Nikon Releases Their First APS-C Prime Lens for DX Cameras: AF-S 35mm f/1.8G

by Miserere


While some are complaining that this is not a full-frame lens for use on Nikon’s FX range of cameras (D700, D3 and D3x), I view this lens as a strong statement being made by Nikon.

Nikon DX AF-S 35mm f/1.8This lens, priced at around US $200, is clearly intended for D40 and D60 owners, who until now had no affordable, low-light, general-purpose primes available to them. Back in the days of film, every photographer owned a fast 50 (‘fast’ meaning an aperture wider than f/2, in my opinion), and with this addition, Nikon now provides budding photographers with a relatively fast 52.5mm-equivalent field-of-view (FoV) lens.

Not only is Nikon looking out for its amateur followers, but they are also showing their commitment to the DX format (APS-C sized sensors), which many pundits consider a dying breed.

I applaud Nikon for this initiative and hope they will maybe release a similarly priced 24mm f/2 in the near future for those who prefer a wider FoV.

The lens is expected to be available in March 2009. Read the official press release and see the specs.


5 Responses to “Nikon Releases Their First APS-C Prime Lens for DX Cameras: AF-S 35mm f/1.8G”

  1. Halleluja!

  2. jewelltrail Says:

    Well, I’m not a Nikon shooter, but I am a pleased to see Nikon looking after its own. 🙂

  3. After some research, I think I going to go with the 50mm 1.4. If it doesn’t flesh out $200 bones is easy enough to swallow my pride on the mistake.

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