Nikon is widely respected for making fantastic lenses, but in recent years has placed far more emphasis on zoom lens development than prime lenses. That’s why most people where surprised when Nikon recently announced their latest lens, the Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G prime lens. This low cost, high performance lens was designed specifically for the many Nikon D40, D40X, and owners who needed a fast prime lens at an affordable price. Is the new Nikon 35mm lens as good as it sounds? Let’s take a closer look.
Focusing manually with the new Nikon 35mm lens on an AF-S camera like the or D60 is much easier than with older Nikon lenses and bodies. Since the lens doesn’t use a screw drive for autofocus there is no need to disengage the autofocus clutch in order to use the manual focus ring. Simply turn the manual focus ring on the front of the lens to adjust focus. That said, there is a standard M/A and M switch on the side of the lens in case you want to disable the autofocus and just use manual focus.