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fast 35-40mm focal length lenses

introduction

  • the 35-40mm focal length range for 35mm full frame cameras offers a lovely perspective for street photography and is very useful for photographing groups of people such as at weddings.
  • a wide aperture lens such as f/1.4 allows more shallow depth of field (DOF) to separate the subject from the background, and also extends low light versatility

35mm full frame AF lenses

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART

  • the best optically in this class 2nd to the vII Canon EF but not weathersealed and perhaps bokeh could be better

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L vII

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L vI

  • a popular pro lens
  • appears to have a rather unique design fault in which the AF/MF switch appears to fail frequently requiring repairs

Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

  • much better optically than the AI-s version with coma minimised but similar distortion and vignetting1)
  • 10 elements in 7 groups including 1 x aspherical
  • 9 rounded blades
  • rear focusing, SWM motor
  • no DOF scale, no IR marker, and minimalistic focus distance scale
  • Nano coating
  • 67mm filter (plastic thread)
  • close focus 0.3m
  • 600g

Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI-s

  • optically, similar to the 1970's Nikon 35mm f/1.4 manual focus F mount lens
  • “low contrast and blurry with spherical aberration and vignetting wide open, improving greatly as stopped down”2)
  • lots of coma aberration
  • barrel distortion
  • best optics at f/8
  • 9 elements in 7 groups
  • 9 blades but not rounded
  • close focus 0.3m
  • 52mm filter
  • 381g

35mm full frame MF lenses

SLR mounts

  • Samyang/Rokinon 35mm f/1.4
    • “superb optics, sharper at the largest apertures than Nikon's enduring classic 35mm f/1.4 AI-s, sharper than the 35mm f/1.8 DX and even a little sharper than Nikon's new $1,650 35mm f/1.4 G” 3)
    • 12 elements in 10 groups incl. 1x aspherical and 2 high refractive
    • 8 straight blades
    • close focus 0.3m
    • DOF scale but no IR index
    • 77mm filter, plastic thread
    • 654g

Leica-M mount

lenses for Micro Four Thirds

manual focus lenses

photo/lenses_35mmfast.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/07 02:44 by gary1