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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/DX Format
  • 52.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Rear Focusing; Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8"
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens is designed for use with DX-format cameras and will provide a "normal" 52.5mm equivalent focal length. With an f/1.8 maximum aperture it is useful in low-light conditions and it has one aspherical element to help control distortion and aberrations. Also, it utilizes Nikon's Super Integrated Coating to further minimize flare and ghosting in your images.

Packing in a Silent Wave Motor AF system with a rear focusing design, the NIKKOR 35mm is able to lock focus quickly and quietly. Also, it has manual focus override for taking control whenever it is desired, and it can focus as close as 11.8" to your subjects. Additionally, it has a 52mm filter diameter and features a 7-blade diaphragm for smooth out-of-focus elements.

The 35mm focal length closely matches a 50mm lens in the FX format. This is perceived to be a natural lens as it provides an undistorted angle of view that is similar to what the unaided human eye perceives.
The incorporation of an aspherical element minimizes coma and other lens aberrations, further improving image integrity.
The Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency with reduced flare.
The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) embedded in the body of the lens enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing.
A rounded 7-blade diaphragm produces a more natural rendering of out-of-focus image elements.
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 55 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Angle of View 63°
DX Picture Angle: 44°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" (30 cm)
Magnification 0.16x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 8/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.76 x 2.07" (70 x 52.5 mm)
Weight 7.05 oz (200 g)
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
  • HB-46 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • CL-0913 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    NikonAF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 1925 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1492)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (387)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1598)
    • Lightweight (1589)
    • Consistent output (1006)
    • Easily interchangeable (936)
    • Nice bokeh (826)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (110)
    • Slow focus (104)
    • Blurry focus (34)
    • Tough to attach (18)
    • Difficult to clean (17)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (1305)
    • Night photography (897)
    • Landscape/scenery (676)
    • Weddings (603)
    • Macro photography (198)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (839), Casual photographer (326), Semi-pro photographer (318), Enthusiast (130), Pro photographer (91)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1221), Yes (72)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Will become your favorite lens!

    I own a Nikon D3100 that I have become fairly accustumed with through use, a semester-long photography class, and just practice. My first purchase outside of the kit 18-55 lens was a...Read complete review

    I own a Nikon D3100 that I have become fairly accustumed with through use, a semester-long photography class, and just practice. My first purchase outside of the kit 18-55 lens was a 55-200, because I wanted more zoom capability. After having these two, on photo forums there were guys from the beginning stressing to get a prime lens to really teach you even more about photography, composition, etc.

    I did a side by side comparison under the same light and was blown away with the results. Having the fast 1.8 aperture is truly the difference between a nice shot, and one that really stands out. I can't say enough good things about this lens, actually, it's making me dread putting on my others because the performance isn't nearly the same. Under low light conditions there is no way I'll ever shoot with my 18-55 again. Outside where its bright the aperture isn't as much of a deal breaker, but inside you can't compare unless you blow it out with flash.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not too shabby

    I've been using this lens as my normal lens on a d90 now, taking the place of my 50mm f/1.8 Series E. There are two things about the 35mm that it does better...Read complete review

    I've been using this lens as my normal lens on a d90 now, taking the place of my 50mm f/1.8 Series E. There are two things about the 35mm that it does better for me. First, I like the field of view for 35mm a lot more than 50mm on a dx camera. Second, this lens is sharper than my 50mm f/1.8E. Unfortunately it seems to do about everything else than my 50mm, despite being a 20 year newer design. I'll hit on some strengths and weaknesses:

    Strengths:
    Size - not too much to say here..it's big enough for a great reasonable grip, the MF ring is easy to find. Nothing to complain about here.

    Sharpness - it's usually pretty good in this respect, so good in fact I think that causes problems when it comes to the transition between in focus and out of focus, and the bokeh quality, but more on that later. This lens is a 3.5 out of 5 on sharpness in my book - pretty good with lenses like the 75-150 Series E getting a 4.5 and the 180/2.8 AIS (legendary) getting a 5. Do avoid being wide open when going for sharpness (as with about every other lens on the planet) but it doesn't take much stopping down for it to get its act together. At f/2.5 its output is pretty good.

    Volume - it's AF motor is quiet. I can't think of any scenario in which it may be a problem.

    Flare resistance - I haven't felt the need to use the supplied hood.

    Weaknesses:
    Image Quality - the lens is sharp, but the transition between the in focus areas and the out of focus areas is a clearly visible line. I'll avoid shallow depth of field photos with this lens. It's just disappointing.

    - in addition the quality of the out of focus areas (bokeh) hasn't been so spectacular in my book. It's just not that smooth. The moderately fast aperture allows you to throw the background out of focus fairly easily, but with the quality of the oof areas leaves that fast aperture is for light gathering, not depth of field control, in my book.

    Controls - I'm used to vintage lenses with a proper aperture control, using this G lens is simply put silly. The two control dials on my d90 that I must use with this lens to set exposure is such a clunky design. I can't believe it's the best Canon, Nikon, Pentax, all the dSLR makers have come up with. A proper aperture control ring puts both hands into play engaging more of the body. With an AF-S G lens my left hand has nothing to do, and it leaves me feeling more disconnected from the picture taking.

    Bundled pouch - the pouch bundled for this lens is a joke.

    Bottom line --
    If you're looking for a lens to mount to take photos of friends that can handle the dark this is a great, inexpensive option. If you're looking for anything that involves throwing the background out of focus I'd look elsewhere.

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    5.0

    LOVE this lens

    By BEnglish33

    from Pittsgrove, NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

      I needed to get a better camera to take pictures in low light. This lens is great, it is pretty much a standard lens similar to what the 50mm 1.8 was with film (or full frame digital) I have been very impressed with the lens so far and unless you are use to using top end gear, I think you will love it too. Perfect for the kids birthday cake pictures.

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      5.0

      New normal lens

      By Photogirl

      from Sacramento

      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

      This lens is a perfect match for my new d7100. Light weight and works well for street photography (an inconspicuous look). Useful for low light situations.

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      5.0

      Nikon quality

      By Nando

      from Mill Creek

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

            nice lens

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            4.0

            Perfect first prime.

            By ub3rgeek

            from Long Island, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                I just purchased a Nikon D7200, this was the first lens i added to the kit lens. After reading a few reviews, I knew it was a must have for my bag. It delivers on everything it is advertised to do. Great for walking around with the kids and shooting the pets. Has given me a perfect starting point to get comfortable with D7200.

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                5.0

                Great, compact, big aperture

                By JPaul

                from TX

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                  Cannot beat the value of this lens for low f-stop. Very compact, and a very professional feel also.

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                  4.0

                  Missed a quality prime lens

                  By Jebba

                  from So. Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                    Haven't owned a 50mm since my old 'film' camera days - the price and Nikon quality are superb.
                    Enjoying the simplicitly and low light capabilities again...

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                    5.0

                    A must buy!

                    By nelly md

                    from New Jersey

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                    I bought my first dSLR a few years back (from B&H), coming from a point and shoot, to get better quality pictures. Being a complete noob, I went with the most basic DX Nikon had to offer - the D3200 which included the 18-55 kit lens and I opted to bundle the 55-300 for a good price. I wanted to buy this lens from the start, but thought I'd stick it out with the kit lens for a while till I get my feet wet with my new dSLR. The kit lens did me justice for a while - it took good quality pics tho I always found myself struggling in low light conditions as the kit lens wide open is only 3.5. I've been using the kit lens for about 3 years now, with very little to complain about - outdoors. But I've recently been taking more pics indoors and found myself bumping up the ISO to grainy quality levels, so I decided to finally pull the trigger and buy the 35 1.8. Now I think to myself how I ever lasted this long without it! It is fantastic! Taking pictures indoors is a treat with this lens. I no longer have to bump up the ISO as I used to with the kit lens. If you're new into the dSLR world and looking for something pocket friendly to get you up and running, a DX format Nikon with a kit lens will more than satisfy you. But if you have an extra $ fitted into your budget, this lens will totally knock your socks off. I paid a little under $ for this lens with FREE next day shipping. A must buy!

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                    5.0

                    Love this lens!

                    By Nicole - one creative mama!

                    from Naples, Florida

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      I bought this lens for event photography and an "easy-pick-up-and-go" lens. I was using a 50mm but found that I was too close to my subject when I was indoors or not doing a photo shoot. I LOVE this lens! It fits my needs PERFECTLY! I love the f-stop range. I love the ease of click in and use right away. There was very little learning curve. I also can now hand off my camera to someone else with little worry as the lens is NOT heavy at all. 5 stars!

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                      4.0

                      Good Len for low light use

                      By HN

                      from Fairfax, VA

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus
                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      If you want a good lens for low light situation, this lens is for you.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome in Low-Light

                      By Steve Berger Photographic

                      from Cincinnati, Ohio

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Great in Low Light
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      Just as advertised and reviewed by so many others. This is the lens to have in your bag.

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                      4.0

                      Good value for money

                      By martinchin

                      from Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                        Good lense considering its price. It is very light and the photos come out sharp, contrasty and it has a good range of opening. Its has a nice bokeh. Focus very well

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                        5.0

                        Just right

                        By Nails48

                        from NY

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                          Light weight, fast focusing, sharp images. I have a Nikon 18-140 mm lens on a D5100, and I prefer to walk around with this 35mm. Much easier to carry around

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                          5.0

                          Travel Kit Lens

                          By Carol the Nut

                          from Baltimore, Maryland

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                            Travel has become my passion with my photography. I have been using a 18-200 Nikon Zoom lens as my walk around lens all around the world. While I have often brought other lenses along, they never seem to be used, at all. But, I needed a lens considerably sharper and faster for some situations. This is just that. Fast and sharp, fits into my jacket pocket, I needed this lens!

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                            5.0

                            Love this lens!

                            By Tony S.

                            from Long Island, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                              I love this lens for my Nikon D7100. Great for portraits (I've taken some great shots of my wife, daughter, and granddaughter) and family gatherings. Also great for town and city photos. It's my standard go-to lens for most situations and produces reliably sharp images with nice bokeh at the widest aperture (f/1.8). It complements the only other lens I use for my camera (a Nikkor 55-300 mm, f/4.5-5.6), mostly for the great outdoors (i.e., nature shots, national parks, etc.).

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                              5.0

                              Great little Lens!

                              By Jimmy

                              from New Jersey

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                              Small, light, and sharp. It's on my D7100 almost full time.

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                              5.0

                              amazing lens

                              By Annie

                              from Providence RI

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                  I was surprised at the quality of the images that I got with this lens. I would suggest having this in everyone's camera bag!

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                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Nikon quality

                                  By FerBor

                                  from Mill creek

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                  Very sharp picture!

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice prime...

                                  By Nick

                                  from California

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                  I am a "prime" kinda guy...for the small size benefit more than anything else. Wish Nikon made a 35mm *equivalent" 1.8 prime like this. The new 24mm 1.4 is too big, heavy and expensive for me.

                                  This lens is very nice. I have a 50mm 1.8D that is very good as well, but this 35 is more convenient on a DX body when shooting at close quarters indoors.

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                                  4.0

                                  A must have lens.

                                  By Skutch

                                  from Central Washington State

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                    While my zoom lens gives me the same settings I find the fixed 35mm lens keeps me honest. Using this lens produces sharp images and requires me to arrange the shot rather than zooming from a distance. I feel this lens makes me feel more connect to the subject. I love it.

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                                    4.0

                                    A great beginner lens for DX

                                    By Eddie

                                    from Portland, OR

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow Focus

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light

                                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens:

                                    This lens is a great tool for DX cameras. The FOV and bokeh characteristics are nice for portraits and general travel photography. I tend to just take this vs the 18-55mm kit lens. The build quality is pretty good, but mine is starting to feel a little worn after a lot of time at the beach and in dusty enviornments. The autofocus could be faster, but the manual adjust feels nice. Lack of a distance or FOV scale is sad, as is the lack of a hard infinity stop for night shots. I now own the 35mm f/2 AF-D and find it fixes most of these issues at the cost of losing instant manual focus. No biggie for me, I prefer to switch to full manual focus anyhow.

                                    Would highly recommend for cheaper Nikon cameras that lack a focus motor. I would recommend it over the 35mm AF-D if price is an issue, otherwise the AF-D is my new prefered 35mm lens.

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