Additional Information on Nikkor 35mm f1.4 Lens

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Manual Focus Nikkor 35mm f:1.4s wideangle Lens

Compare this with the autofocus AF Nikkor 35mm lens group

The current Ai-S version was believed to have been introduced back in 1982. The 35mm Nikkor f/1.4 lens is the fastest among all the Nikkor wideangle lenses until Nikon introduced an equivalent wideangle lens with smilar fast maximum aperture in the AF Nikkor 28mm f1.4D in 1993 - that was a feat which has taken Nikon almost close to 3 decades to equal such achievement since the 35mm f/1.4 lens was introduced as early as in year 1971 ! This fast speed Nikkor lens was also holding the honor of being the first within the Nikkor lens family to feature Nikon Integrated Coating (NIC) process where air-to-glass surface is treated with propriatary formual to ensure maximum light transmission and minimizes flares between lens elements. The NIC process contributes greatly to its superior color rendition and high contrasty images.

Nikon's Nikkor 35mm f/1.4s wideangle lens Rear Lens mount view, Nikon 35mm f/1.4s Wideangle
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The first benefit of the fast f/1.4 maximum apertureis, it provides an clear, bright viewfinder image for quick, accurate focusing and is especially suited for picture taking indoors or in dim light situations. Even at extremely close focusing range, this lens will maintain sharp definition and high contrasty images because it incorporates a Nikon's floating element correction system (more popularly referred as "CRC" which signifies "Close Range Optical Correction System") to compensate aberrations caused by close focusing - where most lenses are generally design to perform their best at infinity and usually optical quality deteriorates when working in close.

This great piece of optic, has long been enjoying a fine reputation as being one of the best Nikkor wideangle lenses and as I stated at the index page, this lens, along with another Nikkor zoom 80-200mm f2.8s ED, was once selected by a top international photographic journal as being among the top 10 classic optical lens for 35mm photography of modern times. It has gone through many levels of refinements in its physical appearance and could easily create confusing if solely based on paper spec without examine the lens physically to determine what version and specifications it carries. Pictured above and at left ahnd side is a Nikkor Ai-S version where you can distiguish them easily via the orange minimum aperture scale as well as the f/32 value at the ADR scale which prints in orange colour.

Credit: Tzeyi Foong<> for lending his Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 for me to prepare the few images appeared in this site.

However, like any other high speed lenses, its minimum aperture stops down only at f/16 (However, the original Non-Ai version that first introduced in 1970 has a minimum aperture of f/22) and this slight flaw makes the lens unable to close the lens diaphragm smaller to f/22 or f/32 for greater depth of field control. Given the high lens speed, I think it may sound picking something out of nothing here as this lens was more specifically design to counter low available light photography. Next, despite its extra ordinary fast lens speed the lens offers, those genius at Nikon still able to retain the filter attachment size as many other Nikkor lenses and enable you to share popular 52mm filters.

From a consumer stand point, I would rather think its main drawback is the bloody high price tag that comes with the lens, but that was also considered to be a "standard equation" among all manufacturers adopted - one stop faster, you pay double ! However, depending on your personal photography, such as if you shoot a lot of low available light photography such as fashion, indoor sports etc. and wishes to have a top class optic to ensure your works reflect via the optical glass truthfully, you may give this lens a serious consideration. Naturally, the professional users may not have so many reservation as sometimes subsidized investment from agencies etc. may offset such thought as long as the investment rewarded with positive results, lucky bunch of fellas...

If you only wish to control your budget spending, try to consider getting an used unit - however, the main concern for such decision is, you may have to be alert when dealing with used lenses, inspect carefully before committing to anyone. Always get someone knowledgeable enough to accompany you to inspect or provide a third opinion before any purchase. If you thought of acquiring an unit via online outlets, preferably get a reputable trading house which may provide some form of assurance, such as 14 days money back policy etc.

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OFF TOPIC SUPPLEMENT: Canon has just introduced quietly with an EF 35mm f1.4 L a few years ago (1998), so, the Nikon advantage has been offset but guys at Canon certainly know how to create headlines even if it doesn't reward them back in dollar and cents. Just like another of their EF 50mm f1.0 L, they never expect the lens would generate enough profit to maintain it in production, but it is just like a "status lens" and a ICON to showcasing their technologies and commitment of future development; such foresight and sentimental "values" are heavily missed in today's Nikon corporate policy, so we still have to stay contented with a lens that was designed almost three decades ago and still not able to see an justify upgrade with an AF technology.

Rear section mount of Nikkor 35mm f/1.4s Front section lens element of Nikkor 35mm f/1.4s
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Well, as a user of Nikon equipment, probably I may not be thinking of buying one of this lens again but once again even if ever Nikon decides to introduce an AF counterpart of equivalent lens specification one day (I have waited long enough and hence, eventually I bought an AF Nikkor 28mm f1.4D instead); but it is not a very nice feeling to see your principle lacking such kind of commitment on future development of their own products; I think it really need a strong muscular competitor such as Canon, Minoltas etc. or even third party lens manufacturers to really wake those guys sitting at the decision room at Nikon headquarters up a little.

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Technical Highlights: * One of the two fastest of all Nikkor wideangle lenses; exceptionally large f/1.4 maximum aperture provides a bright viewfinder image and makes pinpoint focusing easy, even indoors or in dim light. * Closest in picture coverage and focal length to a normal lens. * Additional depth of field makes it ideal for "grab shots." * Wide 62° picture angle matches the coverage of most electronic flash units. * Close-Range Correction System ensures high resolution and sharpness even at 0.3m (1 ft.). * Despite its high lens speed, it still uses popular 52mm filters. * Ideal indoors or out, with or without flash, for taking sports, snapshots, candids, portraits of people in their surroundings, weddings, and even nudes in available light photography.

<<<--- Comparing the old Non-Ai version of this superlative Nikkor wideangle lense with the Ai-S lense version featured here will show how it has evolved over the years externally. Credit: Image at left courtesy of "Jone Quinn" <> who also runs a popular Ebay Store where you can take a visit to scout for OM used items. Image copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.


Focal length/Aperture:
35mm f/1.4s
Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups; Picture angle: 62°: Diaphragm: Automatic

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Maximum Reproduction ratio: 1:5.6
Aperture scale: f/1.4 ~ f/16 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 (oo); Weight: 400g; Dimensions: 67.5mm dia. x 74mm long (overall); 62mm extension from lens flange;Filters: 52mm screw-in

Front lens cap: Snap-On Lens hood: HN-3 screw-in type; Lens case: CL-31S hard leatherette. No. 61 soft pouch, or CP-8 plastic; Usable teleconverter(s): *TC-200, *TC-201s, TC-14A * When used with aperture smaller than f/11 with fast shutter speeds. there is occasional uneven exposure. 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: Serial Number was believed to have been started from 430001 for this Ai-S lens version

Nikon F3 NASA 250 with NASA Nikkor-N.C 1.4/35mm
<<< -- A modified Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon F3 NASA 250 camera

Manual Focus Versions
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