First off, I will say this isn’t a review, just my opinion on this particular lens after using it for the first time this past weekend. If you are looking for a trustworthy review with full details, information, comparison and images you should check out Ryan Brenizer’s review. I trust his expertise and knowledge and his review was one of the main reasons I pulled the trigger on this purchase.

However, if you choose to stick around a few extra minutes and read on, thanks. I will say I am madly in love with this lens. The Nikon 35 f/1.4G is majestic, godly, and heaven sent! I am very upset that I didn’t make this purchase a long time ago, although I can’t be too hard on myself; it carries a very steep price tag.

The lenses that stay on my body 99.9% of the time are the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II because they are very versatile and both are work horse lenses. In fact, you can definitely shoot certain weddings with the 24-70 alone. So I basically had focal lengths from 24mm (wide enough for huge group photos) to 200mm (long enough so I can be a creeper without people knowing) icon smile What do I think about the Nikon 35 f/1.4G?

After owning these two lenses for almost 8 months now, and reading great reviews about the Nikon 35 f/1.4G, I got to thinking, “Can I shoot with a Prime lens on my body and rely on my feet to zoom?”. Well only one way to find out.

BUY IT. Sure, I could rent it, then decide, but I was convinced just by images from various other photographers, that it was going to be a great lens.

Well, after using it for the first time this past Sunday, I had no problem handling the extra two stops of light intake between f/2.8 and f/1.4. It is just amazing! The only problem I had with the lens, is that its focusing speed was not so great, and that comes only after using the 24-70 so often (which rules in auto focusing speed in low lit situations). The lens focused slow, but accurately and the images were sharp even at f/1.4.

The lens feels solid but compared to Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX lens, it is much more bulkier and definitely not convenient as a walk around lens. I own the 35 f/1.8 for the simple purpose of walking around, vignette or not.
WARNING: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX lens does create heavy vignetting on FX bodies.

Here’s a a photo so you can see the size difference between the 24-70 f/2.8 G, 35 f/1.4 G, and 35 f/1.8 DX. (Left to Right)
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Image shot with Nikkor 70-200 VR II. SB-900 bounced of reflector behind me.

I intend on doing away with the 24-70 f/2.8 and having it as a backup. Until then, this lens along with my 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II will be on 99.9% of the time…until I find a replacement (which is highly unlikely, but who knows).

The image below was shot this past weekend in pitch black, and this baby did not hunt. It locked on and was on point. Shot at f/1.4.

Congrats Maqsood and Naila!

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