Nikon announces the new Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8 G, FX version dedicated to the brand’s full-format enclosures. This 35 mm takes over from the aging 35 mm f/2.0 AFD and thus completes the range of f/1.8 Nikkor lenses already including 28 mm, 50 mm and 85 mm.
Before the arrival of this new 35mm f/1.8 FX G, only the (very expensive) Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.4 G was at the level for users of a full-format case. Nikon had not yet taken care to renew its AFD 35 mm f/2.0 dating from the last century, So photographers wishing to have a wide-angle lens ‘do everything’ had to turn to the competition if they did not want (could) break their piggy bank.
The Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 DX sees its Big Brother FX arrive. This 35 mm f/1.8 FX G offers an 11-element optical formula in 8 groups. It incorporates an ED glass lens and an aspherical lens. No nano-crystal in the program however, you will have to turn to the side of the f/1.4 for this.
The diaphragm has 7 slats, the minimum focus is set at 0.25 m.
First Review of The Nikkor AF-S 35 mm F/1.8 G
We were able to take in hand a copy of this 35 mm to see that this new Nikkor is in all respects true to what is known of the current AFS f/1.8 range. Rather bulky for a small fixed focal length but nevertheless light, this 35 mm f/1.8 FX is well finished (we tested a pre-series copy).
Once mounted on an FX housing the 35 mm f/1.8 is quite pleasant to use. The AF-S engine is reactive, without any comparison with the AFD version. The reduced weight of the lens is an asset even if we would have appreciated a greater compactness. There were probably a few centimetres to gain from there to make it a very discreet lens in street reporting for example, an ideal playground for such a fixed focus.
Offered at a much more democratic price than the f/1.4 version (sold on almost 1700 dollars anyway…), this 35 mm f/1.8 will nevertheless have to face a well-established competition and that has placed the bar quite high. The Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 offered at about 830 dollars is thus logically interspersed between the Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4 very expensive and not more efficient and this new Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 lighter but opening to f/1.8. When choosing, take the time to reflect on your specific uses.
The Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f / 1.8 is available from February 2014 on all online platforms and camera stores. You can get it on Amazon for $ 476.
Example Photo Taken with Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm F/1.8 G