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Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens Imported

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Product Highlights
  • Maximum Aperture - f/1.4
  • Aperture Range f/1.4 - f/16
  • Classic Nikon F Mount
  • AIS / AI / NAI Metering Compatibility
  • AI - Auto Index Meter Coupling
  • SIC - Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • CRC - Close-Range Correction
  • Filter Size - 52mm
  • Depth-of-Field / Focus Distance Scales
  • Rubberized Knurled Focusing Ring

The now legendary Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens was introduced specifically for press photography. It was and still is among the fastest wide angle lenses available. High speed, high image quality, focusing down to 12" and rugged construction - this lens has it all.

This lens is constructed in the classic all-metal Nikon style to extremely high standards. Nikon's Close-Range-Correction (CRC) assures image quality at near focusing distances. Despite its high speed Nikon has maintained their convenient 52mm filter size on this lens.

Ultra-high speed "normal" 35mm lens designed for press photography
Nikon's Close-Range-Correction (CRC) ensures high image quality even down to the minimum focus distance of 12" (30cm)
Rugged all-metal construction
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 62°
Minimum Focus Distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 2.4" (6.86 x 6.10 cm)
Weight 14.1 oz (400 g)
Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens
  • 52mm Front Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Cap
  • 1-Year B&H Warranty
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    NikonNikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (7)

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      (1)

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (9)
    • Durable (8)
    • Rugged (7)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Easily interchangeable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Night photography (5)
      • Low light (4)
      • General purpose (3)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Still the lens to beat

      I have used this lens regularly for over 25 years on F3, F5, D80, D300, D700, and D3 cameras. It is a mainstay for overall sharpness, ease of focus, and low...Read complete review

      I have used this lens regularly for over 25 years on F3, F5, D80, D300, D700, and D3 cameras. It is a mainstay for overall sharpness, ease of focus, and low light performance. Forward focusing at f1.4 yields sharp subjects and soft, even bokeh throughout the background. Focusing under any condition is easy with matte screens due to the bright finder image; especially for one with my aging eyes.

      Some reviews claim that the Nikkor 35mm f2 AF supplants this lens. I have both and am unconvinced of the claim. The AF lens is good and can more convenient to use, but the AIS lens creates images which I can immediately distinguish from the AF lens images.

      I own and regularly use a lot of Nikon glass, AIS through AF-G. I agree with those who swear by this lens as one of the finest Nikon ever produced. Eventually it will be discontinued and I expect the price to soar on the used market as has happened to other discontinued, classic lenses.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good lens but not great

      this is a pretty good lens but I was dissapointed at it's sharpness, given all the other reviews. I bought it to use at 1.4 and it has a LOT of color fringing of...Read complete review

      this is a pretty good lens but I was dissapointed at it's sharpness, given all the other reviews. I bought it to use at 1.4 and it has a LOT of color fringing of highlights at 1.4 & 2 (and some even at 2.8). It is also very noticeably soft until 2.8 or 4. I will say, I like the look of the softness and I was tempted to keep the lens for that effect (on portraits, figures, etc.) but the color fringing was just too much for me for other uses. (for those interested, the unsharpness at wide apertures reminded me of the Softar Filters, producing a sharp image within a soft, flared image). At F4 the lens gets really nice (sharp and contrasty) and I did a stunning portrait of a local painter at f4. (this was in DX format so it was like a 50mm) but the way it rendered the face and skin was great. In the end though, I realized I couldn't count on it in diverse situations i find myself in. I returned it and ordered the Zeiss 35/F2. I will review that when I get it but I have 3 other Zeiss lenses and think I know what to expect, sharper, better correction, but no 1.4 (without a ton of cash). All in all, the Nikkor 35/1.4 was not a bad lens but just very limited at it's wider apertures. Hope this is helpful.

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      5.0

      Legandary lens

      By Björn

      from Sweden

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        Good build quality. Great optics. Sharp and nice. I use this on my F3. Much lens for the money.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Versatile "Normal" lens

        By Chop

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Normal Lens
        • Handheld Low Shutter Spd
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Soft wide open

        Best Uses

        • As A Prime Normal Lens
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        Between f2.8 and f11 this lens is very sharp and has excellent contrast. At f1.4 it's going to be softer and lose contrast. There aren't many lenses out there that are good wide open at that aperture. Used correctly this lens is great and has a nice field of view. This lens probably filled more newspapers than any other lens out there. There's a reason that Nikon kept making this lens for so long. If you are a little old school and like the classic look that this lens produces then go for it. It's also good for video and movies.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice but...

        By Jerry

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        I have other Nikkor lenses that I'm very happy with, but I was dissapointed by the color fringing in the highlights when shooting all the way open. I noticed the fringing (chromatic aberration possibly?) more so when shooting film, however did not see as bad when I put on a Canon 60D via converter. At f/2 and beyond, the lens is super sharp. I wish I would have read similar reviewer's experience...

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good lens but not great

        By Old School shooter

        from Oregon

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Soft at wider aperatures

        Best Uses

        • Journalism
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street photography

        Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

        this is a pretty good lens but I was dissapointed at it's sharpness, given all the other reviews. I bought it to use at 1.4 and it has a LOT of color fringing of highlights at 1.4 & 2 (and some even at 2.8). It is also very noticeably soft until 2.8 or 4. I will say, I like the look of the softness and I was tempted to keep the lens for that effect (on portraits, figures, etc.) but the color fringing was just too much for me for other uses. (for those interested, the unsharpness at wide apertures reminded me of the Softar Filters, producing a sharp image within a soft, flared image). At F4 the lens gets really nice (sharp and contrasty) and I did a stunning portrait of a local painter at f4. (this was in DX format so it was like a 50mm) but the way it rendered the face and skin was great. In the end though, I realized I couldn't count on it in diverse situations i find myself in. I returned it and ordered the Zeiss 35/F2. I will review that when I get it but I have 3 other Zeiss lenses and think I know what to expect, sharper, better correction, but no 1.4 (without a ton of cash). All in all, the Nikkor 35/1.4 was not a bad lens but just very limited at it's wider apertures. Hope this is helpful.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nice...

        By James

        from Menomonee Falls, WI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

          Rarely do I get excited so quickly over a lens. Even though lenses are key to great photo. WIth this lens I've taken maybe 1000 photos with it (2 weeks since it arrived in my hands) and already I'm thinking I should get a back up. I do not have any other lenses that I feel this way about. The closest would be the 85mm f1.8.

          I use it on my Nikon D700 and D300s. The photos on the D700 are definitely superior photos than on the D300s. They're simply sweet. (See reports they all agree with my experience here.)

          I mostly take photos for NGO's of children and their context. Indoors I am shooting with f2.0 or 2.8. It nicely separates the child from the context yet allowing you to see and understand the story of where the child is and what is going on. Closed down to 4 and 5.6 it gets a nice depth of field focusing on a group of kids. The lens is just fun to shoot with.

          The manual focus is easily on the D700, it took about 200 photos before I started to catch on to the lens' output. I even got some kids doing back flips. I understand why Nikon continues to produce it even though they have the AF-s model. Its just a magnificent lens.

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          (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Still the lens to beat

          By Flying Pigeon

          from Portland, Oregon

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hyperfocal Imaging
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

            I have used this lens regularly for over 25 years on F3, F5, D80, D300, D700, and D3 cameras. It is a mainstay for overall sharpness, ease of focus, and low light performance. Forward focusing at f1.4 yields sharp subjects and soft, even bokeh throughout the background. Focusing under any condition is easy with matte screens due to the bright finder image; especially for one with my aging eyes.

            Some reviews claim that the Nikkor 35mm f2 AF supplants this lens. I have both and am unconvinced of the claim. The AF lens is good and can more convenient to use, but the AIS lens creates images which I can immediately distinguish from the AF lens images.

            I own and regularly use a lot of Nikon glass, AIS through AF-G. I agree with those who swear by this lens as one of the finest Nikon ever produced. Eventually it will be discontinued and I expect the price to soar on the used market as has happened to other discontinued, classic lenses.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A+ lens

            By Minarik

            from Connecticut

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Sharp Focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Low light photography
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

              I bargain my 35 1.4 AI-S for a 18-70 DX!!! Best deal ever. It's used, but the sharpest lens on both analog and digital cameras. It's give me extra "f" stops, even wide open, when tripod is not allowed to use. If the quality is matter, you must have one in your camera bag.

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              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              MUST HAVE!

              By Crazy Joey from Arkansas

              from Arkansas

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Genuine Nikon
              • Great workmanship feel
              • Just plain Awesome
              • Made in Japan
              • Makes one happy
              • Manual Focus
              • Nikon quality
              • Not many has one
              • Rugged
              • Sharp Focus
              • Strong Construction
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Close confines quarters
              • Expectant couple
              • Feeling blue and sad
              • For new parents
              • General Use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Wild kids

              Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

              Film or digital, you own a F-mount, this is a must have.

              Versatility with speed to match, low light, close quarters, wedding to personal and journalistic use, to top all things off, made in Japan and rock solid build.

              Unless you travel to Japan, B&H so far is the only place to get this, unless you want second hand via e-commerce.

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              (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nikon's Sharpest Manual Focus Lens!

              By Bill

              from Laguna Beach, Ca.

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Sharp Focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                One of Nikon's sharpest lenses! Great in the narrow range of f/4 to f/8.... doesn't get any better! A must have lens if you're a Nikon Manual Shooter or a collector of fine glass.

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                (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Simply a wonderful lens!

                By Dave in Tejas

                from Texaa

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Value
                • High Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AIS Manual Focus Lens:

                    A proven design that has not yet been beat! Every time I use this lens I forget how great it is. Thinking of one...get it!

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