Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lab test report

Alastair, the saying was fairly common in the film days. I heard it quite a few times before I was even involved in photography (beyond using a 35mm compact) so I’m surprised you hadn’t!

I wasn’t being ironic at all; I was talking about the mid-range lineup as a group. But I’m not convinced about the 35/2 IS either. While I haven’t been able to study photos from this new 35/1.8 yet, I’d say the Nikon 35/1.8 DX lens, and possibly even the similar Sony 35/1.8, already produce nicer looking images. Canon mid-range lenses look like they use cheaper glass, and they probably do. They produce what looks very much like flat, plain photographs – they don’t capture something “extra:” neither beauty, nor dimensionality, nor interesting or compelling lighting.

But there always seem to be those who are anxious to justify Canon’s under-performance in this area.

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