Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens

The Nikon Total Digital SLR Imaging System includes world-renowned optical quality from NIKKOR lenses. Ongoing research and development of NIKKOR lenses allows Nikon to continuously provide Nikon digital SLR photographers with greater optical performance and additional focal length choices. Nikon…
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4.6 63 Reviews
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By Luaps Lens

from NY

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Great little Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

CONS

BEST USES

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

Comments:

Great lens for low light / fast shutter. Every camera bag should have one.


By Diggy

from Los Angeles, CA

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This. Lens. Is. Dope.

 
5.0

PROS

  • Sharp
  • Beautiful Color
  • Fast

CONS

BEST USES

  • Night Photography
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Shallow Depth

Comments:

Hard to shoot anything bad with this lens. Whether you need it for super shallow depth or just low-light situations, this thing is always good for "wow" or two.

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By John Christopher

from Buffalo, NY

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

"Great Product"

 
5.0

PROS

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

CONS

BEST USES

  • Weddings/Events
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

Having a DX camera my "nifty fifty" wasn't doing it for me in terms of the way I was shooting. I wanted a prime lens that would give me a focal length of about 50mm and this was it. Abe's of Maine is a solid company and will do business again despite the fact that they flood your in box with e-mail!


By Jennifer

from Northern CA

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

amazingly sharp!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

CONS

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

This lens is so sharp, even wide open. By far the sharpest lens I've ever used. I very highly recommend this lens.


By Nikon User

from Las Vegas, NV

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Compact, Lightweight, Sharp

 
5.0

PROS

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

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

Ideal lense when you want to carry less equipment.


By New2Photography

from Bloomington, IN

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Great picture quality at a budget

 
4.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

  • Macro Photography
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

I mainly use this lens with my D5100 to take photos of our new baby. Produces really great pics. Can't beat the price. My other lens is the kit lens (18-55 f3.5-5.6). I don't use the kit lens anymore. The construction is not that great. But then you get what you pay for. The 50mm f1.4 is way outside my budget. I would highly recommend this to any beginners that are looking for a budget lens.


By Mark D

from NYC

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Excellent lens at a very good price.

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Great value

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events
  • Night Photography

Comments:

This lens is very sharp with good contrast. It focuses very fast. It's lightweight yet it's well built. It has the built-in focus motor that some Nikon bodies need for it to autofocus. This is a great lens for low light especially when you need high shutter speeds.


By Polkadot Orchid

from Salem, OR

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My Favorite Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Compact
  • Great in Low Light
  • Durable

CONS

  • Bokeh is neutral to fair
  • No VR
  • Limited zoom

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Family Photos
  • Macro Photography

Comments:

I use this lens for most of my day-to-day shooting. I love that it is light, compact, and takes better photos without having to resort to a flash than my other lenses. It takes good photos of active, moving subjects (busy children), especially when the light is low. I have taken photos of children hiding inside of dark green twisting slides without needing a flash with this lens. (Both the child and myself were inside the slide, which was in the shade under trees, so there was very little available light.) I've managed to take good photographs of children bouncing on a trampoline in late afternoon light. I did not use a flash and there was zero motion blur. It focused quickly enough that most of the shots were perfectly in focus, though I did have one or two that were slightly off. (Though this may have been from the camera's autofocus function deciding to focus on another object in the scene. The shots that were off seemed to have other objects in focus, such as the trampoline springs.) I also like that this lens is a rear-focus lens, so it doesn't have external moving parts that could suck dust and other particles into the lens as it focuses. I'd consider it more durable than my other lenses for this reason. Plus, it's smaller, so it's easier to carry around and I'm less likely to scrap or bump it against something. I bought an sb-400 Nikon flash to use with my camera, but so far, I haven't really needed it with this lens. I still keep the flash for my other lenses, however. The thing I don't like about this lens is that it's not a zoom lens. In order to frame up shots, I must move a lot more than with my zoom lenses. Sometimes, this means getting closer than I might like or in another position that is more awkward than it might be with a different lens. Don't try to take photos of far off objects with this lens - for that, you really want a zoom lens. Most of the shots I take are of social situations and family photos, which this lens is perfect for. However, I have also used it for a small amount of product photography, and I have been pleased with the quality of the macro shots. I also wouldn't say that the bokeh is terrific. On my lens at least, it appears to be fair to neutral. However, it's not horribly bad either. I had a hard time finding things to complain about this lens. It doesn't have VR, but the lens gathers so much light that I don't think it needs it. I'd expect that adding VR would make it larger and/or heavier. Overall, I thought it was a very reasonable addition to my photography bag and has quickly become my favorite lens to use for near to mid-range subjects.


By Rob Rivera Photography

from Edison, NJ

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Little Workhorse

 
4.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged

CONS

  • Tough To Attach

BEST USES

  • Night Photography
  • Weddings/Events
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

Product is really decent. My only disappointment is that when used with a D3000/5000/3100/5100, it won't give you wide angle due to the fact that these models have an aps sensor which makes this 35mm lens give you a 55mm lens final product. It's a little tight to put on, but is durable, and consistent. Very clean, and for a great price.


By 2bcoool

from New York, NY

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Worth the money. Good for D60

 
5.0

PROS

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Lightweight
  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

CONS

BEST USES

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

Comments:

Good for indoor, natural light shooting.


By OverseasTom

from Boulder, CO

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First Impressions of My New DX 1.8G

 
4.0

PROS

  • Good value
  • Sharpness
  • Great Subject Separation

CONS

  • Inaccurate Autofocus
  • Only useful on DX bodies
  • No Vibration Reduction
  • Narrow Field of View

BEST USES

  • Night Photography
  • Portraits
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

I've owned the Nikon D3000 with lens kit for about a year now and figured it'd be nice to see how a different lens would influence my photography. I bought the 35mm DX 1.8G primarily hoping to take better low-light shots, at lower isos than i need to use when shooting with my 18-55mm kit lens. So far, I've been pretty pleased with it, though it has come with a caveat or two. I'll start with the negatives, just to end this on the high note i think this glass deserves. Cons: The FoV feels quite tight, though I think this may be unavoidable due to the crop factor on DX sensors (35mm DX is equivalent to a 52.5mm on film or full-frame digital body. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just takes some adjusting to. This lens probably wouldn't be my first choice for most architecture or landscape shots, but it'd be great for portraits and product shots, since it throws near subjects into relief so well with it's wide aperture. It seems to give really sharp shots too, as long as it gets enough light for the iso it's on. I haven't been able to shoot at only 400, hand-held indoors without slight subject motion equaling blur in the shots. Again though, this could be my trusty D3000 under-performing a bit. Also, I gotta check my shots after to make sure that what I wanted in focus, actually was in focus! At f:1.8, if it focuses on something very close to, but not quite what I want, it can really ruin the shot. My autofocus has rarely picked what i want (a face, say), so i have to stay vigilant! Pros: Great value portrait lens. I love how it makes the subjects stand right out from all the surroundings. The fixed focal length and focus issues are challenging me to be a better photographer and really concentrate on all aspects of what i'm doing. I'm really enjoying using this lens and I think i'll just leave it on my camera for a while, to help grow into it, as it were :) Happy snapping everyone!

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By TZUHL

from JUPITER,FL

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HELP IN LOW LIGHT

 
4.0

PROS

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

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography

Comments:

CAME IN REAL HANDY WHEN I AM IN LOW LIGHT SITUATIONS, I FOUND TIMES ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT THE 18-200 JUST WON'T FOCUS. ALSO I TRIED TO TAKE A CLOSE UP WITH THE 18-200 AND JUST COULDN'T GET IT I SWITCHED TO THE 35MM 1.8 AND IT WASN'T A FULL MACRO BUT WORKED GREAT


By Rocketman

from Katy, Texas

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My go to lense.

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • There is no weakness

BEST USES

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

Comments:

I use this lense to photograph indoor sporting events. It has never let me down.


By Ion_flux

from Santa Barbara

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Excellent Consumer Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Vignetting in low light

BEST USES

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

Comments:

I have read many comments on how tack sharp prime lenses are compared to zooms. I was delighted by how razor my digital captures were with this lens. You can't beat the quality for the price. I do a lot of twilight and night compositions and have found the fidelity beyond my expectations even at f1.8. I do notice vignetting, without the lens hood, at long exposures (> 5sec) at f1.8, but I can live with it. Stopping the lens down solves it but naturally drags the shutter. The form factor and weight is much more convenient for day trips and travel than my zooms. This lens has inspired me to consider more prime lenses at other focal lengths.


By dban

from Boston, MA

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Perfect and SWEET all-around lens.

 
4.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • NONE

BEST USES

  • Portraits
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography

Comments:

The only lens I use on my D40.


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