Note - images were shot using medium sized straight out of camera JPEGs on my Nikon D3, with sharpening set to +6, AWB, D-lighting off.
I use a 50mm and a 24mm prime for my wedding assignments, but at times I feel the 24mm is a little too wide, while the 50mm is a little too tight while shooting at close quarters. I then began looking for a 35mm prime. Nikon gives us several options, which I shall list here:
Nikon 35mm f/2 D - A film-era lens that has been around for some time. Its plastic build quality is pretty good, similar to other primes. Although central sharpness is good at f2, the corners are crap (as I've seen from lens review sites). Its a bargain lens priced around RM 1.1k. Its bokeh is also not very impressive.
Nikon 35mm f/1.4 AI-s - A manual focus lens with impeccable build quality. Its quite blurry when used wide open, especially at the corners. Approx RM 1.8k
NAikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S - Nikon's sharpest 35mm lens ever, as stated by Ken Rockwell. Of course with Nikon's latest lens incarnations, it has a high asking price of at least RM 5k.
Enter the RM 800 Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX. I never expected this 35mm to perform on an FX sensor, albeit with several caveats that I shall explain later. Yeah, I know I'm a late comer to the game, or I'm pretty uninformed :s
The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G comes in a 'gold' coloured box relatively twice its height (which makes you think the lens should be pretty large, at least to me at least. Included inside the box is a 1 year international warranty slip, instruction manual, lens hood and lens case.
Note: Even with the decrease in sensor resolution to 6MP, the images are still perfectly usable if the client just wants to print out 4R sized pictures, or upload them to facebook!