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Bower35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (7)
  • Strong construction (6)
  • Consistent output (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (8)
    • Night photography (6)
    • Video (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Weddings (4)
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    4.0

    Happy with this Product

    By JuanB

    from Puerto Rico

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    Great build up quiality , very sharp.

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    4.0

    Great lens

    By Adam

    from Savannah, GA

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    Just as good as the Samyang version, only cheaper. Four stars due to the cheapo lens cap and hood. Only thing I've noticed is that my D7000 won't notice the half clicks in between full stops on the aperture ring. If I'm at 5.6 and click a half stop up, the camera will still register it as 5.6, when in reality it's 6.3. However this issue does not affect the light meter; when one tick over/under exposed, clicking a half stop will give you a correct exposure without changing the number displayed in the LCD.

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    5.0

    Best value for price!

    By Minkmade

    from Phoenix AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    My favorite 35 1.4 is the Zeiss, I don't like the nikon 1.4, the nikon 1.8 is TOTALLY AWFUL, and I have yet to try the Sigma Art.

    I recently used this lens for a video shoot, and it was quite lovely. Good bokeh, a little rainbow-ring type lens flare, but myself I liked it for the shoot and it does come with a hood so that could be prevented.

    Sounds / feels a little hesitant to lock into my Nikon D7100, but no actual problems with it.

    I'm picky but I think I really like this little gem.

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    5.0

    Best $[$] I've Ever Spent!

    By CagomoC

    from Marysvill, WA.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Budget Price
    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Looks Feels Pro
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Clunks When Shaked
    • Plastic casing
    • Poor Quality Bag

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • No Limit
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    I find my self using this lens more and more.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Worththemon price

    By None

    from Atlanta, georgia

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    You give up auto focus but sharp lens

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    5.0

    Big Performance for Small Price

    By Midbar

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    The Bower 35mm 1.4 lens is better than I expected it to be, and I had high expecations. It is decently sharp wide open. Stopping down to f/2 nets a big increase in contrast and by f/2.8 the lens is extremely sharp all over. What I like most is the smooth bokeh, those out-of-focus areas that render in a very pleasing way.

    The downside is that this lens is very heavy, and focus can be tricky when shot below f/2.8. Live view with mangnification is pretty much a must if shooting wide open. It's especially critical for photographing people in low light situations. I've also tried this lens on a Sony NEX using focus peaking. It works very well with the exception of low contrast subjects. In those cases magnified focusing is recommended.

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    5.0

    Excellent Value

    By GBVideo

    from High Springs, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Fast
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Smooth focus ring
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Focus breathing

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    I use this lens in a professional capacity as a wedding videographer. I use it on a pair of D600s and am incredibly impressed with it. I would say the most impressive aspect of this lens is the quality of the bokeh--it's really quite dreamy. I do wish it was just a little sharper at f/1.4 (maybe its my copy). The focus breathing is also pretty substantial with this lens. With that said, it's still quite good wide open and more than sufficient for video work.

    If you're a videographer, this lens should be in your bag. The 24mm and 14mm by bower are also incredible. Don't have the 85mm (yet).

    Of course, if you're strictly a videographer, you might look into the cine version of this lens.

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    5.0

    Great, sharp lens for the money!

    By Mark in Oregon

    from Oregon

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    A fantastic bargain and truly a well made lens! Manual focus is the only downside to this lens. Despite some reviws, the Nikon focus confirmation is dead-on for my copy! Lucky or perhaps the manufacturer has tightened up quality control.

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    5.0

    Optical marvel

    By tbuyer

    from Washington DC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Excellent contrast
    • King Of Kings
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp
    • Very Very Low Ca

    Cons

    • NOTHING

    Best Uses

    • Landscape
    • Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Standard Lens

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

    This lens is superb.It's optical quality is only matched by the most expensive 35mm lenses: Zeiss, Nikon, Sigma (anywhere $900-$1900).Excellent sharpness, contrast, color, and bokeh (beautiful bokeh)You can shoot this marvel at f/1.4 and you'll get amazing results.At f/2 There nothing better.With Nikon you have green dot focus confirmation.Bottom-line: in terms of optical performance this is an absolute no-brainer. The only reason to pay more is to get autofocus. Really, in terms of optical performance it hardly gets any better than this.

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    4.0

    Great buy!

    By MontanaWild

    from Missoula, MT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Video

      Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

      Everything I read about the lens were true. Great price for a solid lens. Only issue is my D600 doesn't always recognize the lens and I have to spin the aperture ring for it to pick it up. Other than that it's been great.

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      4.0

      good lens if you can live with MF

      By sd

      from ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

        got it on sale. bower version does come with
        chip. however green dot is off. (check Ken Rockwell)
        however I could find the point where focus is right.
        (between ">" and "o")

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        5.0

        The best of the best of BH Photo

        By Paul Corbeil alias Dentaire

        from Trois-Rives, Quebec et Labrador

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon:

          I am very very glad of this Bower 35 mm f 1.4! It is a secret weapon for low light photography! A machine gun for brights clears pictures!

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          • No

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