News from Nikon today. They have released a new lens here just before PMA. The new lens is a 35mm F1.8 it is made for the DX format sensors but can of course be used in crop mode on the D3 and D3X.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

No doubt though that this lens is aimed at the consumer market, using the crop sensor cameras. The 35mm will equal to 52,5mm in 35mm film format. This new lens gives the crop sensor cameras a low light prime at about the 50mm.

The 35mm features Nikon’s silent wave motor (SWM) that gives fast autofocus without any noisy parts.  The out of focus blur should be pretty good due to the seven-blade rounded diaphragm.

Specs directly from Nikon:

Focal length 35mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 8 elements in 6 groups (with one aspherical lens)
Picture angle 44°
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m/0.98 ft.
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.16x
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 52mm
Diameter x length
(extension from lens mount)
Approx. 70 x 52.5 mm/2.8 x 2.1 in.
Weight Approx. 200 g/7 oz.
Supplied accessories 52mm snap-on front lens cap LC-52, Rear lens cap LF-1, Bayonet hood HB-46, Flexible lens pouch CL-0913

I have include the sample images that Nikon has posted on their site.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G - Sample info Shutter speed: 1/40 second Aperture: f/2.8 Focal length: 35mm

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G - Sample info: Shutter speed: 1/40 second Aperture: f/2.8 Focal length: 35mm