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Old March 26th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Nikon 35mm f/1.4G?

I'm enjoying my new Nikon D800, but I'm having a little trouble deciding on lenses. I played around with the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G today and I like everything about it except for the focus ring. It's very light/loose, and I don't know if I can get used to that for shooting video. Some lenses seem to have the best of both worlds: lightning-fast autofocus and well-dampened, smooth focus rings (e.g. my EF 24mm f/1.4 II and Sigma 85mm f/1.4).

I'm thinking about getting a Samyang 35mm f/1.4 in addition to the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 just because of this issue. (Well, and I bet it also provides a much larger turning distance for focus travel.)

Has anyone else shot video with the 35/1.4G? And if so, were you able to get used to the focus ring pretty well?
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Old March 27th, 2012, 07:31 AM   #2
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Re: Nikon 35mm f/1.4G?

For stills/video combined work, you would be better off sticking to the non-"G" lenses. All of the earlier AF & MF Nikkors have wide manual rings and aperture controls on the barrel, and all will work on Nikon D800

I would advise you to buy a mint secondhand Nikkor MF 35mm f/1.4 Ais. Very sharp and smooth manual focus ring for video - a great lens!
The early Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 is also a good lens, although the manual ring was not very wide, and the MF version was better in that regard.

The Nikon Nikkor AF 28mm f/1.4D is also a superb lens.

In the Nikkor zooms that cover the 35mm range, the Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF and older AF 20-35mm f/2.8D IF lenses are very good and sharp optics - solidly made and nice handling.
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