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Tried the 35/2 Ais today, after reading Dean's post. I've got my copy already used around 1996 or 1997, used it quite a bit with various film-Nikons for newspaper-pictures and private/personal stuff too.
The 35/2 Ais isn't a "sexy" lens - it's neither a really great performer, it's not very small or very cheap, it is lacking both the magic "f/1.4"-aperture and a distinct bokeh/background-rendering.
But I don't think it's a bad lens, at least for my kind of stuff it's very useable. But I rarely shoot at greater distances or landscapes and for critical close-up-stuff I use dedicated lenses.
The most critical stuff I would shoot with a 35mm-lens are probably concerts with a large chorus. Everybody, including the photographer, is pixel-peeping here and a lenses shortcomings (or other technical errors) are all too clearly visible. I've shot the last concerts of this kind with the Fuji X-Pro and the very good 35/1.4 Fujinon lens, just because the Fuji is a much more silent camera than my Nikon DSLR's.
Anyway, here are two snaps from earlier today, fall in neighbor's garden:
35/2 Ais wide open, D700, not really great bokeh, but not "dramatic" too
35/2 Ais wide open, D700, this was click # 289.267, I'm over 290k clicks right now after some sports
…and here's an image done two years ago, a fun-shot, bold processed to my liking:
Heimat XXX or "birch from down below" by georgsfoto, on Flickr
birch from down below, Ais 35/2 wide open, D700 too
(for those who are interested, here: Zeiss Distagon 50/2.8 on 6x6 medium-format is a medium-format-shot of the same birch-tree ;-)