Nikon Releases Fast, Cheap Lens For Entry Level DSLRs

Nikon Releases Fast, Cheap Lens For Entry Level DSLRs


By Evan Ackerman

If you’re on your first Nikon DSLR, odds are it’s a Nikon D40, D40x, or D60. They’re solid cameras (I use a D40x myself), but the low light performance is, shall we say, abysmal. Generally, you get good low light performance from using a fast lens, but these entry level DSLRs aren’t equipped to autofocus any lenses except new and expensive ones, meaning that your el cheapo trusty 50mm f/1.4 AF-D won’t get the job done, and the cheapest fast AF-S lens that will work is nearly $500.

Nikon has just released a new lens designed specifically for entry level DX cameras, the AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G. It’s not an f/1.4 or an f/1.2 (or an f/0.95), but considering that the kit lens that comes with the D60 is an f/3.5, which is something like four times less sensitive to light (I think), this lens would be a major improvement. The 35mm gets boosted to about 50mm by the 1.5 crop factor of DX sensors, giving you a zoom of about 1x. All in all, a very fast, very solid lens. It focuses to just above 11 inches, weighs 7 ounces, and goes on sale in March for (this is the best part) under $200.

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