We will be the first to admit that we are Nikon fanboys over here at Flat-Out, using the top-notch kit on a daily basis to capture the majority of the imagery you see gracing this here website.
Not ones to pass up the chance of getting to grips with new glass, we kindly took ownership of the latest Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G ED lens to snare some of the shots used in our recent Mercedes-Benz X-Class review and Provision & Co. photo shoots.
The focal length sits in the sweet spot of not too wide or long, making it a great prime for taking on our travels.
First thing to notice is the fantastic Silent Wave Motor, which offers fast and accurate autofocus without the noise and fuss associated with older lenses.
The aspherical lens element ensures there is no distortion or aberration when shooting at the widest aperture and we found that the lens coating was superb at eliminating flare and keeping colours vibrant when shooting in awkward low sun situations.
This particular lens had clearly done the rounds with numerous photography journalists and enthusiasts, as it was sporting a fair few battle scars when it showed up, but the general construction is chunky without feeling overly weighty.
Although, with official prices kicking off at £529.99, we couldn’t help but think the exterior plastic casing and filter thread could do with beefing up a bit but that goes for so many mid-range modern lenses.
Overall, it takes a lovely shot and it’s definitely a lens we will miss now it’s not in the kit bag.
£529.99, from Nikon Europe