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Monday, October 19, 2020

Nikkor Ai-S 35mm 1:2, Keeping The Options Open

Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, Vintage Lens Test, Keeping The Options Open 01
Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, Vintage Lens Test, Keeping The Options Open 02
Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, Vintage Lens Test, Keeping The Options Open 03
Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, Vintage Lens Test, Keeping The Options Open 04
Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, Vintage Lens Test, Keeping The Options Open 05
Vintage Lens Test, image making with a Nikon AI-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, up close and cropped.
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I am keeping an option open as to which of the 35mm compact fast wide-angle primes (and a zoom?) I will likely retain it as part of my minimalist collection of lenses. First up is the Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 35mm 1:2, which, as my resources mentioned, has been a favorite lens by photojournalists for decades, at least until zoom lenses came into the market, and diminishes manual focus primes to the mantelpiece.

Olympus Pen E-P5,  Nikkor Ai-S 3mm 1:2
Olympus Pen E-P5, Nikon AI-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2

For normal shots, peak performance is said to be from F4 to F11, quite usable below F4 with corners that are not always perfect. On the other hand, close focus is outstanding, with great results even from 1:2, even with the soft corners. For this test, I used the lens mounted on the 2x crop sensor Micro 4/3 ILC, which makes the lens the equivalent of a 70mm prime on a full-frame camera. Images, up close and cropped, as seen posted.



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