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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens
 
4.9

(based on 114 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (74)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (72)
  • Consistent output (60)
  • Strong construction (58)
  • Durable (46)

Cons

  • Heavy (16)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (86)
  • Weddings (67)
  • Night photography (57)
  • Landscape/scenery (49)
  • Video (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (37), Semi-pro photographer (28), Photo enthusiast (22), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply Amazing!

I struggled between two lenses, the 24mm 1.4G or the 35mm 1.4G; decided that the 35mm would be best all around, not too wide or long. This lens has been truly...Read complete review

I struggled between two lenses, the 24mm 1.4G or the 35mm 1.4G; decided that the 35mm would be best all around, not too wide or long. This lens has been truly amazing!

The Good, the bad, and the ugly...

First the Good: The build quality is wonderful. The weight and balance seems just right on my camera body (D4). The focal length is just right on a FX format, just like the old 35mm days. The lens handles well without getting too much in the way. The 1.4 f-stop kills low light issues but one would expect that! The colors and bokeh that this lens does in low light makes it a stand out!

The Bad: Small issue is the lens cap size, 67mm; would have preferred that Nikon designed it with the standard 77mm cap.

The Ugly: Price point however one would expect that a quality low light prime would come with a high price tag.

At the end of the day, the 35mm 1.4G is worth the investment since we all know that we only have that "one chance" to capture that image. Heck, this lens may actually make me lose some weight! It replaced my slightly heavier 24-70mm 2.8 plus I will need to move around more to frame shots, hence the weight loss! LOL!

If you are even thinking about this lens, no need to think any further! Just put it into your B&H shopping cart and check out! Happy Shooting!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice but not perfect

I use this lens very often,
and in real life photos, it's flawless.
It is sharp @ f/1,4
But...
Slow and noisy AF with huge barrel distortion is...Read complete review

I use this lens very often,
and in real life photos, it's flawless.
It is sharp @ f/1,4
But...
Slow and noisy AF with huge barrel distortion is huge disappointment!
I am not pixel counter, I will rather photograph my kid and make nice memories instead of waste my precious time by counting technical flaws of the lens.
Hey, I paid almost 2000 euros for the new lens, and for that I expect some ED element in glass, less or NO barrel distortion and Quicker AF response of corse.

Will I sell it? NO! But I would not by it again.

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5.0

Fantastic

By MissAsh

from London, U.K

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

A true staple lens for anyone seriously pursuing the art of photography.

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4.0

Great lens, not perfect

By NashTrash

from Nashville, TN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Blurry Focus

Best Uses

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

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

First of all, this is a great lens. Shooting on my D600 I consistently get excellent photos with great color. contrast and quality. Being honest, I could probably get more for less money with the Sigma, but I am a Nikon fan, so I didn't.Cons: Definitely soft at 1.4 and much pricier than some other lenses. Otherwise, no complaints.

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5.0

Write the check

By Steve O.

from Peabody, MA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

    I find the 35mm a "just right" focal length for 35mm full sensor cameras, in my case the D800E. This lens performs superlatively, the files it produces are extremely detailed, colorful, contrast rich, exhibiting excellent edge to edge sharpness, clarity, and bokeh wide open. The files are deep and rich and just beautiful to look at. It's superior to my Nikkor 20-35mm F2.8 D and that's saying a lot as it is, itself, a fantastic lens; no stretch to say RAW files have a medium format film look to them right out of camera, with JPEG's also looking terrific. It's not perfect however, chromatic aberration (purple/green fringing) does present itself when shot wide open in backlit situations or for subjects with high contrast features like chrome, F1.4 is a bit soft (mostly gone by F1.8 and just improving from there up) but this can actually work to your advantage in certain photographic situations, and it does exhibit a bit of distortion and mild vignetting (describing most fast wide angle lens). Focus is quick, though not the quickest, focus accuracy is perfect with little hunting even in low light, build quality is fantastic assuming composite materials don't offend you (there's plenty of precision machined, expensive metal below the outside covering). Balance and feel on the camera is perfect and it's spent an inordinate amount of time mounted to my D800e as it truly is an ideal focal length for everyday shooting in all sorts of situations/environments. Price is prohibitive but if you what/need a fast 35mm and can justify the price, neither you nor your clients will be disappointed. There are certainly less expensive options available in this focal length but in all my many years of shooting with Nikon products I've never had to return a Nikkor lens nor has one ever let me down. Thus I stay loyal to Nikkor lens even at the high prices they command. I believe camera bodies to be visitors, while glass is family and purchase accordingly; this lens is as good a place to put your money as any… If you love Nikkors's 85mm F1.4 G (I do) then look at this lens as its 35mm little brother, it's easily as good and certainly worthy of the investment. So stop reading and procrastinating and make the jump, I have and am not the least bit sorry I did!!! As always I highly recommend buying from B&H, my favorite retailers of many, many years.

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    4.0

    35 mm

    By Js

    from Chicago

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

    Love this lens! My only complaint is that it is a little slow to focus.

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    5.0

    I wish I had bought one sooner

    By Noah A

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Heavy
    • Large

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

    I made the mistake of listening to some negative or ambivalent online reviews on this one, and so I put off buying one for a long time. I've always been a big fan of the 35mm focal length, and after trying quite a few, I've finally found a winner.Besides the reviews, the other thing that led me to avoid this lens was the size and weight. It's a big, heavy lens. It pairs well with my D800E, but when you travel quite a bit and often spend 12-hour days shooting, the weight is a definite downside. But I'm happy to say that this lens is worth the hassle of carrying around. It is quite sharp wide open, and the corners sharpen up nicely for landscape work at F4-5.6. It has some CA, but nothing extraordinary. My copy focuses perfectly on both of my D800E bodies and it's more than fast enough. Online reviewers tend to get obsessed with lens sharpness. And sharpness is important to me too since I often make large exhibition prints. This lens is very sharp at the focal point for things like reportage and environmental portraits. The sharpness might fall off a bit in the corners wide open, but they're almost always going to be outside of the depth of field anyway. Stopping down to f/4 or f/5.6 produces very sharp corners with great contrast throughout the frame.So if you're reasonable and don't expect tack sharp corners at f/1.4 on a brick wall, this lens is actually quite sharp in practice. But the real strength of this lens is the look and rendering. The 35/1.4G produces beautiful results under a variety of conditions. The color is especially nice and the way it renders warm tones is really special.If you like the 35mm focal length, this lens definitely deserves a look. It's reliable, fast, durable and feels really nice. The lens has a bit more CA than I would like, but it's usually easily fixable and other lenses in this focal length aren't any better. The only real downsides are the cost and weight.

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    5.0

    I'm in LOVE!

    By Melinda Harris Photography

    from Lake Tapps, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

      The DOF on this lens is so fun to play with and is AMAZING. I've been playing with this lens all weekend to get ready for two photoshoots I have this coming week. Great quality, fast and I'm getting some really cool shots!

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      5.0

      What a gem Nikon has in this lens.

      By Mataz426

      from Grand Rapids MI

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

        Wow where do I start. Awesome wide open. Best from f/2 on. This lens has very consitent output, and it's really hard to take a bad shot with it.

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        5.0

        Amazing lens

        By Karen

        from Houston, TX

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

          Sharp, fast to focus, beautiful images. This is my new favorite lens.

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          4.0

          Beautiful Lens, a few caveats...

          By Nutmeg

          from Tampa, Fl

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Chromatic aberration
          • Distortion

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

          I really do love this lens! I am a commercial photographer and it is my go-to for lifestyle shoots. It is a good sturdy construction that puts up with whatever I put it through! Auto focus is great, manual focus is smooth, super sharp (even decent wide open), bokeh is gorgeous (duh!) all good things!

          However a couple things I noticed were... there is a good bit of barrel distortion and vignetting (although easily corrected in post) and also a good bit of chromatic aberration. For a lens of this price I thought those issues would be nonexistent. However, not enough to make me not like the lens, just a few things I noticed.

          Overall, great lens would definitely recommend!

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          5.0

          Superb.

          By Joshua Aaron Photography

          from Columbia, SC

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

            This is a no compromise lens. The depth of field is slim and butter smooth. It is one of the sharpest 1.4's out there. The AF is accurate and fast. Highly recommended.

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            4.0

            Amazing Glass

            By That f/1.4 Guy

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

            I bought this glass to get into photography. Huh? yeah, go big or go home. I use it for street photography mostly.I love the build quality, how fast it is, and its bokehkicious. I take photos in pitch black conditions because I can. One thing, but only noticeable when image size is large (not something you are likely to see on a image the size of even a 30" monitor) is color fringing. Purple haze.Havng said that, I would buy another one if I didnt have to pay rent this month :)

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            5.0

            Just Buy It

            By Another Old Man

            from Albany, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

              So far I have used this lens for flowers and a couple of portrait sessions using a D800. The sharpness is incredible.
              I set up a small studio in a back room of my house and found that the Nikon fixed length AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G (which is just as good as this lens) was just too long for full body length portraits with the extra 3ft eaten up by the background. I would have been out of the house to get a full body length picture. With this lens and the D800 I was able to get in the full body with plenty of room to crop and be able to make out every poor in the face.
              There is more good to say about this lens, but it has been said in other reviews.

              If you can afford it, buy it.

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              5.0

              Simply Perfect

              By TonyD

              from Salt Lake City, UT

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                I bought this lens to use for both photos and video. It was worth every penny! I was thinking about going with the Zeiss 35mm 1.4, but it was just to hard to manual focus for shooting pictures (I have a Zeiss 85mm 1.4 manual and love it). The auto focus feature is what sold me on this when comparing the two.

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                5.0

                Love!

                By Elizabeth Fay

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                  I have a huge addiction to my Nikon 85mm 1.4. However, I shoot a lot of weddings, and sometimes I am in tight spaces where the 85mm just doesn't work. I ordered this 35mm 1.4 to be able to shoot wider but still get that shallow depth at 1.4. I haven't gotten to use it too much yet, but it is exactly what I wanted so far!

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By HomeLand Photography

                  from New Orleans, Louisiana

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                    I upgraded from the cheaper $ lens to this one and the difference is amazing. You can tell the difference in the weight and the bokeh that is generated with this lens.

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                    5.0

                    Superb Lens

                    By Dorisis

                    from Farmingdale, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                      Terrific portrait lens that produces excellent bokeh. Clear, sharp and fast. A must have.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent portrait lens

                      By Dorisis

                      from Farmingdale, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                        Excellent portrait lens - sharp, fast, produces great bokeh.

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                        5.0

                        Crisp Clear Lens

                        By Joe

                        from Pittsburgh, PA

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                          I was hesitant at first purchasing the lens due to high price. I went ahead and purchased it to see how I liked it. I do not regret the purchase. The lens is very crisp and clear. It focuses very fast under low light. I use this lens the most when photographing indoors and in low light conditions. I have also used the lens for some landscape shots with good results. When I first handled the lens, I was surprised the case was plastic considering the price. Once I started using it, this was not a factor with durability. It actually is nice since the weight of the lens is good for carrying around.

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                          5.0

                          Great Portrait Lens

                          By Dorisis

                          from Farmingdale, NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                            This lens was highly recommended by one of my teachers so I rented it for a week's trip to Northern California - probably will purchase in the near future. Like the effect for portraiture, but also find it to be a great landscape lens.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect

                            By MimiFro

                            from South jersey

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Lens:

                            Just as described and expected ~ quick shipping as well

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