Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 4.8.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/80s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/8000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/2500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/4000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-D 35mm f/2.0 left a mixed impression. Center sharpness at any aperture is as good as you'd expect it from a prime lens, however the borders and corners clearly fall behind. With large apertures, the results are simply disappointing. To be fair, though: stopped down to f/8 the lens delivers very good sharpness here, too.

Both distortions and Cas are moderate and not really an issue in the field, on the other hand vignetting is on the high side at large apertures. LoCAs are visible wide open, but that's to be expected from a fast prime. A more serious issue for such a fast lens is the rather poor quality of its bokeh.

The lens is small and light-weight and, best of all, rather affordable. And despite all its flaws: there isn't really serious competition for FX users. The same-spec'ed Zeiss ZF lens is manual focus only and more expensive by quite a margin. The Nikkor AF-S 35/1.4 already plays in a different league.

So, in summary, there's some light but also quite some shadow. The lens certainly can deliver very good results if you're aware of its limitations and issues and able to work around them. Or by shooting subjects where these issues are not relevant or maybe even add to the final image (like vignetting).

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