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Thread: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

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    Default nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    contemplating on getting a 35mm nikkor, am using a D90... any recommendation between the f1.8 AFS and f2 AFD? feedbacks from users of these lenses are very much appreciated... sample shots taken with these lenses would be thank you very much!
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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    There are some difference between these 2 lenses.

    F2
    FX
    MFD 25cm (corrected)
    sharp
    cheap

    F1.8
    DX
    MFD 30cm
    sharper
    cheaper
    I bought the f1.8 about 2 weeks ago, loving it.
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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    There are some difference between these 2 lenses.

    F2
    FX
    MFD 30cm
    sharp
    cheap

    F1.8
    DX
    MFD 30cm
    sharper
    cheaper
    I bought the f1.8 about 2 weeks ago, loving it.
    hmmmm... how about the AF speed? thanks for the inputs!
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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    i got the 1.8 afs- focusing is fast but sometimes cant seem to focus right, should be user error if im not wrong haha >.< but other than that yes, its sharp sharp sharp, even wide open! =)

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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    im also contemplating between these two lenses. from what i've read the f1.8 is sharper wide open, but the f2's closer focusing distance and future usage in FX is what makes me want to get it instead.

    for those who know, how soft is the f2 when used wide open?

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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    not quite sure bro as i use the 1.8 haha which is sufficiently sharp haha, though i feel the 50 1.8 is still sharper wide open

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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    Depends on what you want... I got the AFD to prepare for FX body in the future

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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    I never owned a f1.8 but tried. I have a f2 but guess i lost it. These are what I observed after using a friend f1.8.

    N35f2 is not as sharp - f1.8 sharper
    N35f2 uses camera motor - noisy (for the case D70) I have no idea about D90 but D300 and D700 is alright - f1.8 it is SWM.
    N35f2 focus ring turn when focus - f1.8 dont.
    N35f2 is f2 - f1.8 is 1.8
    N35f2 FX & DX - f1.8 DX
    N35f2 cost more - f1.8 slightly cheaper

    N35f2 come with depth of field scale - f1.8 dont but today too many people do not know how to use it
    N35f2 focus down closer - f1.8 slightly further

    AF speed on f2 depends on your camera motor speed too, but it is on par or slightly faster than f1.8. I feel that f1.8 is slow for a prime but if you use TC, f1.8 will have a better speed performance over f2.
    If you are not going to upgrade, stay with f1.8 it is better.
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    Default Re: nikkor 35mm f1.8 afs or 35mm f2 AFD... which is the better choice for D90?

    Quote Originally Posted by DonnyDan View Post
    I never owned a f1.8 but tried. I have a f2 but guess i lost it. These are what I observed after using a friend f1.8.

    N35f2 is not as sharp - f1.8 sharper
    N35f2 uses camera motor - noisy (for the case D70) I have no idea about D90 but D300 and D700 is alright - f1.8 it is SWM.
    N35f2 focus ring turn when focus - f1.8 dont.
    N35f2 is f2 - f1.8 is 1.8
    N35f2 FX & DX - f1.8 DX
    N35f2 cost more - f1.8 slightly cheaper

    N35f2 come with depth of field scale - f1.8 dont but today too many people do not know how to use it
    N35f2 focus down closer - f1.8 slightly further

    AF speed on f2 depends on your camera motor speed too, but it is on par or slightly faster than f1.8. I feel that f1.8 is slow for a prime but if you use TC, f1.8 will have a better speed performance over f2.
    If you are not going to upgrade, stay with f1.8 it is better.

    this is a very informative head to head comparison of these two lenses! thank you very much bro!
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