Why try it?
After reading the article from Ryan Brenizer on using the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens on a full frame camera body I decided to give it a shot. The lens is under $200 and smaller than the 50mm f/1.4. The wide view is similar to my old 24mm f/2 lens (when used on full frame of course)
Ken Rockwell also shared his tests of the lens which you can check out on his website.
I leave my camera set at FX mode all the time because I rarely use DX lenses on it. So I didn’t need to adjust any settings to enable FX mode snice it was already on. Otherwise, if your camera is set to automatically switch between DX and FX mode, go to your menu settings and change it manually.
So this is my example of the lens shot at f/1.8 on my Nikon D700.
Very sharp, pretty fast focus and nice vingetting. After the lens correction you would never know it is a DX lens. So if you are in need of a prime lens that is wider than the 50mm for FX then I recommend giving the 35mm f/1.8 DX lens a shot.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,