Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published April 2006

Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Julio M. Alperi Gonzalez!


The Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D is one of the more affordable fix-focals in the Nikon lens lineup. On classic full frame SLRs it is a moderate wide-angle lens whereas its field-of-view is equivalent to 53mm on today's APS-C DSLRs. Combined with its rather large max. aperture it can be regarded as a substitution for a classic standard lens within this scope.

The build quality of the lens is very good and in line with most moderately priced Nikkors. The outer barrel is made of polycarbonate combined with a metal mount. The small rubberized focus ring operates very smooth. Typical for lenses with a linear extension system the whole inner tube moves during focusing thus extending the lens when focusing towards closer focus distances. The lens has no internal AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera. As a result AF operation will generate a moderate degree of noise. Due to the very low weight of the optical system the AF speed is very fast on the D200. The front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem.

Equiv. focal length52.5 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/3 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction6 elements in 5 groups
Number of aperture blades7
min. focus distance0.25 m (max. magnification ratio 1:4.2)
Dimensions65 x 45 mm
Weight205 g
Filter size52 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HN-3 (optional), barrel shaped (screw-in)
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information to the camera.

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