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Yongnuo Offers A Fast 35mm F/2 To Fill A Gap Nikon Left Wide Open & It’s Only $90

By Kishore Sawh on September 5th 2016

Yongnuo has become somewhat of a trusted brand over the years, largely drawing that from their success speedlite flashes that are fractionally as expensive as name-brand counterparts. Of course, ‘trusted’ probably needs some elaboration, because what Yongnuo consumers tend to trust in, is the consistency of the brand to produce a product that is good enough. Good enough for what? To learn on, to have as back-up or extras; not that your kit should be outfitted with them if it is the highest quality you seek. But it’s hard to argue with their value for money at times, and when they released a nifty fifty for about 2 years back, then the 35mm f/2 for Canon more recently, they kind of made you pay attention, and now there’s a new 35mm f/2 for Nikon, and it fills a gap for sure.

Yongnuo recently released the YN 35mm f/2 for Nikon’s F-Mount, and while it’s not available from retailers like B&H, it can be found on eBay for around $90-100 USD. At that price point it’s about double the price of the 50 1.8 they released for Nikon, but it’s when you compare it to other 35mm offerings does it begin to make more sense.


Nikon has a number of 35mm variants, and each are slightly different in price, spec, and format. There’s the base AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G which is brilliant, fast, sharp, with it’s own motor, and costs only $196. Then there’s the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED which is the FX equivalent and comes in at $527. Next there’s the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G which is a faster variant of the former and is a whopping $1,696 (Sigma’s Art version of this costs $900), and lastly there’s the Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D Lens for FX that costs $386 USD. This is the lens perhaps most comparable to the Yongnuo, except unlike the Yongnuo it has no AF motor, and costs almost 4x as much.

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So if you kept track of all that what you’d notice is with the Yongnuo you’re getting a fast 35 with AF motor for likely under $100, and the two nearest Nikon counterparts are either $196 for a DX lens, or $386 for an FX without an AF motor. So Yongnuo has not only given a ridiculously attractive price point, but a lens offering you just can’t get from Nikon.


Will it be as good as the pricier Nikons? Good is relative, but fair to say it likely won’t be, at least to the new ones, but the Canon version has received a lot of praise. At this price it would seem to be the perfect piece of kit for those who aren’t all that discerning, or beginners who are learning.

If you guys are interested in it let us know and maybe we’ll get one to review.

More Lens Specs:

  • Full-frameView-angle Coverage: Diagonal: 63 Degree
  • Full-frameView-angle Coverage: Vertical: 38 Degree
  • Full-frameView-angle Coverage: Horizontal: 54 Degree
  • Lens structure: 5 groups
  • Aperture blades: 7 blades
  • Minimum aperture: F/19
  • Supermacro mode: about 0.25 meters
  • Maximum Magnification: about 0.23 times
  • Drive System: direct current motor
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Maximum Diameter and length: about 74x59mm

Source: Nikon Rumors


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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Antonio Zavala

    I bought this lens on Amazon, and had it for about a week. It has a similar body to the Nikon 50mm f1.8, with a lighter, more plastic feel. All the all the images were very soft, and started getting sharp around f8. After calibrating it was a bit better, but only a bit. It wouldn’t focus after a few shots every time. I had the turn the camera off, and on for it to focus again. In my opinion not a very good lens.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Ah, that’s really good to hear. In that it may save some people the hassle. cheers

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  2. Hagos Rush

    I would be very interested In a review. A review of the 35/50 for. It’s the Canon and Nikon camps would be magnificent.


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  3. John Stuedle

    I would be very interested in a review. I have owned the 35/2 Nikkor for over a decade. It’s OK, reasonably sharp, but not tack sharp and yes, it is slow to focus. I found that the Nikkor is somewhat poor for video use. A direct comparison with the f/2 would be most interesting. I would mostly be interested in sharpness at all apertures and build quality. And a quick test while shooting video would be helpful. While this would not be truly apples to apples, this would be the match-up I would like to see.

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  4. Kyle Stauffer

    I’ve always said that there was a definite gap here… For those shooting Nikon and wanting to pair an 85mm with a 35mm AF prime in the $200-$300 range. I think Yongnuo would have been smart to make their 35 a 1.8, but maybe it had something to do with utilizing that existing 50mm housing….

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  5. Antonio Zavala

    Yes please! A review of the lens would be great. However, at that price I might just check it out myself lol.

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