Let me just start of by saying that I absolutely love shooting with wide angle primes. I got the feeling that my new/used Nikon 35mm f/2D lens will have a hard time leaving my camera.
My previous choice for wide was the Sigma 20mm f/1.8, I bought the lens before switching from a cropped sensor on my Nikon D200 to my D700 which has a full frame sensor. What does that mean? The lens looks awesome in my D200 but looked way too wide on my D700. It looks specifically weird when photographing people, it distorts quiet a bit, making people look like they are melting a little. But it’s still an amazing lens to use for all around. And it will certainly come out of my camera bag on every wedding. However, my new best friend is my Nikon 35mm f/2D lens. It is one of the cheapest version of the 35’s but to my surprise an all around amazing lens. The focusing is very fast for a D lens and it’s sharp at it’s widest aperture of F2. And it allows me to get pretty close to my subject, almost as close as a macro lens. The wide angle feels natural and distortion is minimal. I cannot wait to shoot some weddings with this bad boy!
I took a few test shots with my wife and kids.