Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Review

03/02/2015 - 12:31
Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Review




Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s is a wide-angle lens for FX and DX cameras Nikon F. This model was produced from 1981 through 1989.

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s

Before it was produced Ai version of this lens from 1979 through 1981. Optically they are no different, small differences in the cosmetic design.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s

On DX cameras we get equivalent focal length 52 mm, that framing equates it with 50mm on full frame.

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s aperture

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Specs

Focal length: 35mm

Aperture: f/ 2.8 — f/ 22

Weight (gr): 240

Length (mm): 46

Filter Ø (mm.): 52

Aperture blades: 7

Min. focus distance (m.): 0.3

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Handling and Mechanics

The lens is solidly made. Metal barrel. Appearance on the camera lens like an 18-55 kit lens.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s on camera

Numbers showing the aperture value are colored figures specific to design Nikkor Ai / s lenses.

 

Focusing

Focusing is convenient. Rubberized focus ring rotates 90 degrees. The front of the lens extends into 6mm. The front element is not rotating. MFD is 0.3 m. It is a good.

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Example Photos

All of the examples taken on Nikon D3100 camera. RAW export without postprocessing.

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Sharpness

Sharpness is good already from aperture f/ 2.8. Well corrected for spherical and chromatic aberrations.Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sharpness

f / 2.8 Example sharpness at infinity

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sharpness test

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Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f / 2.8 example at close focusing

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sharpness

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When the aperture close to one stop (f/ 4), the sharpness is enough for most scenes.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos sharpness

f/ 4 MFD

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos  sharpness

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The aperture is closed only for whole stops 2.8-4-5.6-8-11-16-22 without half-stops. It is not always convenient. For example, to close the aperture to f / 3.5 will not work.  

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Character and Bokeh

The lens gives a nice character.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 4

Boke, for wide-angle lens good. You may notice a pleasant blur of the background.Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 2.8

A nice feature that the lens has 7 aperture blades, it allows you to draw a star with 14 rays from the point light sources.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 2.8

 

Distortion

A characteristic feature of the lens is a low distortion. At infinity, it is equal to 0.5%, and at a distance of 2 m from the facility only 0.1%. Despite the fact that the norm for the lens is considered to be ± 2.5%. This is a very good performance.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s distortion

f / 2.8 lens distortion example. Wall distance of about 3m

 

You can shoot portraits at a distance of 1m and not be afraid that the person will be distorted. It is also good for shooting architecture.

 

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 Ai/s Contrast and Color

The lens has a good contrast. Backlit perfectly holds and side light. No worse than modern lenses.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 5.6

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 4

Some large deviations in color rendition, I did not notice. The only thing that catches the eye, it addressive failure in the shadows. Maybe this particular survey, but the issue still requires verification. Need more examples to reach a verdict.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 5.6

Overcast spring weather did not allow to fully carry out the test. I hope to fix it at the earliest opportunity.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

Summary

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 1: 2.8 Ai / s has good sharpness and contrast. Interesting primarily low distortion, it is smaller than the newer, more expensive models Nikkor 35 mm 1: 2.Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 4

Also, it is theoretically possible to assume that because it has a maximum aperture of f / 2.8, more covert apertures diffraction will advance later on the values of f / 11-16 for a large depth of field, it will be sharper by wide angle lenses with aperture 1: 2 and more.

Nikon Nikkor 35mm 2.8 Ai/s sample photos

f/ 2.8

If you need to shoot the architecture or painting, this lens is what you need. I bought it especially for this purpose, as recently confronted with the fact that it is necessary to shoot large products in confined spaces.





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