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Nikon1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens for CX Format (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 65 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (56)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Easily interchangeable (29)
  • Nice bokeh (29)
  • Consistent output (27)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (40)
    • Night photography (23)
    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Macro photography (15)
    • Sports/action (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (4), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57), 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

    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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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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              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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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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                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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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

                          Pros

                            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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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 for CX Format (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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                                        5.0

                                        Love this lens!!!

                                        By winclk

                                        from Philadelphia Pa

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

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

                                          Very light and fast, wide open.

                                          Approx 50mm FX equivalent. AF is fast and accurate.

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                                          5.0

                                          Amazing Low Light Lens

                                          By dcbrowne@mac.com

                                          from Santa Barbara

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

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

                                            Bought this to get better low light shots of food with my Nikon J1. What an amazing difference it made from the kit lenses. It makes the camera come alive and creates amazing low light and detailed shots. It is like the power of the 4/3 camera expands to the next level! No flash needed. Detail is amazing and it helps use all of it's focus points to it's fullest. It is the equivalant of a 50 mm lens with a great Fstop!

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                                            5.0

                                            Unbelievable delivery

                                            By Mike

                                            from West Babylon, NY

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Nice Bokeh

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                                              Not only was this lens exactly what I was looking for,a lower f stop and shorter focal length, but it was delivered in TWO days - the week before Christmas no less and at a very competitive price. You have my business.

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