Review: Nikon 35mm f/2 AF

Very good for low-light photograpy.

As compact as his Ai sibling, just a little less sharp at all the apertures.

For landscape is not the best lens out there, because the borders are very soft even stopped down (and if you compare it to a 40/2 Leica Summicron C as I did you will be shocked from the difference!)

My sample suffers by a little bit of de-centering too, I think because of the cheap plastic costruction (cheap compared to the all-metal Ai version).

Everyway for low-light and reportage the convenience of the autofocus, especially with the dim viewfinders of the most of the DX cameras, supercedes the little loss in sharpening, so I rated it the same grade of the Ai.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ landscape

Rating: ★★★★☆ low light & reportage

Review: Nikon 18-35mm f/3,5-4,5 AF D IF ED

If you don’t need the extra speed of the 17-35/2,8 this is a good purchase.

It is quite sharp and don’t flare easily, even shooting into the sun. Obviously you have to keep the front lens religiously clean to avoid the ghosts.

In short a very good lens, without the stellar sharpness of his “rich sibling” but with a more affordable price tag too.

But I prefer the 20/2,8 or the 18/3,5 for the same usage, because they are less than half sized, and their borders are crisp like the center.

Instead with this lens for landscape work you have to stop down very well until f/8 or f/11 to make the borders as good as the center, so in my mind this lens is more suited to reportage work (but not in low light).

Rating: ★★★½☆

Review: Nikon 35mm f/2 Ai

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A splendid performer for low light photography.

It is compact, sharp in the center closed one stop, and sharp in the extreme corners by f/5,6.

For low-light, however, even f/2 is safely usable, perhaps with a little help from a light contrast mask in Photoshop.

At least my sample was much better than his AF (non D) sibling, even if for reportage work the convenience of the af is pretty obvious.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review: Nikon 28mm f/2,8 AF D

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Another very compact design, that performs marvellous.

It produce biting sharp pics, with a tendential high contrast and saturation.

It will fit into a pocket, and is it even cheap!

(You may have noted that this review is the same as the 20/2,8; it’s not a mistake, it’s that these two lenses performs pretty the same way).

Rating: ★★★★★