This lens uses a flower-shaped hood for effectively cutting incident light, which can adversely affect the image quality. The hood also includes a "PL filter operation window" for enabling operation of the PL filter even when the hood is attached.
With a weight (mass) of only 195g, this compact lens is the lightest available for 35mm F2.
This high-performance lens is the first 35mm F2 lens for 35mm AF SLR cameras which uses aspherical lenses for correcting various types of aberration and providing a sharp image quality with high contrast from the minimum to the infinity end and high resolution up to the edges even when taken in an open aperture state. A ghostless coating is also used to enable shooting of clear images with little ghosting or flare even under backlighting and other adverse conditions. Closeup shooting up to 30cm is also possible with this lens.