Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G ED: Awesome PerformerBy Kevin Carter - Friday June 13 2014 Lens Review
Nikon has revamped its popular full-frame AF Nikkor 35mm f2D model replacing it with this completely redesigned 11-element G-series ED version. Read on to find out how well this promising new model performs.
Before the rise of the 28mm and then the 24mm the 35mm was the most popular wide-angle model in a maker’s range, and is still a firm favorite today for street photography. Nikon’s completely redesigned full frame 11-element 35mm f1.8 replaces the lightweight and compact film-era 6-element AF Nikkor 35mm f2D version. Increasingly common now with modern lenses designs, even with modestly priced models like this is the adoption of low-dispersion glass. It has one ED glass element as well as one asphere to reduce fringing and distortion.
Like all new models in Nikon’s line-up it’s built to the current G-series spec – meaning no aperture ring but the inclusion of a built-in, near silent sonic type AF motor with full-time manual focus override. With a minimum focus distance of 9.4-inches the adoption of a rear focus mechanism negates an extending barrel with user benefits including fast auto-focus and potentially a more durable design - limiting damage to the focus mechanism from inadvertent knocks or when using heavy filters.
Despite the more complex optical construction and inclusion of an AF motor the new model remains relatively lightweight at 10.8oz (305g). It’s also not quite so compact as the original, measuring 2.81-in (71.5mm) from front to back and adopting a 58mm filter thread (up from 52mm of its predecessor). The new model is available now, complete with plastic hood and soft case and 1-year warranty, at $599.95.