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About Nikon 35mm F/1.4

Update of one of Nikon's most respected NIKKOR lenses delivers sharp images and its fast maximum aperture ensures a bright viewfinder image as well as beautiful background blur. The moderate wide angle capability of the lens is suitable for interiors, weddings, photojournalism and landscape photography.

The Nikon 35mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Video, Weddings and more.The Nikon 35mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer among others.The Nikon 35mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 35mm F/1.4: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Nice bokeh (15),Fast / accurate auto-focus (13),Strong construction (13),Durable (11),Rugged (10),Easily interchangeable (9),Consistent output (9),Lightweight (4)
Heavy (4),Slow focus (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (16),Weddings (14),Night photography (13),Landscape/scenery (12),Video (4),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (7),Pro photographer (7),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Nikon 35mm F/1.4 Features

  • FX-format, ultra-fast classic wide-angle lens Update of one of Nikon's most respected NIKKOR lenses; suitable for landscapes, night scenes, interiors, weddings, photojournalism and astrophotography.
  • Nano Crystal Coat Use of Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
  • Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs DX-format D-SLR the angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 52.5mm in FX/35mm format.
  • Aspherical Lens Element Aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma and other types of aberration, even when shooting at the widest available aperture.
  • Rear Focus (RF) Provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation and lens length changes.
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch Enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation. Now enhanced with a refined MF driving mechanism to reduce focus time lag and improve ease of use in M/A mode.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm Renders a more natural appearance to out-of-focus image elements.

Nikon 35mm F/1.4 Specifications

F stop range
7 Groups / 10 Elements
Compatible Format(s)
FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
FX Format 63° / DX Format 44°
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
Closest Focusing Distance
0.98 ft./ 0.30 m
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Nano Crystal Coat
Aspherical Lens Element
1 Glass Element
Autofocus with Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and manual focus
Rear Focus (RF)
Aperture Control
Via camera Command Dial
Diaphragm Blades
9 (rounded)
Filter Size
Dimensions Diameter x Length)
(Approx.) 3.27x 3.52 in. / 83 x 89.5 mm
(Approx.) 21.2 oz / 600g
Lens Case
Lens Hood

Nikon 35mm F/1.4 Reviews

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(based on 25 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Perfect Focal Length Excellent Sharpness

I own the 24f1.4 AF-S, 50f1.4 AF-S and the 85f1.4 AF-S, adding the 35f1.4 AF-S made me realize how just right this focal length. It is wide enough but not too wide, which makes it more versatile than the 50 and 24 mentionned above. It is very sharp. Very well built, just like the other ones except for the 50f1.4 AF-S. Autofocus is faster than the 85, 50 and the 24 at least indoors. For me this is clearly the sweet of the bunch.

Reviewed by 25 customers


Great prime lens


from Charlotte, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is an outstanding prime lens. It is extremely sharp in center frame wide open and focus is very accurate. Focus speed is on par with the 24 and 85 1.4 lenses from Nikon. I believe it is consistently more accurate than the 24mm. No AF fine tuning was necessary on my D810 or D4S. The expected degree of vignetting is present wide open but this quickly dissipates as you stop down. This focal length is very good for environmental portraiture of individuals or groups. Also great as a walk around or street lens. Obviously it is heavier and more expensive than the 1.8 version but if you want 1.4, this is a great choice! I'm very happy with the purchase and Adorama was very quick in its delivery.


Bright and Optically Superb


from San Diego, California

This lens is perfect for interior low light situations. Below is a photo taken by candle light with a Nikon D4 camera body. The shutter speed is 1/125 of a second, the aperture is f/1.4, the ISO is 2200, with Auto White Balance and Matrix Metering.


Great Lens


from Loveland, CO  -  Pro Photographer

Love this lens! I've been using the cheaper versions of the 35mm for years and was never happy with the image quality...and now this lens has solved those issues!


awesome lens!


from Ivoryton, CT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I got this lens for infdoor low light and a wider angle to have in my collection. I am a portrait photographer. I love the clarity, color, sharpness bokeh fast to focus!! Its a great lens!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Lens


from New York, NY  -  Pro Photographer

Probably the sharpest fastest 35mm I've ever used...if you love 35 focal length then you wont be disappointed with the performance of this lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great all purpose lens!


from Birmingham, Al.  -  Pro Photographer

I photograph a lot of different events from commercial to portraits, to newborns, to weddings and I take this lens with me to all of them. I enjoy that it is wider than a 50mm so I can easily take in more of the surrounding area (you cannot always back up) but it is not so wide making everything super distorted (just don't get too close to a person's nose and you will be ok). I shoot with a D800 so often what I will crop my camera to 1.2 in order to shrink my file size (.raw) in order to save my HD space, not to mention card space! I have read reviews saying it can be slow to focus but after using this lens in multiple situations with extremely low lighting I have not had any issues with this. It is very sharp at 2.8 and I have been very happy with the outcome and quality of the lens. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a prime. It is worth the money and much better than the 28mm or the old 35 2.0mm. Lynn

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from Montgomery, IL  -  Pro Photographer

I had debated between this lens and the Sigma version. Looking back, I'm glad I ponied up the extra cash. You see, I already own & heavily use a Nikon 24mm f/1.4 wide angle lens for wedding photography. I'm a huge fan of primes. They're light, offer unparalleled image quality and a creamy depth of field. (Shallow depth of field on a wide angle is a very differentiating look. I seem to gravitate towards the world of f/2!) The one little nit I had with the 24mm, however, was distortion in the corners. I still wanted a wide angle that I felt comfortable using for large group portraits in a pinch. Not only does this 35mm excel here, but it basically shoots like a portrait lens, not unlike my 50 or 85mm f/1.4s. Much less distortion in the corners, too. I'm not at all a pixel-peeper, but when you notice someone's head is misshaped, it's hard not to argue the benefits of a mostly distortion-free wide angle. In the 2 weddings I've used it in so far, it has really done well with acquiring focus in low-light. I really can't think of a single bad thing to say about this lens. If you're on the fence and have the cash, it will make awesome photos for you. So just buy it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Everyday lens


from Florida  -  Pro Photographer

I sold all my Nikon zooms (af-s f/2.8) and went back to prime lenses. The 35mm f/1.4 is now on my D800 most of the time. The view finder is VERY bright (compared to a f/2.8 lens). This lens is light, the focus is a little slow but accurate. You get the maximum sharpness of the lens at f/2, but in case of low light, f/1.4 is very usable. I find the 35mm focale much more usefull than 50mm. So now I have only primes lenses (make the camera bag quite heavy !) - 14mm f/2.8 (Rokinon) - 24mm PC-E f/3.5 (fantastic lens) - 35mm f/1.4 - 105mm f/2.8 micro - 200mm f/2.0 (best portraits lens) - 300mm f/2.8 (Tokina) - TC20E-III Most of my gear come from ADORAMA, best price, fast shipping, and great customer service. (no, they don't pay me for saying this :o)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic lens; my new favorite!


from Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love this lens. Gorgeous and fast. I purchased it for pet photography because I needed something that would focus closer than the 50mm (this allows you to focus as close as .98 feet), that was good in low light and fast auto focus. This does the trick and I love the results. Produces beautiful out of focus areas if you are shooting wide open and beautiful bokeh. Expensive but worth it. I wasn't sure if I would use it that much since I have the 24-70mm and that lens has a 35mm focal length but that was getting too heavy for me to hold for extended periods of time one handed. This is great for environmental portraits as well. Before I got this lens, I was more into telephoto but now this stays on my camera 85 percent of the time.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Very good lens


from Orange County, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my go-to lens as it provides more drama than my 50 and easier to compose than the 24. A lot of fringing at wider apertures, but usually an easy fix in any good post-processing software. Lots of distortion too, again easily fixed.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DARRYL K  Excellent prospective on a D3/D3S
Shopper  is this compatible with Nikon D700?
GARY H  The 35mm f/1.4 AF-S Nikon is a "GREAT" match with the full frame format of the Nikon D700. I'm very happy with it.
Lindsay B  would this lens work on an amateur body, like the nikon d5100, or do i need to first upgrade my camera body?
WILLIAM F  The Nikon 35 mm f/1.4 AF-S should work fine on your D5100. The lens is very high quality and weather sealed. My only concern is the lens is also very expensive. It is more designed for Nikon FX cameras and you could be over-buying.
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