Nikon announces new AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX lens

by Enche Tjin on February 19, 2009

After a long wait, at last Nikon announced the new modern 35mm lens designed for crop sensor camera (DX). This lens is ideal for Nikon beginner camera such as Nikon D40, D60 and also advanced camera such as Nikon D90, D200 and D300.

The 35mm focal length is close to 50mm in full frame camera, a classic focal length for photographer. Mechanically, this lens has been equipped with AF-S and silent wave motor (SWM) ensure swift and quiet AF operation.

update: Although equipped with AF-S, the AF speed is not very fast. Older AF lenses will performs faster if mounted in semi-pro or professional Nikon camera (D200, D300, D700 or D3).

This lens will be very valuable for D40 and D60 users because These cameras need AF-S lens for auto focus operation. Most of the old equivalent focal length Nikon prime lenses do not have this AF-S capability.

Unfortunately, this lens is only compatible with DX type camera, means that D700 or D3 owners can’t use it for full frame or will get bad image quality especially in the corner area. But it is not a big deal since Nikon just launches the new Nikkor 50mm AF-S f/1.4G recently for full frame users, furthermore, full-framers can use the old but reliable Nikkor AF 35mm f/2.

This lens will be sold at $200, which is cheaper than most of Nikon lenses except the 50mm f/1.8 and 18-55mm VR kit lens.

Nikon might launch more lens and camera bodies this spring 2009.

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