With a DxOMark overall score of 19, the Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D is still a good lens, just like both the 20mm and 28mm lenses in the AF-D line that we previously analyzed in parts 1 & 2 of our “Oldies” review.
|Strong points||Weak points|
|Satisfactory sharpness||Susceptible to vignetting (a classic problem for this kind of lens)|
|A very bright lens|
|Very little distortion|
|Negligeable chromatic aberrations|
|Very light (205g, just like the 28mm f/2.8D)|
|Affordable (365 USD)|
With a DxO Mark score of 27, the 35mm f/1.4G comes out significantly ahead of its predecessor.
The advantages of Nikon 35mm f/1.4G:
The advantages of the Nikon 35mm f/2.0D:
Strictly in terms of image quality, the youthful 35mm 1.4G unquestionably takes the lead. But again, it’s important to keep the 35mm f/2.0D’s many charms in mind— i.e., it gets pretty darned good results for an older lens that is both very light-weight and low in price.
Sony still needs to make more progress before it can justify the price difference between its lens and the Nikon 35mm f/2.0.
For those who aren’t put off by manual focusing, the Samyang remains competitive in this lens category.
Finally, here’s how the DX 35mm f/1.8G and our vintage Nikkor 35mm compare when mounted on a Nikon D90.