Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/2 lenses for Nikon F mount coming later this year

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A quick update on the upcoming Yongnuo lenses for Nikon F mount from Petapixel - 50mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/2 versions will be released later this year:

"Yongnuo tells PetaPixel that it’s aiming to release a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens for Nikon cameras in July 2015, followed by a 35mm f/2 lens for Nikon DSLRs in October 2015. Another lens may be unveiled in December 2015. No word yet on pricing or specs - we may have to wait until the lenses are officially out to get those details." (source)

Yongnuo is already producing several lenses (clones) for Canon DSLR cameras.

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  • Eno

    Nice.

  • T.I.M

    let’s hope they have 60hz frequency power at the factory…

  • TheRasmus

    Waiting for them, especially for 35mm f/2.

    I have 3 Yongnuo speedlights are I really love them. If these lenses have the same high quality as their speedlights I’ll take both 50mm and 35mm.

    • Marc W.

      You mean it stops working after a few weeks or so. 🙂

      • fanboy fagz

        wipe your mouth cause youre talking shit. yongnuo profucts are in high demand and the most bought hands down. I use them day in and day out for weddings and they have never failed. 2 of my 4- 560III fell over and kept working.

        • Spy Black

          He’s just another Chinese hater…

          • Marc W.

            Not true, I love the Chinese.

        • BrainBeat

          While I can’t say I have have as much success as you with my yongnuo flashes as I have found that they often develop a problem of inconsistent triggering after a while. I still have been more than happy with them especially for how much cheaper they are then the Nikon ones. I would say a flash than can do ~50k+ flashes without any problems for under $100 is always going to be a good deal to me.
          I hope then than these might be as good. That said these lenses will have to be a really cheap or good to compete with the current Nikon ones which are not exactly expensive now.

          • fanboy fagz

            the 565/622n combo are known to have issues. other than that I had the 603II and now use 622n with 565/568/560III but ive never had a missfire. and 2 fell to the floor. I think your problem is user error. I read many posts at forums with people cursing their gear and at the end it was user error.

            their customer service though, that sucks ass.

            I just ordered a new flash from shanny. the SN600n which has faster recycling than the SB910. wanna see how that works. if its ttl is accurate as my SB flashes, ill sell my nikons and get 3 more of them.

        • Marc W.

          Fan boy? No, I use a Canon flash too.

          • fanboy fagz

            im wondering if the problem isnt because you hate yongnuo but youre just a proud us patriot whos pissed because china steals work from the US and use children for the workforce?

            • Marc W.

              No, if that’s the issue, I wouldn’t use A LOT of products. If something doesn’t work, I don’t like it. Correct, I don’t have hands on experience working with the YN flashes, but I’ve held them and some of them seem very cheap. Some do not.

              I have YN RF triggers they work great. No problem with it. Well, except the first set of wireless remote shutter triggers from them, they broke, so that’s why I bought the RF603.

            • fanboy fagz

              theyve come a long way since the last 3 years. theyre gear is top notch. you should see their canon RT flashes. very high quality. shanny as well and now pixel offering wonderful flashes for less than $130. how can nikon and canon compete.

              “I have YN RF triggers they work great. No problem with it. Well, except
              the first set of wireless remote shutter triggers from them, they broke,
              so that’s why I bought the RF603.”

              which RF are you talking about? u bought a set of RF603mk1 and they stopped working?

      • Jame May

        What the hell are you muttering on about? I have owned youngnuo flashes for over a year, and never had a single problem with them. What’s more their remote trigger reaches further, and is more consistent at trigger than the pocket wizards triggers.
        Youngnuo don’t make products as solid as Nikon, but they are so much cheaper, do the same job and since 90% of the people on here are “armchair photographers” anyway, they don’t need pro made gear since they don’t bash it about

        • Marc W.

          I’m glad for you. I’ve ready many reviews were they don’t last a few pops. Yes, I use Yongnuo RF-603s and they work well.

          • Nimloth

            I wonder how many of these complainers stuck lithium batteries in their flashes, despite all the warnings?

          • fanboy fagz

            the 603 mark 1 sucked ass. simple as that. but theyve learned. the mark 2 are excellent. I have 2 sets as backups. I use 6x622n and moved to the 622 from the 603 for the ttl and AF assist beam. the af assist beam is amazing (it will show up to videographers-) but the TTL is shit. there is no good off camera ttl flash. it just isnt accurate unless u use a cord. it simply doesnt work well.

            I have never heard anyone have the 603II not last an entire wedding. they always lasted me an entire wedding. my 622n last a wedding and can do another 20-30% of another. so I do charge them before every wedding.

            • Marc W.

              I have the Mk1, I have no problems… well, I mainly only use them for shutter releasing, but have used them for a single flash when I needed a quick on/off switch to turn off the remote flash trigger. 0 problem.

            • fanboy fagz

              no ttl pass through hot shoe, no locking wheel will have your flash fall off. careful, it happened to me. 568 slammed to the floor. power button is wrongly placed where you need to remove the flash to power on or off. better sync speeds. like I said marc it sucks ass. MK2 significantly improved.

      • T.I.M

        Well this month I had a SB900 stuck right in a middle of taking wedding pictures (over heating).
        Thanks God I have a spear one, or else I would have say “folks, let’s take a break and continue the pictures in half an hour after my $500 Nikon flash cool down”
        SB900 flashes are made in Japan.

        • Marc W.

          But you’re SB-900 continued to work after it cooled, right? So it’s not broken, right?

          • Murat Sahan

            Since it cant function as it should be it can be considered as “faulty.” But its easy to see that you are biased, because while you are bashing Yongnuo for something you read online you don´t treat Nikon the same way, despite that its a well known problem with the SB900. Instead you defend Nikon: “But you’re SB-900 continued to work after it cooled, right? So it’s not broken, right?”

            A very clear case of brandbias!

            • Marc W.

              I’ve ready about the overheating issue before I got the SB-900. I’ve never dealt with over heating issues because I don’t run my flash that hard. If I did, I’d be glad to have a system to stop it from frying. Unlike the issues, yes, that I’ve read about on the YN flashes where it requires a trip back to the manufacture on a long boat.

            • fanboy fagz

              ive shot 150 weddings the last two years with my flashes and shoot between 3000-4000 ( a lot in CL) pics a wedding (about 2500 flashed) and not one of my flashes failed. and if it did I wouldnt send it back, id simply throw it away. at $100 I can still buy 4 more before I get to the nikon price.

              you dont do weddings so you cant comment on the crazy amount of stress that rests on your shoulders to deliver

              and btw all flashes today have a thermal overload feature. ive never triggered it in any of my yongnuo.

              I wanna see what the shanny flash can do. ill put it through its paces at 3-4 weddings and if im happy ill get rid of my nikon flashes. tired of paying so much money and getting back so little for the money.

              what good is a flash when you demand it work in your most stressed time of need and it fails. I didnt pay $500 for it to fail. the SB800 has more power and never shut down. it recycles just the same as well.

            • If you want, you can shut down the thermal overload cutoff feature in SB-900. You can use that. At the risk of messing with the tube. But hry, the picture is more important sometimes.

          • fanboy fagz

            it didnt function as it should and I too suffered from the overheating in the SB900. its a defective design and instead of fixing it they released the SB910 and upped the price. they did the same with the D600/10 no wonder nikons finances look the way they do.

            • Marc W.

              Does the 900 over heat, yes. Does it recover and continue working, yes. Was that issue fixed in the 910. Did the 900 have a flaw, yes. Is it still usable, yes.

              The 600/610 issue is the same. They screwed up and FINALLY fixed it. I’m glad Canon didn’t wait on the t6 series sensor issue. I totally give them props. Not sure if they learned from the 600 issue or they’ve always been that fast. Same goes for their new 50mm. I’m also happy they released a new lens that’s not a huge amount over what their old one was. More props for them too.

              But, I do agree, Nikon might not be the best company, but I do like some of their gear. I’m more of a film shooter so I use older equipment anyway.

            • fanboy fagz

              you see you dont understand how bitter people are who bought the SB900 and got slapped in their face when they turned to nikon regarding the overheating and what does nikon do? release the SB910, ignoring loyal customers and smacking them in the face. and that why their in the situation theyre at.$500 is a lot of money for a flash. I buy 4-6 full featured flashes for that amount.

              yep nikon could learn from canons quick reaction to the defective sensor. it would save them the shame they brought to themselves as a dependable company. look at the comments on the net and see how much hate people have for nikon today. there was frustration and disappointment but never hate.

              besides the bodies which is mandatory, nikon offers less today thats enticing as it used to because 3rd party offer the same for much less.

              the ART lenses are stellar and outperform nikons without any effort. the grips sell for 1/4 the price and do a great job and the flashes as you see here deliver for much much less.

          • T.I.M

            And what about the AF calibration issue (due to the China 50hz power frequency)
            I will never buy (Nikon) made in China lenses again.

      • true

        Yongnuo makes best flashes for the buck out there (like Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC dominated Nikon one for 60% of the price). You should feel ashamed for making such an uneducated comment.

    • Lauchlan Toal

      Same here, I’ve had three 560 III’s for a year and they’re performed beautifully. I don’t have any 35mm primes yet, so Yongnuo’s might be a nice entry point.

  • fandilatiffsg

    so the 35mm is only for DX and not FF?

    • MB

      How is that?

      • fandilatiffsg

        I don’t know. That’s why I asked if anyone could clarify. The picture was for 35mm DX lens.

        • MB

          Yep … missed that … good point

    • Morgan Glassco

      My guess would be this is going to be a knock off of their FX 35mm f2 lens.

      • Bruce Wayne

        so it’s a 35mm f2 D copy? and no autofocus for d3xxx and d5xxx series. that’d be sad 🙁

        • Marc W.

          Not necessarily. It could still be the F2 lens formula, but with AF-S equiv.

          • Bruce Wayne

            maybe they’ll just copy the canon 35mm f2 cos it already has autofocus.

  • FountainHead

    Choice is good.

  • Marc W.

    Look luck getting me to sell my 50mm 1.8G and 35mm f2 Ai-S for these. I can’t be fooled if they work like the Canon versions.

    • fanboy fagz

      why would u sell lenses you have to buy the same focal length lenses?

      • Marc W.

        Normally people do that. It’s called Upgrading.

        • fanboy fagz

          not always its an upgrade. take the 85 1.8 G vs the D. why would I upgrade to a slower focusing lens? for a bit more sharpness? the 85 1.8D is stellar as is, the focusing speed of all the new g primes is crap.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ataDgMph_wI

          • Marc W.

            Newer is not always upgrading. I went from the Nikon 35mm f2D to the f2 Ai-S. THAT is an upgrade, even with the same FL and aperture and manual focus. I also went from the 50mm 1.4D and 1.8D to the 1.8G and that is an upgrade to me. The focus speed of the 1.8G is good (unlike the 1.4G). I do miss the BLAZING speed on the F5, but it’s surely quick enough.

            • EnPassant

              Maybe you should consider upgrading to the Nikkor 35mm f1.4 Ai-S! That was my favourite 35mm lens for film. Or the even older Nikkor-O 35/2 lens that some think is better than the later Ai and Ai-S versions.
              Among newer lenses the Zeiss ZF2 35/2 is a great landscape lens and the Sigma Art 35/1.4 the sharpest wide open at 1.4. But those are more expensive and, especially the Sigma, big and heavy.

            • Marc W.

              I’ve looked at the 1.4, but I read that it’s not that great wide open. I’ll take a slower lens if it’s sharp. If the 1.4 starts getting sharp at f2, there’s no reason to pay the 1.4 price when I only paid $90 for the f2 Ai-S.

              I’ve tried the Sigma 35mm and it’s fantastic. Two things that holds me back from getting one is the price and the lack of aperture ring. I’ve rented the Rokinon 35mm 1.4 and I liked it, but it’s a little big (not a deal breaker since it’s such a nice lens) and don’t see a need since I already have a fantastic f2 Ai-S.

            • EnPassant

              That is true. I mainly used f/2 on the 35/1.4 Ai-S when light was low. 1.4 was more for emergency when needed. Still that was far more usable than 1.4 on the old Summilux M 35/1.4 that was really soft!

              While many modern lenses are indeed usable wide open, with some lenses, especially for smaller formats, not needing stopping down to reach their best performance, the consensus about most older lenses are that they usually needed stopping down on ore two stops for good image quality.

              That means a f/1.4 lens was usually better at f/2 than a lens having f/2 as max aperture.

              As I haven’t made any side by side comparisions myself (Maybe some day when I feel my D610 need a partner and invest in an end of life D750 on sale. So not this year!) I can’t say how the 35mm Ai-S f/1.4 and f/2 lenses compare at same aperture in practice.

              I do however have the Modern Photogrphy’s more than 30 years old test reports on these lenses. In the center the 35/1.4 beats the 35/2 at every aperture for resolution and contrast as well as at f/2 in the corners. Stopped down more the 35/2 is mostly a tiny bit better in the corners according to the Modern test. So it depends on what is most important for you.

              The Nikkor 35/1.4 Ai-S is of course much more expensive than your f/2 lens. I would say three times or more used or about the same price as a used Samyang 35/1.4 lens in good condition. Then the choice would be of a more compact older lens versus a newer with better performance but also twice the size and weight.

              These YongNuo lenses will propably be built as the Canon versions without aperture ring as well. While optical quality may be okay, and even better than the old the Nikon AF 35/2 D, I can only see these as budget alternatives with AF compared to other recent 35mm lenses. It’s just a pity for USA customers who have to pay three times more fore the FX version of the 35/1.8 lens compared to the DX version when European customers only need to pay around 2.25 times as much.

            • EnPassant

              Here’s the test from Modern:

          • That 85mm f/1.8D is one sharp lens, isn’t it?

          • Aldo

            “a bit more sharpness”…

          • HF

            Fully sufficient. Usually when using the lens the distance to the subjects is similar and therefore the AF doesn’t need to go from minimum to maximum range all the time. What do you photograph?

            • fanboy fagz

              nonstop weddings all year. I need speed. especially on the low light dance floor. ive used the G. not sufficient.

            • HF

              On the dance floor I agree, especially in low light. I use the 35/1.4 from Sigma for that with very good results, but the 85G lenses are indeed difficult to use in my opinion for this. I tried the 85/1.4d on my D810 and found it a little soft wide open.

    • If you dont mind manual focusing then I suggest the Voigtlander 40mm f2 for compactness and image quality

      • Marc W.

        I looked at one, but I wanted something wider since it’s closer to the 50s I already have. Plus they are way more $ than I paid for mine.

  • Aldo

    The new nikon 35mm f1.8 FF is my fav walk around lens… it’s what’s on my d750 most of the time… Every time novice photographers ask me about lenses I suggest buying a basic prime… but they seem hesitant to spend 200 dollars…. I hope these lenses are cheap.

    • Jame May

      Oh so you’re still doing street photography with a big arse DSLR? get with the times please.

      • Spy Black

        So what should be shooting with, a J1?

        • I guess he would suggest a fuji + 23mm 1.4, which is quite a good choice over the D750+ 35mm 1.8 if you dont mind spending money in another system… (or x100 23mm f2 if you dont mind the slowness of the camera/autofocus and loss of 1stop)

      • To each their own, I personnaly use the D750 for work and carry the even bigger D800 for personal stuff (for its resolution) or go with the X100s when I am too lazy to carry any camera bag but still want to have something to take decent pictures with me.

      • RMJ

        I use big ass Zenit 12xp with Helios 58mm for street photography. Works very well.

        And in the case of mugging, it doubles as a solid cast iron weapon to defend myself.

        • Marc W.

          That’s not big. I’ve used a Mamiya RZ67. Love the WLF.

          • Spy Black

            That’s not big. I use a Howitzer myself…

      • Aldo

        I dont do street photography… I use the 35mm a lot for work and family photos. This set up is light enough for anything though…It’s quick and easy with minimum camera fiddling so you can actually enjoy yourself with your family…. I may not ‘look cool’ with my pocket mirrorless… but at the end of the day… guess who’s the dad with the better photos?

        • Marc W.

          But, but, but. Do you look like a hipster?

        • Tom Bruno

          Which pocket camera do you like?

          • Aldo

            My cellphone… I didnt write that too well.

      • Scott

        I do street with medium format.

    • HF

      One of my favourite combinations, too. I assist my wife on weddings using the Sigma ART lenses and searched for a lightweight prime for her to pair with the 85mm. Initially I wanted the 28/1.8g, but found the 35 to be sharper and equally pleasing. For the money, a great lens.

      • Aldo

        And you can turn it into nifty fifty in dx mode!

      • Captain Megaton

        At $600 not exactly cheap though for a plastic f1.8 lens. Don’t get me wrong I’m sure it’s a really nice optic but the prices Nikon are charging these days …

        • HF

          Here in Germany it is about the same price of the new 28/2 from Sony (450 Euro). Similarly, too, to the 85/1.8g in price. I find this a very reasonable price, compared to what I had to pay for m43 lenses when I had the system (plastic, too), considering the performance I get.

  • James Donahue

    Hope they come with an 85mm

  • LONN1E

    I wish they would do a pancake like canons 40mm 2.8 for F mount. That is a hole in the Nikon lineup that they could clean up on. Nikon AF pancake lens for lightweight walkaround

    • They used to make a 45mm f/2.8 with a diaphragm that was tied to the focusing ring.

      • Marc W.

        That’s, AFAIK, is only useful when using on camera/bracket flash

        • Spy Black

          Nope, it’s lens that can be used by itself.

          • Marc W.

            I was talking about the focus/aperture linkage.

        • It’s good for when you use flashbulbs or an electronic flash of constant output. It’s from the pre-thyristor era.

      • Captain Megaton

        It was, and there was a limited edition 45/2.8 Nikkor-P as well. And there’s the CV Ultron 40/2 and Nikkor and CV 20/3.5.

        What there is not, however, is something like the Pentax DA 40/2.8 or the new Canon STM 40/2 and 24/2.8.

        Particularly the Canon 24/2.8. Now, maybe the optics in that are terrible – haven’t used it – but the focal length and form factor are great!

    • Jame May

      Stick the lens in a vice and squeeze!
      There, now you got a pancake lens!

    • Voigtlander 40mm f2

      • LONN1E

        Not AF. There still is no AF pancake currently on sale for F mount

        • True but there are no f2 pancake AF for EF mount either.
          I have been using both the 40 f2.8 on canon and the voigtlander 40 f2 and I like them both but find myself using the voigtlander more because of the extra stop, general feel, ability to do freelensing as there is an aperture ring …

    • MonkeySpanner

      Totally agree. Nikon has not responded to Canons offering yet. Hope they do soon. Those Canon lenses are pretty great.

  • Nikon User

    Canon released a super cheap 50mm f1.8 to kill this, hopefully Nikon will do the same. Glad this includes 35mm lens.

  • Murat Sahan

    I hope its a 35 mm lens that fits both DX and FX and is AF on both since im looking for something like that. The old Nikon 35 F/2 dosent AF on the lesser DX cameras.

  • Marc W.

    Interesting. I’ve gotta check my lenses but I haven’t fine tuned any of them. =/

  • fanboy fagz

    I wonder if the lenses will have the motor in it so all nikon bodies can use them.

    curious how they perform. I think yongnuo are just testing the waters. this is just a beginning for them. they will focus on primes like samyang.

  • Dre Mosley

    Interested in the 35.

  • Teko

    Why buy Nikon and not shoot with Nikkor lens? As much as it might sound like a marketing ploy. Just think about it. If you don’t want a Nikkor, you can always get other brands of camera to go with the lens. This is from a discussion I had way back with a store camera owner, when I was considering my first SLR. Nikon prides itself on sharpness of their optics (good for detailed stuff/forensics, etc.) Canon does on AF speed (Sports, action..) Sure you can save money by buying other brands, but is it really worth it in the long run? You save a few here and there, but unlike major pro-brands(Canon,Nikon, Leica, Carl-Zeiss, some Fuji then maybe Pentax, Sony.) knock offs don’t hold value the same way, instead they depreciate significantly. eg. Have you tried to sell a 10year old Tokina? They are worth about a third of half of the original purchased price.

    I’m sure you’ve heard this before: Invest in the right lens, and less on cameras (especially in digital age…) the camera looses value like never before, but not the lens.

    • Captain Megaton

      This is the “Ken Rockwell” argument. It’s generally good advice, but not absolute. There are good third-party lenses in F-mount that are also good value, especially if you buy used. I very much doubt the Yougnuo are in the same class as my Tokina 100mm F2.8 macro however, let alone the Zeiss Distagon 35/2 ZF.

    • true

      I second this

  • Captain Megaton

    Maybe if you can’t afford the Nikkor. But if you can’t afford the Nikkor 50/1.8 you probably shouldn’t have bought a dSLR either.

  • nukunukoo

    I can personally say that the lens are utter crap. The focus has this weird CA even at its sharpest (centre)! The Bokeh is decent but the crappy foreground sharpness (softness?) just crapolate the whole image!!! I guess if they sell it at 1/5th the Nikkor, it may be worth it after you Piccure Plus the crap out of it.

  • true

    I wonder how the 35mm f2 will compare to nikon lens

  • ArkadiiShapoval

    I’ve tried this lens for nikon, and it’s pretty nice. My review (with samples) – http://radojuva.com/2016/11/yongnuo-yn50mm-f-1-8-n/

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