Nikon Inc. announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens. It’s a fixed focal length, fast-aperture DX-format lens that affords photographers using crop sensor cameras the versatility of the classic 50mm focal length (FX-format equivalent of 52mm).
The development and release of the 35mm f/1.8 NIKKOR lens delivers new and added versatility to the Nikon DX-format digital SLR system and provides DX-format photographers with a broader range of fast-aperture lens options, said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. This f/1.8 prime lens provides users with exceptional control of background and foreground, superb low-light ability, and the natural focal length that has been the staple of photography since its inception.
The lens is light and allows a close focus distance of 0.98 feet, while the integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation.
The 35mm DX lens construction consists of eight elements in three groups, with an aspherical element to reduce size and weight, while contributing to the enhanced balance when mounted on a smaller DX-format D-SLR. A rounded diaphragm opening combined with the nine-blade aperture contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a more natural appearance of out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G major Features
DX-format, normal single-focal-length lens with 35mm focal length
(picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 52.5mm in FX and 35mm formats)
Large maximum aperture of f/1.8
Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures smooth AF operation
High-performance optical system with aspherical lens delivers superior reproduction capability
Compact, well-balanced design when attached to small SLRs
Two focus modes available M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus)
Natural blur effect thanks to seven-blade rounded diaphragm
UPDATE: We received conflicting price information from Nikon which had to do with the price differences between US and Europe pricing. So here is the actual updated info on price and availability…
The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning March 2009 at an estimated selling price of $199.95 USA.