By Eric Yang
on 8.27.09

nikon-af-s-dx-nikkor-35mm-f18gLately, a lot of our readers have been interested in the gear we use to make Gear Patrol happen. So, we’re making an effort to go anti-Steve Jobs and peel back the curtains back to show you what we use to bring you Gear Patrol’s daily doses of awesome.

One of our latest additions is the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. To some of you that might as well have been written in Greek. For our camera buffs though, it reads something like this: “Nikon Autofocusing non-zoom lens that’s bright as hell”. We like to think of it as the “Nikon Makes-Gear-Look-Tasty” lens.

With such quality at such a great price ($200), you’re going to be hard pressed to find the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. For what its worth, we wish it had a shorter name too.

After a dozen calls and emails we were simply unable to find the lens through any of our regular gear procurement venues or even Nikon themselves. Our last (should have been our first) stop was Camera Land NY, a local camera shop just around the corner from the Gear Patrol offices. They had 25 in stock. We exchanged money. The world was good. If you do stop in, tell them Gear Patrol sends its regards, maybe they’ll cut you a deal. Maybe.

Flickr Group of Users Photography With the Nikon 35mm f1.8G

The primary purpose of this 35mm lens is to provide Nikon DX camera users (D3000, D5000, D40, D40x, D60, D70, D90, D300, D300s) the ability to shoot at a more natural distance of 50mm, which is more along the lines of what the natural eye sees. Previously, users were relegated to using the Nikon 50mm 1.4 and 1.8, both incredible lenses, but not necessarily a practical range (75mm calculating the cropping factor). The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is built with sturdiness in mind yet maintains its lightweight form factor. Something you’ll appreciate when you’re carrying your camera around for hours at a time. You’ll also find Nikon’s supurb silent wave motor powering the super-fast autofocus, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm that gives your photos a buttery smooth bokeh (blur behind your subject).

Cost: $200

Behind The Scenes: As you know, when its possible, Gear Patrol shoots our own photography for the articles you read. As a matter of fact our recent photoshoot for Neuhaus Labs T-2 amplifier was shot using the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. Further evidence of it’s capabilities.

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