Test: Nikon-trio for Different Purposes

We have checked out the three lenses from Nikon to Nikon’s full-frame cameras-35 mm/1, 8 g, 58 mm/1.4 g and 80-400/4,5-5, 6 g.

An exciting focal length for the photojournalist or street photographer who wants to capture the world in a wider perspective than the normal focal length. With the new 35 mm/1, 8 g, you balance that actually is just right.

For those who want a bright lens with a little more tele, but above all a great background blur – Nikon has released new 58 mm/1.4 g.

And do you want to reach really far, but still have the possibility of a large range of focal length, so we’ve also tested 80-400/4,5-5, 6 g.

Nikon 35 mm/1, 8 g

Compared to Nikon’s dx version of the same lens, this full-frame version much longer, much like a scaled-down version of the brighter professionals loophole 35 mm/1.4 g. But the design is it different anyway from 1.4-version. The lens has a focal length of right of the exciting get wide-angle, but not too much, while it is not a normal lens.

Design and operation

The lens is made of plastic, which also is reflected in the design. The camera feels not as qualitative, such as Nikon’s professional openings– but, on the other hand, are also not classified – or priced – as such.

The lens feels easy to hold, and depending on which body to use as this may be for or disadvantage. On a heavy camera, it feels almost a little too easy.

The auto focus works extremely well when tested on the Nikon D800.For the manual focus Nikon has chosen to have a broad, rubberized focus ring. The advantage is that the grip feels great, but the downside is that the surfaces makes the focus ring has a different feeling than in proffsoptikens softer and stepless focus rings. The focus is not as accurate, but have a small bucket you can turn without the focus moves at all. The lens is also weather sealed with rubber gasket against the bayonet.

Image quality

About performs lens good image quality. We see a vignette on a step at the edges at full aperture (1.8), which disappears at 2.8. The sharpness is very good both in the middle and at the edges at full opening, and extraordinarily good at 2.8. We can also see a bit of chromatic aberration for both channels, and a button shaped like a distortion that we also find in the brighter 34 mm/1.4 g.


To use the 35 mm focal length, which is fun. For example, you devote yourself to street photography,there are all opportunities to get good pictures with the light at the angle the lens offers. The brightness is also good, offering the opportunity to create a short depth of field if you are photographing the object really close. Aperture 1.8 is of course good to have when shooting in low light, as this combination works very well too.

Nikon 58 mm/1.4 g

We’ve seen it before, but it was in the 70s. New Nikon 58 mm/1.4 g can be seen as a new version of the classic Noct Nikkor 58 mm/1.2 as hailed for their consistent sharpness, brightness and nice bokeh. Now we see a close to equal fast version which has a focus on improved properties regarding chromatic aberrations, coma, vignetting and beautiful background blur.


Design and operation

Really see the lens like an upscaled 58 mm/1.4 g, which also makes the design right appealing in its execution. The main difference is the weight, something that contributes to an improved sense of quality, but also a better feeling when using.

Build quality is good, and as the above mentioned regarding the weight so also contributes to the feeling of a high-quality lens. The advantage of this is that the focus ring, a large diameter, which makes manual focusing – it is possible to be more precise with a larger diameter.

But unfortunately, I think the focus ring itself on 58 mm/1.4 g does not hold the same sense as, for example, Professionals the apertures 14-24 mm/2, 8 g and 24-70 mm/2, 8 g – motor skills are somewhat sluggish and feels so not as easily twisted, precise and stepless.

Perhaps this is not a big problem when the autofocus performs at its peak. When testing with a D800 is focus fast and safe. As usual, it is the small tolerances when shooting at close range and at full aperture, because the depth of field is narrow.

Focal length 58 mm is really fun to use. A bit of tele, but still fairly normal. Then also contribute the brightness that it actually goes to photograph very good at Freehand in low light, and still get to a working exposure.

The lens is also weather sealed with rubber gasket against the bayonet.

Image quality

The lens performs very good image quality. We see a vignette on a step at the edges at full aperture (1.4), which disappears at two-step Preview button. The sharpness is good in the middle and slightly soft at the edges at full opening, and very good in the middle and good edges, two-step stopped down. My focus gets something better from Aperture 2.8 to 8, edge sharpness is getting better and better the more stopped down it becomes, to the aperture 11.

We can only see a very slight chromatic aberration for the red channel, something that is extraordinarily good. We also note a button shaped like a distortion.


Although the lens does not have a prominent place in all the photographers ‘ gadget bag, there are some that should be interested in the particular focal length and the characteristics of the lens offers. For wedding photographer offers many interesting opportunities to exploit the soft background defocus and fine the brightness. This also includes the photographing outdoors in low light and want to achieve the same benefits as previously mentioned.

Nikon 80-400 mm/4.5-5, 6 g VR

This lens has a really big focal length range, which makes it interesting for those who have little opportunity to move in his photography, but still want to influence the slicer on objects that move or are difficult to know where they will be placed on the canvas.

in 1999 came the first version of the lens, with a slightly more compact appearance, lighter weight, and with the old aperture ring.

Design and operation

There is no doubt that this newer version has become heavier and larger. But look at what you get for range along with the image quality lens offers, it’s an improvement. Actually, it’s really good to be able to reach as far as 400 millimetres with a compact lens. The downside is instead in the brightness – 4.5 at 80 mm and 400 mm 5.6 at might not be enough for some. The further away you want to photograph, the more light you will need to compensate for both your own shakes and the reduced light transmission.

The lens has a really good build quality, and very beautiful rings for zoom and focus. Rubber ring is wide, and both smooth and stepless to rotate, which makes sense in the shoot really well. Therefore, it is also easy to quickly fine-tune focus even in the highest telephoto mode.

There are also some buttons on the lens. A priority of auto-or manual focus, a focus button to narrow the focus between 6 m and infinity (for faster autofocus operation), vibration reduction and a stops at 80 millimetres which make that you don’t have to be afraid of so called creep, that lens fall out of the longest telephoto mode in transportation and damage.

VR, or vibration reduction, is really cruel. It will be able to reduce the exposure time of up to four steps when shooting stationary objects, something that also can handle. It is incredible that you can sit down, supporting themselves with camera and lens on their knees, while getting a completely still and tranquil image of 400-millimetersläget. It works amazingly well, and gives a steady ride on the way to the perfect picture. Certainly impressive!

The lens is snabbfokuserat, you will find the right focus even in dim light when tested with Nikon D700, and is good to use for freehand. A disadvantage is the lens is not of IF-type, internal focusing, making the lens gets really far in 400 mm mode. The lens is weather sealed with rubber gasket against the bayonet and has detachable tripod mount which can rotate, with markings for 90-graderslägen.

Image quality

The lens performs pictures of very good image quality. Vignetting is very small at full aperture (4.5) and negligible at the Preview button. The sharpness is very good in the middle and very good at the edges at full aperture.

We can only see a little chromatic aberration for the red channel at 80 mm, and small for the blue channel at 200 and 400 mm, something that is extraordinarily good. We also note a button pin cushion distortion at 200 and 400 mm, which is not visible at all at 80 mm. Lens is overall very evenly in their image quality over the entire the focal length.


The lens fits really for the most part, but for shooting outdoors or indoors with good light, it works really well to still be able to keep the fast exposure times even on the aperture 5.6 and in telephoto mode on Freehand. The advantage of focal length range is that you are able to cover a large depth, then you have between 80 and 400 millimeters to play on, which is useful for animals and sports, moving in depth. Photography by, for example, the concerts in dim light is more difficult.

Image quality of the telephoto lens capable of delivering high-quality images, with really good sharpness and low vignetting.