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

(based on 124 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (81)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (78)
  • Consistent output (66)
  • Strong construction (66)
  • Durable (50)

Cons

  • Heavy (17)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (95)
  • Weddings (75)
  • Night photography (61)
  • Landscape/scenery (54)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (40), Semi-pro photographer (29), Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Write the check

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,...Read complete review

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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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

Excellent lens!

By HPC PHOTO

from Panama City, Florida

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Video

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

    I was debating whether or not to buy this lens or the 24-70. Unless you are a pro/photo journalist that must get the shot at all costs (and can sacrifice a little image quality) then this lens is for you. I love the 35mm format and this lens is an incredible lens wide open, where I shoot most of the time. If you are a 1.4 shooter and love to have bokeh in your photographs, then this lens is definitely for you. I also own a 85mm 1.4D and I am debating whether or not to eventually get the 24mm 1.4. So, as you can see, I am a 1.4 junkie...

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    5.0

    Workhorse prime

    By HaGao

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Portraits
      • Street
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This lens has amazing detail with decent bokeh (although it's definitely not the best bokeh of the Nikkor lenses). Great for street, portraits, and everyday use. When I don't feel like carrying a 24-70 f/2.8 around, I use this lens. If I don't feel like using the tripod in blue hour / nighttime during photo walks, I take out this lens to replace the 24-70 for low light performance. I've even shot friends' weddings with this, which resulted in photos better than the official photographer. The size is great for candids (so people aren't timid by the size). The weather sealing is a plus. Decent weight. Highly recommended.

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      5.0

      El mejor objetivo de focal fija

      By macconnection

      from Buenos Aires, ARG

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Luego de probar varios lentes, me decidí por esta maravilla. La calidad constructiva es excelente, sellado para usar durante la lluvia o nieve, también su calidad óptica es excelente, Ideal para fotografía nocturna. Recomiendo mucho este objetivo para fotos sociales, familiares e incluso para caminar, de hecho recorrí todo manhattan con el puesto en mi D800

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        5.0

        Superb and consistent performer

        By T.Michael

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I have used this lens for over a year now in events such as wedding, graduation and landscape and I'm very satisfied with its sharpness, IQ and color rendition.

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          5.0

          Best lens Nikon makes

          By Frank

          from Pittsburgh, Pa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I had been using both the 24mm and 35mm frequently and when it came down to buy 1 I picked the 35mm. Its amazing. The 24 is a bit too wide sometimes. The 35mm sits right in that sweet spot where you can get wide enough but can still pull off a portrait and get some nice bokeh. Its very sharp at f1.4 where I keep it most of the time. I would honestly say 80% of my shots come from this lens. It's that good.

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            5.0

            Nice Lens...

            By JE

            from MT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • 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:

              A tad soft at f1.4, but great sharpness from f1.8 and higher. Chromatic aberration was strong with D810 at f1.4, dropped off at f1.6, and was not an issue at f1.8 any longer. On D700 chromatic aberration was not an issue at all at f1.4.
              Great color reproduction and bokeh! No issues with focus shift. This lens is a worthy companion for a D810. The D810 shows the lens' limits at f1.4, but also brings out the best of this lens from f1.8 and upwards. Good all around, walk around lens, IMO. Great color reproduction and bokeh!

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              5.0

              Try it!

              By Gustavo C.

              from São Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              I use it for wedding. one word: Amazing! i just migrate from teles to fixed and this is one of my two lens to go for a wedding.

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              5.0

              great lens

              By Russ

              from Ames, Iowa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Excellent sharpness
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Great bokah
              • Great Book

              Cons

              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Nice Standard Lens
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I have recently began shooting with prime lenses after using zooms for years. The 35mm is a nice standard length for a full frame camera. I am sure this lens will be on my camera most of the time. The focus is fast and accurate and I love the bokah. The images are as sharp as or sharper than my 24-70 f2.8. It's been interesting to photograph from the same site using both lenses with the zoom set to 35mm. Even going from 2.8 to 2 makes a tremendous difference in the bokah and the subjects really stand out from the background. I'm still getting a feel for just how narrow the depth of field is at 1.4, but sometimes won't have as much of the subject in focus as I had planned. That is my mistake and it is part of the learning curve for a fast lens. The trade off of having your subjects pop and the artistic control is well worth the learning. Image quality is excellent. Only complaint would be the 67mm filter size. I bought a 67mm polarizer and a 67-77mm step up ring.

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              5.0

              Awesome images with this NIKKOR

              By Mark Sv

              from Bangor, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Excellent in low light
              • High quality images
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Awesome lens! Used it on Nov 1st wedding assignment. Shot mostly wide open on D810... First dance; processional; recessional; ceremony; bride getting ready - all very low light conditions and this lens performed admirably. A couple of times it had some trouble focusing... but it was so low-light, I think most lenses would have had difficulty. Landscape images are incredible... colors, saturation; focus; overall image quality is terrific.Would definitely recommend this lens.

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                5.0

                The lens for Street photography.

                By naturephotophyll

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The 35 mm f/1.4 on a Nikon Df is the perfect combination for Street photography. There is no light situation a f1.4 and high ISO of Nikon Df cannot handle. The lens is a little bulky, but one gets the result.

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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 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I wish I had bought one sooner

                    By Noah A

                    from Columbus, OH

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      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

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        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

                          Verified Buyer

                          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

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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