New Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G FX lens to be announced in early January

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G full frame lens
For the 2014 CES show Nikon will announce a new AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G full frame lens. I do not have an exact date, but CES starts on January 7th and most of the new product announcements are done in the first day. Nikon already has a 35mm f/1.4G FX lens ($1,619) and a 35mm f/1.8G DX lens ($196.95) - the new addition should provide a lightweight and cheaper alternative for full frame shooters.

There will be also another DX lens announcement during the CES show, but I am still trying to get the details - stay tuned.

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  • USA

    Any word yet on whether it can be used for Pure Photography?

    • saywhatuwill

      No. The silver band will not be included with this lens, thus does not qualify for Pure Photography.

      • Global

        And mixing the Grey with Gold is a definite no-no!

  • Roger Botting

    $2400 BUT will come with complimentary D400. (limited time offer, void where prohibited by law. Not available in states with the letter ‘A’, blah, blah, blah!)

  • Henry

    Amazing how strategic an announcement like this can be. By making it, Nikon may have cut the Christmas sales of the Sigma 35mm 1.4 by a significant margin because many will wait for the new Nikon lens. In fact Amazon has a lightning deal on the Sigma 35mm 1.4 for Nikon right now for $699! I would have jumped at that price previously. (To be fair, I’d also like to shop in Canada for the 7 years Canadian warranty.)

    • Henry

      The link to the $699 Sigma 35mm 1.4 Amazon lghtning deal for those who are interested:

      Just checked and the Canon version is the same price on a lighting deal, but 100% claimed while the Nikon one is only 35% claimed at this moment with two hours remaining.

  • Felix

    how cool is that! that’s probably the best news for ages. let’s just hope it’s not too expensive and performs well.

  • stoooopid

    My guess – new DX lens is 16-85 f/4. This will be the new kit lens for D400 – which will probably be the last “high end” DX body.

    All FX from here on out. FX sensor will also start to creep into even lower cost products. Nikon has to give a person with $1200 burning a hole in their pocket a reason to buy a nikon dslr body rather than going the mirrorless route. And an FX sensor at $1200 body+lens is certainly a reason to go dslr instead of mirrorless. No, feel free to trash me for making this prediction, but we will see what plays out over the next 5 years.

  • Giannos Menelaou

    At last!! I hope is true.. Maybe as small as the 35mm f2 and it will be the best choice lens in my opinion!!!

  • ohayounikkor

    DAMMIT…wouldn’t you know it…I just bought the Rokinon 35mm 1.4 Nikon. I will have to check it out..if Nikon get’s it right like the Nikon 85mm 1.8 G…Well I might be in the market..but after my own testing and reviews….

  • MB

    With Sigma 35 f/1.4 at 900$ being equal to or better lens than Nikon 35 f/1.4 at 1700$ this 35 f/1.8 should be really good lens at no more than 500$ just to save Nikon name.

  • decisivemoment

    This will be a nice lens for those who want to combine a D400 and D800 in the same outfit. Ooops, did I mention D400? Seriously, though, this is one you can buy either way.

    • Plug

      Exactly my sentiment.

  • Steven Solidarios

    I get tons of compliments on how the 85 1.8g renders images. I’d expect this 35 to be no less the same! My money is waiting Nikon! Can we get a D4s too?

    • Same here. I use the 85mm f/1.8 on my D300s and the results are absolutely beautiful. It’s a gorgeous lens in ways that the folks at DxO haven’t even thought about let alone figured out how to put a number on.

      • Steven Solidarios

        I have a 36 person family portrait coming up soon at a Rose Garden and definately need some quality glass. I hear Zeiss works wonders, but I have never actually used one. Im wondering if it would be worth it to rent for the weekend. These “cheaper” lenses are already quite good!

        • Well, a different camera, but the Zeiss lenses on my Contax G2 were the best lenses I ever used…period. Sold all that gear. I’d cut off a ball to have them bring that camera and lenses back in digital form. Better than any Canikon, Leica or Olympus gear i’ve owned.

          • Steven Solidarios

            I keep hearing that. I need to rent one asap!

        • pj

          The zeiss 35/2 is nice on the D800E. Wide open it’s softer and has much more CA than the 28/1.8G, but by f/4 and f/5.6, where I normally shoot it, it is sharper and has more contrast than the 28/1.8G. Even stopped down it has a bit more CA in the corners, but this usually only shows up on tree branches against the sky, etc. and it’s easily fixable.

          It’s definitely worth renting–but I’d test it before you use it for that shoot.

          Personally, I’ll probably keep mine even when I get the new Nikkor. Sometimes AF is nice, but the zeiss is a nice lens.

          • SteveDK

            I concur with your assessment of the 28mm/1.8G and 35mm/2 ZF lenses. They are both very good, though not perfect.

  • Global

    I believe Nikon is doing this as a response to the Sigma 35/1.4.

    I believe Nikon is going to try to make a 35/1.8, which is sharper than Sigma — thereby representing a price differential in Nikon’s favor.

    I wish, additionally, that Nikon would make a 28/1.4 sharper than Sigma’s 35.

    • Global

      I wonder if they are going to make a “Df” version with a cheap grey ring for $100 more, as well, LOL.

    • Andrzej Lukowiec

      Nikon cannot produce a sharp lenses… So far they haven’t done it 😉

      • SteveDK

        The AFS Nikkor 28mm/1.8G is very sharp, but has quite a bit of forward field curvature. Fortunately that suits my typical vertical landscapes with close foregrounds, but it may not please every potential user.

  • Mansgame

    When you can shoot clean ISO 6400 and already own a f/2.8 zoom like the 24-70 that’s razor sharp, it doesn’t make much sense to buy a $600 lens just to gain one stop and lose the zoom. Bokeh is also a non-issue at 35mm.

    • Mr. Mamiya

      Size? Weight? Background separation?

      • Global

        Not to mention that you could get a 35 and an 85 f/1.8 for less money than the 2.8 zoom, and many people would be just as happy having an extra $500 in their pocket. (Love the 24-70, but hate its weight).

  • JumboGuy5

    Yay! This is great news. I’ve been wanting a 35mm lens, but didn’t want to bite the bullet and buy the 1.4G. I hope the price is right! This lens will probably stay attached to my camera most of the time.

  • pj

    Finally! I’ve been waiting for a good replacement for the old 35/2D to come along. I used to love that lens on film but on the D800E the corners never really sharpen up.

    The Nikkor 1.4G is nice–I think it’s underrated since it’s not a super contrasty lens, but it’s actually quite good. I guess it’s not bitingly sharp but photographers who value an overall nice rendering over absolute sharpness seem to like it. I tried it and I like it. It’s just huge and expensive. I tried the Sigma and I know everyone says it’s the best thing ever, but there was something I didn’t like about it. I’ll admit that this is probably my own bias against the crappy sigma lenses of old. But it’s also big and heavy and I really don’t need f/1.4. I settled on the Zeiss 35/2 but it has lots of CA and it’s heavy, though I love the smooth focus and build quality.

    I know the lens is already designed so it’s pointless to add yet another wish list…but personally I hope it’s sized more like the 50/1.4G and with the performance of the 28/1.8G. The Canon 35/2 isn’t all that large and it has IS so there is hope.

    I’m glad the Nikon won’t have IS. I don’t need it and I think it adds complexity and makes the lens more vulnerable to alignment issues down the road.

    I hope it costs $400, but I’ll pay $700 to be honest as long as the performance is good, and judging by the other f/1.8G lenses it should be. If I were a betting man I’d say it’ll come in around $596, But if they hope to sell a lot of them it should be $496 or less.

    • Global

      I feel like someone at Nikon paid you to say every word of that. You should go into business as an SEO spammer if not, because you hit every marketing point, including doubling a reasonable price as if it was nothing important.

      The DX version of this lens is $200. If the FX version is yet ANOTHER intentionally features crippled f/1.8 (such as 7 instead of 9 blades, etc), then it should NOT cost more than $300, period.

      If Nikon does something special with this lens, then yes, $400 is reasonable, just barely, which would still be double the DX version, needlessly.

      • pj

        I wish Nikon would pay me…I’m just a pro documentary photographer so I could use the cash.

        But a small, good 35/2 is important to me. I’m a real photographer not a Nikon fanboy. I’ve been trying to get away from Nikon but the D800E has been a game changer for me, since I can shoot fast and handheld but still do large exhibition prints.

        I tried Fuji but the menu system sucks and the aps-c sensor (obviously) isn’t the same as fullframe. I’d definitely switch to canon since they make a great, small 35/2, but they don’t offer anything like the D800.

        I’m pretty pissed off at Nikon for not offering more high-quality small lenses with moderate apertures. The old 35/2 and 28/2.8, for example, were great on film but don’t quite hold up on the D800e.

        We don’t all care about bokeh or absolute sharpness, though lenses like the 35/2D are so soft in the corners that it’s obvious even in prints, and that’s not acceptable. I have no idea how many aperture blades my 28/1.8G has but I’ve used it for professional work that’s been exhibited and published and I don’t consider the lens crippled. I do wish it had a better build quality though. It feels disposable.

        This might not be a popular idea, but I’d rather pay $900 and get a small, solid, bulletproof afs 35/2 that had a seriously professional build quality. But I’m sure that’s not what we’ll get. Frankly all of Nikon’s prime lenses feel cheap to me (other than the long glass of course). Even the 85/1.4G and 35/1.4G don’t feel anything like the old 28/1.4D and 85/1.4D. Those lenses were solid. Canon lenses feel better to me now but again, Canon doesn’t make the body I need.

        Sorry if I came off as a shill, but the only reason I’m not using my real name is SEO–I want to be known for my work not my meaningless ramblings about equipment. I usually don’t post crap like this.

        You can’t compare the price to the 35/1.8 DX, which feels like it’s made of paper and which only need to cover the smaller sensor. The 35/2D is currently around $360 in the us, and I’d pay a bit of a premium for the new one. Camera equipment has gotten more expensive. Deal with it.

        I’d be shocked (and thrilled) if this thing costs $300. Most likely it’ll have flimsy build quality like the 28/1.8G and cost more than it should. But since it’s such an important tool in my arsenal, I’ll probably pay whatever it costs. A 35mm is my main lens. I pretty much shoot everything with 28, 35 and 50mm lenses.

        I still think $400 (or $396 in nikon speak) would be a fair price, as long as the build isn’t too cheap and the thing has no excessive ca or focus shift and is sharp in the corners by f/2. That’s the price I’m hoping for, but I do fear it will be higher.

        • Gordon

          I agree with you by and large. I shoot a D800 and it spends most of its time with a 24-70 attached. I’d like a 35mm prime that is a decent size and weight. I too liked the Nikon 1.4G more than the Sigma Art but I’d like something smaller. The old 35/2 AF wasn’t satisfactory. I plan to try out the Zeiss in any case, and I have considered looking for a good copy of one of the Nikkor MF lenses. The Nikon 35/1.4G is currently still my top pick for tax season next year. The timing of this likely announcement suits me and provided the lens is a decent one, price isn’t my greatest concern. That said, it would be great if this lens is keenly priced.

    • SteveDK

      Yes the AF Nikkor 35mm/2 lenses are surprisingly bad in the corners on DSLRs. They are OK for closeup work, but really suffer at middle distances and infinity. I regret wasting money on mine ad will probably sell it soon.

  • Parampreet Dhatt

    Considering how good the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is in terms of performance and how many accolades its gathered, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 will need to be priced around $500-600 mark to sell well against it. There’s also the Samyang/Rokinon 35mm f/1.4, which is available for around $300 used and still gives performance close to the Nikon 35mm f/1.4, although its manual focus only.
    I’m hoping for it to be priced around $500-600 with ED and Nano coating. If its without these, it should be around $400 (slightly less than the 85mm f/1.8G).

  • Dont know if im happy or if i want to cry …. i bought the 35 1.4 Sigma for nothing ? And i paid 900€ in first months of 2013 …

  • jefferylewis

    This should be my favourite lens. I’ve waited a long time. Where’s the preorder already?

  • Davis5

    it must be realized that the sigma 35f1, 4 sells a lot and that’s fine …

    I while I just got the sigma…

  • mist3rf0ur

    Where’s my 24mm 1.8G, Nikon? Sigh…

  • Joel Burt

    I would get one, but the 28mm f1.8 is so good, I don’t think I will need it. I have the 35mm focal length well covered with amazing manual focus lenses; I have a Zeiss 35mm f2, Nikkor-O 35mm f2 (the bokeh king), and the AI-s 35mm f2. I will grab the 35 f1.8G it it is as small as the 50mm f1.8G.

  • Javy

    Just got a Sigma 35mm F1.4 from Amazon at $699 on Monday… Could not expect a better thing…

  • Abhinav

    Eagerly waiting for it 🙂

  • Wider

    Make a 20mm f/2.8G and I´ll jump if it´s less than 1200 euros

  • Alex

    Comon Nikon… I want it.

  • Scott

    If they announce the 35mm f1.8 on the 7th when do you think we will be able to purchase it? How soon for it to get to the stores?

  • What’s the expected price of the 35mm 1.8G FX?

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