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

(based on 2149 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1673)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (424)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (1665)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1656)
  • Consistent output (1054)
  • Easily interchangeable (982)
  • Nice bokeh (876)

Cons

  • Weak casing (117)
  • Slow focus (111)
  • Blurry focus (37)
  • Tough to attach (19)
  • Poor in low light (18)

Best Uses

  • Low light (1376)
  • Night photography (926)
  • Landscape/scenery (717)
  • Weddings (624)
  • Macro photography (211)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (894), Casual photographer (343), Semi-pro photographer (333), Enthusiast (130), Pro photographer (93)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1311), Yes (75)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Will become your favorite lens!

I own a Nikon D3100 that I have become fairly accustumed with through use, a semester-long photography class, and just practice. My first purchase outside of the kit 18-55 lens was a...Read complete review

I own a Nikon D3100 that I have become fairly accustumed with through use, a semester-long photography class, and just practice. My first purchase outside of the kit 18-55 lens was a 55-200, because I wanted more zoom capability. After having these two, on photo forums there were guys from the beginning stressing to get a prime lens to really teach you even more about photography, composition, etc.

I did a side by side comparison under the same light and was blown away with the results. Having the fast 1.8 aperture is truly the difference between a nice shot, and one that really stands out. I can't say enough good things about this lens, actually, it's making me dread putting on my others because the performance isn't nearly the same. Under low light conditions there is no way I'll ever shoot with my 18-55 again. Outside where its bright the aperture isn't as much of a deal breaker, but inside you can't compare unless you blow it out with flash.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not too shabby

I've been using this lens as my normal lens on a d90 now, taking the place of my 50mm f/1.8 Series E. There are two things about the 35mm that it does better...Read complete review

I've been using this lens as my normal lens on a d90 now, taking the place of my 50mm f/1.8 Series E. There are two things about the 35mm that it does better for me. First, I like the field of view for 35mm a lot more than 50mm on a dx camera. Second, this lens is sharper than my 50mm f/1.8E. Unfortunately it seems to do about everything else than my 50mm, despite being a 20 year newer design. I'll hit on some strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths:
Size - not too much to say here..it's big enough for a great reasonable grip, the MF ring is easy to find. Nothing to complain about here.

Sharpness - it's usually pretty good in this respect, so good in fact I think that causes problems when it comes to the transition between in focus and out of focus, and the bokeh quality, but more on that later. This lens is a 3.5 out of 5 on sharpness in my book - pretty good with lenses like the 75-150 Series E getting a 4.5 and the 180/2.8 AIS (legendary) getting a 5. Do avoid being wide open when going for sharpness (as with about every other lens on the planet) but it doesn't take much stopping down for it to get its act together. At f/2.5 its output is pretty good.

Volume - it's AF motor is quiet. I can't think of any scenario in which it may be a problem.

Flare resistance - I haven't felt the need to use the supplied hood.

Weaknesses:
Image Quality - the lens is sharp, but the transition between the in focus areas and the out of focus areas is a clearly visible line. I'll avoid shallow depth of field photos with this lens. It's just disappointing.

- in addition the quality of the out of focus areas (bokeh) hasn't been so spectacular in my book. It's just not that smooth. The moderately fast aperture allows you to throw the background out of focus fairly easily, but with the quality of the oof areas leaves that fast aperture is for light gathering, not depth of field control, in my book.

Controls - I'm used to vintage lenses with a proper aperture control, using this G lens is simply put silly. The two control dials on my d90 that I must use with this lens to set exposure is such a clunky design. I can't believe it's the best Canon, Nikon, Pentax, all the dSLR makers have come up with. A proper aperture control ring puts both hands into play engaging more of the body. With an AF-S G lens my left hand has nothing to do, and it leaves me feeling more disconnected from the picture taking.

Bundled pouch - the pouch bundled for this lens is a joke.

Bottom line --
If you're looking for a lens to mount to take photos of friends that can handle the dark this is a great, inexpensive option. If you're looking for anything that involves throwing the background out of focus I'd look elsewhere.

Reviewed by 2149 customers

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4.0

I would purchase this lens again

By JC

from Pa

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first prime lens, so far so good

 
5.0

Light weight

By Frank M

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is my constant companion on my D7000, it's my everything lens and lightweight. Fast focusing, great piece of equipment

 
5.0

Excellent little lens

By Orangemica

from Buenos Aires

Verified Buyer

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

I ordered this lens because of the nice 1.8 aperture, and it didn't let me down. Excellent results.

 
5.0

Great lens at affordable price

By Luis

from Undisclosed

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

I am a entry level photographer, and Im very happy with this purchase . Crisp images, very fast in low light situations, I love my 35mm f /1.8 lens. Get closer or get far to have best pic is the only thing that bothers me ....no big deal

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best lens I own now

By Stanleynich

from Undisclosed

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

I just got the Nikon 35mm AF-DX 1.8g a couple of weeks ago I've shot 3 LIVE bands and did a Promo shoot for One of the bands, I e been wanting a Prime fir as long as I've had my Nikon d3100 to get away from the 18-55 kit lens I made a great choice with this lens some of the best shooting I've done in a whIle the Nikon 35mm 1.8 is a great lens for Live bands and Portrait shoots can't go wrong Thanks B&H for the great Service

 
5.0

Love it!

By kwaters

from Clemson, SC

Verified Buyer

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

I have been using this lens on my Nikon D7200 for a couple of weeks now and I love it! The pictures are much better quality than the lens that came with my camera

 
5.0

Love it!

By Francisca

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I was waiting for so long, until i finally made my mind and purchase this lens. And let me tell you i am not dissapoint.

One of the best lens!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

affordable, diverse and practical

By Ben

from Wisconsin

Verified Buyer

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

At this price point I don't see how you can go wrong with this lens. All of my images have been spot on, crystal clear and the 1.8 f-stop allows me to shoot in situations where my ISO would get rather high on other lenses.

I keep this in my bag at all times because it is small, light weight and has multiple benefits. I like throwing this on and "playing" around with composition, shutter speeds, depth of field to create "unique" pictures.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super sharp images, quiet, would definitely recommend!

By Leslie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Absolutely love this lens! Great walk around on my D7100. Nice sharp images even in low light. A little powerhouse for under $200! This is a must have for anyone with a crop sensor camera!

 
5.0

Excellent

By Daniel

from Undisclosed

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

Very happy with my purchase

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Videoguy

from Denver, Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

For the price, this lens can't be beat. It takes clean and crisp photos and is great in low light.

 
5.0

Nice Lens

By Earl

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice lens. I bought it for when I need a 1.8 lens of 1.8. I shoot normally with two zooms but there is and occasional bowling alley that is very low light level and this lens with my D7200 at 25600 ISO fixes the problem of too low of a light level.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I like this lens and would buy again without hesitation.

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is just a fun lens to keep on my cameras for every day grab shots. I have several.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Incredible upgrade from the 18-55 VRII Kit Lens!!

By Craig

from Undisclosed

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

At the time of me writing this, this lens has 2134 reviews and overall a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on this site. There is a reason for this. This lens just flat out is a rock star on a 1.5x cropped sensor. I also have the 18-55mm VRII kit lens and while that is also pretty good, this one has blown it out of the water. Extremely clear images- especially in low light. It's a prime- so you are the zoom. Which has been good to me being a beginner. It has forced me to think about my composition more resulting in better shots. The bokeh is very nice with this lens on 2.8. I love this lens for general photography. I think this would be a superb lens for street photography. Anyone with a Nikon DX camera should have this prime in their gear bag. It takes great pictures and a very reasonable price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Every Nikon DX shooter needs one of these in his bag.

By Ronald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Tack sharp, fast focus, fast prime, Nikon glass, great value. What else to say?

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes, I would buy it again!

By Rich

from undisclosed

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

Nice, fast and incredibly sharp lens especially for the price. Some say the bokeh is not that pleasing but I worry more about the photo composition and emotion rather than the bokeh. Good bokeh doesn't make your photo great and I think we are splitting hairs here. It is more a matter of opinion but for what I use this lens for it is a nice prime addition.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would buy this product again.

By Bernicej

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great kit lens, sharp and fast. I use it for street and landscape shots.

 
5.0

good buy

By marcelo

from Santiago de Chile

Verified Buyer

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

A great lens, a great buy

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Recomended

By Si

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

As expected but this is a China made piece so do not know how long it will last!

 
5.0

Favorite lens!

By Nicole

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Absolutely LOVE this lens. I can't believe I didn't get it sooner! Takes great photos.

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