===facts from the catalog===
Now, while waiting for Nikon to deliver on their latest and hopefully greatest 35mm f/1.4 lens, let's have a look at the technical data and make some comparison to similar lenses.
: 83x90mm = medium size
double the length of the 35/2.0 and still 17mm longer than the Zeiss 35/2.0. This size is still pretty decent although it's funny to see a wide-angle lens being so long.
: 600 g =
The heaviest of all current 35mm lenses, 70g heavier than the Zeiss, almost 400g more than my diminutive 25/2.0.
: 10 elements in 7 groups = one element more than the Zeiss and 4 elements/2 groups more than the 35/2.0. Still this is far better than the zooms that tend to have something like 15/11 for the Nikon 24-70/2.8 or 14/11 for the Nikon 14-24/2.8. That bodes well for contrast and flare-resistance - helped by that mysterious Nano-coating that Nikon is using like snake-oil to improve lens-performance. Looking at the cross-section you see the interesting design with one big/deep central lens-element plus one aspherical element (blue):
distance/max.magnification: 0.3m / 1:5
This is almost up to the current 35/2.0 which goes to 1:4.2, the DX Nikkor 35/1.8 reaches only to 1:6.2.
: 67mm = smaller than what most pro-lenses use
: No = a pity
The Nikon 16-35/4.0 zoom has VRII. But with a 3 stops larger aperture you could easily crank up the shutter speed to where shake is less likely.
: AF-S with SWM (silent wave motor), so does work on D60/3000/5000-bodies
, manual-focus override by turning the focus ring
Covers full frame/FX
or smaller = very good
The Nikon 35/1.8 is only covering DX although some report that it can be used on FX with only some corner shading
Comes with a flexible lens pouch
, not a nice soft-case
: around 1600 EUR new (incl. 19% VAT) = expensive
The 35/2.0 is around 300 EUR, the Zeiss (manual focus only!) at 800 EUR. But the new lens has a one stop wider aperture and autofocus, so it fits well into the overall pricing landscape.
are standard Nikon's
The others still play catch-up
is relayed to the camera, so the Nikon body can do all the advanced exposure-related stuff with this lens
But this is true for all the alternatives too.
= no, just like all Nikon G-lenses
included and revertible for transport.
: seems so, but I'm not sure. The 35/2.0 has none.
Large aperture lenses are for isolating your subject. I need this as a nature shooter and even as a landscape shooter I love to have not everything in equal sharpness. So going for 35mm focal length - which is in my opinion the new "normal" on FX bodies - this new lens should prove very valuable for my kind of shooting, once the D700-successor arrives. On a DX-body is "behaves" like a 53mm lens, a "normal-lens" by old standards.
- The old Nikkor AF 35/2.0
: A good lens but with weakness in the FX corners. Small, light and comparatively cheap.
- The Nikkor AF-S 35/1.8 DX
: great, cheap little lens for DX bodies. reaches its limits on FX bodies --> vignetting, corner sharpness
- The Zeiss Distagon T* 35/2.0
: Some people really love it, but it has no AF wich is a no-no for me when I want to use the lens wide open.
has only a 30/1.4 for DX
bodies which is very good in the center but lacks sharpness in the corners even at f/4.0