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Nikon1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens (Silver)
 
4.7

(based on 74 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (62)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (51)
  • Easily interchangeable (31)
  • Nice bokeh (31)
  • Consistent output (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Low light (44)
  • Night photography (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (21)
  • Macro photography (17)
  • Sports/action (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (31), Casual photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (5), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (63), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Good Lens for Some Situations

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...Read complete review

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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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

I really like the compactness

By Lesgood

from Columbus, Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is very compact, light weight & gives a very sharp image. Need to get adjusted to the distance from subject.

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5.0

Bright beginnings

By Bytedog

from One of the E. Coast gear-head centrals.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I've realized for a long time that I needed a faster lens for those low-light shots, especially of the grandkids, but there are lots of other situations too. Funds are tight, so I bode my time. When my 10-30mm lens developed a 2-stop darkness complex it was time to act. I've given it a workout limited by weather and opportunities and it pretty much does what I desired and it can fill in much of the void of the 10-30mm lens. The 2-stops& make a significant difference and it seems to be suffiently sharp within the limits of my 10 Mpx sensor. There's always a familiarization and learning curve, of course, along with some dumb errors.
    Shipping was speedy and fine, as usual, although there may have been a minor glitch in starting. After the order confirm no shipping confirm didn't pop up in my e-mail a day later. A phone call where I think I heard a bit of concern at the other end fixed that, and I was amazed that the UPS guy deliverd it the following day! I kept tabs on the tracking, of course.
    So far soooo good!
    I ticked off only the boxes that I can confirm at this time, of course.

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    5.0

    Good Item

    By Aekkasit

    from Thailand

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

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

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

    It Work.

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    • Yes

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    4.0

    Nice little lens for Nikon 1 line

    By matta2309

    from Orlando, Fl

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I have had this lens for several weeks and have taken it out several times. It produces very nice images, and the large aperture allows the lens to take images in low light that the other Nikon 1 lens would not allow. Overall it is a really nice addition to anyone regularly using the Nikon 1 line of cameras.

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      5.0

      small & slick f/1.8

      By chief

      from nyc

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Video

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

      Great for low light and head shots.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Everyday Lens - Glad Others Recommended It

      By marc

      from minneapolis

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

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

        this is a great everyday lens for the Nikon 1 J5 if you need no zoom. it's extremely light and delivers very clear and crisp images. i'm using it with the B+W XS-Pro Clear MRC-Nano 007 lens filter, and the B+W XS-Pro Kaesemann High Transmission Circular Polarizer MRC-Nano filter. i'm happy to have it added it to my gear.

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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 (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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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