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

(based on 2086 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1618)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (417)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 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.

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1.0

Lens does not fit the camera mount

By Raymond

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Just tried inserting the lens and found it would not go into the mount properly.  It appears the mount on the lens is too large in diameter.  It is useless for use on my D 80 camera.  I will return it and request a refund or ask for one that fits.

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5.0

Great lens!

By NutellaGhost

from Providence, RI

Verified Buyer

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

I use this all the time now for street photography.

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5.0

Best prime lens for the money

By Jonathan

from Undisclosed

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

LOVE LOVE LOVE this lens. It is now my main lens when shooting. So clear, the bokeh is great, and it is sharp! If you're still using the kit lens that came with your camera, or you've purchased a zoom, grab this lens and shoot it. You will not be disappointed!

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1.0

Not what I expected

By I.

from Long island,NY

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted a prime lens as I do most of my shooting with a
sigma 18-300 zoom. The Nikkor lens was not as clear as the
zoom lens and I thought that there was an inordinate amount
of noise, even with good light and moderate apertures. I sent
it back.

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4.0

Great lens for this price!

By Jeff

from Undisclosed

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

Bought this lens for my daughter who has taken up photography using an older D3000. Wanted her to experience using a prime lens instead of limited kit zoom. She is very happy with this lens. Sharp & bright pictures. Now I wish Nikon made a macro in this price range.

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5.0

Perfect lens

By Daniel

from Undisclosed

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

A good lens for

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5.0

I would buy this lens again, it makes my 3200 like a p&s.

By Clearbluesky

from Carolinas

Verified Buyer

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

I would recommend this lens over the zoom lens included in the kits.

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5.0

This is the most important lens in my bag

By DePepeStudio

from Calexico, CA

Verified Buyer

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

The Nikon 35mm lens is the greatest marvel of Nikon at the best price . By always be in your bag lens if you have not already buy it . Your image clarity , its funds and especially their excellent work in low light make the best of all

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5.0

Just a fantastic lens for the money!!!

By tmiller

from Towson,Md.

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

This lens is extremely sharp. What a great value for the money!

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4.0

Loving it

By sb73099

from Grants Pass, Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

I think I'm really going to like this lens. I took some sky photos and it appears that it's going to be awesome.

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5.0

Great Starter Prime Lens

By Slim Jim

from NY

Verified Buyer

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

This lens should be included in DSLR kits/bundles, rather than that 18-55mm lens nonsense. The perfect lens for walking around and interacting with the environment...compared to standing from a far and zooming in on objects. Definitely a starter lens but you'll learn more about capturing the best shot with this lens than the kit 18-55mm lens

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5.0

Great first prime lens

By SA TC

from San Antonio, TX

Verified Buyer

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

Great "fast glass" for a beginner. As one who is new to photography (six months), I found this lens towork very well, with my D3300. I produces very sharp pictures, at a very reasonable price.

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4.0

One more value for money offer....

By Alex

from Qatar

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

I bought this lens before 5 years and i always have it with me. Its light, fast, and sharp and it will keep you happy almost in everything. Its one of the best value for money.

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5.0

Fantastic lens.

By Counselor Claire

from Northern MN

Verified Buyer

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

Haven't used it a ton yet, but I really like what I see so far. I spend a lot of time outdoors and like to shoot wilderness photos.

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4.0

Still in a learning curve

By Gracie

from NY

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens for my Nikon D3300 after doing much reading/research. I am still in a learning curve and getting familiar with what this prime lens can do. I recently used it at a birthday party and it's clear that this lens is on another level than the 18mm-55mm kit lens. I would recommend this lens as it takes quality images at a great price. Perhaps I will updated my review after I get more experience with the lens.

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5.0

Killer lens for the money.

By Kevin

from Woonsocket, RI

Verified Buyer

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

I love this prime lens for my D5300 and it doesn't break the bank. A well rounded match for me and the camera. I like it soooo much I'm saving up my coins for its sister a Nikor 85mm prime. Along with free fast shipping from B &H, just a happy camper. So light weight it feels like a toy but far from it. I'm not a professional photog just a hobbyist.
Kevin

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5.0

Nikkor 35mm

By Pedro P�rez

from Nyc

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

I love it!

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5.0

Incredible improvement over kit zoom

By DRH

from Illinois

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

This lens has reinvigorated my enthusiasm for taking photos. The sharpness, color, and ability to shoot more in available light compared to the kit zoom lens is amazing. The bokeh is beautiful.

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4.0

love this lens, an upgrade for me.

By posie

from Traverse City Michigan

Verified Buyer

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

Using as a portrait lens, love that it is prime and crystal clear.

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5.0

Amazing!

By Dan

from NY

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

So glad I got this lens! Perfect for landscape and low light photography. Takes excellent portaits as well. Definitely recommend it

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