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

You Pay: $196.95
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
Environmental
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 1797 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (361)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (8)

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      (4)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1526)
    • Lightweight (1507)
    • Consistent output (955)
    • Easily interchangeable (882)
    • Nice bokeh (767)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (105)
    • Slow focus (100)
    • Blurry focus (32)
    • Tough to attach (17)
    • Difficult to clean (16)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (1230)
    • Night photography (849)
    • Landscape/scenery (628)
    • Weddings (560)
    • General purpose (188)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (795), Casual photographer (308), Semi-pro photographer (295), Enthusiast (130), Pro photographer (85)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1130), 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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    5.0

    best bang for your buck

    By Martin

    from Maryland

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

    Excellent lowlight shooting and affordability. Bokeh is ok but a very tack sharp affordable lens

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    5.0

    Volveria a comprar este producto

    By farx

    from Buenos Aires, AR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Excelente relación precio calidad, al tratarse de un focal fijo de nikon y de la luminosidad de este lente uno ya tiene algo asegurado su calidad y realmente asi lo demuestra. Volveria a comprar el producto!

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      5.0

      Amazing good priced lens

      By Mela

      from London

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

      B&H are amazing! Specialists in their field, you can find everything you need.
      This lens is fantastic. I take a lot of portraits and going to 1.8f is brilliant if you like bokeh images.
      It's very fast & great for taking photos of kids

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      5.0

      Terrific Lense

      By Divakeys

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

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

        The only thing that would make this lense better is VR. This is the first prime lense I've purchased (I typically use my 55-300), and the sharpness/image quality is immediately noticeable. You do have to be more creative with a prime, but well worth the upgrade in image quality. Not possible to beat the quality vs. price.

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        4.0

        Solid Bokeh

        By artee_ess

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Very good street photography lens. Relatively compact. Manual/AUto focus mode is a tad slow, but I prefer to do my own focusing anyways.

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        5.0

        Great little portrait lens

        By Kristen

        from Ridgecrest, Ca

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

        This lens is great for getting that crisp, high depth of field look for close quarter portraits. I work with newborns and pregnant women and this lens really performs well!

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        5.0

        Lens Creates Works of Art

        By Book designer

        from Asheville, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Still Lives
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          This lens is the answer I've been looking for since saying goodbye to the 50 mm lens on my old 35 mm camera. Easy to interchange with the kit lens that came with the Nikon D7100, it gives me consistently artistic shots. I can easily control the focus and depth of field giving me the background blur I've sought. No splayed lines to correct in Photoshop. It comes with a velvety bag and lens hood to keep down glare.

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          5.0

          Great value for the price

          By Al

          from Boca Raton, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography

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

            I use this on my D7100 as an 'everyday' lens. It has the same 'normal' view of a 50mm lens on a 35mm film camera. This lens is sharp, focuses fast, and costs less than you'd expect for this quality.

            As usual, I bought this from B&H because of their prices and customer service policies.

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By Eric

            from Holland,MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Great everyday lens on my D7100.

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                5.0

                This lens won me an award, enough said.

                By glh3o69

                from Sloan, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is my prime shooting lens for my Nikon D3200. It lets in a ton of light which has allowed me to take some lower light images without needing a flash. Best of all, it helped to win me a First Premium placing at the Erie County Fair - 2014, in the Non-Professional Animal Portrait category.

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                  5.0

                  Best prime lens (for the money)

                  By Mfagleyphotography

                  from Vermont

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

                  This is my 2nd of these lenses.. The 1st took a dive and broke. Considering the alternatives, cost-wise, this lens is amazing. Perfect for portraits and low lighting photography.. It is always on 1 of my 2 camera bodies:)

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                  4.0

                  I'm a beginner

                  By Jeff

                  from Doylestown, PA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  So--- that's what this review will be for.

                  Heres what I like:
                  I really get a lot of light into this lens-- even indoors it seems good.
                  I have this with a D3300 Nikon body.

                  Heres what I'm not thrilled about.
                  I notice the VR capability of my other lenses (18-140) So I guess that's a good/bad thing. I'm impressed by the other lenses VR and WOW it works great. I just need to be pretty careful with this one in terms of a having a solid base while shooting, or I get an occassionally blurry shot (caused by me)

                  That's it--- I try to stay away from tripods and all that for casual shooting, so this is just my thought. I like the lens!

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                  4.0

                  Great for everyday images

                  By Zobleu

                  from Huntington Beach, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  If you're wondering should I buy the cheap or expensive 35mm; you should purchase the inexpensive 35mm DX. This lens will give the same results but with some vignetting. There are camera profiles in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to correct it. It's lightweight and perfect for grabbing your camera and get going. If it gets banged, scratched, or broken you're not out much money.

                  I believe 35mm is close to the iPhone's field of view in which people are familiar with. The cropped sensor on the DX models turn the 35mm into a 50mm. Buy the expensive one if you're doing a pro job.

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                  5.0

                  I Think I Have A Problem....

                  By Rick

                  from Logan, IA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Once I got this wonderful little Lens, packed well and in perfect shape from the wonderful folks at B & H, I can't seem to find a way to get it off my camera! If you've only been using a 18-55, or any other Zoom, and you've never used a Prime, let me tell you, You're Missing Out! The sharpness, color and the way this Prime Lens handles varied lighting conditions is surperb, and the maximum aperture of f/1.8 allows you the best chance of keeping your shutter speed up. For this price this Lens is a bargain, and I'd recommend it for anybody who has a Nikon DX DSLR!

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                    5.0

                    Excellent addition to my D5100

                    By NG

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Not an expensive lens but top class outcome. I am glad that I went for it to capture our 1st new born's precious moments. Does quite well for outdoor and closeup as well. B&H also has an elaborate product description which is very helpful. Two thumbs up.

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                      4.0

                      A Staple Lens No Doubt

                      By JGood

                      from Sterling, VA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                        I purchased this lens after first buying the 50mm (own the D3100). I was one among probably plenty who debated on which lens to buy, 35mm vs. 50mm. Not saying I regret buying the 50mm lens at all, but I would have preferred the 35mm as the first buy. Both are great to have because they both fulfill a purpose in video and photography. The 35mm lens is fantastic for video (image is not as cropped) and for photography you don't have to stand back as far as the 50mm. I use manual focus mainly - the auto focus seems ok, not super fast. Nice bokeh. Quality of the lens feels like thick plastic, not premium (not a bad thing though - seems like it will last). If you want great quality withouth shelling out a ton of cash, look into this. Satisfied with the 35mm lens purchase. Ordering and shipping were great. Definitely recommend this lens to have in your kit.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens, Great Price

                        By Ramjet

                        from Brentwood, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Great for low light
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This lens is the best for all around photography. It is fast, quiet, focuses quickly and very light weight on the camera. I have replaced my 18-55mm with the lens and use it almost exclusively. I just get close or back to get my shots. It is great in low light applications. I highly recommend it.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens

                        By Ryan

                        from NY

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Cheap but great Lens, only cost $ bucks, you may never find such a great deal. Image is reasonably sharp, bokeh is decent but not great. AF speed is good, not the fast one compare to new 35mm 1.8g ed lens. Very light.

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                            5.0

                            Great all around lens

                            By Iveelt

                            from Palisades Park, NJ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I got this after I purchased the 50mm 1.8G. Both are great but this lens is a bit more versatile giving you the classic "50mm" view on a DX body. I noticed that the 35mm focuses much closer than my 50mm 1.8G, it is also smaller and lighter. If you are on the fence between this and the 50mm 1.8G it all comes down to what you will do with it. If you will use it for portraits I highly recommend the 50mm 1.8G (on DX). For street photography, food, walk-around photography I would go for this.I got both and am very happy to carry them around as they are light and essential to anyone.

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                                  5.0

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

                                  By Juan

                                  from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    Very fast and precise autofocus with D3100 camera.
                                    Exceptional for high contrast (wedding).
                                    The construction is reliable, gives a good-feeling touch, besides the use of plastic and rubber - but of a very good quality.

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