Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI)

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Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI)

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI)

Radozhiv already has a review of the updated version of the lens - Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D (we will call it MKII).

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI) and Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D (MKII) very similar, except for a few differences:

  • The MKI version was released from March 1989 to March 1995, while the MKII is released from March 1995 to the present.
  • Versions have a different case design. The new version has a thinning of the case between the distance scale and the aperture ring, an additional white mark for aperture values ​​has been added. The notch for the diaphragm lock has become smaller. Versions use different types of front covers. Plus, the new version is 10 grams lighter than its predecessor. But still, visually, the lenses remained very similar to each other.
  • The layout on the focus distance scale has changed. The MKI version has one more mark (for 15 feet) more (apparently Nikon started saving on paint :)).
  • MK I cannot transmit the focusing distance to the camera and is'Non-d'lens (this key difference in lens functionality). MKII version has been updated to 'D' type.
  • The focus ring rotates exactly 180 degrees on the MKI version, and 120 degrees on the MKII version (approximately). The autofocusing speed of the lenses is the same (checked on videos from the network).
  • Most likely, MKII has improved optical illumination.

Optically, I did not find any difference between the versions.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 176 MB, 15 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from the camera Nikon D700.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI) vs 60 / 2,8

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI) and Nikon Micro Nikkor 60mm F2.8G

On sale Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI) is not new to find. For use, I recommend using a newer model. Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D, prices for which you can see hereor in the price block located below:

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Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI), like its updated model, remains available with fast wide-angle lenses with fast focusing, very weak distortion and pleasant neutral color reproduction. The lens is lightweight and compact. Perhaps on F / 2.0 it creates not the sharpest image, but on F / 2.8 there are no complaints about it.

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: 13, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (MKI)

  • Sashko D3s Fullframe Ovich

    Cool 35 point. And the price is good, and the drawing is good. Glass from the Must have series. Thanks for the review Arkady!

  • Michael

    Please tell me which lens: Nikon 35mm f / 1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor or Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D (MKII) the picture on the D7100 will be more interesting

  • Oleg

    Arkady, a typo crept into the name - SNikkor

    • Arkady Shapoval


  • Andrei

    There were 35 ... sold.
    The crop is not interesting, for the FF there are 28mm and 24mm, when clamped to 2.8, the nuts in the blur begin.
    Thank you for the review!

  • Alexey Fedotov

    I quote an article by Arkady about the second version of this lens there, he answers your question:
    “I am very 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, it has a built-in focus motor, which allows it to work on the simplest Nikon cameras. The lens is sharper on the open aperture than '1: 2D'. When focusing, the trunk of the lens does not lengthen. In automatic mode, continuous manual focus control 'M / A' is available. Comes with a hood.
    1: 2D is suitable for both Nikon FX cameras and Nikon DX, has an aperture ring, does not have a built-in focus motor, and therefore it will be difficult to use on amateur Nikon cameras. The distortion level is less than 1: 1.8G. On cropped cameras gives less tangible vignetting. The level of distortion is many times less than that of a competitor. It does not have a 'M / A' mode and a hood in the package.
    The autofocus speed is almost the same for the lenses. For Nikon DX cameras, I recommend buying exactly 1: 1.8G because of the better sharpness at open aperture and the lower price tag. ”

    • Ivan

      1: 1.8G is only suitable for Nikon DX cameras - A friend of mine uses this lens on Nikon D600. Very satisfied. As far as I remember, on some apertures, vignetting, which disappears depending on the aperture. The acquaintance is happy. Shoots weddings. So the statement is quite controversial.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Of course you can shoot, even in FX mode, I wrote about it but this does not change the matter that the lens is for cropped cameras, and when focusing at infinity and a covered aperture there will be such a mess (on any full-format camera, d600 or d4s - it does not matter) -

        • Andrew

          I sometimes use the 35mm 1.8 DX on the D600, I am satisfied with the result; now I use the SONY A7 that is minimally infinite. I don’t know what it is connected with, probably remoteness from the matrix ?!

      • Basil

        Overall, the 35 2.0 D is one of my favorite lenses. fast, moderate wide, for shooting indoors with or without flash =)

  • anonym

    Last photo - guess what the next review is about?

  • Madness scif

    unfortunately Nikon began to save not only on paint, but also on rubber bands and metal ...

  • Alexey

    Thanks for the review))

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