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Compact, fast f/1.8 prime lens for DX-format cameras

Optimized for DX-format cameras, the compact, lightweight AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G delivers the consistently stunning images you’d expect from a prime lens. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture is perfect for low-light shooting and creating softly blurred backgrounds; and its classic “normal” angle of view (approximating what we see with our eyes) makes it a great all-around lens.
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Beautiful background blur

Isolate your subject for a dramatic effect

The secret to creating beautifully blurred backgrounds in your photos and videos is using a lens with a wide maximum aperture. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G’s maximum aperture is f/1.8, which provides complete depth-of-field control for isolating your subject and creating stunning portraits.

Outstanding low-light performance

Shoot in a greater range of conditions

An f/1.8 maximum aperture isn’t just for creating blurred backgrounds—it’s also the key to exceptional low-light performance. With the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, you’ll be able to shoot in more situations with only the available light—indoors or out, from morning until night.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology.
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AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
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Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.
Rear Focusing
Rear Focusing System
A system in which only the rear lens group moves during focusing, thus eliminating changes in the physical length of the lens during focusing and enabling faster focusing. Such lenses are designated with RF on the lens barrel.
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A MUST for every DX shooter I've used this product for quite a time. At first glance, the fit and finish looks good, light, easy to handle. The SWM is a great addition for users of all entry level camera bodies, AF speed is acceptable and MF override is possible. Image quality wise, TREMEDOUS, it goes beyond my expectation even at widest aperture (though contrast dropped just a little), sharpness is great at the center, the corner is not bad, then everywhere looked tack-sharp just around F2.8 - 4. Background blur is a little harsh wide-opened and becomes most pleasing around F2.8 All in all, if you're a DX shooter, go to buy this lens now, I know you'll love this just like me. July 30, 2010
Excellent, Small, Low Light, and Sharp Every Day Lens This DX 35mm f/1.8 lens is an excellent value. Its resolution rivals that of FX lenses three times the cost. The image below was taken with a Nikon D40 camera body at a shutter speed of 1/125 of s second, an aperture of f/1.8, an ISO of 560, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering. November 3, 2014
SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!! Although this lens is a prime lens, it is very versatile ! If you are looking for a lens that is compact and can offer a little of everything this is the lens for you. It works beautifully as a macro lens capturing small details. But is tack sharp at longer focal lengths. This is one of my new favorites! I think for the price you really can't go wrong. This is my 5th lens I have purchased from Nikon and its nothing short of amazing!!! October 1, 2014
A must have lens for the DX format camera If you have a DX format camera and do not have this lens you are missing out. Everything about this lens is fantastic. It is in my opinion the best value lens on the market as far as price vs performance goes. This lens is on my camera 90% of the time. It is my go to lens for portraits, street, candid and all around people photography. If you want to take your photography up a few notches from the kit lens you can not do any better for the money than this lens. September 25, 2014
Incredible lens! I purchased this glass for use with my [new] Nikon D7100, and I was absolutely thrilled with the shots I achieved! It's lightweight, inexpensive, and really fun to use, actually. It's really great when you are shooting in low-light situations. I am enthralled by this lens; the magnificent clarity, the amazingly smooth bokeh, the astounding depth of field, and the solid feel and flawless performance. I would recommend this to any photographer; the beginner, the enthusiast, and the professional. August 11, 2014
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Is this lens compatible with Nikon D200?

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The D200 is a "crop" DX camera, so this lens will focus properly and will not cut off the edges. It will be a great lens if you need a fast semi-wide lens!
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When will this lens be available?

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Nobody seems to have this lens in stock...When will it be available?
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If you click on the "Buy This" link under the pic of the lens, it will give a place to enter a zip for retail dealers.
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Thanks for your interest in the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. We have shipped many thousands to our customers. Interest for the lens has been very high (many dealers had created waiting lists). If you have an urgent need I'd strongly suggest ordering one now from an authorized dealer so that you will be on their list as they receive shipments from us. Thanks again for your interest.
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Out of Stock - AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

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I see that the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is now showing up again. It seemed to be out of stock for months. Was there a problem with the lens that needed to be corrected? Is this a revised model? Thank you.
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If you read my review, you'll find the 40mm Micro was just released only 5mm difference, but includes 1:1 macro capability and only a little more than the 35mm. The 35mm is faster and is a great lens on it's own which offers a "50mm" view for DX cameras. It was out of stock due to high demand, and I'm sure the tsunami situation in Japan didn't help production. If you want the speed, go for the 35mm. If you want the macro, go for the new 40mm when it hits store shelves, it will probably be hard to find initially, just like the 35mm as demand will likely outpace supply. Either will help if you don't have a sharp lens in this range!
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i guess it's gotta do with the upcoming 50/1.8 af-s lens, since the two are probably quite similar, the factory lines are probably busy spewing out the new 50mms batch after batch. then afterwards they'll manufacture some more 35mms.
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When will the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens (2183) ship to the US again?

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I've been waiting for many months now to buy this lens yet I haven't even been able to find any information on when it might be available...
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Contact Ritz Camera ... I bought my lens from there.
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Thanks for your interest in the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens. We have shipped many thousands of these lenses to our customers. Interest for this lens has been very high. If you have an urgent need I'd strongly suggest ordering one now from an authorized dealer so that you will be on their list as they receive shipments from us.
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will this work with D70?

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Absolutely, it will work...
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will this work with a nikon D5100?

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what lenses will work with a d5100 for great photos that have a blur background? that auto focus
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Hey Joe, I need some advice on zooming while taking pictures... I have the D5100, but don't know how to operate the Zoom in auto and manual mode... Pls advice.
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What 35mm lense is ok for 3Dx and can I use the AF-f/1.8G with my 3DX?

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I believe your D3X has DX lens detection mode, so yes it should work, is a digital lens , not an FX...
I would say , if you can afford D3X, I would be looking for the best piece of glass i could find...
This 35mm is definitely not a pro caliber lens...
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The AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G can be used on a D3X, but it is intended for DX format bodies. Using this lens on a D3X in DX format mode reduces the resolution to ~10MP. For a fixed focal length 35mm lens for FX format the inexpensive route is the AF 35mm f/2.0 http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/1923/AF-NIKKOR-35mm-f%252F2D.html or the expensive route is the AF-S 35mm f/1.4 http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2198/AF-S-NIKKOR-35mm-f%252F1.4G.html
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Where is the product origin? Japan? or China?

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All of the packaging of my products indicate that they originate from China.
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Nikon operates factories all across the globe and each operate to the same high standard. While individual cameras are marked with their country of manufacture we can't make a blanket statement about which camera is produced where.
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What Does The G Mean??

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I Have Seen Some With It, Some With Out It. What Is It For!?
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Think about the word "Gelded" which in this case, a G lens the manual only focus ring is not there, its been Gelded from the lens, The G lens has the power to "Auto Focus" but able to manual over ride the auto, if you ever have a lens that only says "auto" or "manual" on the focus settings on the switch, dont attempt to manually set the focus when its on auto, it will screw up the lens.
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G means the lens doesn't have an aperture control ring. The newer
bodies let you adjust your f-stop with a dial on the camera
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Will this autofocus with a D40x?

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Find your cam on Nikon site , and look under sub menu Tech Specs, there they will list all lenses compatible with your D40x
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Is it compatible with film camera Nikon F-65 ?

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The mount will tell you compatibility. The issue you will have is darkening around the edges of the frame due to sensor vs film issues.
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Yes, this lens can be use with the Nikon F-65 film camera. However, this lens is DX format.
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Will this lense work with my D50?
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On Nikon site, find your camera D50 and look in sub menu for Tech Specs, as you scroll through all the specs you will find all lenses that are supported by your D50
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I have this lens on my D60 and I am trying to find the correct settings for sharp, low-light photos. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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D60, your best settings for any camera in low light is ISO 100, and the fastest f/stop you can get from lens, in this case 1.8...the problem is the ISO, in the D60 and my D2X the noise is bad compared to todays sensors...my D2x for example, at ISO 400-800 is noisy and not crisp...this is life with older cameras...sad but true,I spent $5,000 just 6 years ago on a pro model camera that has more sensor noise than todays point n shoots...:(
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Please visit our Learn and Explore website for Photography Techniques:
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Does the Nikon 35mm AF-S f/1.8 DX fit my Nikon D90

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I would like to know which lenses fit best for my Nikon D90
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Any of these prime lenses and Nikkor lenses will work...
Your decision should be based on ...what you want to shoot and how much money you want to spend,
the more you pay the better the lens and image quality...
I believe some refer to the 50mm as a good all around lens (prime)...
Your D90 will perform well with any of these Nikkor lenses...
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does this work with the D3100?

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here is the list of supported lenses for your D3100

AF NIKKOR for F3AF not Supported
AF-S, AF-I: All Functions Supported
AI-P NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
IX NIKKOR Lenses Cannot be Used
Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but Exposure Meter does not Function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
Other AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus
Type D PC NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and some Shooting Modes

If this is confusing, I would ask Support in lower sub menu next to Product Forum
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What is the build quality- any metal (besides the mount) in it?

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After selling every single nikon vario i've owned (18-55 vr and hated it, 18-70 and loved it - one of the very best ever made, 55-200), and using only primes now, i hope it has more metal parts in it? Is it anything like the FANTASTIC 24mm 2.8 AF-D in terms of MECHANICAL construction, or do we have to remain grateful that at least the mount flange is metal this time? Do i go for a good old 24 or 28mm AI-S on eBay? I intend to apply it on DX, as prescribed, and will be used heavily, under wide range of environment conditions and light-situations. thanks in advance for any and all useful insights on the matter.
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Hi
I suggest you compare all 35mm lenses made by Nikon...
Look at the price difference
I think you will have your answer.
For $200 you will get what you pay for,
For $1,800 you will get what you pay for...

Not to say this lens is bad, you just get what you pay for, some or most cant afford $1800 for a prime lens,
I believe you will get all nikon quality that you pay for...
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The mount is made of metal and the lens is made of polycarbonate.
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whats in the box?

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Do these lenses come with the front and rear caps or do we have to buy seperately?
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from the tech specs section...

HB-46 Bayonet Lens Hood
LC-52 Snap-On Front Lens Cap
LF-1 Rear Lens Cap
CL-0913 Soft Case
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front and rear lens cap, bayonet lens hood and soft case
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Should i be concerned? What exactly does this mean and what will it do to my pictures?
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On an FX-format camera with a DX lens mounted, the camera will automatically engage its built-in DX crop mode.

But, if you are shooting with a film SLR camera, a DX lens will cause vignetting because the DX lenses are designed for the smaller DX sensor. The FX sensor is considered full frame and is the size of 35mm film.
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That will depend on the model of the camera you have. Please click on the link below for information:
http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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Where is this lens made?

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I bought one, it made in China
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Mine is made in China too. Excellent lens, BTW.
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Nikon operates factories all across the globe and each operate to the same high standard. While individual cameras are marked with their country of manufacture we can't make a blanket statement about which camera is produced where.
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Is it compatibale with Nikon D5100

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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D5100.
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Is it compatible to autofocus with a D5100?

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i have a nikon d5100 and i want this lens for portraits thats good for me? have autofocus?
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yes, this lens will work great on D5100,

since this is a DX lens you will get true 35mm,

yes auto focus
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Is this lens waterproof?

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No, this lens nor any lens is waterproof..
If you put cam and lens inside underwater housing m yes its all good , but other wise, no way , shape or form is this waterproof...
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No.
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will it work on d90

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yes, this lens will work and work well...
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Should I replace my D7000 kit lens with this?

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I am about to purchase either d7000 or d5100 and have budget. If I purchase the D5100 I will no doubt have enough money for both the kit lens along with this lens. For the D7000 I've heard this is a much better choice than it's included kit lens. Since the D7000 is a pricier camera for me I was thinking of just buying the body and buying this lens separately. I like to take photos outdoors and some up close portraits. Also, how well does this lens work under very low light?
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Depends on your needs, for outdoor landscapes its not a very wide lens... I have 17-35mm NIkkor 2.8, and i find for most landscapes , 35mm is not wide enough to capture "grand" overall views...
Kits lenses have become much better quality throughout the years for sure, but a prime is always really sharp n clear....think about , if you can live with no zoom lens...a prime is incredible, but will you need versatility of zooming in on something or someone...???
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I would rather have a D7000 with the 35mm lens than a D5100 with a kit lens and 35mm lens.
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Is this the best lens for taking candid pictures of friends in low light indoor settings?

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Is this the best lens for taking candid pictures of friends in low light indoor settings? I'm a pretty young photographer and am just buying my first dSLR (D7000). I still am trying to wrap my head around the various lenses. I looked around the website and read some descriptions, and this one looks like it is good for that purpose. Is that true? Is it the best one (that's affordable)?

Thanks in advance!
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Hi
The 50mm in full frame is considered a portrait lens,
so the 35mm DX would be pretty close to 50mm in full frame...
if you bought a 50mm now, you could have 50mm later if you switch to full frame camera,
and the 50mm now would be apprx a 75mm...
This 35mmDX is a good all around lens , just remember too, if you want pro glass down the road for DX sensor or Full Frame sensor camera, this lens is not considered "pro" glass...
hope this helps...
p.s. I learned long ago that if I’m buying a lens I know I will never part with n use often, the price for "pro" glass is well worth it...
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