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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 1828 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1422)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (366)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1550)
    • Lightweight (1528)
    • Consistent output (971)
    • Easily interchangeable (899)
    • Nice bokeh (782)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (106)
    • Slow focus (100)
    • Blurry focus (32)
    • Tough to attach (17)
    • Difficult to clean (16)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (1248)
    • Night photography (859)
    • Landscape/scenery (643)
    • Weddings (569)
    • Macro photography (191)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (806), Casual photographer (315), Semi-pro photographer (299), Enthusiast (130), Pro photographer (87)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1154), Yes (68)

    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.

    VS

    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.

    Reviewed by 1828 customers

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    5.0

    Execleent

    By Vaidy

    from San diego

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • 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:

      Excellent image quality, used it with d5300. very compact and good for indoor and low light pics.

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      5.0

      I would purchase again!

      By Sgt673

      from Berkeley Springs,WV

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

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

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

      Great lens for landscape and i also have been using it for pet photos

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great piece of glass

      By JR

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

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

        This is a great lens. The focal length is perfect for every day shooting, and the lens is super sharp.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Product

        By Anusha

        from San Jose, CA

        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
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

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

          Excellent lens.More than just for Potraits as one would think.Focuses Landscapes & Architecture brilliantly too.Gives you Beautiful Evening Shots.

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          5.0

          Exceptional value

          By Conner

          from Va

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

          Great performance for price.

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          4.0

          Great addition to my setup

          By Inferno

          from Chico, Ca

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              This is an awesome lens to own! Its my first primary lens and it works great. It has a nice natural perspective and a fairly fast auto focus.

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              5.0

              Great Lens!

              By Trevor from PhotosByTrevor

              from Northern Michigan

              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
                • Portrait photography

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

                This lens is a must have for any beginner. I myself have loved it. Using it in shoots has been a lot of fun. This is the lens that could replace a few of your lenses. It really is a jack of all trades. The price is amazing, buying this is like a steal. I would HIGHLY recommend anybody looking to invest in some decent glass this is the best lens to buy. MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

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                5.0

                It attends my needs very well

                By JRTCWB

                from Curitiba, Paraná , Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  It is a very practical and lightweight lens. It lets you take pictures with little light. To my amateur needs it serves very well. In the attached example, although I have not used a tripod, the photo is very good.

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                  4.0

                  One of the first lenses to get

                  By Alex

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Easy to use
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Fast lens
                  • Forgiving
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I am just getting back to photography after a very long hiatus...put it this way, there was no digital cameras back then! I gave this 4 stars because I've not really gotten to use it. When I did, it was at a formal charity function. I became the "official" photographer because I had just purchased a Nikon D7100 kit. It only came with a 28-55 and 55-300 so I wanted a lens more suited for portraits. I had the chance for the nifty 50 but instead took this for it's wider field of view and faster speed. Shots were respectable and would have been better if I had more time to learn the camera functions, a backdrop and lights. The lens is very easy to mount to the D7100 body. The AF is fast and the lens is very forgiving with the f/1.8! This lens will be in my bag for a long time. It best uses I feel would be while traveling and for portraits. With a good flash and filters, my next purchase, this baby will pop!This was my first purchase from B&H and truthfully I was reluctant since I thought they would be more expensive. They actually were cheaper than others and their shipping was very quick! I got my lens the very next day!Overall I am happy with the purchase and look forward to blow more of my paycheck at B&H! :-)

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                    5.0

                    Awesome

                    By Cristopherallen

                    from Virginia

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

                    An awesome lens, have been needing a fixed focal, natural perspective, fairly fast lens for a while! Shipping was very fast as well.

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                    5.0

                    just as described

                    By M&M

                    from North Carolina

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

                    This lens came quickly (on time) and was in perfect condition. It worked as expected and I loved the free shipping! B&H had the best deal I found.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lense and best price

                    By Divergent Designworks

                    from Madison, WI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Amazing pictures, great in low light. Excellent depth of field.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        great item

                        By Chelu Photos

                        from Saipan, MP

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Great for beginer Nikon users if youre into videos

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great little lens

                          By Tiffany Croteau

                          from Massachusetts

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

                          I have the 50mm 1.4 but it is not best for small spaces. I bought the 31 mm to use in low light areas in the house. I am so glad I bought it. Great lens with a great price. I recommend buying this lens

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                          5.0

                          great lens!

                          By rudy rudegur

                          from san francisco

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          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
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            got nothing but good things to say about this product. from the moment i received it i fell in love with it. if you are considering taking photography seriously then this is a must buy!!

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                            5.0

                            AF-S Nikkor 35mm Nikon Lens

                            By Kim the Photographer

                            from Philadelphia, PA

                            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

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

                              Took this lens on several photos shoots to Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Couldn't be happier with the lens!

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                              5.0

                              Excelent value

                              By TM

                              from Chicago

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                Was looking for a 35mm prime for my Nikon D7100. After reading reviews I decided to give this one a try. The low price had me a little skeptical but I have to say that I am very please with this purchase. Nice clean sharp pictures. Great in low light situations. Worth every cent.

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                                5.0

                                Really great basic lens

                                By Emma

                                from Johnson, VT

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Photographing artwork

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

                                I'm a fine artist (not a photographer by any means) and I bought this lens to photograph my work. Although I've only ever used a zoom lens, I'm realizing that this is perfect for what I need, and much better than the basic lens that came with the camera. I got my lens delivered to me quickly and they did a superb packing job (I always get worried about fragile things getting shipped to me). It also comes with a nice little pouch for the lens which I really like. I've had the lens for a month now and it's working really well for what I need. Good product.

                                Only con I'd say is that it seems pretty heavy. It feels just as heavy as my bulkier zoom lens.

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                                5.0

                                Nice lens

                                By Brian M

                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                  Nice lens. Tact sharp. Works great with my D710, Good walk around lens. Nice Bokeh. Nice price too.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing!!!

                                  By mcranston

                                  from California

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  I used this on my D60 and D7100 before I switched to the Fuji system. I like this lens a lot, everything about it is perfect considering the price.

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