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Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 AI

Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 AI-S ('81-'05)
This sample circa '81.

Filter size: 52mm
Close focus distance: 1 foot or 0.3 meter
Aperture range: f/2.8 - f/22
Aperture blades: 7
Depth of field scale for f/4, f/8-f/22 plus IR focusing index.
Design: 5 elements in 5 groups

This lens is easily confused with the earlier 35mm f/2.8 which has 6 elements in 6 groups. Get the early K non-AI version if you want the older design, and get the AI-S version if you want the newer design. AI versions can have either design, and you need to look at the focusing rings to tell the difference. The older design has a step between the barrel and the focusing ring, they are level on the new one.

I don't think there will be noticeable differences in the performance, but we'll see when I try the other design.

I don't have a lot to say about the 35mm f/2.8. It's small, it's cheap, it performs well. I do really like it close up at wide apertures, it has pleasing out-of-focus areas. It handles flare very well.

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Ken Rockwell

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