Thursday, May 21, 2009

On the rekindling of my love affair with the Nikkor 35mm f/2

I bought my Nikkor 35mm f/2 back in my Nikon D50 (a "DX" or crop-sensored DSLR) days and even when I upgraded to the Nikon D200 (also a DX sensor) I just never liked the quality of the images it produced. I can't explain exactly what it was, it just didn't do anything for me. I later bought a DX-sensored Sigma 30mm f/1.4, which is just the bees knees...focuses fast, is sharp and is a great all-around "normal" focal length on those APS-C sensored DX cameras.

Ever since upgrading to a Nikon D700, which is an "FX" or full-frame (35mm) sensored DSLR, the Nikor 35mm f/2 has been a star player! Again, I can't put my finger on what it is about the quality of this lens but, much like the Sigma sang on a DX camera, the 35mm f/2 is singing loud and pretty-like on an FX camera.

Plus McKenna makes it ever so easy to love this lens.




What's your favorite lens?


dawn said...

My favorite right now is the Tamron SP 90mm macro lens. The only thing I have up from that lens is

That flower is about as big as my pinkie fingernail (not big at all). It's not the greatest image, but I'm still learning how to fine-tune the lens. It is sweet.

Holly said...

I still love my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 macro best, and have ever since I got it with the D70s. Remember those days? Anyhow, it's got the best bokeh, IMO. I should use it more, but like your 35mm lens, the 50mm fixed takes wonderful portrait shots, and I just love messing with a short DOF for close ups of hair-fine details. I'll try some of Ivy, if I can get her to sit still long enough :)

Gotta say that the 18-70mm lens that came with the D70s kit is still pretty darned good, IMO. Check out the lovely close-up shot I got of our foster puppy on my family blog front page :)

Holly said...

Haha, make that my 60mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor. :)

Michael Hummel said...

Agreed about the 35mm lens. I have the Canon 35mm f/1.4, and shooting it from a full frame is key to get that perfect semi-wide shot. Perfect from portraits to landscapes.

fauxsure said...

35mm f/2 is the best. I've always wanted the Nikon Mount one (I have a 35mm f/2.5 series E that's kind of soft) but I have a the 35mm f/2 for my Leicas. It's the perfect focal length/speed in my opinion.