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

(based on 74 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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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

 

Not sold on it yet...

Used it a couple of times but not convinced that I am getting sharp photos. It's light so carrying it around with my D750 is comfortable.

Used it a couple of times but not convinced that I am getting sharp photos. It's light so carrying it around with my D750 is comfortable.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good all-around solid lens...

By ES

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

I love the 35mm focal length, it's very versatile and I have used that focal length with many different systems such as Nikon, Canon, Mamiya, Leica, etc. I'm currently using a Nikon D800 and have tried four different 35mm's with this camera: the Nikon 35mm f/2d, the Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZF.2, the Sigma 35mm f1.4 and now the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 G.

Each of these 35mm lenses offers a unique trait/traits that the other one does not. The f/2 D older lens, is a great size, light, fits well with the camera and has relatively quick/accurate but noisy focusing. It's not the sharpest of the bunch but is good in the center and you feel like your getting a lot of bang for your buck. The Zeiss has a wonderful construction, solid, all metal feel, sharper than the D lens, but not as sharp as the others. It has very smooth focusing, fantastic contrast and tonality and of course has no af. The Sigma is big, heavy, the fastest at f/1.4, almost as close in contrast/tonality to the Zeiss, but it's the sharpest of them all with af and that's pretty good.

That said, the Nikon 35mm f1.8 G doesn't have one or two unique stand out traits like the other 35mm's mentioned above, where the lens offers something that your not able to get in another 35mm lens. But what it does offer is it does pretty well at all the features one would like in a lens. It is relatively light, still has some weather proofing and pretty sharp (not the absolute sharpest, but close). It also has a good contrast and tonality (but not as good as what Zeiss offers) and overall has pretty quick, accurate and quiet af. It's an all around good lens. It doesn't beat any other 35mm lens in a particular trait but it comes close and does pretty good, just not the best. And for me that made it my lens of choice. It's a funny little guy!

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5.0

Super lens!

By Freddy

from Vernon, NJ

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • great aperture

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This was my first prime lens and I very happy with my purchase! I highly recommend it

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little lens

      By audog

      from St. Louis

      Verified Buyer

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

      Was looking for a 35mm lens for a walk around lens. Was using my 24-70, but it is a heavy lens to carry around all day. This lens was perfect. Lightweight, sharp, and great price.

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      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice!

      By Ken

      from Brooklyn, NY, USA

      Verified Buyer

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

      I bought this lens to fit between my Nikkor 20mm 1.8G, and my Nikkor 50mm 1.8G lenses for when I want something wider than a 50, and not as wide as a 20. It fits right in there where I thought it would. I use a full frame Camera (Nikon D750). The 35mm is light, small, very sharp, fast focusing and accurate in my opinion. It is light weight, plasticy like the other G lenses are, but that's not a problem for me since I don't abuse my lenses. They feel solid, not toyish at all, and they work great! The price is not that bad either considering how well they work, the 35mm included. It is weather sealed, has a metal mount, a nice lens shade and a decent focusing ring which I only use now and then because the autofocus is very good. I like that this lens is wider than a 50mm yet doesn't bend lines as much as the 20mm. I had bought one of these lenses refurbished from Nikon's online store to save some money but when I got it I found out it only has a 90 day warranty on it instead of Nikon's usual 5 year warranty, so for the small savings the warranty trade off was not worth it to me. So I returned it and went over to B&H and bought this lens. I have shopped at B&H both online and in their store and have never come away with anyhing but a feeling of satisfaction. They're great! I'm sure this lens will be with me on my walks around NYC for many years to come. I recommend this lens to anyone that wants a wide, but not super wide angle lens.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This lens is razor sharp

      By Bob

      from Collierville Tn.

      Verified Buyer

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

      The 35mm1.8 is right on the money, about as sharp of a lens that any owner could ask for. On a full frame Nikon body, it is in the category. Of legendary, I say that because it is continuing the line of 35mm lenses that Nikon has been known for. I have used this lens for mostly general work andf just playing around, but yes it is serious. I will be taking this lens on a travel assignment pending in the future and any and all commercial assignments that might come up, over all no issues, and any chroma or lens refractions are dealt with in Lightroom

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Bargain

      By Dion

      from Boston

      Verified Buyer

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

      Bought this lens for panoramic photos hooked up to a Manfrotto panoramic head. Came in the next day from B&H's awesome shipping department. From New York to Boston overnight at no charge....all the time. My business depends on gear and B&H never fails to deliver. I have also used it for studio shots. Absolutely sharp as a tack. Love this lens! Didn't see the need to pay triple the price for the f1.4. Glad I did not.

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      5.0

      NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

      By Gustavo

      from Montevideo

      Verified Buyer

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

      I had been using my 35mm DX on my D750, and it worked for a while until I got tired of the vignetting, so I decided to by this lens. It´s excelent, autofocus is fast and it is quite sharp.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet Spot

      By Duncan M.

      from Co.Spgs., Colorado

      Verified Buyer

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

      Good lightweight prime on a D810, nice to have on a relatively heavy full-frame body. An improvement over the old 35 f2 D lens (image quality). Not that impressed with optical quality wide open, but sharpens up well even at f2.8. Very pleased with center, edge, and corner optical quality at my most used aperture range for landscape work (f5.6 through f11). No complaints with AF speed, although I'm not shooting any action. F1.8 provides a nice bright view – especially compared to the slower f4 zooms, very useful with lower light levels. Nikon provides a decent hood – seems to provide adequate cover and doesn't add too much bulk when reversed. Construction quality has obvious tradeoffs for the price and weight, but I don't anticipate putting the lens through any serious abuse – no problems so far. Happy with the product overall, and looking forward to adding more of the f1.8 lenses (20 & 24mm).

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      (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not sold on it yet...

      By Grace

      from Ann Arbor, MI

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

      Used it a couple of times but not convinced that I am getting sharp photos. It's light so carrying it around with my D750 is comfortable.

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this lens

      By Mark

      from Houston, Texas

      Verified Buyer

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

      Sharp, Light, fast focus. This is a great lens with a wider angle of view than the standard 50mm. fast enough for most situations and sharp even wide open. This is my perfect general use fixed prime.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good lens.

      By GasolineKulture

      from Philadelphia

      Verified Buyer

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

      So far so good. The lens is made in China so we'll see how long it lasts? But it does exactly what I wanted it to do. A lightweight alternative to lugging around my 24-70 all day. The only negative I can come up with is it has a bit more chromatic aberration than my 24-70. It's so very slightly soft at the edges wide open but only under 100% plus magnification. A new lens of this quality for less than $500, it's does the job. I am a professional photographer that is my living so I can not afford to shoot with low quality equipment.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sharp with wonderful rendering.

      By Scott L.

      from Memphis

      Verified Buyer

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

      This has become my favorite lens. Not too wide, not too tight. Great for people. Great for scenic shots.

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      5.0

      WONDERFUL all-around lens

      By Smaug

      from Chicago

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By Keith

      from Charlottesville, VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      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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        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Serves multi purposes. Sharp!

        By Jae Moments Forever Studio

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        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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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Money well spent

            By Nor egrets

            from Dundas, Ontario

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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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            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Lens

                By Mr. Hippo

                from San Marcos, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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