If you go into lightroom you'll see that I have used the 35mm f/2 lens over 50,000 times in the last 5 years. I've rented the 35mm 1.4 for several weddings & now own the 28mm 1.8G. Here is why:Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR lens
*Less expensive than the 35mm 1.4
*Excellent clarity and resolving power made for a 36megapixel camera and higher (D800)
*High clarity in high contrast and backlit photos
*Slightly wider than the 35mm
*Distortion controlled enough so that you can use it for portraits if you are careful
*Quickest to focus and lock on out of all the lenses
*Most useable images out of all 3 lenses (due to focus speed)
*More expensive than the 35mm 2.0
*It's larger than the 35mm 2.0 but the build quality makes it weigh less for it's size. Cheap parts???? It feels cheap in your hand.
*It is 1/2 stop less light than the 1.4 lens (not a huge deal)Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S FX SWM Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
*This feels like a pro lenses.
*Feels balanced on a D3 or D700
*Great nano coatings that allow for sharp photos in high contrast
*Sharp when in focus
*Most Bokeh (blurry backgrounds, sharp foregrounds)
*At 1.4 I had a hard time getting this lens to focus perfectly on eyes of people. (yes I do use single focus points)
*Least usable images in a fast working environment. Not a problem in a studio but in the world of photojournalism it is.
*Expensive!Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Wide-Angle Nikkor Lens for Nikon 35mm and Digital SLR Cameras
*Decent focus speed
*Weird contrast issues in high contrast back lit situations
*Sharp but not as sharp as the others when in focus
*Lots of flare (good or bad depending on what you like)
*Old style coatings that don't allow for the same "resolving" power and same clarity
My winner is the 28mm 1.8. That is what I ended up purchasing. I will be selling my 35mm 2 because this lens gets the most usable images from a wedding. As a pro I need the most reliable lens for my work and because this one focuses a bit faster and locks on a bit better it was the perfect choice. There is nothing wrong with the other two lenses, they are all amazing lenses. For a wedding photographer I feel that the 28mm 1.8 lens is the best choice. Lastly the difference between 1.8 and 2.0 is not noticeable.