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