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For photojournalists, wedding photographers and others who often find themselves shooting stills or video under less than desirable lighting conditions, the new Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G completes the trifecta of Nikkor high-speed hotties that include Nikon's previously released AF-S 85mm f/1.4G and AF-S 24mm f/1.4G.
A total redesign of a Nikkor classic, the new Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G is a natural for any number of low-light shooting applications, or for times when you need narrow range selective focus with a semi-wide angle perspective. The new 35 can be used on both full frame or APS-C format DSLRs, on which it displays the field of view of a 52.2mm lens.
The Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G is designed around 10 elements in 7 groups, and includes one aspherical lens element to aid in suppressing coma and related image-degrading optical aberrations even when shooting wide open. For increased color saturation and suppressing lens flare—backlit or otherwise, the Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G features Nano Crystal coatings, and there's a 9-bladed aperture diaphragm for natural-looking bokeh.
The new lens, which is built tough and feels solid to the touch, employs dual focusing modes—Manual-Priority AF (M/A) and full Manual (M)—that are aided by a Rear Focus (RF) system allowing for quicker, smoother focusing action and eliminates front-barrel rotation. There's also a refined manual focus driving mechanism, which reduces focus time lag while improving overall focusing performance.
The new Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G is expected to arrive at B&H sometime in November, 2010, and we plan on producing a full hands-on road test at that time.
So stay tuned.