New Nikon 35mm f/1.8 FX in 2014

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  • fatmanmediafatmanmedia Posts: 2Member
    it looks good for the money but i cant say that i would buy one, i would prefer my Zeiss 35mm f1.4 T* Distagon, it's a manual focus lens but it blows the nikon lens out the water.

    fats
  • WesleyWesley Posts: 67Member
    How useful is VR on a short focal length? Extra dollars, something else to break. Not sure I find that appealing.
    Very useful for low light especially for those who didn't receive the ultra steady hand gene. The D800 will show any movement unlike the sub 20mp days where just due to the resolution, you could get away with some.
    Any real world low light situations where VR on 35mm or wider would be helpful?
    I can only think of doing hand held night landscape shots.
    D700: 24-70 2.8, 85 1.8G
    D3100: 18-55
    A7II: 16-35 F4, 55 1.8, 70-200 F4
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited January 2014
    To get the best shot at night, regardless of the lens, I highly recommend taking the shot by using a tripod vs. handheld. This will allow you to use lower ISO and long exposures.
    Post edited by Golf007sd on
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    it looks good for the money but i cant say that i would buy one, i would prefer my Zeiss 35mm f1.4 T* Distagon, it's a manual focus lens but it blows the nikon lens out the water.

    fats
    As best I can tell the primary difference between the Zeiss and Nikkor is the Zeiss has less CA, Other wise they are very close.

    The Nikkor looks superior on the MTF charts.

    As with all glass, we each have our preferences for the final result. For my money in the 35mm range, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is the best.
    Msmoto, mod
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited January 2014
    @fatmanmedia: This topic is about the new Nikon 35mm 1.8. Lets try to compare apples-to-apples, as it relates to the focal length and aperture....not to mention price as well.
    Post edited by Golf007sd on
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    edited January 2014
    For sure, Golf. The Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 is over $1800. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 $900 and the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 $600.

    I would suggest for anyone who could handle the extra $300, the Sigma is a serious consideration.
    Post edited by Msmoto on
    Msmoto, mod
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited February 2014
    Looks like the Nikon 35 1.8 FX is off to a good start.

    Photographylife short review of the lens.
    Post edited by Golf007sd on
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,209Member
    From the Digital Rev review it seems like the 35mm 1.8 FX isn't much of a performer. Not a great lens, but not terrible either.

    I would say just go for the Sigma then.
    Nikon D7000/ Nikon D40/ Nikon FM2/ 18-135 AF-S/ 35mm 1.8 AF-S/ 105mm Macro AF-S/ 50mm 1.2 AI-S
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited March 2014
    @NSXTypeR: +1 I totally agree...if you have a FX. It is the one to get.

    However, if you have a DX....save the cash and get the Nikon 35 1.8 DX. That lens is Fantastic. In fact, it is permanently mounted on my D7000.
    Post edited by Golf007sd on
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,372Member
    edited March 2014
    I had the 35mm F1.8G DX when I shot DX, never was all that impressed with it beyond center area sharpness. Nasty bokeh and CA wide open meant it needed to be stopped down to be useful. Sounds like the new FX model isn't much better, from the reviews I've seen. Not a big deal to me, since I'd much rather see a refresh of the 24mm F2.8D anyway.
    Post edited by PB_PM on
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  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,209Member
    @NSXTypeR: +1 I totally agree...if you have a FX. It is the one to get.

    However, if you have a DX....save the cash and get the Nikon 35 1.8 DX. That lens is Fantastic. In fact, it is permanently mounted on my D7000.
    Oh yes, I love the 35mm 1.8 DX to bits. Best lens purchase I've done. A real no brainer upgrade.
    I had the 35mm F1.8G DX when I shot DX, never was all that impressed with it beyond center area sharpness. Nasty bokeh and CA wide open meant it needed to be stopped down to be useful. Sounds like the new FX model isn't much better, from the reviews I've seen. Not a big deal to me, since I'd much rather see a refresh of the 24mm F2.8D anyway.
    I would like an updated 24mm too, because I want a 35mm equivalent on DX. At 2.8 it shouldn't be too expensive. I hope.
    Nikon D7000/ Nikon D40/ Nikon FM2/ 18-135 AF-S/ 35mm 1.8 AF-S/ 105mm Macro AF-S/ 50mm 1.2 AI-S
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 5,356Member
    edited March 2014
    NSXTypeR and Golf007sd..I currently have the 35mm F2 AF D lens and use it for general photos at parties and of our grand kids. It's about four years old. Should I consider selling my 35mm F2 and buy the 35 1.8 DX lens? Should not be too hard to sell on eBay and Craig's list.
    Post edited by Photobug on
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,209Member
    If you're planning to stay with DX for the long run, then I would say why not. If you're happy with your results now, you can just stick with the older 35mm F2.

    I've never used the 35mm F2 so I can't say how I like that lens, but the 35mm 1.8 DX was the second lens I got and probably one of the best purchases I've ever made.
    Nikon D7000/ Nikon D40/ Nikon FM2/ 18-135 AF-S/ 35mm 1.8 AF-S/ 105mm Macro AF-S/ 50mm 1.2 AI-S
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    @Photobug: Given the 35 1.8 DX cost...it is a no brainer to have in your bag.
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • Vipmediastar_JZVipmediastar_JZ Posts: 1,708Member
    edited March 2014
    I looked at my 35 1.8dx with D7000 the other day while looking thru the archives. I still like the lens and it did have the dark corners syndrome but it is fixed in lighroom in a breeze.
    It was one of my favorite DX lens and it was a no brainer.
    Knowing what I know now I would have started out with FX but that came and went and never happened but the 35 1.8dx was the best prime I had and now the Sigma 35 1.4 A is the best prime I have. .
    Post edited by Vipmediastar_JZ on
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