Lens review

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8G ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8G ED
12 June 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

A perfect line-up of lenses in my opinion should take care of professionals and amateur photographers’ needs alike. That’s why I completely understand why there are 24, 28, 35, 50, 85 and 135 mm instruments available on the market in two versions. One version is for professionals, with apertures ranging from f/1.2 to f/1.4, designed without any compromises and offered for a price fully reflecting that lack of compromises and the other consisting of smaller and physically lighter f/1.8-2.0 constructions, with lower price tags but far more available for any amateur.

Such a policy has been employed by Leica for quite a long time: they offer f/1.4 Summilux lenses, f/2.0 Summicrons, f/2.5 Summarits, sometimes also f/2.8 Elmarits. Still the prices of Leica instruments, even those with an aperture as slow as f/2.5 of f/2.8, can be hardly called amateur- low.

When it comes to reflex camera optics producers it seems the Nikon company strives to be the closest to perfection – from some time they have been renewing their line-up of fixed-focal lenses very systematically. In the 50 mm class we’ve been shown the very expensive Noct-Nikkor AF-S 58 mm f/1.4G, a bit cheaper Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.4G and the cheapest Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G. Also their offer of 85 mm instruments have been refreshed. You can choose among two new constructions, the 1.8/85 and the 1.4/85. Add to that the very well-done Nikkor AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G and you have to admit the choice is impressive.

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Lately they took care of 35 mm devices. In 2010 they launched the new and expensive 1.4/35 mm lens and at the beginning of 2014 the Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8G ED was shown. Courtesy of the Foto Plus shop we managed to borrow that lens for our test and now we can present you the results in the following chapters – happy reading!

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8G ED - Introduction

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