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Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • Nikon 1 Mount Lens/CX Format
  • 50mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Rear Focusing AF System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • Filter Diameter: 40.5mm
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Color: Silver

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Optimized to provide a normal 50mm equivalent field of view, the silver 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens from Nikon is designed to give the Nikon 1 series digital camera a natural perspective of the human eye. The ultra-fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 makes this lens a great choice for low-light photography, and when shot wide open, is capable of exceptionally shallow depth of field. Also, it utilizes one aspherical element to control distortion and aberrations and has a rear focusing AF system. The lens will focus as close as 7.9" and can use 40.5mm threaded filters. Additionally, it has a rounded 7-blade diaphragm for smooth other of focus elements.

Ultra-Fast Maximum Aperture
The speed of a lens describes its maximum aperture. The larger the aperture, the more light it lets in and, therefore, the faster the lens. At f/1.8 this lens's speed opens up new opportunities for low-light and high-speed shooting. When shooting at f/1.8, your photos and videos have extremely shallow depth of field, which means your subject will be in perfect focus, but the background will be softly blurred.
Provides a Normal Angle of View
Create photos and videos that mimic what you see with your eyes-both in perspective and brightness. From casual snapshots to creative close-ups, every image will be true to your memory of the moment.
UPC: 018208033256
Performance
Focal Length 18.5mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on CX Format Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon 1
Format Compatibility Nikon CX
Angle of View 46° 40'
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.3
Elements/Groups 8/6
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:40.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 22.05 x 14.17" (56 x 36 cm)
Weight 2.47 oz (70 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 3.6 x 3.6"
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)
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  • LF-N1000 Rear Lens Cap for 1 Nikkor Lenses
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  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    Nikon1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 68 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (51)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (58)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
    • Easily interchangeable (30)
    • Nice bokeh (29)
    • Consistent output (27)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (40)
    • Night photography (23)
    • Landscape/scenery (20)
    • Macro photography (15)
    • Sports/action (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (29), Casual photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (59), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing!! So small and sharp!

    Its great to have a lower aperture on my mirrorless cam. I can get really nice shots, great DOF and really sharp photos. Super fast lens and it a great size. Perfect for...Read complete review

    Its great to have a lower aperture on my mirrorless cam. I can get really nice shots, great DOF and really sharp photos. Super fast lens and it a great size. Perfect for those situations where you don't want to carry around your big ol' camera, just take your J1 with this lens and you can get amazing results. Great stuff.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not very sharp

    The two advantages of this lens is the f/1.8 so I can take pictures without flash in low light situations and the close focus capability for close ups.
    As far as sharpness...Read complete review

    The two advantages of this lens is the f/1.8 so I can take pictures without flash in low light situations and the close focus capability for close ups.
    As far as sharpness goes it is disappointing. My 10-30mm lens is definitaly and noticeably sharper.

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    5.0

    Nice lens

    By stauntonman

    from staunton, va

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Street

      Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

      I wanted a faster lens for the new v3 and after reading the reviews, I settled on this one. It does a very nice job. The distortion is mild and easily corrected either in-camera (jpg) or in the computer. I have been shooting primes on my D800E for several years and find using the kit zoom to be a bit distracting. With this normal prime, I find that it works well for street work.

      Because the the added depth of field due to the small sensor, I set it at f/1.8 and leave it for nearly all my shooting and I find that the DoF is more than adequate for all but the closest subjects. The kit 10-30 mm lens starts at f/3.5 so there is isn't much room to adjust the aperture with diffraction setting in past f/5.6. With this lens you have more range of aperture to explore.

      A good choice for a walk-about lens. I really wanted it with a larger aperture but this is a good start.

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      5.0

      My Every-day, Every-where lens

      By Occamist

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home

        Comments about 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens for CX Format (Silver):

        I love this lens. It is a great lens for everyday shooting.

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        5.0

        Outs ding lens

        By Rwg3

        from Michigan

        Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (White):

        I've been using Nikon glass for 50 years and this lens is superb.

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        5.0

        Great service and excellent lens

        By bird

        from Brisbane, Australia

        About Me Casual 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
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

          Holidaying in the USA, very prompt efficient delivery of new lens. Fast accurate auto focus, excellent images.

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          5.0

          Best lens in my set

          By oscarcer from Track Days MX

          from Mexico City

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Fast Exposure
          • Low light performance
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits
            • Slow Motion Video
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (White):

            This is the third lens that I bought for my J1 (also own the VR 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 and the VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6).
            It expanded the capabilities of my set greatly. Because of it's high apperture you can get really shallow depth of field (compared to what you get with the other lenses) and a lot shorter exposure time in low light conditions without traidin in for higher ISO. Great for filming in super slow motion in conditions other than bright sun light and in low lit scenarios without using flash. Fixed focal length is a fair trade off. You can capture most scenes that would be suitable for a 10-30mm lens

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            4.0

            A Good Lens for Some Situations

            By BRSac

            from Sacramento CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portrait
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

              I used Nikon prime lenses on all of my film cameras and remember the sharpness and shallow depth-of-field at wider apertures. Experiencing some of this again with this Nikon 1 prime lens sounded good.

              I tested sharpness by taking about 100 comparison shots with this lens and the 10-30 kit zoom set to 18mm. I didn't see much difference in side by side comparisons; 100% views did show a slight edge for the prime. For most of my shooting I don't think this lens will provide noticeably sharper images than my 10-30, 30-110, or 6.7-13 lenses.

              I also did some depth-of-field comparisons. The 18.5mm prime wide open does have less depth-of-field than the 10-30mm at 18mm and wide open. But the difference is not significant for subjects that are 10 feet or more distant.

              Some reviews mention the f/1.8 maximum aperture is useful for low light photography. The 18.5 is not a VR lens; my Nikon 1 zooms are all VR and gain 2-3 stops "stability" in low light. So, for static subjects in low light, the prime and the 10-30 zoom can be hand held down to the same low light level. The prime will have some advantage when shooting moving subjects (sports, kids, etc.) at low light but the real advantage will be in brighter light where the f/1.8 aperture allows a faster shutter speed to stop action.

              Mounting on a tripod puts the lens to best use. The lack of VR is no longer a problem and the apparent sharpness seems to improve.

              Nikon makes an unusual lens hood for this lens. The HB-N101 works well for me, costs less, and has a more conventional appearance.

              For me, this lens is best suited to taking portraits because the background is pleasantly out of focus. I also use it on a tripod for time lapse and low light photography.

              I'm keeping it and I enjoy it.

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              5.0

              Must have lens for the 1 series

              By Gary

              from ;Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                This is a great lens for people looking for a 50mm equivalent. Fast focusing, great in low light, nice bokeh. This lens completely changed my opinion on the 1 series. I find myself taking a lot more pictures and am genuinely happier and more confident. Buy this lens.

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                4.0

                Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens

                By Sprint

                from Columbus MS

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                  Great lens. Was using a 10-30 lens but now only use this one and for distance a 30-110 lens.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Extremely sharp

                  By ELLII

                  from Ramsey, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No case

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentary
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                  This lens is extremely sharp and focus very quickly. If one wants to the maximum quality from their Nikon 1 system, I recommend that they purchase this lens in addition to the other prime focal lengths.

                  I am attaching three images so one can see what I am referring to.

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                  3.0

                  Not very sharp

                  By Landscape Photographer

                  from Roseville, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                    The two advantages of this lens is the f/1.8 so I can take pictures without flash in low light situations and the close focus capability for close ups.
                    As far as sharpness goes it is disappointing. My 10-30mm lens is definitaly and noticeably sharper.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good portrait and low light lens

                    By Jacob

                    from Somerville, MA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (White):

                      I haven't spent a lot of time with this lens yet, but so far so good. It's a much better low light lens than the kit 10-30mm lens that came with my Nikon J1. For a casual photographer, it's easy to get a nice bokeh effect that makes your portraits pop.

                      I am used to using zoom lenses, so it's a little more difficult composing shots with this lens. However, overall I think it's a much better lens than the kit lens and if I could only have one, it would be this one.

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                      5.0

                      Small Wonder

                      By Rat

                      from Arizona

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                        I'm a believer in prime lenses. Not exclusively, but as much as possible. This is a sharp fast lens. I use it on V1. It ought to be even better on the new V3. While the kit 10-30mm zoom is pretty good the image quality with the 18.5mm is noticeably better on a large monitor or better still if you print at 8x10.

                        Auto focus is fast as in almost instantaneous. The 1.8 aperture lets you isolate the subject from the background better than the kit zoom.

                        It isn't small enough to ley you put V1 in a shirt pocket but a jacket pocket works as will the side pockets on cargo pants.

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                        4.0

                        Precisely what you expect

                        By Draiz

                        from Sacramento

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (White):

                          It works very well for photographing quickly in low light. The depth of field is nice and it's really good for photographing people up close.

                          I'm an amateur and the Lens is working really well for me, people love the photos.

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                          4.0

                          I would buy this lens again

                          By Hegdent

                          from Orange county,So Cal

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                            This is my second lens so I can use them on two Nikon 1 cameras that I own. my main purpose for this lens is digiscopy. The size and weight makes it a perfect choice to use with Swarovski DCBll attachment.Focusing through the scope is easy and fast. I have not used this lens for any other purposes so, I can not comment on that. If you are in to digiscopy and own a Nikon 1 Camera I highly recommend this lens. The only reason I gave a for star is it,s build quality as it feels a bit plasticky but then again that is what makes it so light.

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                            5.0

                            Reminiscent of Standard 50mm Lenses

                            By Mike

                            from Southington

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Video

                              Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                              I like using prime lenses sometimes although I'm not quite sure why. Maybe because it eliminates the indecision of what focal length to shoot with that often happens when using a zoom lens. Maybe it's because they're usually faster and optically better than zooms. In addition to the Nikkor 18.5mm 1.8 lens I also have the 10mm 2.8 which I also like very much. As other reviewers have noted the 18.5mm is excellent for shallow focus close up shots. It's also a good fast lens when shooting video. I also think it does very well as a portrait lens and the images could always be cropped down a bit to 70 - 75mm (35mm equivalent) for a good portrait shot without any real sacrifice in image quality at least for general picture taking purposes. Also, the on line purchasing experience from B&H was flawless with quick delivery as usual.

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                              5.0

                              Terrific lens

                              By AlexB

                              from Merrick

                              Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                              This lens is so light weight it makes the v1 even more portable and with the f1.8 aperture makes the camera much more versatile. This is the lens the v1 should have shipped with.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome!

                              By Luke

                              from NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

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                                Cons

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                                    Comments about 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens for CX Format (Silver):

                                    If you have a Nikon 1 camera, you should have this lens.

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                                    4.0

                                    So far so good

                                    By Zorba the Geek

                                    from San Antonio TX

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Night Photography

                                      Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Black):

                                      Sometimes you want bokeh and this lens does a good job of giving you that when you want it. The 10mm doesn't lend itself. This lens appears to be very sharp, as advertised. But I have to say that the huge depth of field with the 10mm can be quite startling in effects. But I'm a rank amateur, so I don't see it until it's up on my screen. I prefer to avoid zooms, so this may be all I need for now (and a big telephoto hardly suits this little camera!)

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                                      4.0

                                      Love this lens!

                                      By May

                                      from New York, NY

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light

                                        Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (White):

                                        We love this lens so much we don't bother with the two other lens we have for the camera. The pictures of my daughter come out amazing!

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Lens

                                        By tonilynnef

                                        from Birmingham, AL

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (White):

                                            I haven't had a chance to use it that much, but very clear, very nice photos. I love it. Thanks

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