View Poll Results: ZF 35mm or AIS 35mm?

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  • Zeiss ZF 35mm f2

    17 70.83%
  • Nikkor AIS 35mm f1.4

    7 29.17%
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Thread: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

  1. #1

    Default ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Just curious. Which one would you guys pick? ZF 35mm or AIS 35mm f1.4
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  2. #2

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty628 View Post
    Just curious. Which one would you guys pick? ZF 35mm or AIS 35mm f1.4
    For what is worth, I have not tested the ZF 35mm but I have tested the 35mm f/1.4 AIS and have found it wanting, in accordance with the pitfalls described by Bjorn {see: http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html}.

    Another lens you may want to consider (cheaper measured in kg/$!!! - especially if you don't mind saving some money) is the Nikon 35mm f/2; I am using the AI version and I am very happy with it though a more knowledgeable person informed me that the AIS version is even better... oh well..

    -- marios

  3. #3

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tang_yiming/

  4. #4

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Having used the nikkor 35mm f1.4 Ais for a few years. ( before i sold it off when i went digital, nikon only had the 1.5x DX sensor so became an odd focal length). Its a heavy lens. wide-open there is obvious vignetting, which goes away from f2 onwards. It has very high resolving power at f8-f11.

    Presently using the under rated Nikkor-O 35mm f2 Ai-d!. It is a gem! Small cheap solidly built and sharp at f2! I bought it on Bjorn Rorslett's review. Indeed it has pleasing BOKEH!

  5. #5

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by neoro View Post
    No........kena poison alr. Haha. Was this taken on dx or fx?
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  6. #6

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by COBALT View Post
    Having used the nikkor 35mm f1.4 Ais for a few years. ( before i sold it off when i went digital, nikon only had the 1.5x DX sensor so became an odd focal length). Its a heavy lens. wide-open there is obvious vignetting, which goes away from f2 onwards. It has very high resolving power at f8-f11.

    Presently using the under rated Nikkor-O 35mm f2 Ai-d!. It is a gem! Small cheap solidly built and sharp at f2! I bought it on Bjorn Rorslett's review. Indeed it has pleasing BOKEH!
    Ai-d...a bit hard to find leh. Haha
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  7. #7

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by marios_pittas View Post
    For what is worth, I have not tested the ZF 35mm but I have tested the 35mm f/1.4 AIS and have found it wanting, in accordance with the pitfalls described by Bjorn {see: http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html}.

    Another lens you may want to consider (cheaper measured in kg/$!!! - especially if you don't mind saving some money) is the Nikon 35mm f/2; I am using the AI version and I am very happy with it though a more knowledgeable person informed me that the AIS version is even better... oh well..

    -- marios
    The ai and ais versions are using different optical formula from the af versions right? Also wondering how much wld the ais cost...
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  8. #8

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty628 View Post
    no........kena poison alr. Haha. Was this taken on dx or fx?
    fx
    fx
    dx
    fx
    fx
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tang_yiming/

  9. #9

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    i'd pick the zeiss..
    had the 35 1.4 ais with my d700 for a while
    very nice lens with the shallow rendition but if going purely by optical quality (sharpness, microcontrast) the zeiss is better.
    Unless you like the look from the Nikkor.

  10. #10

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    I hope someday I will own a Zeiss len. Currently own a Cosina Voigtländer Ultron 40mm f/2.


  11. #11

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty628 View Post
    The ai and ais versions are using different optical formula from the af versions right? Also wondering how much wld the ais cost...
    The (AI and AIS) and AF all have different formulas (I have not checked the differences for AI ... as for the costs.. I used to track the prices of Nikon stuff.. it has been a while, but I managed to get mine reasonably cheap $300 or thereabouts (i think...)...

    have a check here too: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...kkor/index.htm

    -- marios

  12. #12

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by COBALT View Post

    Presently using the under rated Nikkor-O 35mm f2 Ai-d!. It is a gem! Small cheap solidly built and sharp at f2! I bought it on Bjorn Rorslett's review. Indeed it has pleasing BOKEH!
    +1 on the Ai'd 35mm f2. Using the scalloped barrel version; the lens is solid and smooth

  13. #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoro View Post
    fx
    fx
    dx
    fx
    fx
    wow! no.3 is dx?
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  14. #14

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by marios_pittas View Post
    The (AI and AIS) and AF all have different formulas (I have not checked the differences for AI ... as for the costs.. I used to track the prices of Nikon stuff.. it has been a while, but I managed to get mine reasonably cheap $300 or thereabouts (i think...)...

    have a check here too: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...kkor/index.htm

    -- marios
    Cool cool! thx!
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  15. #15

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Oh yea, anyone have a rough gauge on how much the ZF 35mm would cost?
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  16. #16

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty628 View Post
    wow! no.3 is dx?
    Yea - D90

    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty628 View Post
    Oh yea, anyone have a rough gauge on how much the ZF 35mm would cost?
    got mine 700 2nd hand from Shop
    Probably cheaper in the forums here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tang_yiming/

  17. #17

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by neoro View Post
    Yea - D90



    got mine 700 2nd hand from Shop
    Probably cheaper in the forums here
    thats quite ok

    saw a piece going in b&s for 900
    D7000. AF-S 18-105

  18. #18

    Default Re: ZF 35mm f2 or AIS 35mm f1.4

    i'll go with the ZF 35 f/2 ...

    hope to get one when i have budget mid yr!
    Playing with M43.

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