Nikon at Photokina has filled a longstanding gap in its modern AF-Nikkor lineup by introducing a premium fast 35mm that incorporates all of the company's current lens technologies (although it's also a "G" lens, which eliminates the aperture ring). This is a lens a lot of pros have been waiting for for a long time.
The full-frame AF-S Nikkor 35mm ƒ/1.4G is a 10-element lens with one aspherical element. It rear focuses (i.e., no rotating front element, no changes in length with focus setting) using a "Silent Wave" ultrasonic motor, and has on-demand manual focus override. It takes 67mm filters, weighs 21.2 ounces (600g), and is weatherproof. (Which raises the question—does this mean the coming "D700x" or "D800" will also be weatherproof?)
U.S. cost: $1800.
Also announced: a refreshed "II" version of the 200mm ƒ/2.
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Featured Comment by Chad: "I wish Nikon would provide its less wealthy hobbyists with a decent 24mm ƒ/2.8 or a similar 28mm lens. The impression I get is that they plan to sell these pricy primes to the professionals and more affluent amateurs, and let the mere mortals use zooms for everything. It's just plain sad one can't get a decent prime wider than 50mm without selling an organ, or at the very least, sacrificing autofocus."
Featured Comment by John Scott: "It seems F-mount 35mm ƒ/1.4 lenses are like buses...you wait forever, and then three come along at once."