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

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93%

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Nice bokeh (5)
  • Easily interchangeable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (11)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Night photography (7)
    • Weddings (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Finally, a great 35mm for Nikon

    This lens was a long time coming, but worth waiting for. I do documentary work but that also involves some landscape work, so I like lenses that are sharp wide open and really...Read complete review

    This lens was a long time coming, but worth waiting for. I do documentary work but that also involves some landscape work, so I like lenses that are sharp wide open and really sharp right to the edges stopped down a bit. This lens definitely fits the bill.The 35mm focal length has always been one of my favorites. Until now there were few good options--the old 35/2 was very soft in the corners, the 35/1.4G, which I think is an often underrated lens, is actually quite good but it is huge and expensive. I found the Sigma very sharp but the color and contrast never thrilled me. And the quality control is lacking, I tried three different lenses and all of them were soft in a different corner.The Zeiss 35/2 was great but heavy and MF only. The Zeiss was my choice until recently.This new Nikkor 35/1.8G is very sharp in the center, even wide open. The edges might have a bit less sharpness wide open, but at f/1.8 they probably won't be in focus anyway unless you're shooting brick walls. By f/2.8 the corners are extremely sharp and at f/5.6 it's extremely sharp right into the extreme corners.It's better than the Zeiss 35/2 at pretty much all apertures. I don't have the Sigma to compare it to side-by-side, but I'd say it compares favorably. The Nikon has a bit of color fringing, but not too much and it's better in this regard than the zeiss 35/2 (and similar or better than the Nikon 35/1.4).The distortion is not too bad either, normal for this kind of lens. Flare is very minimal, though I have managed to get some minor ghosting during torture tests, it actually has less flare than my zeiss 25/2.The AF is fast and accurate on my D800E bodies.This is a great lens for both documentary work/event work and also for landscapes. I won't hesitate to shoot it wide open when needed, but it sharpens up fast when you stop down.One note on the feel of the lens--this lens is plasticy like most of the recent G lenses. Frankly, I find even the expensive f/1.4 versions to feel a bit cheap and plasticy. Unless you want to shell out thousands for Leica glass, the days of the precision metal lenses seems to be over. I'd say this lens is better than the 28/1.8G. The 35 is a bit denser so it feels more solid, and the focus ring on the 35 is better, it doesn't have as much slop or play in the mechanism. The 35 doesn't feel quite as nice as my 85/1.8G.I'd hate to confuse the feel of a lens for build quality. Sure, the Sigma feels more solid, but I've heard lots of stories (and personally experienced) focus problems, decentering, etc. The Nikkors are light and they don't feel like precision optical instruments, but I've been using my 28G heavily for a while now and it has held up just fine. Also, when you travel and shoot for 12-hour days, a lightweight but high-quality lens is very much appreciated.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    DECENT QUALITY LENS FOR THE MONEY. CHINA

    DECENT QUALITY PICTURES FROM THE LENS BUT TOO MUCH PLASTIC IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND MADE IN CHINA. WOULD SPEND MORE MONEY TO BUY BETTER QUALITY.

    DECENT QUALITY PICTURES FROM THE LENS BUT TOO MUCH PLASTIC IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND MADE IN CHINA. WOULD SPEND MORE MONEY TO BUY BETTER QUALITY.

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    5.0

    Another fine f/1.8 lens from Nikon

    By Bill McGrath

    from Western States RVer

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dark Sky Images
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      I got this lens to fill the void between the 28mm and the 50mm lenses that I already have. Like the others, it performs well and is light weight. Sharpness is good, especially when stopped down, but more than adequate wide open. The lens has little CA and focuses well. Nothing to complain about. I know that some users are concerned that the lens is made of non-metal, but so far it hasn't seemed poorly made and it should be more immune to small knocks than one made of metal. Don't know how it would survive a real shock, but I don't know how well any lens would do if dropped. I'm satisfied with the build quality.

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      5.0

      Overall An Outstanding Lens

      By FineArt Wedding Shooter

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Af Accuracy
      • AF Speed
      • Lightweight
      • Small size

      Cons

      • Ca At Wide Open
      • Cheap Construction
      • Sometimes Ca At F18

      Best Uses

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

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

      I purchased this lens used from another photographer because it's on back order here. As a wedding photographer, over the years I've owned many 35mm FL prime lenses, such as Nikon AF-S 35 f/1.4G, Nikon 35 f/2D, Sigma Art 35 1.4, Carl Zeiss ZF 35/2, and I can say I really love this lens. Not only is its size/weight perfect, but at wide open it's as sharp as 1.4G at f/1.8 in center as well. It has less distortion than 1.4G does, which is another plus. The downside is some CA at wide open in high contrast scene but it's not as bad as Sigma. Its AF speed is faster and more accurate than 1.4G. If 1.4G and 1.8G were priced same, I still would choose this one. With today's high ISO digital capabilities on cameras, I don't really need 1.4 for speed anymore.

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      5.0

      Awesome lens

      By Me and My Camera

      from Palmdale, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Love the speed!

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        5.0

        Smooth and sharp

        By Photographather

        from Orange County

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Video

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

          I had the 1.4G for over a year and the auto-focus for stills was too slow for my uses. I am using this primarily for video with the D4, but I've used it for both stills and video in the couple of weeks that I've owned it. What I needed was smooth manual focusing and this provides that. The stills look great as well. No issues to speak of.

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          5.0

          Great new lens

          By StuDawg

          from Fremont, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

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

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

          I love this one, really sharp wide open with wonderful bokeh. I found that large aperture Nikkor lenses are horrible on DX bodies, but on FX they are truly amazing! Tack sharp street and landscape pics. A REAL winner!!

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          5.0

          "Superb Lens and value for the money"

          By Sonodea

          from New York City

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Fantastic lens and great valiue for the money. I thought it would be a lower end lend but it's right up there with the best. I find myself using it all the time for many situations.

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              3.0

              DECENT QUALITY LENS FOR THE MONEY. CHINA

              By OREIDA57

              from BOISE, IDAHO

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              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Plastic

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

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

              DECENT QUALITY PICTURES FROM THE LENS BUT TOO MUCH PLASTIC IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND MADE IN CHINA. WOULD SPEND MORE MONEY TO BUY BETTER QUALITY.

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              4.0

              Pleasant Surprise

              By CurtG

              from Minneapolis, MN

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

              Bought this lens to complete a set of small primes for street photography. While bigger than my 20d and 50g 1.8, still smaller and less obtrusive than the sigma art 1.4. Focuses fast and silently. Not as sharp as the 85 1.8 but still good for my uses. After reading initial comparisons/reviews I expected A bit less, but was happily proven wrong.

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              4.0

              Decent quality, light weight, low price

              By Tom Q

              from Far Haven, NJ

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  I was looking for a light, wide, walk about FX lens for my Df so I didn't have to carry my 24-70 everywhere. This fits the bill and delivers pretty good quality. Pros - light weight, sharp and has good contrast. Cons - the light weight is because of all the plastic, so it isn't as solid as a good f1.4, but because it is taken everywhere I don't mind if it gets a few dings.

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                  5.0

                  Finally, a great 35mm for Nikon

                  By Noah A

                  from Columbus, OH

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens was a long time coming, but worth waiting for. I do documentary work but that also involves some landscape work, so I like lenses that are sharp wide open and really sharp right to the edges stopped down a bit. This lens definitely fits the bill.The 35mm focal length has always been one of my favorites. Until now there were few good options--the old 35/2 was very soft in the corners, the 35/1.4G, which I think is an often underrated lens, is actually quite good but it is huge and expensive. I found the Sigma very sharp but the color and contrast never thrilled me. And the quality control is lacking, I tried three different lenses and all of them were soft in a different corner.The Zeiss 35/2 was great but heavy and MF only. The Zeiss was my choice until recently.This new Nikkor 35/1.8G is very sharp in the center, even wide open. The edges might have a bit less sharpness wide open, but at f/1.8 they probably won't be in focus anyway unless you're shooting brick walls. By f/2.8 the corners are extremely sharp and at f/5.6 it's extremely sharp right into the extreme corners.It's better than the Zeiss 35/2 at pretty much all apertures. I don't have the Sigma to compare it to side-by-side, but I'd say it compares favorably. The Nikon has a bit of color fringing, but not too much and it's better in this regard than the zeiss 35/2 (and similar or better than the Nikon 35/1.4).The distortion is not too bad either, normal for this kind of lens. Flare is very minimal, though I have managed to get some minor ghosting during torture tests, it actually has less flare than my zeiss 25/2.The AF is fast and accurate on my D800E bodies.This is a great lens for both documentary work/event work and also for landscapes. I won't hesitate to shoot it wide open when needed, but it sharpens up fast when you stop down.One note on the feel of the lens--this lens is plasticy like most of the recent G lenses. Frankly, I find even the expensive f/1.4 versions to feel a bit cheap and plasticy. Unless you want to shell out thousands for Leica glass, the days of the precision metal lenses seems to be over. I'd say this lens is better than the 28/1.8G. The 35 is a bit denser so it feels more solid, and the focus ring on the 35 is better, it doesn't have as much slop or play in the mechanism. The 35 doesn't feel quite as nice as my 85/1.8G.I'd hate to confuse the feel of a lens for build quality. Sure, the Sigma feels more solid, but I've heard lots of stories (and personally experienced) focus problems, decentering, etc. The Nikkors are light and they don't feel like precision optical instruments, but I've been using my 28G heavily for a while now and it has held up just fine. Also, when you travel and shoot for 12-hour days, a lightweight but high-quality lens is very much appreciated.

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                    5.0

                    Another Great Nikkor

                    By Jim in Memphis

                    from Memphis

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Cost

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens fits the niche between everyday zoom lens and the below 50mm opportunities...and there are plenty of those. Very fast and great in low light situations, easy to handle, fast focus.

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                    5.0

                    More Nikon Magic

                    By David-eye

                    from Texas Hill Country

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Given the recent track record of moderately priced Nikon f1.8G lens, I have to say my expectations were pretty high for this lens. All in all it measures up quite well to it's mates. If I were to rank Nikons prime f1.8 G FX lenses, this 35mm would fall in at a close second to the outstanding 85mm. Compared to the amazing Sigma 35mm f1.4, this lens is no match in terms of wide open sharpness and build quality, but considering the price, weight and size difference, I prefer this lens for my personal use though it was hard to let go of the solid, precision Sigma. The optimum apertures, like most primes are the mid range of f stops with it exhibiting excellent sharpness from f2.8-f8, but it does quite good at f2 and f11 as well.

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                        4.0

                        Nice little lens

                        By George

                        from Folsom, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography

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

                          This lens is quite sharp, though not as sharp as sigma 35mm, lightweight, focuses well. However the lens' constrast is not high, and not cheap, and not very rugged.

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                          5.0

                          Another winner in Nikon's f/1.8 series

                          By David P

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I have been waiting on a small, light, fast, and sharp 35mm FX option for a few years. In the meantime I have tried the 35mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 G, and also tried to work with the 35mm f/1.8 G DX (which is partially usable on FX). The 35mm f/2 is not a terrible lens but not sharp wide open and has some funky bokeh. The 1.4 G is relatively heavy and also expensive while being a great performer. The 1.8 G DX is very sharp and light but vignettes heavily on FX (as expected). So I was very pleased to see the 1.8 G FX appear. It is relatively small (though no where near as small as the 35 f/2) and while it is light it does have a nice substantial feel to it which to me is important (it feels somewhere near the cheap build quality of the 50 1.8 G). It is also very sharp wide open, has consistent and accurate focus, and has extremely attractive bokeh (in my opinion). I use this mostly for family photography and it more than satisifes all my needs. I can't see how it wouldn't also meet the needs of professionals. It's another winner in Nikon's line of f/1.8 primes. Very happy to finally have this.

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                            5.0

                            Nice and sharp!

                            By CrazySunflower

                            from East Coast, USA

                            About Me Photography Student

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                So happy to have a Nikkor 35mm for my FX (D800) DSLR! Build feels kind of plastic-y,, but it's smooth on focusing and sharp.

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                                5.0

                                wow

                                By johnny11

                                from Los Angeles

                                About Me Photography Student

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

                                      Great lens super sharp

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