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Nikon 35mm f/2 AI-s : Specifications and Opinions


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The Nikon 35mm f/2 AI-s is a standard lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1981 to 2005 (discontinued). The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is ;
8 users have given it an average vote of 9.4 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   35 mm
 Angle of view   63.5°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2
 Aperture blades   7
 Lenses/Groups   8 elements in 6 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.3 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.17x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   52 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   283 g
 Dimensions   62 x 51 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on January 25, 2020

Pros: lightness and sharpness of images

Cons: I can't tell

Opinion: recovered from the optical park of my old Nikon, almost by mistake I started to use it with the D850 ....... I'm not a great technician and my opinion is from "pushed amateur", but I had the distinct feeling that this optics can safely withstand the comparison with other and more emblazoned lenses. I've had and still have next-generation Zeiss and Nikon lenses so I can make some obvious comparisons. I highly recommend it, if you are not too obsessed with the lack of AF and the use of manual exposure ....... here it goes the old-fashioned way.

avatarjunior
sent on December 07, 2018

Pros: Construction, optical and mechanical quality, character

Cons: Wrong to compare it to today's optics

Opinion: Bought used at a negligible price the 35mm F2 is a lens of all respect as long as they accept the typical optical characteristics of a project almost forty years ago. I mean it would be frustrating to expect the sharpness, the colors or the contrast of the modern superperformance optics. It is a matter of choice that must be made consciously. The Ai-S Series I don't think you can compare it to the D, G, E series. They are different worlds despite their apparent closeness. The 35 F2 is never as they say a "blade", even at intermediate diaphragms. If we compare it to the 35 F 1.8 G, the 35 F 1.4, the Tamron or Sigma there is no history. They are slow designed and built in a very different way. This lens is soft, (in the positive sense of the term) with a contrast and natural colors without ever "shouting" and showing the muscles as do many recent goals. I do not dwell much on the well-known aspects that relate to the relationship between central sharpness and fall at the edges or on the acclaimed aberrations, distortions or unpredictable lateral "ghosts". What I think is interesting to note is that the optics has a peculiar character, typical of the optics of those years (less contrast, natural images with details "not cropped", blurred delicate, non-aggressive colors) but I understand who cares Far. The "vintage" flavour is obviously not only related to the design of another era but it also highlights comparing images taken between this 35 and a current one. The choice I think should be made especially bearing in mind this aspect. And then tastes are tastes. It is undoubtedly a lens that brings his years very well on his shoulders. For me very recommended!

avatarjunior
sent on January 25, 2018

Pros: clear, solid, strictly mf

Cons: that Nikon does not do it anymore

Opinion: I acquired this vision many years ago, even at the time of the film, by a photojournalist who used it both around the world to do interviews for famous newspapers and for services on motocross races. He said that the 35 mm f2 and the 180 mm f2.8 were according to him (at that time) the best Nikon lenses. He was right. The 35 mm nowadays will also be vintage, but it is incisive and clear even in the pixel world. After half of the life spent around the world and in the mud of the motocross tracks, and been knocked to the ground a thousand times, mine is bruised, scuffed, with the small fork made to rebuild and the front glass rigatissimo, but the rings fire and diaphragms turn that is a pleasure, so that does not make me want to change it, because it still offers incredible images.

avatarsenior
sent on December 02, 2017

Pros: extreme sharpness, constructive quality, fights the comparisons with his great-grandchildren without fear

Cons: a little 'soft at f2, resistance to the backlight in line with the optics of the past.

Opinion: Premise: rnil mio is the K version, then modified AI, but it does not change substantially anything in the following AI and AIS versions. I also had the AIS, identical performance, including anti-glare.rnThis 35mm / 2 I can talk about it for real "with good reason", I have since 1976, it was my first Nikkor purchased together with a beautiful Nikomat FT2.rnPoi I used it on F3, on D90, on D700 and now I mount it on D800.rnThe thing that has always amazed me is its sharpness, I compared it with a bag of 28mm 35mm 50mm 55mm 60mm and he has always come out of it well high and almost always winner.rnOra I also have the 35mm / 1.8 AFS G and I must say that from f2.8 keeps a bang! In short, a little 'for affection, a little' for its objective qualities, I adore.rnWe now come to criticism: rn- in the backlight is not at the level of the current optics, produces some tree of Natalern-the focus is discreet, but not creamy as today vorremmorn- a f2 is usable but a little 'soft rnpoca thing anyway since, from f2% 2C8, produces very clear and well-contrasted images, in short, crisp even with decidedly demanding sensors such as the 36mp of the D800rnFor these reasons and for affection I gave him a nice 10!

avatarjunior
sent on February 06, 2015

Pros: Solid construction, all-metal; bright; sharpness from f / 4; bokeh pleasant and mellow; focal length for me "perfect", on APS / C normal for excellence; still valid despite nearly 40 years.

Cons: A little 'soft TA; colors a bit 'off and little saturated (but it is the charm of vintage optical); slight barrel distortion; chromatic aberration; hard focuse on DX

Opinion: Inherited from a relative, this little "normal" Nikkor amazed me for its quality: solid construction, all metal, gives you an air of solidity easily replicated by any plasticone new generation. The focus ring is excellent, well-braking, the relatively long stroke. It 'a fixed manual focus, so you have to radically change their way of photographing. It 'also devoid of any electrical contact to me then, that I have a D3100, works only in M ??diaphragm selected only from the lens ring, without exposure nor EXIF ??data; uncomfortable but certainly fascinating. After a while, however you do get used to, even though the viewfinder of the D3100 is really dark to focus manuale.rnPer else ... bright, can also be used to f2 (although a bit 'soft), pleasing bokeh. I was eager to try a 35mm on DX to have the focal "normal" for excellence, and this old man surprised me: really a pleasure to use, discovering ways to take pictures of other eras.

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