EGF, not the FD. The details of the question are described here - https://radojuva.com.ua/2011/05/size-of-matrica/

    • Alexander

      The angle of view changes, and becomes the same as on the Fx camera at 53mm focal length, the focal angle remains the same - 35mm

  • Alexey B.

    Interestingly, MIR-24N loses a lot to this Nikon (apart from autofocus, of course).

    • Sergei

      Yes

    • Yuriy75

      Mir-24N may lose, but the photos are of very good quality, so if Mir-24N is available, then there is no point in buying this lens for amateur shooting.

  • Alexey B.

    It is interesting on which carcasses the aperture of this lens can be set mechanically by rotating the ring, if the digital camera shows an error.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      On a large number of film SLRs and on some advanced digital SLRs.

  • CH

    "The zoom cannot provide such a high aperture of the lens"
    Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM will))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Unfortunately, it cannot, for this sigma is for crop.

      • CH

        Yes, for crop. But with the same working distance, we made a lens with such aperture, albeit with a smaller coverage circle.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Let them do it for a full-format camera so that it can combine its high ISO and the aperture ratio of such a lens.

          • CH

            So let them do it. If anything, then I do not mind.

  • Andrei

    I did not like the lens, I only had a few months, after which I sold it. In the side, the nuts appear at the same time with a slight clamping. The lens is too soft for such a focal. Having paid a bit and reconciled using Nikkor glasses, it’s better to take Samiyang or an analogue of Bauer or

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Which camera did you use?

  • i-hero-in

    A bit offtopic. How do you develop your RAW files? I am like this: http://foto-olimp.ucoz.ru/publ/projavljaem_foto_iz_raw_capture_one/3-1-0-11

    • Arkady Shapoval

      i-hero-in, also offtopic - how many links can you put on your site?

      • Lynx

        ban and deal with the end. )))

      • i-hero-in

        i-hero-in is a nickname, and the site is foto-olimp.ucoz.ru
        I just want to share my experience ...

  • Dmitro

    Arkady, hello! And for wedding photography, which one would be better ?!

  • Alexey

    I owned this lens for several months, the pictures were not particularly impressive in quality, but they did not upset either. For financial reasons, I changed to 1: 1.8G (D7000 camera), I have not had much time to shoot at 1.8 yet, so I can not compare the picture. As for the software, I absolutely agree, only it seemed to me not particularly pleasant, and by the way, in my opinion, a subjective opinion. it does not disappear by 2,2, or 2,5, or 2,8, but somewhere closer to 4.

    In general, he returned his extra money (the difference in price between 2D and 1: 1.8G) and was quite satisfied with the crop.

  • Ivan

    So 1.8G is the same fifty dollars for the crop, not 35mm

    • Jury

      Ivan, lens - 35 mm, what fifty dollars? Don't confuse focal length with frame size - these are two different characteristics.

      • Denis

        That's right, for a 53 mm EGF crop - fifty kopecks.

        • Jury

          Nothing is correct. "Fifty" is a lens with a focal length of 50 mm.

          • Stanislas

            So a person has a D7000 ... he doesn't care even from APS-C (aka DX, crop) 35mm, even from a small format (aka Full Frame) 35mm, even from a medium format (aka Big Frame) 35mm - it will get "fifty dollars" ... The camera is a crop. And the fact that lenses with a focal length of 50 mm (or close to this value) are called "fifty dollars" is yes, because the focal length value is usually correlated for full-frame cameras (aka “Full Frame”). But a person on D7000 has a matrix size (APS-C format) one and a half times smaller than a full-format sensor, which means that the angle of view will decrease by one and a half times. So a real “fifty-kopeck piece” on his camera will give out only 45 ° instead of 30 °, which corresponds to an EGF of about 75 mm ... because to understand what 30 ° is on a crop, you need a full-frame camera with a 75 mm lens. And the difference between 50 mm and 75 mm is obvious, I think so :)

            • Jury

              This is all clear, but "fifty" (50 mm) is an invariable characteristic of a lens, not a camera. This is what makes it easy to determine the EGF and viewing angle for a camera with any crop factor. And so it doesn't matter at all what kind of camera a person has - D7000 or D4s. Many people get confused when they distinguish glasses by EGF and hang stupid labels like “fifty kopecks for a crop” on a lens with a FF 35 mm.

  • Alexey

    Nikon AF-S 35mm 1: 1.8G DX Nikkor, not?

  • pasha

    35 / 2.0 is a great lens! I've been using d7000 for half a year, and at 35 / 1.8 the photo is "plastic". (IMHO)

  • Warfloom

    Arkady, you have a good resource, but I would like to make a remark.
    Perhaps it makes sense to also take pictures at the maximum aperture of the observed lens? Otherwise, how would we look at 35 mm f / 1.2, but what is going on there on this “1.2” we cannot really see. It would be interesting to look at the max. diaphragm, e.g. at night and a portrait.

    • Lynx

      Well, firstly, not / 1,2 but just / 2. no matter how slightly different values, don't you find?
      Secondly, if you take a closer look at the photo, you will see that the frames taken at the maximum aperture are present in sufficient quantity.
      Shoot the same 35 portrait - why? and the polar bear will be enough. ))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This lens does not support F / 1.2, the maximum aperture available with it is F / 2.0, there are examples at F / 2.0 in the review, just be careful.

  • Jury

    Authors of many reviews write that 35 mm / f1.8 gives a “plastic” lifeless image, and, they say, 35 mm / f2.0 does not have this drawback. Arkady, how would you comment on this statement?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The way it is. By and large, this is due to the fact that 2.0 is used on the FF, where everything is different, and 1.8 on the crop.

      • Alexander Belozerov

        Arkady please advise ...
        Will the Nikkor 35 f2 give a better picture on the d750 when filming for example a church wedding (no flash) and flash photography in “melee” with flash dancing at a wedding than the Nikkor 24-70 2.8? Or with 24-70 I won’t win in image quality or beautiful drawing, but only in weight and size ...
        Tell me please…
        I would be very grateful for the advice.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          You won’t win anything special. 35 is not expensive, take it, try it, the same Yongnou 35/2 generally costs a penny

      • Ivan

        For me, this is more likely connected with the quality of the glass. Before, I would not understand the question, but now, with experience I see that there is a problem, and not only in this system.

    • Ivan

      For me, this is more likely connected with the quality of the glass. Before, I would not understand the question, but now, with experience I see that there is a problem, and not only in this system.

  • Alexey

    http://yadi.sk/d/5ixoUL5NE9uAc
    Well, is it really plastic? (says former F / 2.0 host, filmed at 35 mm / f1.8 (D7000 camera?)

  • Sergey V.

    Arkady, here's a super question: is it possible to use the “focus trap” on this lens, which you described in one of your articles? Camera D90.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The principle of operation of the trap does not depend on the lens (if it is autofocus), but only on the camera.

  • Sergey V.

    Thanks, we will try. Just waiting for this lens, I hope it will please.

  • Zen

    On the open side, this lens is of average crappiness, soapy soap on the edges of the frame, sharp only in the middle, nothing for portraits, but for everything else or as a universal staffer for a full frame, I would not recommend it. Next year, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f / 1.8G full-frame lens should come out, wait and see. Moreover, the kenon already has two versions of 35mm f2 and there are not bad ones, especially the one with the stub is very good. In general, I really liked the focal length, more universal than 50mm in the full frame, if it was good in the picture, I wouldn’t hesitate to get rid of 50mm, since there is 85mm. Another joke is that the 50mm f1.4g distortion that annoys me, while the same 50mm f1.8g it is almost absent, like that).

    • Do_Oraemon

      Well, who shot portraits in general, huh?

      You contradict yourself: you write that as a universal staffer we would not recommend it, it turns out that the focal length really liked its versatility.

      The picture from this glass is very good. Much nicer and sharper than with the Nikkor 28mm AF 1: 2,8D, which is his closest neighbor. Moreover, with lenses of this type they usually shoot scenes where a completely open hole is not needed: reports, etc. And on the closed one, few can compete with him in this price category and focal range. Only 24-70, but this is for other money.

      • Lynx

        Many are filming. A whole direction in photography - lomography uses 35 mm lenses, and at the same time takes portraits.
        Another thing is that the portrait in this case will not be "classic", yes. But they are not used for that.

      • Zen

        So why can't they take portraits? I don’t take large facial portraits for them, he copes with everything else at the level of a half-hight, maybe even better, there are practically no barrels.

      • Zen

        Yes, and I forgot, on soft he will still be healthy, in addition to all his soap. Once again, I strongly do not recommend it to anyone, only if there is a shortage of money or if it is unclear exactly whether 35mm is needed or not, you should try it.

  • Vladislav

    Thank you for another interesting and detailed report. I have long been racking my brains on what to buy universal (relatively) for everyday shooting on my Nikon F80. In terms of numbers, he recently switched to FX with the D3100. It would be interesting to hear your opinion about this particular 35mm glass for both the film recorder and my recently acquired D700. So far in the arsenal I have a Nikkor beer can and Helios 77m-4 (for the soul :)
    I mainly shoot landscapes, for portraits I will use either 70-210 f4 or buy 85mm f1,8G in the future. But for landscapes I plan to take 35mm f2d. Tamron also considered 17-35 f2.8-4, but it is not so easy to find
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Zen

      For landscapes, you can find Nikkor 20mm f / 2.8D ED AF, there are a lot of used ones and they cost within 13t.r., this is a good lens, or as an option AF-S NIKKOR 18–35mm f / 3.5–4.5G, which is a new, non-D version, good zoom at a reasonable price. Like a 35mm f2d for landscapes, neither this nor that angle and the soap will be up to f8 at the edges. Do you need it?

  • anonym

    Thanks to Zen for the tip. I really want 18-35mm, but there is no dough on such a glass. And taking 20mm f2.8 only because of the wider angle (which is not critical for me) somehow I don’t see the point. By the way, he also soap in the corners and the distortion will be much more noticeable. I rarely shoot landscapes on a hole smaller than f8, sharpen up

  • Jury

    Arkady, will there be a difference in picture quality between Nikon 35mm f / 2D and Tamron 17-50 at this focal length? In other words, if it makes sense to supplement your arsenal of 35mm f / 2D with the mentioned tamron?

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Arkady, I have a problem. Everything was fine, when suddenly the focus began to miss !! Now I can photograph only the ears of the model ((Body D90. Why so? After all, everything was perfect.

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      Is it possible to consider the reason that the camera froze?

  • Jury

    Question. On a DX 35mm lens for crop, will we get the same border as on a 35mm lens for full-length? For example, from the left, half of the tree is cut, and to the right, half of the house is cut. Will the picture be the same on both from the same place?

  • Alexander

    The viewing angle of the 35mm lens on the DX camera will correspond to the viewing angle of the 52,5mm lens on the FF.

    • anonym

      The opposite is true.

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