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| p.1 #8 · Inexpensive 24/35/wide f/1.4 aperture lenses for FX? |
Nikon MF lenses represent great value for money as I learned shortly after taking the plunge and buying a D700 after years shooting Canon with their best lenses. I was looking for something a bit different and bought a single Nikkor MF lens, the 105 f/2.5 AI-s and fell in love with shooting manual. Over the next two years I bought 29 more Nikon MF lenses. I'm probably not done yet.
But speed with these Nikkor lenses often comes at a cost. Wide open you'll find busy backgrounds can translate into jittery bokeh. This is certainly the case with the beautifully made 35 f/1.4 AI-s. In terms of color, contrast and sharpness the lens is wonderful. It is not an inexpensive lens by Nikkor MF standards, perhaps in part because of its speed and the fact it is still being produced. New they run close to $1,100. Used in excellent condition they run about half that. From what I've read, the Samyang produces a more pleasing bokeh and it is about the same price. It is quite a large lens, though that may not be a problem for you. I've not shot with it so have no opinion.
Since you're relatively new to Nikon I'll refer you to a couple of sources used by folks shopping for Nikon lenses. Good luck and if you feel so inclined you might want to check out the last few hundred pages of the Manual Focus Nikon Glass thread that is approaching its second anniversary and is by far the most active thread in the Nikon forum, with folks from around the world celebrating these lenses. And check these out too...