Nikon files patent for a 35mm f/2.8 VR full frame lens

Nikon filed patent 2012-8264 in Japan for a 35mm f/2.8 VR full frame lens:

  • Focal length: 36.20mm
  • Aperture: 2.95
  • Angle of view: 62.67°
  • 6 elements in 5 groups
  • 2 aspherical lens elements

FYI: the latest AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G lens ($1,619.00) has 10 elements in 7 groups with one aspherical element.

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  • antonio

    I want 35 1.8 and 24 1.8 !!!!!!!

    • Me too!

      I was hoping it would be at least f/2 or better. I don’t want the old one coz of the leaky blades.

      VR doesn’t make sense with 35mm.. Considering they didn’t bother with the 85 1.4.

      • WoutK89

        who really needed Nikon to implement VR in the 85/1.4? I mean it would become optically challenging and probably lesser performing than what Nikon released.

      • NoFunBen

        35mm on the nikon 1 is 95mm so vr could be useful using the j1 or v1.
        i would even use VR on a 50mm for fx.
        but f2.8 is kinda slow, unless the lens is very small pancake and it was done for size.

      • Mike

        They didn’t bother with it in the 85mm f/1.4, ’cause VR doesn’t work with apertures larger then f/2.0 –So the question is, why not a 35mm f/2 with VR?

      • Juju

        Actually, To record a movie, the 35mm f/2 stabilized from Canon is very useful…
        I would love to have the same kind of thing with Nikon since I always have the 35mm with me.

  • WoutK89

    I think this is just to protect the way how to implement VR in a “wide-angle” prime.

    Also possible this lens will be dirt cheap, or is it a macro?

    • WoutK89

      that FL (front lens?) Looks interesting and has me thinking this a weather sealed dust proof solution.

      • Richard

        I think FL is behind the lens, not at the front. The specs from the Japanese source say rear focussing by shifting the second lens group (ie G2) which is also as shown in the diagram. Perhaps it refers to the focal plane (or FL for focal length).

        • Richard

          The Japanese source also has pancake as a tag but gives its length as 67.39mm. Interesting that the rear element has the largest diameter. Perhaps a consequence of wide angle VR. Bikerglen’s comment about VR for video use makes a lot of sense.

  • just a fog. makes no sense. maybe as pancake, but well, it cannot be much smaller then 35f2AF-D

    • Probably be macro, no?

      • macro people are using DX and have already 40mm.

  • Interesting. I have (and love) the 35/1.4G and have thought a refresh on the 35/2 would be nice for a more compact option, but a 2.8VR would be an interesting alternative.

  • Landscape Photo

    Why another 35mm? A pocketable 16mm f/4 would be nice.

  • bikerglen

    I’d like an FX 35mm f2.8G AF-S VR. Most of my 24-70mm f2.8 photos are usually at around 35mm. Add VR and it would be good for wide-angle handheld video too.

  • Robert Kusztos

    FX 28mm f2.0 or 24mm f2.8 with no VR would be my preference. No need for another 35mm!

  • KL

    I’d rather see an FX 200mm-400mm f2.8 VRII as a follow-up fir the Holy Trinity!

    • WoutK89

      look at sigma’s monster 200-500/2.8 and tell me, does that look usable?

      • Craig

        Sure it looks more than usable. I would love to have that lens for some bird photography.

        But since it is a Sigma I have to question the IQ.

        • WoutK89

          I wish you good luck, lugging it around and breaking your bank.

          • TBO

            …breaking your bank

            Freudian slip?

            • WoutK89

              (costing a lot, don’t know how to better say it)

    • tony5787

      Would you also like to pay $30,000 for it?

  • Patent applications routinely obfuscate the actual product. It likely is an improvement in VR or optics that is applicable to a different focal length or maximum aperture.

  • kaze kaze

    Been using my 35mm f2 (AI-s, D) for years without problem, 35mm f2.8 VR sounds interesting, very-very interesting…
    2nd thought, it looks to me more like a 50 prime with the symetrical design, also 35mm been using a huge element (like a big T-shape soup bar) in the middle which is not visible above, plus… can be just me, but where is the VR group in that dwg?

  • Sounds like it’d be great for video!

    • bikerglen


  • where_is_our_d800…

    35mm * 2.7x = 94.5mm

    with f/2.8, and VR, I can see this being a useful macro lens for Nikon 1 with the F-mount adapter. basically the equivalent of 95mm f/2.8 VR macro…

    Nikon is smart enough that most people who use the Nikon1/FT1 combo do own a lot of Nikkors and use a FX/DX body.

  • Baso

    Nikon is playing the waiting game……they only release lens that we need or want at the last minute……in the mean time we are draining our cash on useless new lens…..

  • Jason

    Don’t Nikon typically come up with two or three ways to “do” a particular focal length, and go on to only produce one of them? If so, this just suggests that a 35mm lens of some sort is in the pipeline – which, if their plan is to go AF-S on every AF lens in the current line up, they will be producing at some time. In this case, the remaining lenses to be released as AF-S versions are . . .

    200mm/f4 macro
    Two DC lenses
    . . . and the wide-to-normal primes: 16, 20, 24, 28 and 35mm at f2 – f2.8

    I imagine a VR version of the 300mm/f4 will eventually come along, too. That’s ten lenses. Two to four years?

  • My guess is that this will sit on a small FF compact. Nikon needs to do something more then just the Nikon 1 system.

    • Markus

      That might well be possible! 🙂

  • fov

    Quote from “Patents recently revealed that Nikon and Tamron filed a lens design jointly. They had collaborated on the design and intended to release the same lens, one with a Tamron badge and one with a Nikon badge. The Nikon version had a price double that of the Tamron lens. So if you have any doubt that this is the game being played, do some research and it is quite an eye opener.”

    Does anyone (Peter ?) know what lens they are talking about ?

    • e_dawg


      Nikon / Tamron lens? Sounds like the 10-24/3.5-4.5 zoom. The design, dimensions, min focus distance, max magnification, filter diameter, and focal length are all very similar. The only difference is the number of elements (14 in 9 groups for the Nikon and 12 in 9 groups for the Tamron) and the weight.

  • SanPas

    35mm has been around, forever. Nikon needs to give customers more choices which are unique to the marketplace, and to give Rockwell more to do — 30mm, 33mm, 36mm, and 37.5mm.

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