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

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Product Highlights
  • For Cameras With APS-C Size Sensors

To fulfill the needs of digital photographers owning Nikon cameras with DX-sized sensors, Nikon produces the 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX Lens.

This lens produces an angle of view similar to what a 50mm lens would produce on a full-frame/FX camera and thusly functions as a "normal" lens. Prior to the digital explosion, most shooters would begin their exploration into the world of photography with a "normal" lens with a large maximum aperture.

A lens of this type is the traditional standby for low-light shooting, careful composition, and street shooting. This 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens recreates that experience for DX format shooters who have been seeking a comparable "normal" lens.

Note! DX lenses are NOT recommended for use with FX "full-frame" digital or 35mm SLR cameras.

Fast "Normal" Lens
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.
Versatile
A desirable lens for low-light, travel, environmental portraiture and overall general photography.
Contains an Aspherical Lens Element
The incorporation of an aspherical element minimizes coma and other lens aberrations, further improving image integrity.
Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
This lens coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency with reduced flare.
Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
The motor embedded in the body of the lens enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing.
7-blade Diaphragm
A rounded iris produces a more natural rendering of out-of-focus image elements.
Close Focusing
The 35mm f/1.8 AF-S can focus as close as one foot.
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable 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 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 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.8 x 2.1" (7.11 x 5.33 cm)
Weight 7.05 oz (200 g)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX 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
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonAF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 1739 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1352)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (349)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1489)
    • Lightweight (1464)
    • Consistent output (938)
    • Easily interchangeable (853)
    • Nice bokeh (741)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (103)
    • Slow focus (95)
    • Blurry focus (30)
    • Tough to attach (17)
    • Difficult to clean (16)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (1194)
    • Night photography (823)
    • Landscape/scenery (603)
    • Weddings (541)
    • General purpose (187)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (767), Casual photographer (299), Semi-pro photographer (286), Enthusiast (130), Pro photographer (82)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1082), Yes (67)

    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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    3.0

    ok lens for the money

    By tag

    from Phoenix

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

    The focus ring doesn't stop at either end of the focus spectrum. It gives the lens a cheap feel. Quality is ok for night shots....

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    5.0

    Great Inexpensive Lens

    By Connor

    from Pennsylvania

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

    This lens is fast and works great for freezing motion and shooting star trails.

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    4.0

    Nice Lens

    By Photojim22

    from Vermont

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Wanted a "normal" lens for my DX camera. Lens came with a soft cloth bag and lens hood and shot great indoor and outdoor pics. At 1.8 it's faster than my zoom and compares well to the 50 mm f 1.4 FX prime I also bought but is wider at DX format. Also has metal lens ring. It's now my "walk around" lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome addition to my lens lineup

      By Varga the Photog

      from New Mexico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

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

      I received this lens as a birthday present, and have already had it out on a shoot. It worked great for individual portraiture work...got some beautiful, crisp shots! I went to school for photography and film production and now do portrait work and landscape art, but not full-time, so for my needs this is exactly what I was hoping for in a prime lens! The only thing I have noticed so far in my limited use of the lens (only had it over 2 weeks now) is auto focus with my Nikon D7000 is somehwat sluggish.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Better than 20-20 vision

      By Aviator Ashley

      from Raleigh NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Right out of the box, I started taking photos of the vegetables in my kitchen as a test. I did not realize that fresh tomatoes actually have a little coating of peach-fuzz. This amazing lens can see things that my perfect vision cannot. Not sure if I want this lens used on me..... but it will make great portraits with that beautiful eyelash detail.

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          5.0

          Good for low light

          By Tri Tran

          from Westminster, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography

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

            Good for low light/night shots.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A bargain at twice the price

            By slowrider1966

            from Fort Worth Tx

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              The AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX has quickly become my go to lens when I just want to put a lens on and go. Outstanding optical quality has consistantly produced sharp pics with great color. Combine that with fast auto focus, and wonderful low light performance all wrapped in a sub $[$]lens? believe it. On my D7100 its range is similar to a 50mm on a full frame. It may not be built like the pro lenses but then again your not paying $1500 either. Would higly reccomend this lens for anyones kit. I also find that using a prime lens and having to zoom with your feet will greatly improve your composition skills.

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              5.0

              Great low light candid DX prime

              By El pollo loco

              from new orleans, la

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • None really

              Best Uses

              • Candid family photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              this is a good lens for low light and for just taking candid snapshots. i use this lens when i'm just out and about taking shots. also good when i'm at family gatherings and just want to take snapshots in tricky lighting.

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              5.0

              35mm f/1.8g, GREAT LENS ON D5100

              By Big "M"

              from Birmingham, AL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I have the 50mm f/1.8g and it by far is such a great lens. But I got to thinking if there would be any difference using a 35mm f/1.8g, the answer is "Yes" there is a big difference. Focal distance to your subject, great bokeh on both lens, but I think I like the 35mm more than I like the 50mm. I will use both, but I think I favor the 35mm. I'm really enjoying the performance of the 35mm.

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                4.0

                Excellent Investment

                By adamant

                from Connecticut

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Ouiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I decided to get back to basics and purchase a "normal" lens for my D90 body. The results couldn't have been more pleasing. The lens is light, quiet focusing and pretty fast all in an inexpensive package. The lack of zoom forces me to think about what I am actually trying to capture before firing the shutter. I am very pleased.

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                  5.0

                  Nikon 35mm lens

                  By Wetnoses

                  from Wilmington, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Love it, would buy it again... is clear, fast and light..

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Best lens for DX DSLR

                    By Photog1951

                    from Belleview, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      This lens is great for you to experience the high quality photos you can take with your Nikon DSLR.

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                      5.0

                      35mm f/1.8 DX on a D3200

                      By josh tea

                      from san diego, ca

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      Awesome performance in a small package for a great price. Great buy for increasing low light performance if you are used to the kit 18-55.

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                      4.0

                      Great First Prime Lens

                      By Bobbynic

                      from NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Tough To Attach

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography

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

                      Great price for a starter prime for my kit. Great in low-light conditions and nice depth of field.

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                      5.0

                      Back to basic: excellent

                      By Dr. Mike

                      from New York

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Great value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • None yet

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I've only had this a few weeks now, no field use, only some tests around home with natural light (high/low) and flash, close and distant. This arrived while my 'normal' D300 kit lens (18-200mm) was being repaired for a 3rd time in as many years. Time, I think, for a smaller, lighter lens, and why not the closest to 'prime' for a DX camera that I've seen.



                      So far all I can say is that it appears edge-to-edge sharp, from around a foot outward (actually can get in tighter than with the tele zoomed in, with more clarity). It's compact, and feels/acts like my old pro 50mm "normal" lenses from the era of 35mm SLR. It's one of the least expensive Nikon lenses (an added bonus!) and with much fewer moving parts and less exposure to being knocked about, it seems rock-solid (more so than some of the other 'macro'/'micro lenses which are often described as 'plastic-y'). It's like re-gaining my old 35mm cameras (usually with 2 bodies in the bag, one with tele, one with wide angle or 50mm). So much lighter than the big tele alone.



                      Granted, I'm on a re-learning curve to adjust to the possibilities now of "camera sees what I see" 50 mm-equivalent, which is also fast (and the auto-focus seems to work very well, quick and silent). The over-ride is great too. And I'm looking forward to some nature photography capitalizing on the bokeh (very nice indeed) while forcing myself to walk more, zoom less.

                      

So great first-impression (and thanks to the many prior reviewers), and as always, the B&H order process and rapid delivery are second to none.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent service

                      By Deidre

                      from Alexandria, VA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          I love how this company ships for free, and is extremely helpful over the phone. Excellent quality.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By Darth

                          from Connecticut

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography

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

                            For the price, this lens is great low light shots.

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                            5.0

                            Nice glass

                            By Chief

                            from Estes Park, CO

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

                            I haven't had the opportunity to use this lens very often yet. However, the times I have used it it has proven to be just what I was hoping for in fast glass. I also found the price to be very reasonable.

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                            5.0

                            a must have for a dx camera

                            By Armando

                            from CA

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

                            Great all around lens.

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                            5.0

                            I can live in peace now

                            By Kujo

                            from Utah

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              Easy lens to use and just what I needed. I mostly take pictures of my kids and I travel a lot. This lens is going to come in handy. I debated between the 55mm lens and the 35mm lens and I am extemely happy with my choice. I would recommend it! Next up the Nikon 10-24 mm wide angle lens!

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