Additional Information on Nikkor 35mm f/2.0 Wideangle Lens

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Manual Focus Nikkor 35mm f/2.0s wideangle lens

The Nikkor 35mm f/2.0 equally has a long history of lens development which can actually dated back to the sixties where an original version of this lens was introduced around the same time with debut of Nikkormat FT/FS backed in 1965. It is a popular wideangle for the photographer on the go with its modest 62° picture angle.The extended depth of field provides as compared with what a standard 50mm lens can yield makes this lens particularly suitable for "grab shots." kind of photography. The 35mm f/2 lens also offers a fairly fast lens speed in enabling photographers to work under a wide range of lighting conditions, while at the same time provides a bright viewfinder image for ease of picture composing and easy manual focusing.

Compare this with the autofocus AF Nikkor 35mm lens group

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Optically, coma and other aberrations are well corrected to provide sharp pictures of high contrast across its entire aperture range and focusing distance. Despite it has one full f-stop fater lens speed than its slower f/2.8 counterpart, this great Nikkor wideangle lens is not significantly larger or heavier in its size and weight. Its rational lens composition was specially designed to counter common optical abberations such as spherical aberration, which is especially common at full aperture in wideangle lenses of retrofocus design. The f/2.0 maximum aperture and the ability of stopping down the minimum aperture of f/22 provide a great range of 8 aperture settings for creative aperture control. Personally, I used to own this lens after disposed off my first investment of a Nikkor wideangle during early photographic journal, that was a old Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 lens. Although I like this lens for its overall flexibilities and performance it offers to a normal photographic guy like me but eventually I had to give it up for a wider Nikkor wideangle lens at 28mm focal length because, very often - I need a slightly wider angle of view than 35mm to handle some PR assignments and can't afford to keep two lenses with such a close focal length. So , in a personal attempt to 'rebuild' my own lens system based on a revised equation of acquiring a new group of prime lenses comprised of 20mm, 28mm, 50mm, 105mm, 180mm, 300mm and 500mm instead of my earlier collection of 18mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 105mm, 180, 300 and 500mm. Well, it was more of a personal preferences rather than a standard equation but it was very logical if you re-think about my suggestion. Frankly, cost is another major fator in personal consideration - while I really don't have a lot of extra cash to spend on photography at those younger days and neither I would like to take up full time job as a photographer but rather, I have continued to accept assignments, made enough cash and re-invest the gain from those jobs back to build and expand my photographic system gear.

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Its relatively large aperture is suitable for flashless or low available light photography.

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Like many of the manual focus Nikkor lenses, this 35mm Nikkor wideangle lens has a very well designed physically and its built quality is of very high standard. The large piece of front lens element protrudes almost to the edge of the filter ring and thus, the lens designation has to be printed at the side of the outer front filer rim. The Ai-S version of this wideangle les was believed to have been introduced to the market back in June, 1981. The serial number for this version may have began with 105002. Anyway, it has other features of a standard AIS characteristic to help you identify this series easily. However, unlike the case with some of the earlier versions where the numerous updates being introduced over the years often confused even many seasoned Nikon users.

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If you are looking for a used unit, a safe way is to follow some guidelines on serialize production numbers and clues on other features to trace its year of production to avoid incompatibility with older non-AI Nikon SLR bodies. Optically, this lens excels in all department except, of cause at its maximum and a stop smaller apertures where it exhibits slight softness in image at corners. But once two stops down from its maximum lens opening, it is where this lens really shines optically. Overall, this is a very good wideangle lens that can able to provide extremely high image quality while presents a very good price/performance ratio which I will not hesitate to make a positive recommendation to anyone who might be seeking for a good MF prime 35mm wideangle lens.

However, up to April, 1989, strangely, Nikon has not provide a 35mm prime AF Nikkor lens and Nikon AF users had to use manual focus Nikkor lenses. The AF version introduced has skipped both the f/2.8 or a faster f/2.0 lens speed and midrange lens speed of f/2.0 was chosen instead. The first version of the AF lens has a similar 6 elements in 5 group design to the Ai-S Nikkor which was seen as an exact replica of the last version of the 35mm f/2.0 Ai-S lens with an re-packaged AF outfit. The current AF lens remains the same except it has a distance chips incorporated within to make it as AF-D Nikkor 35mm f/2.0 lens.

The AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D carries the following Specification: Lens Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups; Picture Angle: 62°; Minimum Focus Distance: 0.85 feet; Attachment/Filter Size: 52mm; Dimensions(diameter x length - in.): 2.5 x 1.7 inches; Weight (oz.): 7.2 oz; Nikon Lens Hood: HN-3; Case(s): CL-30S

UPDATE:- Refer to the Autofocus Nikkor resources site OR older rangefinder Nikkor lenses sections

Technical Highlights:
* Fast f/2.0 maximum aperture allows shooting in dim light. * A light 280 grams.* Excellent choice for macrophotography - up to nearly 7X magnification is possible by mounting the lens in reverse on a bellows unit. * Matches the coverage of most electronic flash units. * Takes popular 52mm filters. * For candids, landscapes, travel photography, close-ups, etc.


Focal length/Aperture:
35mm f/2
Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups; Picture angle: 62°; Diaphragm: Automatic; Maximum Reproduction ratio: 1:5.7

Aperture scale: f/2 - f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method with AI cameras; via stop-down method with non-AI cameras. Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.3m (1 ft.) to infinity (

Close-up magnification ratio (104k Jpeg) with various accessories for Nikkor Ai 35mm f/2.0 Wideangle lens DEPTH OF FIELD (DOF) TABLE (204k Jpeg)    for Nikkor Ai 35mm f/2.0 Wideangle lens
DEPTH OF FIELD (DOF) TABLE (204k Jpeg) & Close-up magnification ratio (104k Jpeg) with various accessories for Nikkor Ai 35mm f/2.0 Wideangle lens

Weight: 280g; Dimensions: 63mm dia. x 59.5mm long (overall): 51.5mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 52mm screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-on; Lens hood: HN-3 screw-in type; Lens case: CL-30S hard leatherette. No. 61 soft pouch, or CP-8 plastic; Usable teleconverter(s):
TC-200, TC-201s, TC-14A Warning: Certain AE modes (Programmed AE and Shutter Priority AE) on selective Nikon SLRs will not work efficiently with older TC devices. Use an Ai-S version for better compatibility, read the respective Tele-Extender(s) sections. NOTE: ProductionSerial Number for this lens was generally believed to have started from 920001 for the AIS version

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Manual Focus Versions:- 35mm focal length Manual Focus Nikkor Lenses: | Early non AI version | Early to mid '70 Pre-AI | Late 1970 | Early 1980 - present: 35mm f/1.4s | 35mm f/2.0s | 35mm f/2.8s | Relative: PC-Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 and PC-Nikkor 35mm f/3.5; Relative:- AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0s autofocus wideangle lens; AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.8D autofocus wideangle lens

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