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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
 
4.7

(based on 62 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (46)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (40)
  • Consistent output (23)
  • Nice bokeh (23)
  • Easily interchangeable (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Low light (43)
  • Landscape/scenery (35)
  • Night photography (23)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (3)
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5.0

WONDERFUL all-around lens

By Smaug

from Chicago

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Good contrast
  • Sharp optics

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Large

Best Uses

  • Family snapshots
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Street Photography

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

In the past, I had considered a "nifty-fifty" at f/1.7 to f/2 to be a good fast all-around lens. Or a 24-85, at the expense of some speed. But most times for me, 50 was just too narrow. 24 or 28 was wider than I needed most times.

With a fast 35, it's wide enough for family snapshots indoors. Only a big group in tight quarters would have you wishing for something wider. It's long enough that you can get pretty close and not make the subject look distorted, and the 1.8 allows a good amount of background blur.

Consider this an alternative for your 24-85 or 24-120 when you're more likely to need 2-3 extra stops of light than telephoto.

I use this with my Nikon D610 full frame body and DxO Optics Pro software to correct the small amount of distortion and vignetting in post-processing.

What I was really shopping for when I bought this was a compact and lightweight 35/2.8 pancake lens, with the same high optical qualit;, but there's no modern autofocus design to that spec. It would have to be an old manual focus AI-S or E-series lens with inferior optics or the aftermarket one from Voigtlander. Please get with the pancakes, Nikon!

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5.0

a fine 35mm lens: sharp, contrasty, small, and light

By Keith

from Charlottesville, VA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Sharp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentary Photography
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Portraiture
    • Street Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I bought the 35mm f/1.4G when it came out, since it was the only newer 35mm full-frame lens Nikon made. I've used it for quite a while, and I've been happy with it, but it's a big, heavy lens, and I rarely shot it wide open. When Nikon released the f/1.8 version, I thought about purchasing it, but I waited until I had read some reviews. I finally traded the f/1.4 for the f/1.8 version, and I have no regrets at all. The 35mm f/1.8G is a great lens: sharp, contrasty, and so much smaller and lighter than its big brother.

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    4.0

    Serves multi purposes. Sharp!

    By Jae Moments Forever Studio

    from Greenville, SC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I'm using the lens on my Nikon D800e. This is a perfect for indoor portrait when I want to capture the interior and the subject. It produces amazing bokeh and focuses the subject perfectly. It's a perfect lens to capture the background and to focus a subject. And it's just wide enough to photography streets and normal landscapes without huge distortion that 14mm would give.
        I'm also enjoying this lens during events when I want to capture many people in a limited space. A 50mm or 85mm isn't wide enough to include many people in a shot, but this lens has dynamic range to give more perspectives.
        It is a little pricy, but the lens has many uses.

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        5.0

        Money well spent

        By Nor egrets

        from Dundas, Ontario

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

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

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

        Sharp, fast, light. I haven't used this a lot yet, but I have been happy with what I've seen so far. Sometimes you don't have to break the bank and be pleasantly surprised. My not be a choice of lens for ultimate weather conditions, but it's nice a light.

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        5.0

        Excellent Lens

        By Mr. Hippo

        from San Marcos, 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
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Filling out my stable to prime lenses. This wide aperture lens enable photographs and movies to be shot in low light situations. The brokeh is good.Image quality is excellent. Image quality from this prime lens is better then the zoom lens that covers this focal length.

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          5.0

          My Prime Lens

          By Young Nes

          from D.C.

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

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

            I have a D5300 so this lens is equivalent to focal length 52.5mm. Even though I could've bought the DX Lens; I decided to buy this one because one day I will upgrade to a full frame camera.

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            5.0

            Excellent Lens

            By Mr. Hippo

            from San Marcos, CA

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Excellent Images
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Fx And Dx Compatibility
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This fast lens enables photographs using low ISO with slow shutter speeds in low light situations. The test photographs I have taken look great. Outdoor use of any fast lens like this one will require a ND filter (as expected) if a low ISO setting is desired.

              Photographs are sharp, clear. The example photograph of the flower was one of the first taken with the lens in a room lit only be a single overhead LED flood light. Aperture was 1.8 with an exposure time of 1/60th second.

              I would recommend this lens to others.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Everyone needs one"

              By JackRack

              from Annapolis, MD

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I had an old 35mm f/2 which wouldn't autofocus with Nikon 1 V3 and FT1 adapter. Sold it and got this. I use it mostly for indoor videos of sports events where the light isn't strong. Works ok for that purpose now that it will autofocus. The native V3 lenses (10-100mm) are much better for continuous AF but they aren't very fast... Everything is a compromise.
                It is quite a nice lens in its own right and I also use it with my D750 for birthday parties and such. Focus is fast and distortion low.

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                5.0

                Love this lens

                By oeo

                from SoCal

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • 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 ED Lens:

                  Love this lens. Great for landscapes. Great prime. Price is right.

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                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent f1.8 prime for FX

                  By RomanP

                  from Seattle

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Under Exposure
                  • Vingetting

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The longer I shoot the more I enjoy primes. They have much better Bokeh, they are substantially lighter and smaller, and they make you think about composition more. My favorite lens so far is Nikon's 50 f1.4 and I figured a 35mm would help in landscape and group shots. I've shot about 300 photos with the new 35mm and it's a keeper. It's light and balanced on my D610, and focus performance is spot on. I'm most impressed with the smooth Bokeh at f1.8. Exposures have been a little dark compared with other lenses. There is vignetting, but Lightroom easily corrects this. See a high-resolution example here: https://static.pexels.com/photos/34006/pexels-photo.jpg

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                  5.0

                  Good lite lens

                  By John in Jersey

                  from Sewell, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Good walk around lens
                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  I really mean light. What a difference around my neck compared to my zoom lens.
                  Good close ups without noticeable distortion, fast focus and good in low light. The images with my D750 were sharp, clean and exposed well. Although made with plastic, the lens felt well made and not cheap. I was inclined to go with the Sigma 35 but based upon readings and price I decided to stay with Nikon and I am not disappointed.

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                  5.0

                  Awsome Little Lense

                  By Earlfishman

                  from Idaho

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography

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

                    Perfect prime for my Nikon DX DSLR. I'm pleased with the speed, speed and sharpness of focus, etc. For the money, I don't think you can do much better and I own a lot of lenses...

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                    4.0

                    A useful prime.

                    By Edwizer

                    from Boulder, CO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I got this lens for low-light event and general purpose walk-around use, and it's great for this. It's light and yields nice photos with good color, contrast and detail on my D4 and D750. It's just OK at f1.8, and really gets sharp by f2.8. Distortion and vignetting are totally reasonable for the price. Bokeh is ho hum, and no comparison to what you'll get from a 50mm or 85mm prime. Also a bit slow on auto focus for moving subjects like a dog or bike rider. I love primes and especially the 35mm focal length, but had to get rid of my old 35mm 2.0D since it just didn't hold up (clarity/contrast/color/detail) with the newer better resolving Nikon FX sensors. I do really like this lens but give it a 4 instead of a 5 since it's just not the standout performer like some of the other Nikon lenses (85mm 1.8G, for example).

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                    5.0

                    My new favorite

                    By Melissa

                    from Mexicali, México

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

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

                      I'm a portrait photorapher, i owne a 50 and 85 mm, but I need a medium angular lens, because I dont have enough space on m studio.
                      It's perfect, not much body distortion,got sharper images

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                      4.0

                      High-quality and lightweight

                      By Slade

                      from Albuquerque, NM

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • Tough To Attach

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      Sharp, lightweight but sturdy. Some have complained about the plastic in this and, e.g., the 85mm 1.8, but I find both quite rugged. Fell while using the 85mm, hit a rock with it, and it has no damage, not even cosmetic. It's a bit tighter when interchanging lenses than my other nikkors, but seems to work fine.

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                      5.0

                      It's great!

                      By Photo Girl

                      from Novi, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I love this lens so far. Haven't had a chance to play with it too much but doing a photoshoot this weekend and I'm going to make sure to use this lens!

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                        5.0

                        A truly great and useful lens

                        By Alank

                        from Bethesda, MD

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Very Sharp
                        • Wide Aperture

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Baby Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          This has become one of my most frequently used lenses. Although I have the f/5.6 28 -300 mm zoom which can perform as a wide-angle when needed, the f/1.8 aperture makes this extraordinarily useful when lighting conditions are tough - e.g., indoors. In addition, unexpectedly, its turned out to be a great lens for baby portraits, allowing you get in close and have a nicely blurred background, since you can shoot a moving baby at higher speeds and the sharpnes and relatively good DOF of the 35 mm focal length works well. It also doesn't hurt that this is a lightweight alternative to lugging a full-frame zoom lens when you don't need to!

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                          5.0

                          Sharp Fast Prime Lens

                          By Toroverde

                          from Greeley, CO

                          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

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

                            Lightweight 35mm lens that is fast, sharp and prime. Use mostly for landscape photography and group photo events. Use the lens with Nikon D750 camera and is easy to focus.

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                            5.0

                            My new go-to lens

                            By Mosaic Photographics

                            from Atlanta GA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              This thing is sweet! Feels great, not too big or heavy, and 35mm is such a versatile focal length. Great for small groups or individual portraits, or even some macro style shots. This thing is really great! Awesome clarity and sharpness.. It doesn't get much better than this.

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                              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              My go to "undercover" Lens

                              By Jeff W

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                The reason I originally purchased this lens was to give me a discrete way of carrying my camera in public. Sometimes I didn't want a 24-70 hanging off the front of my camera, but still wanted the DSLR versatility. Primes make you think about things different, and thats why this is my "middle of the day, going out in the city, harsh sunlight" lens. It doesn't attract the attention a 2.8 zoom would. The 1.8 comes in handy sometimes too. Be tween the weight difference of the 35 1.4 and the price difference, it was an easy decision, and I made the right one.

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