It is beginning to be cold now here in Tokyo, so much so that sitting on the wooden floor of my workshop makes my butt numb after a few minutes and we are still at the early weeks of Autumn! The sun now sets at around 4:30PM and it gets dark around 5:00PM so taking pictures in the dark is now becoming one of my primary considerations as far as making a decision as to which lens I should bring for the day and this brings us to today’s subject!
Today’s subject is the amazing Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 lens! This lens was introduced in 1966, it was Nikon’s fastest wide lens for a few years until the even faster Nikkor-N 35mm f/1.4 lens was introduced in 1970. Not only was this lens fast at f/2, the minimum focus distance is also very short at just 0.35m. This allows for really close focusing and combine it with the shallow depth-of-field that an f/2 lens would give you wide-open and you can get creative with this lens.
The Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 is rather big for a Nikkor prime but not so big as make everything look and feel unbalanced. It is common knowledge that this lens was rather difficult to manufacture for it’s time because it is a bit complicated but this design stood the test of time and the optical formula stayed for quite some time until the advent of the AF model lens, that says a lot! More