Nikon 35mm f/1.4 – Is it right for you?

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The 35mm f/1.4 prime lens has been a popular choice amongst all kinds of photographers. The fact that it is fast (f/1.4), slightly wide but the images are not as distorted as the 24mm makes it a great lens for street photography, weddings, and even portraits.

Some 35mm such as the Nikon 35mm f/1.4, Canon 35mm f/1.4 and Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 are known for their phenomenal performance, especially the Sigma 35mm is very well priced over the Canon or Nikon. There are often questions about whether you should get the 35mm if you already have the 50mm f/1.4 or perhaps get the 24mm f/1.4 instead?

The 35mm f/1.4 is what I consider a general purpose lens, you can use it all around as a travel lens, a portrait lens, a street photography lens, and for me it often paired up with the 85mm f/1.4 for weddings. If you are deciding whether to pick up the 24mm f/1.4 or the 35mm f/1.4, it is probably wise to go with the 35mm. The 24mm f/1.4 is a special lens built for special purposes, if you are comparing the 24mm f/1.4 with the 35mm f/1.4, then it is probably not for you. However, it is absolutely an amazing lens if used correctly, but in my opinion is a harder lens to use.

The 35mm f/1.4 is also quite different to the 50mm f/1.4, they are two completely different lenses although only 15mm difference in focal length. The image quality on the 35mm tends to be quite a lot better, but the 50mm f/1.4 is way smaller and cheaper which makes it a good compact (travel light)lens. In terms of image  perspective, the 35mm is more suited for full body to 3/4 body length portraits while the 50mm is suitable for half body length portraits. The 50mm f/1.4 or the f/1.8 is a relatively inexpensive lens, so it wouldn’t hurt to have both (35mm and 50mm), but I would recommend to go for the 50mm before getting the 35mm.

You can order your 35mm f/1.4 at B&H Nikon 35mm f/1.4 | Canon 35mm f/1.4 | Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Check out some of the images taken with the Nikon 35mm f/1.4

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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