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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 general purpose lens. I use the 35 mm f1.8 prime lens along with my 18-55 Kit lens and 55-200 tele-zoom lens. Light weight camera bag but 28 mm up to 300 mm range (D3100 DSLR) for nature and travel pictures. Recommended for all. July 10, 2014
AMAZING FOR EVERY TYPE OF SHOOTER! From beginners to the very experienced, this lens produces great sharp and bright images on DX Camersa such as my D3100 and FX such as my D800. All around lesns, amazing price, crazy light. Nice quality plastic. June 13, 2014
Great All-Purpose Lens I love this lens! It has good build quality and the focal length is perfect for shooting walk around photography without any distortion. Images are super-sharp and it adds just the right amount of weight to my D7100 camera. Low-light photography is excellent! I highly recommended trying one out! May 31, 2014
Outstanding and Highly Cost Effective Truly exceptional sharpness and contrast. I'm a long time Nikon user and adding this fixed focal length lens to the stable of contemporary zooms has been a great choice. Terrific in low light candids. Also outstanding in landscape and architectural shooting with color, sharpness, contrast and minimal distortion unexpected at this price. I'm personally enjoying revisiting the earlier days when composition was done with a fixed focal length prime, of course then on a rangefinder 35 mm camera. Interesting how going back to basics sharpens skills. May 31, 2014
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Why is this lense not avaliable. Most online stores and Nikon USA don't have it in stock?

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I had to wait almost a month - I think it's worth the wait.
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Thanks for your interest in the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. 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 lens work in a D70s?

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Yes, it will work on a D70S.
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Yes, this lens works with the D70s.
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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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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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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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yup.
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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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Basic settings

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Hello I just recvd my lens today and I have attached it to my D90 but I am not clear about what settings to set in order to take portrait photos with the blurred background? I followed what the manual of instructions said in order to attach the lens hood and lens and then I tried the manual and the Aperture settings on my camera - i still dont get blurred background? can someone direct me to a tutorial perhaps on how to take those portrair kind and other landscape photos with this new lens?
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If you are asking about how to make blurred backgrounds then you are probably asking about Aperture. You will have to go to Aperture priority and set it at about 2.8-5.6 depending on how far your subject is to the background. Good luck!
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See, there are three settings in the camera that control depth of filed (shallow depth of field gives you the out of focus backround)
1. Shoot at f/1.8 (or the biggest aperture available in the lens). Aperture priority is the best mode for this.
2. Use the higher focal length (but I guess you are using a prime lens).
3. Distance between the subject and the lens. Lesser the distance , more out of focus backround.
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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
Hope this helps..
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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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Favorite Subject: Nature
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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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Sedona, AZ, USA
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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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Loganville,Ga
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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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St. Louis
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Favorite Subject: Portrait
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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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Curitiba - Paraná, Brazil
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Curitiba - Paraná, Brazil
Age: 35-44
Favorite Subject: Family & Friends
Nikon Family: 21+ years
Experience: More than a year
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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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Guayaquil - Ecuador
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Favorite Subject: Portrait
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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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NikonD
Sedona, AZ, USA
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Age: 45-54
Favorite Subject: Landscape