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Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

Introduction to Nikon 35/1.4G

The review covers the September 2010 Nikon 35mm f/1.4G , a vastly improved design replacing the very good, but aging design of the 35mm f/1.4 AI-S.


At about $1799, the 35/1.4G is not a casual choice. As a fast prime lens, it serves a purpose that no zoom can: high image quality with two stops more light than even a pro-grade zoom lens. By f/2 image quality is superlative, with low vignetting.

An f/1.4 lens is far more flexible than an f/2.8 zoom lens, so indoors in dim light, or outdoors at dusk, more options exist for handheld shooting. See also Wide Aperture Landscapes.

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