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NikonAF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens
 
4.7

(based on 182 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (157)
  • Lightweight (148)
  • Consistent output (102)
  • Easily interchangeable (78)
  • Durable (71)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (77)
  • Landscape/scenery (68)
  • Night photography (64)
  • Weddings (64)
  • General purpose (51)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (36), Enthusiast (32), Pro photographer (31), Professional (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (78), 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

 

Adequate for FX use only

This is not one of Nikon's sharp lenses, softer even than the older 50mm f1.4 and no where near as sharp as the Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens on a DX camera where the Sigma...Read complete review

This is not one of Nikon's sharp lenses, softer even than the older 50mm f1.4 and no where near as sharp as the Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens on a DX camera where the Sigma provides the perspective of a 34mm lens. Well worth the extra money to get the Sigma is you will be using a DX camera or getting the Zeiss 35mm f2 even if it is manual focus for a FX camera.

The 24-70mm f2.8 is much sharper at its 35mm focal length than this Nikon prime.

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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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    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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      5.0

      Fast to focus

      By Beardedqball

      from Hartford CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      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

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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
          • 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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          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

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          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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            5.0

            excellent lens, great price

            By Rebecca

            from New York

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            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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              5.0

              Super sharp

              By JEStanek

              from Philaburbia, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              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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                5.0

                Lived up to my expectations and more

                By The Cat

                from Thousand Oaks, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                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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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Evykae

                  from Vancouver, WA

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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
                    • 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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                    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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                        5.0

                        smok'n DOF

                        By trompe sky

                        from riverhead, NY

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Large Format Look
                          • Tabletop Compositions
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Excellent/creative-use DOF. Now you have no excuse NOT to create a deep illusion of space in your shots!

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                          5.0

                          Amazing Lens

                          By JFer

                          from Bogotá

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Tough To Attach

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          This lens is on my Df all the time. the 35mm view is so versatile. the maximum F2 aperture is incredible. i found this lens incredibly sharp at f2.8 but is good to have the option to shoot at f2. The performance is truly amazing for the price. very lightweight, great built quality made in japan, focuses very very very close. almost like a macro. i can't find any reason not to recommend this lens. and also look beautiful. Love this old D series lenses look compared to the new G.

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                          5.0

                          Good solid lens, should last a lifetime

                          By Gramps

                          from Beachwood, NJ

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • None that I've found

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography

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

                          Great lens for low light photography. Focuses quick & accurate. Thought about getting Nikon's new 35 f1.8G, but I figure this one's built for the long haul, not just something fancy with only a 10 year life expectancy!

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                          5.0

                          Just right

                          By Rocklandken

                          from Rockland, ma

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            A perfect fit for the D800. Light, compact and acceptably sharp. I thought about waiting for the 1.4 but I thought about and decided my old shoulders, etc. would appreciate the size of this lens.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect

                            By Doudoulila

                            from Cayenne

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

                            I love it, the perfect lens (among others...) for my F6 !

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                            5.0

                            Really nice lens

                            By Flash

                            from Nashville, TN

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              Great, general all purpose lens. I use it more than any other focal length.

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                              5.0

                              Great 35 mm

                              By AshikBD

                              from NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                I bought this lens as a do-all lens to back-up my 50 mm, but this turned out to be the one that I now use more frequently. I bought these lenses to take pictures of my newborn, the minimum focus distance of this lens allows you to get really close, and this being an f2, is also pretty fast.

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                                5.0

                                Perfect for full frame cameras

                                By Andy8400

                                from Near Chicago, IL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Rugged

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                  Had this lens a few years ago for my Nikon D90. Worked fine but field of view was a little to narrow for general purpose use. Sold it and bought the 24mm equivalent.

                                  Recently got a full frame camera (Nikon D800) and now the 24 mm lens was a little too wide! So... purchased the 35mm lens again bringing me back to the same field of view as the D90 with the 24mm lens. If I could have foreseen my future, I could have saved money by not buying this lens twice!

                                  Bottom line: the lens is sharp and fast and helps reduce the weight of the heavier D800. With a 36 mpx camera, I have lots of room to crop and still maintain a large file photo. Cropping is like digital zoom and allows me to use prime lenses such as this one over clunkier zoom lenses, more often.

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                                  4.0

                                  just what I needed

                                  By Photo Bug

                                  from Greenville, SC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    Purchased to help wtih a late day wedding in a very old, stone church. The low light abilities of the lens, coupled with pushing ISO even to 1600 on my D700 gave really beautiful images. WOuld definitely buy again and highly recommend!

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