Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G


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.

For photojournalists and wedding photographers who need speedy lenses, this could be one of your new best friends.