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Vivitar 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens With CPU for Nikon F Cameras

BH #VI3514N • MFR #VIV-35MM-N
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Key Features
  • Floating Design for Sharp Images
  • Glass Aspherical Lens
  • Two High Refraction Lenses
  • Anti-Ghosting Ultra-Multi-Coating (UMC)
Vivitar's 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens With CPU for Nikon F Cameras is a very fast professional-quality wide-angle lens for Nikon F mount cameras. This manual focus lens has been constructed using hybrid aspherical lenses and multi-layer coating, to produce sharp images with a minimum of flare and/or ghosting. A CPU installed on the lens mount allows the lens to communicate with a Nikon AF camera and access camera controls in Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual exposure modes.

Using the fast f/1.4 aperture allows you make images in low-light situations without resorting to noise-inducing high ISO settings, and the wide aperture also produces subject/background separation, as well as impressive bokeh (the out-of-focus portion of a photograph).

This lens also works very well when shooting video with a DSLR--the iris (aperture) is controlled by a large, rubber-clad manual-focus ring with a damped turning action. Its long turning radius is great for precision focusing and cinematically smooth focus pulls.

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Vivitar VIV-35MM-N Overview

Vivitar's 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens With CPU for Nikon F Cameras is a very fast professional-quality wide-angle lens for Nikon F mount cameras. This manual focus lens has been constructed using hybrid aspherical lenses and multi-layer coating, to produce sharp images with a minimum of flare and/or ghosting. A CPU installed on the lens mount allows the lens to communicate with a Nikon AF camera and access camera controls in Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual exposure modes.

Using the fast f/1.4 aperture allows you make images in low-light situations without resorting to noise-inducing high ISO settings, and the wide aperture also produces subject/background separation, as well as impressive bokeh (the out-of-focus portion of a photograph).

This lens also works very well when shooting video with a DSLR--the iris (aperture) is controlled by a large, rubber-clad manual-focus ring with a damped turning action. Its long turning radius is great for precision focusing and cinematically smooth focus pulls.

A floating design that will provide you with sharp images for both long shots and close up shots
A single glass aspherical lens which can give you crisp looking shots even at periphery angles
Two high refraction lenses made of premium optical glass
An ultra-multi-coating (UMC) design that suppresses ghosting and delivers clear images
Eight aperture stops, enabling effective out-of-focus bokeh
A CPU in the lens mount allows use of P, A, S, & M camera modes
Can be used with Nikon F mount film and digital SLR cameras
Manual focus lens

Vivitar VIV-35MM-N Specs

Lens MountNikon F
Angle of View63°
Minimum Focus Distance12" / 30.48 cm
Optical Design12 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades8
Dimensions (ø x L)3.27 x 4.33" / 83.06 x 109.98 mm
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.5 x 7 x 5"

Vivitar VIV-35MM-N Reviews

Chromatic Aberretion

By Mateus Bastos
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2012-09-30

A lot of chromatic aberration, it was not a good choice. Now I'm thinking about selling it to buy a Sigma 30mm. The manual apperture is not good for video, because you can change the f-stops smoothly, is the same thing as changing with the camera's button.

Very satisfied.

By Brandon S.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-05-13

To start this off, I shoot with a D700 and this is the eighteenth different lens I've owned. The closest lens I've owned to this one in the past was the 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S. Similar but very different.I've had my eye on the Vivitar 35mm f/1.4 for awhile now. There are no reviews on this lens but there are reviews for this lens's cousins (Rokinon, Bower). As far as I know, the optics are the same in all of them, if not very, very similar. I've only had the lens for about a week but have taken around 200 test shots with it. I initially had some troubles with focusing but I've realized that was more my fault than anything. In the last day or so I have really started to figure out how the focus ring handles and the amount of rotation it needs to do fine-tuned adjustments.Aside from that - the optical performance of this lens is spot-on. It has great contrast in awkward lighting situations and it is very sharp, even wide open. I did notice some color-fringing at times but it wasn't a constant issue. It didn't handle it as well as some of the other lenses I've had but certainly isn't the worst. The first thing that stood out to me when I got the lens is how it handles. It's solid. The quality of construction is beyond what I was expecting and the focus ring is so buttery smooth. It isn't too tough to rotate and doesn't have a sense of looseness/sloppiness to it. The aperture ring is very responsive and snaps between the different apertures. You can set it between the marked apertures on the ring (so the ring reads '22 16 8 5.6 4 2.8 2 1.4' yet there are fifteen separate aperture placements).The hood quality is decent, if I had to comment on it, I'd suggest it could snap into place a little better. However, I don't ever seeing the hood accidentally coming off. The front lens cap is so-so - it can be kinda' tricky to grab onto and snap back into place. But I see these things as trivial and in no way take away from the performance of the lens.Another satisfactory purchase from B&H, shipped on time and as expected. Thanks guys! I'll be enjoying this one for awhile.The attached image is a 100% crop, shooting 1/5000th @ f/1.4, ISO 1000 (forgot to turn it down when I came outside), in the middle of the day, it was overcast and rainy. You can see the aberration in the wheel. That's the worst I've seen it so far.

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