Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor

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(From Nikon lens literature) The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm ƒ/1.4 is an update of one of Nikon’s most respected and popular NIKKOR lenses. The lens combines a natural yet versatile 35mm perspective with an ultra-fast ƒ/1.4 aperture, and completes the lineup of ƒ/1.4G lenses announced in the past year, including the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm ƒ/1.4G, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm ƒ/1.4G and the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm ƒ/1.4G. The ƒ/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot handheld in low light and provides dramatic separation between subject and a softened background. This classic wide-angle provides photographers with an intimate lens perfect for weddings, architecture, travel and photo journalism whether shooting high quality still photographs or video capture using Nikon’s D-Movie feature.

In a wide variety of photographic situations, both FX and DX-format shooters will enjoy the benefits of extra-bright ƒ/1.4 viewing and superb image quality. When mounted on a Nikon DX-format or an FX-format D-SLR within the DX Crop Mode, the 35mm ƒ/1.4 has an angle of view that is equivalent to a focal length of 52.5mm in FX/35mm format. The build of the 35mm ƒ/1.4 features 10 optical elements in seven groups with one aspherical lens element that eliminates coma and other types of aberration even when shooting at the widest available aperture. A Rear Focus (RF) system provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation and two focus modes are available — M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus). A refined manual focus driving mechanism is adopted to reduce focus time lag and improve operational ease in M/A mode.

The versatile AF-S NIKKOR 35mm ƒ/1.4G lens will be available in mid-November with an MSRP of US$1799.95.