I actually bought at 35mm f1.8 thinking that it will perform as good as 50mm f1.4 but ended up selling the 35mm f1.8 a few days later. By then I realized F1.4 and F1.8 lenses are just entirely different league of lens. Nikon released this newly updated 35mm f1.4 af-s just around end of 2010. I was actually more interested in 50mm 1.4 but however I got hooked when I was testing 35mm f1.4 , the bokeh is amazing for a 35mm !
Now this beauty cost a heavy bomb
Retail Price: RM 5,599.00
This lens is heavy. Particularly bulky than what I expected compare to other short prime lens I’ve used. Autofocus is fast.
Mounted on a D7000, this lens is sharp however not at f1.4. Sharpness increase with increased aperture number. This is quite frustrating as you buy a f1.4 lens at rm 5000 , so I expected to shoot at f1.4 and still sharp photos. The sharpness starts somewhere at f1.8 , f2. Bokeh is absolutely fantastic. If you have a 35mm f1.8 and you expect 35mm f1.4 to perform the same at f1.8 , you are absolutely wrong. The bokeh is completely different as for the sharpness.
Things I like about this lens
- Superb bokeh at 35mm f1.4
Thing I dislike about this camera
- Cost a bomb
- Not the sharpness is expected at f1.4
You should be careful with shooting at large aperture with this lens. Any misfocusing may cause the photo to be out of focus as the depth is high.
I shall update when I get to shoot more with this lens