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Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Nikkor

1923NCP_180
Review Date: Jul 25, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $345.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small, well-built, focuses fast.
Cons:
A bit soft at f2, but very nice from 2.8 on.

I bought this lens for a walkaround moderate prime for my D700. When i had the D200 I walked around with the 17-55mm on it 95% of the time. (Great lens, but heavy after a while). When I got the D700, I wanted something light and easy to pick up and go with, which I was reluctant to do with the 17-55.
This lens has worked out well because it is not too wide but I wanted something wider than a 50mm.
I know that people (myself include) would like Nikon to come out with a 35mm f1.4, but until they do, this is what is offered and I am happy with it.
Yes, I wish it were a bit sharper wide open, but I'm still satisfied with it.


 
Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

1933NAS_180
Review Date: Jun 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,025.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fine image quality, smooth subject isolation, solid build
Cons:
Very expensive

I bought this lens new and I really enjoy using it. I wish the hood was not the screw-in type as I tend to leave the hood attached and it's difficult to store in most camera bags in a compact way with the hood installed.
Like many others, I wish the lens had af-s focusing so the ring switch did not have to be used to tweak manual focus. IF Nikon decides to upgrade this lens, I'm sure it will come in around $1500 or so.
I have contemplated selling this lens and my 17-55 and buying the 24-70 as I don't use the wide end that much and I would like a little closer focusing as well, but...every time I think about it, I talk myself out of it.