The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Samyang 35mm F1.4 and the Nikon 28mm f2.8D for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Samyang 35mm F1.4 is the longer of the two lenses at 112mm. The Nikon 28mm f2.8D with a length of 45mm, is 67mm shorter. On the other hand, the Nikon 28mm f2.8D has a larger diameter of 65mm compared to the Samyang 35mm F1.4's 63mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon 28mm f2.8D weighs 205g, 68% (455g) lighter than the Samyang 35mm F1.4's weight of 660g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the Wideangle Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Wideangle Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both the Samyang 35mm F1.4 and the Nikon 28mm f2.8D has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Samyang 35mm F1.4 is also available in Canon EF , Four Thirds, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Sony E and Samsung NX mounts.
Samyang 35mm F1.4 is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 35mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 52.5mm.
Nikon 28mm f2.8D is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 28mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 42mm.