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Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

Comparison with Nikon 35mm f/2D

On this page the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G is compared to the older-design Nikon 35mm f/2D (rented from LensRentals.com). One wonders just how good a lens could result if Nikon spared no effort on a new f/2 design, for similar cost? Most users do not need f/1.4 after all.

It’s critical on a target like this to evaluate performance across the frame before reaching a conclusions, not just in one or two particular areas.


Neither lens shows left/right symmetry.

The 35/1.4G is without a doubt an exceptionally high performance design, but the assembly of my copy was apparently was less than perfect. Whether symmetry matters to most users is an open issue; this is a planar target, one that is a severe challenge to any lens. Still, I deem the left edge results too blurred compared to the right edge. Some of this interacts with field curvature, but it is “off” nonetheless.

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