Yongnuo’s 35mm f/2 clone arrives in Nikon-mount form


posted Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 5:59 AM EST


A couple of years ago, we reported on Chinese camera gear maker Yongnuo's plans to offer its Canon lens clones for the Nikon F-mount. Yesterday, the folks at Nikon Rumors picked up on availability of another new Yongnuo lens appearing on eBay with a Nikon mount. This time around, it's a clone of Canon's 35mm f/2 lens which makes the jump to Nikon's rival system.

Yongnuo's EF 35mm f/2 lens clone first appeared with a Canon mount last April, following in the footsteps of the company's copy of the Canon Nifty Fifty prime. That particular replica made the leap to the Nikon F-mount last May, landing itself both a new mount and a restyled body that's more reminiscent of the styling in some of Nikon's own lenses, and now the 35mm f/2 does the same.


As with its earlier clones, we wouldn't really expect a lot from the Yongnuo 35mm f/2 for Nikon cameras. But with a pricetag of just US$92 including shipping on eBay, the Yonguo 35mm f/2 is pretty much in impulse buy territory. Nikon's most affordably-priced 35mm optic is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G, and while that's both a little brighter and almost certainly much higher quality, it lists for almost twice as much as does Yongnuo's competing optic.

According to auctions for the Yongnuo 35mm f/2, it supports both full-frame and APS-C camera bodies -- or FX and DX formats, in Nikon parlance -- and has an all-glass optical formula consisting of seven elements in five groups. The lens mount is said to consist of chrome-plated metal, while the electrical contacts are gold-plated. The aperture iris has seven blades, and multi-coatings are used to combat ghosting and flare. Maxmimum magnification is 0.23x, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.8 feet (0.25 meters). 52mm filter threads are provided, and the lens has dimensions of 2.9 by 2.3 inches.


More details can be found on eBay, but if you would prefer to deal with a more reputable retailer, Yongnuo's products can also be purchased from our affiliate B&H Photo Video. They don't have a listing for the 35mm f/2 lens in Nikon-mount form just yet, but now the lens is available on eBay, we'd imagine it's likely only a matter of time before it shows up from B&H as well.

(via Nikon Rumors)