Nikon Announces New 35mm f1.8 DX AF-S Lens!


Hot off the presses: Nikon has announced it’s newest lens and it’s sure to set the photography world ablaze… in a good way.  On Feb. 8th, 2009 Nikon introduced the world it’s newest member of the DX Format lens family: the 35mm f1.8 AF-S lens. 

This lens is targeted towards users of the D40, D40X, and D60 shooters because you now have an option of really fast glass that will autofocus on your camera, for not a lot of dough!  The MSRP is announced to be $199.99 and the lens should be available in March 2009 at your favorite photo gear dealer. 

“Should I buy this lens?”

If you read my post below, I just got done explaining that you should make your gear expandable.  So in short, if you plan on upgrading to an FX format camera body in the next year or two then I wouldn’t buy this lens.  On FX format camera bodies this lens will force it into DX Crop Mode and you won’t be utilizing all of your sensor.  If you plan on shooting DX format for a long time, then this lens is going to be great!

Nikon is obviously responding to the growning popularity of the 50mm f1.8 lens and I think they are trying to provide some options for better glass to the consumer/prosumer market… those shooting D40s, D60s, and so forth.  A 35mm focal length lens is very popular because it gives images a perspective that is very close to what the human eye sees.  That’s a big deal for photojournalists… just ask Annie Leibovitz.

Find out more about the lens on Nikon’s website.
Read the press release here.

Well, that’s a wrap for this post.  I’ll try my best to get my hands on one when I can and if I do, I’ll be sure to post a review for you.  Have a great day!

Image above courtesy of Nikon, USA.


2 thoughts on “Nikon Announces New 35mm f1.8 DX AF-S Lens!

  1. man… so many questions about this. I better start doing some research. Is it a dramatic difference between this and the lense that comes with the nikon D60?
    good post. thanks for the info.

    • There is a HUGE difference in the 35mm f1.8 lens and the kit lens that came with your camera. Having such a wide aperture allows for very shallow depth of field (subject in focus, background way out of focus) and you can shoot in very low light with very desirable results. Prime lenses tend to be much sharper, with far fewer flaws than zoom lenses do. No moving parts equates to fewer optical errors, like distortion for example. The only drawback to this lens is that it won’t take advantage of an FX format sensor on a D700, D3, or D3X. So if you think you might want to go FX in a year or two, spend another $100.00 and get the older 35mm lens or something of the sort.

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