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NikonAF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens
 
4.7

(based on 191 reviews)

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    (33)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (163)
  • Lightweight (153)
  • Consistent output (106)
  • Easily interchangeable (80)
  • Durable (74)

Cons

  • Slow focus (12)
  • Weak casing (9)
  • Tough to attach (7)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (82)
  • Landscape/scenery (73)
  • Weddings (67)
  • Night photography (65)
  • General purpose (51)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (39), Pro photographer (34), Enthusiast (32), Professional (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (84), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

oh wow, 35mm -- who knew?!

What a great little gem this lens it. Top quality for a reasonable price which is so rare with lenses. It's so versatile as it is wide enough for landscapes and tight enough for...Read complete review

What a great little gem this lens it. Top quality for a reasonable price which is so rare with lenses. It's so versatile as it is wide enough for landscapes and tight enough for some creative portraiture. I shoot products and food and I'm including a sample so you can see what this is capable of. Obviously, none of us want to switch back and forth between lenses which is why we typically get the 24-70mm or 16-35 which are great lenses! But fixed are just better plus you're getting almost a full stop more light on this than the zoom lens and for the price I love having a few inexpensive fixed around that I'm not scared of breaking to backup my 24-70mm. The best part about them is that they are equal if not better than the same focal length on the zooms! Great buys.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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I've had this lens for about a month and I'm finding mixed feelings while using it. The auto focus is pretty slow and doesn't seem to focus on what I want. I have to...Read complete review

I've had this lens for about a month and I'm finding mixed feelings while using it. The auto focus is pretty slow and doesn't seem to focus on what I want. I have to reset focus several times before it hits my intended target. Is this something I'm doing? Not sure but annoying.

However, when I do get a clear shot in, the pictures turn out great! I love taking shots of my girls and this camera is allowing me to capture some beautiful portraits of them.

I had debated on getting the 50mm f/1.4 but felt clausterphobic every time I used it. On my crop sensor Nikon D90, this 35mm gives me a little more space with my subjects. Also, I'm really glad I got the F/2 as anything with a bigger aperture would not allow me to get clean shots.

Overall, I'm happy with this lens.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's all about tonality

By alansf

from San Francisco, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

I love good photographs and pay particular attention to the tonality of black and white photos. This is where film really shines. In digital, the emphasis in new lens design seems to be "sharpness". To me this is sort of a red herring. Tonality is the lifelike rendering os shadows, mid tones and highlights. This vintage lens has fewer elements which I believe leads to better tonality. Great lens at a reasonable price. I prefer the D series Nikkor lenses if I can find them, especially for portraits. A perfect match for the vintage Nikon D700.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A nice surprise!

By Scott of SWPA

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

    I use this lense primarily for Landscape photography (among other things) and coupled with my older D700 FX camera, I get nice, sharp images from edge to edge. Prime lenses are the best and this little gem is a lense you can count on everytime.

    Since I use the Lee Filter system (also purchased from B&H Photo & Video), my only complaint is the lense does not stand out as long as I would like it to on my camera.

    The photos say it all though.

    Thank you to B&H for providing great products and services!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Love it

    By Heather

    from Lehi, Utah

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

    I love this lens. Very wide angle and just what I was looking for.

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    • No

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    5.0

    sharp lens

    By Mike

    from New York NY

    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

    I have only used this lens for two weeks now and I already love it. It is ridiculously sharp and I notice only minimal distortion. Using the lens on manual settings is fantastic, the lens handles really really well and I like the ease of focusing. I do notice the picture not being sharp when I use autofocus, but it could be since it is an FX lens and I am using it on a D7000, which is a DX sensor camera. Overall I love this lens. Fantastic quality, I think it will last me a long time.

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    (5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    este es un excelente prime

    By Mario

    from Ecuador

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

      Compré este lente en Octubre del 2012 con mi d600 en B&H, resultó ser una excelente lente, es muy nítido y tiene un excelente contraste, el color es hermoso en mis fotografías, es pequeño y no llama la atención. Tengo varios lentes nikon como los 50mm 1.8d y 1.4d, así como el 85mm 1.8. nikkor 24-120mm f/4 ,nikon 80-200 2.8d. pero este resulto ser mi favorito, lo uso mucho y me sirve para casi todo, en alta montaña en los Andes es muy útil por su ligereza y peso .

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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tiny and sharp

      By Ken

      from Tampa,FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

        The lens is small and light. Fits easily in my bum bag. On my camera, almost don!t see it. Wish I had gotten it earlier. F2 on a D750. Lovin it.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Value

        By Luca

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family portraits
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

          My favorite lens is big and heavy (24-70mm 2.8) and, being a mom of 2 small kids, sometimes I just don't feel like taking my camera with me, so I decided to buy this one which is small and light, it makes a huge difference for me. I use it for everyday pictures of my family, indoor story telling or quick trips to the park. Image quality is great, I use it on my D800 but haven't tested yet on my D90.

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          5.0

          Nice lens

          By Sea Hare

          from NYC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

              Perfect lens for WA fashion photography use. Auto focus very quite also.... Nice and crsip images with a very clean, mild WA effect...

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Has quickly become one of my favorites

              By Eddie

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                I use this on a D700, but have also thrown it on my D70s a few times. I find it's FOV perfect as well as it's bokeh characteristics. The build quality is top notch and it feels like a real lens in my hands. It also seems to autofocus faster than the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX AF-S, and I may just recommend this over that for DX cameras. It greats real close to subjects and I enjoy it for the casual portrait and as a walk-about lens.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Quality Lens

                By Fred Stevens

                from Portales, New Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                  Not the sharpest lens wide open, but good from f5.6 to f11. Great for most landscape applications.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Classic lens!

                  By ronnieD

                  from East Tennessee

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                    The 35mm focal length is a classic and so useful as an all around choice. I was trying to decide between the new 35mm/f1.8 and the classic f/2. For the money, the f/2 version can't be beat. It is the perfect companion for my Df in everyday use. The combination of size, weight and sharpness makes it ideal. I use it for a walking around lens on the street as well as for family photo oppurtunities. The extra field of view makes it ideal. The lens is lightweight, but feels very solid and is still made in Japan! Just get one, you won't be disappointed!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fast to focus

                    By Beardedqball

                    from Hartford CT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                      They say the best camera is the one you have with you. This is the small lens i mount to keep a camera with me. The focus may be louder when hunting, but my cameras are so acurate that its never a problem. This lens seems to focus faster than any of my AF-s nikon prime lenses.

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                      5.0

                      Great prime lens for DX or FX Format

                      By stavro

                      from NY, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                        Very nice accurate and fast lens for either format. For a DX it is a perfect 50mm equivalent (for those of us who grew up with silver). I also love the construction on this as compared to the G lens series. This along with the 50 f1:1.4 D are two prime lenses everyone must have.

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                        • Yes

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                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Don't make them any better in my opinion

                        By Gary Wayne

                        from Fl

                        Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                        Have always wanted this lens. Own most of Nikon primes and have for years. This is not latest 1.4 rendition range, but this older lens making design thick, polished glass gives a special quality to the finished image. Shoot a lot of scenics and am enjoying looking at the post view shot in the display of the clarity of the scene reproduced thru this lens glass. (PS-would probably purchase the new 1.4-1.8 range being popularized today if I were starting out).

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                        5.0

                        still made in japan

                        By dog face

                        from md

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                          clear pics, fast autofocus and still made in japan. i might buy one more just to have a spare.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          excellent lens, great price

                          By Rebecca

                          from New York

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                            great lens
                            great price
                            compact

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                            • No

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Super sharp

                            By JEStanek

                            from Philaburbia, PA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                              This is a fantastic lens for my DF and my D90. Very fast AF, sharp across the field. I prefer it to the 50mm for many shoots.

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                              • No

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                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Lived up to my expectations and more

                              By The Cat

                              from Thousand Oaks, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Manuel Focus Is Very Nice
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • All Purpose "normal" Lens
                                • All Purpost "normal" Lens
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                                Since I upgraded to FX format I have a renewed interest in fixed focal length lenses and manual focus. I used to use a 35mm as my normal back when I was shooting film. The detail and sharpness of the sensor on my Nikon D610 reminds me of shooting with Kodachrome and this lens delivers all the detail and at f/2 is nice and bright in the viewfinder.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Lens

                                By Evykae

                                from Vancouver, WA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                                  I bought this lens for large groups. Works great…its light and sharp. Love it.

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great walk-around lens

                                  By Ken

                                  from Fayetteville, NC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens:

                                      I had an old MF 35mm Nikkor lens from years ago, and wanted to update it with this lens. This lens will not disappoint. Edge sharpness is not great unless stopped down somewhat, but I find that it is great for my needs. Small, compact, fast and sharp; what more could you need!? This lens will be with me all the time!

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