Review of Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

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Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

In short

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 - old film wide / standard prime. The overview shows the latest manual AI-S version. The first lens on a similar optical design was introduced back in 1965. In the future, the lineup underwent a number of improvements. Since January 2014, a modern analogue is Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1: 1.8G.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 overall is good. It attracts excellent build quality and confident sharpness on covered diaphragms.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

Main technical characteristics of Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2

Review Instance Name On the retractable frame of the case: Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 288352 Nikon, on the case: MADE IN JAPAN
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - the lens is designed for full-size cameras
  • MF (Mannual Focus) - manual focus only
  • AI-S - latest generation manual lens
  • Non-g (Non gelded) - the presence of the aperture control ring
  • hard stop for infinity
  • NIC (Nikon Integrated lens Coating) - special integrated enlightenment of optics
  • metal case, stylish design
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, metal thread for filters
Focal length 35 mm

Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for film full-length
Number of aperture blades 7 pieces, the petals are not rounded, on a covered diaphragm form a hole in the shape of a regular 7-gon square. You can create a beautiful effect of a 14-ray star.
Tags A scale with a focusing distance in meters and feet, a scale is plotted on the focus ring. The depth of field scale is made in the form of multi-colored stripes, the color of which corresponds to a certain value of the number F:

  • brown - F / 5.6
  • yellow - F / 11
  • blue - F / 16
  • orange - F / 22

There is a mark in the form of a red dot for working in the infrared spectrum

Diaphragm from f / 2 to f / 22. On the aperture control ring there are marks for values ​​2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22. The ring rotates with clicks. Intermediate values ​​are not set.
MDF 0.3 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 5.7
The weight 280 g
Optical design 8 elements in 6 groups without special elements.

Optical design Nikon 35mm F / 2

Lens hood screwed into the front filter thread
Manufacturer country MADE IN JAPAN (Japan)
Period From January 1981 to 2005, later replaced by Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D
Price About 120-220 dollars per second option

You can look at the prices of modern fast lenses for Nikon at this link.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 is very well assembled, with a beautiful chrome insert ring, between the aperture control ring and the focus ring. The focus ring is rubberized, rotates approximately 120 degrees. The focus ring is large enough in diameter, which makes focusing comfortable. During focusing, the trunk of the lens moves forward, but does not rotate.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

Sample Photos

Optical Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S) maybe only a little worse Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D. Of the obvious flaws of the Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S) can be attributed insufficiently confident work in the backlight. The resolution, aberration, distortion and vignetting indicators are at a decent level for such a lens.

The photos in the gallery below are shown without additional processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Nikon ViewNX-i utility without any additional adjustments.

You can download source files in JPEG / RAW format at this link (files in the format '.JPG / .NEF', 500 MB).

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

My experience

The Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 is a no-nonsense lens that's great for video and great for creative photography.

For everyday everyday photography, it’s better to buy at the same cost 2-3 new modern autofocus Yongnuo 35mm f / 2.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

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Comments: 59, on the topic: Review of Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2 (AI-S)

  • Dmirtiy

    For everyday photography, it is better to buy 2-3 new modern autofocus Yongnuo 35mm f / 2 at the same cost ...
    Why not a bag? The picture of this lens is significantly better than Yongnuo

    • Arkady Shapoval

      A Yongnuo 35/2 bag at the cost of one 35 ai-s cannot be bought, since 35 ai-s is not that expensive.
      Not very noticeable in order to lose the charms of autofocus, automatic iris and other vital things inherent in modern optics.
      I understand that manuals will now come running and begin to talk about the charms of "manuals", but the practical side is for real photography, and not for couch photomicrography, which is much more important.
      Also note that thoughts about Yaga are in the “my experience” section. Other users may count differently - which is good, everyone has their own experience.

      • Michael

        I completely agree with Arkady. But why did you write exactly “2-3 new”? Did you mean 2-3 new 35mm or 2-3 new ones with different focal lengths?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Suddenly Yongnuo breaks down, there will be a spare :) I mean the same :)

          • NE

            With these Chinese we will soon take the lenses by weight: weigh 2 kg yongnuo 35 mm f / 2.0 please

          • Michael

            Humor appreciated :) But seriously: ordinary fans, most of whom make less than 5 frames a year, one copy is enough for a long time. Budget lenses YN are just designed for this large segment, not always ready to lay out serious amounts. Advanced lovers, and even more so, those who earn money by photography, can take proven products, which, of course, will cost them more, but in which they can be sure.

            • NE

              Watches were sold like that at one time ... Here I have a pump in my well - the passport says “Shanghai (or some kind of machine-building plant.” The factory Chinese product is very good and is not much cheaper than

              • NE

                some glitch. I continue: so the Chinese factory goods are very good and are not much cheaper than similar goods of famous ... But I wonder where Yongnuo is made

      • Vyacheslav

        To complete the picture, there is not enough Nikon 35 / 2.8 review

    • Oleg

      C'mon, Yongnuo has shown that an inexpensive lens can produce good quality. In my opinion, the Kenon analogue of 35 \ f2.0 is clearly overvalued, 350-400 dollars if I'm not mistaken, and with Nikon's 35 \ 2d the same story

      • Koba

        Not YN showed that normal lenses can have normal tsetse, but we just overpay for brands, they have huge costs, in fact the prime cost of lenses often often makes up only 15% of the retail price. There are beautiful Chinese lenses, only the price for them is slightly higher than the same YN, and they are all manuals, there are not even contacts for transferring the aperture to the camera. I warm that dying

  • anonym

    Arkady, where is the announcement of the d850? I would like to read the comments, the novelty is interesting, and as for me, after so many years, the only full replacement d700

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There was no announcement yet, only information that the camera is being developed.

      • anonym

        Oh yes, exactly, as long as there is only information about its development

    • Alex Borisov

      One can only smile at the words “the only full-fledged replacement for the d700”. And what to write about this future camera, which is clearly marked in the top segment, replacing the D810. Successful pros who already know what's what can do it. And looking at dry characteristics (which, by the way, no one knows yet) is a useless exercise. The camera needs to be tested in the field, but on paper it's all about nothing.

  • zengarden

    All pictures taken in the open, even landscape? I don’t believe anything, too sharp ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Why open? At different values.

      • zengarden

        I think so too. But the photo is not signed on which aperture was shot, alas.

  • Vova

    Please advise the old Nikon model, with a CCD matrix, a built-in motor, and preferably but in principle not necessarily with a large screen. Old not tricked out. I do not want to splurge. thanks

    • Valery A.

      D50, 70s, 80. There were no large screens then - 2-2,5 inches.

    • NE

      Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Body - seen at flea markets, asking for 25 tr.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      With a CCD and a large screen for Nikon, there is only one model, the Nikon D3000, but unfortunately it does not have a motor.
      More or less normal 2.5 inch displays are on the Nikon D200, D80, S5 Pro, D40 models (the latter also does not have a motor).
      Horrible 2 inch displays are on the Nikon D50, D70s, S3 pro
      Hell 1.8 inch displays are on the Nikon 100, D70, D1, D1h, D1x, S2 Pro

      In total, Nikon D200, D80, S5 Pro are best suited to your request.

      • Denis

        but at the same time the D3000 is scolded that these are not the right colors

  • Victor

    Guys, it's still not entirely correct to test this device on a cropped camera. If it gives SUCH quality from a crop (see pictures) - it is the best in its class.

    • The

      Unfortunately, the author of this blog does not understand this at all. So many years of learning disabilities - his experience is what you want lol. This is a resource for noobs, here they are smeared with myths and stereotypes.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        You can also add that the lens is from film cameras, and therefore it must be tested on a film camera.
        If not difficult, point out a couple of myths that, in your opinion, I may be promoting here. Thanks.

  • Koba

    I don’t know why, but in China it costs almost $ 190 in really good condition. I think the price is a bit overpriced.

  • Paul

    Yongnuo likes the goblet much more. There is something too nervous in the background.

    • anonym

      Well, you directly scared your comment on the lion's share of potential users!)))

      • Paul

        I didn’t scare it away, but directed it on the true path)) The Chinese made a really good lens. Let's see how long he lives. But the glass is great.

        • anonym

          This one will not survive. Like everything else comes from the 60s 70s and so on.

  • Ivan

    By the way, tomorrow I'm going to buy Nikkor's poltoss of 63rd year. What do you think your China will turn into after 54 years of active lying in the box unpacked?))) What will happen to him in a couple of three years of active use, you probably know. No - write - I'll tell you.

    • Pastor

      So times are different. Previously, they relied on longevity, but now every year something new. Machines used to be done for dozens of years of operation, and now for 5 years, they try not to do more so that people are updated. Jungnuo will be bought by beginners who, after a couple of years of active use, will either throw the camera away and find another hobby, or they will already buy something more serious. Therefore, it was logically suggested in Jungnuo that it makes no sense to make an initial lens model with the quality of top glass. And the price will rise because of this.

  • anonym

    Interestingly, will the metering on the D90 work with such glass?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It will not.

      • Leonid N

        Is there a diaphragm jump? Will there be problems installing on the D7100 and will metering work?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Yes there is. Will not.

  • Finn

    I have a D90 camera, a Helios 81N lens with a Lushnikov dandelion,
    and the known problem of incorrect exposure due to nonlinearity
    diaphragm work on helios.
    Tell me, how will dandelion work on this lens?
    Will the problem remain?

    • Valentine

      Take Nikkor 35mm 1,8G DX (used) and do not suffer. And instead of Helios Nikkor 50mm 1.8D

  • Jury

    Interestingly, the number of elements / groups of this lens is 8/6, while the newer 35mm f / 2d has 6/5. I wonder if this means that the autofocus option is simplified compared to it? After all, as you know, the 28mm f / 2.8 Ai-S with its 8/8 and CRC is considered a very high-quality lens and has a good resolution even 36 MP, and its autofocus brothers already have 5/5 or 6/6 elements / groups, like the very the primitive Nikon Lens Series E of 1979, so it is much worse than the Ai-S version in all matters concerning image quality.

    • Foreign land

      There is no and there was no linear relationship between the number of lenses of groups of quality ... As a rule, the aspheric scheme, low dispersion, enlightenment, is decided.

      • Foreign land

        And as a rule, even the lens belonging to prof. the line does not guarantee a priori some kind of dizziness from the effect of owning it. Among Nikkorov oldtimers, as a rule, all mechanical objects with top and medium characteristics are good. In addition to frank shit like 36-72 and objects of the E series - as you actually correctly noted. Therefore, as for me, that 2.0 that 2.8 that 3.5 60s are noticeably different from each other, but equally good in terms of the picture, the assembly, the materials of manufacture of both TD and TP. The question is for what tasks and purposes you need it.

        • Jury

          It is interesting to know which Ai-s lenses are clearly superior to their autofocus counterparts, as is the case with the 28mm f / 2.8 (Ai-s is much better than AF). Or is it the only freak in the family with a circuit from the cheap Series E, and the rest of the autofocus fixes from 2.8 inherit normal optical circuits?

  • Eugene

    and what sharpness around the edges does it have at full frame?

    • Vip kit

      The sharpness of the lens is determined by the resolution of the lenses.
      center / region. Problems with distortion
      35mm has no optics either.
      This lens was created for Nikon FM2, FM2n and there it is most in demand. The rest is not in the subject!
      PS Do not forget to buy the MD12 booster. It’s just flying away!

  • Sergey

    It so happened that a company of 35 mm Nikkorov gathered at my farm. Four pieces are different. There is one such as in this review. In general, I really like it. Actively used Nikkor AI-s 35/2 on cameras Df and D610.

    • Artyom

      And which of the four, in your opinion, is the best in terms of micro-contrast, sharpness, and in general? Aperture and autofocus are not a priority. The main thing for me is image quality, but which one to choose? ..

      • Alexey

        Zais distagon 28mm))

      • Sergei

        Among all my "thirty-fives" the best is Nikkor AF-S 35 / 1.8 G. But this is if we look at the test images very scrupulously. And so, I like both "twos" - "screwdriver" AF-D 35/2, and this version is from Radozhiva's review))

        • Specialist

          What is your opinion about Yaga 35/2?

          • Nicholas

            The first time I met Yongnuo 35mm f2 canon. It was something. The sharpness is just ringing. It outperformed the Mir-24N and Nikkor 35-70 mm 2.8D by a wide margin. Then I bought myself a Yongnuo 35 mm f2 on a Nikon D750. This time there was no miracle. The sharpness is average, worse than that of the Mir-24N and Nikon 35-70mm 2.8D. The lens is completely adequate. There is no front-back focus, it gets into sharpness without misses. The camera does not lose the lens, exposure metering is normal.

        • Nicholas

          If we compare the Nikon 35mm f2 D, and the Nikon 35mm 1: 2 Al-S presented in the review, in terms of sharpness and contrast, is there a difference?

  • Novel

    Hello Arkady.
    Tell me, please, is the Nikkor 35mm 2.8 different in quality?
    Thank you.

  • Vlad

    Good evening) tell me if anyone has experience: how will the 35/2 ais work at the Nikon UPC via FTZ? The control of the diaphragm is of particular interest. Is it possible to control the aperture from the camera in M, S, A modes? Are there any nuances in exposure metering? Or just as a complete manual?

    • Ivan

      Aperture control on this lens from a camera is basically impossible on any camera, since this lens is completely manually adjustable. You can set the aperture manually. The information about the set aperture is not transmitted to the camera, therefore it is impossible to control the aperture in modes P and S. Focus-peaking works.

      • Alexey

        there is a "jump rope", so everything will work.

    • AIdar

      I use Nikkor 50mm F1.2 Ais on Nikon DSLR and I am satisfied. To transmit information about the aperture in the settings, you need to make settings. I want to buy 35 from the review. By the way, DJI released a 3D focus on manual lenses, while it works only in conjunction with the RS2 stabilizer, but I think in the future they will simplify everything and manual glasses will be in demand.

  • Andrew

    Hello. Is it a good option in terms of image quality for a nikon D850? I DON'T CARE so much about autofocus…or a nikkor 35 af-s would be better ?

    • B. R. P.

      af-s should work better with the multi-pixel D850.

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