Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4 (FX)

Update: this rumor is busted - the third lens was the manual 35mm f/1.4 AIS lens. What some readers still don't get is that this site is based on a comunity effort - many times I have questions and ask for help - I do not know everything.

I received this email today:

"Today I wanted to buy a Nikon 35 1.8 Dx in a store in Austria, they looked after it in the computer and found 3 Nikkor 35mm lenses: 35mm f235mm f1.8 dx and a 35mm f1.4.
I ddn´t know that nikon made a 1.4 version of this lens..."

Why I find this interesting? Because last year, we had the same situation few weeks before the Nikon AF-s 50mm f/1.4 was released - see this translation from German and this post: for some reason the inventories in some stores got updated with the new models shortly before the official release.

If anyone in Austria or Germany is working in a camera store - can you please check what kind of Nikon 35 mm lenses are listed in the computer? Thanks.

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  1. PabloV
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I was just going to post that we have no interesting rumors/news lately

    But well, maybe something appears 🙂

    Besides new lenses always welcome to so many people, I am still waiting VERY much for the D400 announcement, despite I need a FX DSLR, the D400 can give an idea where Nikon is going on…

    • PabloV
      Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:11 am | Permalink

      typo: should have said: “where NIkon is going to…”

  2. Your Eyes
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    what ever they do they must improve on the video feature….

    my next Nikon upgrade will be a FX and video for sure.

    • StillWaiting4D800
      Posted March 17, 2009 at 2:06 am | Permalink

      Same here but I got a feeling it won’t be any time soon.

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 17, 2009 at 3:18 am | Permalink

        My bet is that Nikon will keep video out of FX for now, to keep prices up for FX bodies. This way they’re separating pros from the rest.

  3. Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    The manual 35mm 1.4 is still produced and available today. That’s probably what it is. Wouldn’t hold your breath.

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:56 am | Permalink

      I think I have to agree about the 35mm f/1.4 being the AIS version. Especially considering the e-mailer said “I didn´t know that Nikon made a 1.4 version of this lens…”, and the fact that the previous post about the 50mm f/1.4G AF-S clearly stipulated the AF-S G designation, this time, it was simply a 35mm f/1.4 with no additional information. So based on these, I would be inclined to think this is a 35mm f/1.4 AIS.

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 17, 2009 at 3:04 am | Permalink

        +1 no rumor here. Shame.

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 17, 2009 at 3:04 am | Permalink

        +1 no rumor here. Shame.

  4. Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    You do realize that Nikon still has 3, yes 3 35mm lenses in production right? The 35/2.0D, the 35/1.8G DX AND the 35/1.4 AIS! 99.9% That is what this guy was seeing in the system. If not I’ll be a bit upset to have just bought a 28/1.4D.

  5. StillWaiting4D800
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 2:04 am | Permalink


  6. anon
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    yawnnnn…admin..did you not learn anything from New Nikon lens AF-S 17-35 f/1.8D IF ED busted rumor?

  7. crampo al culo
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    and in the email text where is it written af-s?
    as many others have stated, nikon make already a 35/1.4

    writing AF-S in the title of the news is a good way to increase traffic the site owners (and the advertisers) but doesn’t add anything for us

    I’m gonna delete my feed RSS right now, I’m a bit tired about this fakes
    bye bye

    • Eugene
      Posted March 17, 2009 at 5:35 am | Permalink

      here is nikon “rumors”
      not nikon announcement ha ha …

      take easy

    • Posted March 17, 2009 at 6:30 am | Permalink

      >”I’m gonna delete my feed RSS right now, I’m a bit tired about this fakes
      bye bye”

      Wheat, wave “bye bye” to chaff.

  8. Sam27
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Guys… It is the Manual One…. 10000%

  9. stageshadow
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    come down, this site is called NIKON RUMORS, not NIKON ANNOUNCEMENTS…
    About the lens rumor, checked it today by myself, at a store called Hartlauer in Austria and found exactly the same three 35mm lenses.
    There were no hint about Af-s, D or Ais , just the “DX” showed up in the system, so if the 35 1.4 Ais is still in production, it could be this lens.
    One last thing about the 35 1.8 DX, looks like nikon needs more of them that they can deliver at the moment (here in austria), 3-4 weeks waiting time for the lens. WOW!

    Greetz Stageshadow

  10. Ivan Feign
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Uh, I don’t see any mention of AF-S in the lenses you’ve mentioned. Nikon’s had a 35mm f/1.4 AI-S for years. AI. Not AF.

  11. Eugene
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    AIS 35mm 1.4 was announced at 1982/02 wow!
    unbelievable it is as old as me, 27 ago
    are you sure it is still be produced?
    camera stores should not listed those outdated lens
    or the menu will be exploded and caused a lot of trouble ha ha …

    • Puppeteer
      Posted March 17, 2009 at 6:04 am | Permalink

      Why ever not? They still produce them and they are superb manual lenses – better in many ways than any of the AF-S modern lenses. They are true quality, precision instruments – not toys from the age of the digital photographer. From the time when you needed skill and talent to be a photographer not just a large wallet.

  12. Calvin
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Absolutely disappointed. Admin still did not learn from previous critique and continuously show us that you are ridiculous and know little about Nikon history.

    AIS 35 f/1.4 is still producing now.

    I had been trusting nikonrumors so far. But now, I think I have reservation on this site.

    IMO, I think you should study the so-called “rumors” in a logical way, analyze its reliability and, if you don’t know much about it, ask your experienced Nikon friends. I agree that you need to report every “smoke” but I think it should be in a sensible way. Like I can one day email you seeing a 50mm f/1.2. If you do not study it, you may simply post that AF-S 50 1.2 is about to launch. Study it, and you would know there is AIS 50mm f/1.2 still in production. If you are brainlessly reporting the “rumors”, I think it would severely decrease the creditability of NR.

    You’d better apologize for your carelessness to all respectful NR readers, or delete all the posts including this news immediately. But if you choose the later, I hope that my voice could come into your mind and you could really learn this time, not just having deleted my post last time but without learned.

    Thank you.

    • Posted March 17, 2009 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      I do get a lot of e mail that I check and filter out the garbage. This 35mm AIS lens, I did not catch – I did check, but not in the manual focus section.

  13. Coolpix
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    If it’s interresting someone i know that one piece of this 35mm f1.4 is for sell as used here in France

  14. Anonymous
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    i smell flames here

    “when there’s smoke there’s fire.”

  15. Mathias
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 7:47 am | Permalink


    I am sorry, but it is very simple. The Answer is AI-S;asuch=35mm&xf=785_Nikon


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