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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
Great lens for the entry level user and advanced users. I bought this lens about two years ago. I first bought the 50mm 1.8G and loved using that lens for everything. However I wanted something wider. I looked for a while and was stuck between this lens and the older 35mm f2 AF-D. At the time I wasn't really into video so this lens fit the bill for my needs perfectly. I still use it today, this is one of the best lenses you can buy for a DX Nikon body. Its sharp, quick to focus and well built. Plus its price makes it a no brainer. This lens will allow you cameras image sensor to really capture all the little details you've been missing out on. If you thought your camera took great pictures with the kit lens, then slap one of these on you camera and you'll see an improvement in overall detail. Plus you'll be able to better isolate your subjects since this lens has the ability to create a shallow depth of field, which allows people to concentrate on what you were trying to capture. Plus it adds a more pleasing look to your photographs. On a DX body this lens has an equivalent field of view of 52.5mm which is good for portraits and general photography. This lens is great for both indoor and outdoor photography. You just have to keep in mind that you'll be using your feet allot to "zoom in and out". But that's what prime lenses are all about. Its adds in a bit of a challenge at times, and increases the "fun factor". I really love shooting with prime lenses. This lens has served me well. It has taught me allot and I have gotten some great images with it. April 19, 2014
The best 35mm lens like... Ever. I love this lens. I am a 14 year old so money isn't abundant but this is a lens for me and every millionaire photographer out there! It is an amazing lens! So sharp I cut my self on it (Yup, I just said that) And at 1.8, It is amazing. March 19, 2014
excellent !!!1 Purchased from local store for the online price. great lens and great product from nikon amazing sharpness for the pictures great value for money. February 15, 2014
This lens will get 75% of the time on my d5100 I had 3 lenses before this one. The kit lens (18-55) that came with the d5100, a 200mm sigma small telephoto and the manual 50MM nikon lens. I just got this one yesterday after extensive research on my next lens and I have to say I am dully impressed. I can tell instantly that the clarity and bokeh on this one is sweet. I can't wait to test it some more! February 2, 2014
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Will autofocus on a d3000?

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yes it will
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As Yevgen said the Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G will autofocus in your D3000.

All lenses who contais S (AF-S) which means servo will focus in your camera.
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Hi Cisco
I am sorry, but "Number One Contributor" gave you the wrong answer.
Your camera (D3000) do not have internal auto focus motor, but to have autofocus you can use any Nikkor lenses, which start from "AF-S ...".
All this lenses, including "AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G", have internal silence auto focus motor.
And that means, that with this lens, your Nikon D3000 will have autofocus, I also can added: very fast , precise auto focus and this lens is really very sharp, very sharp for most price category.
Good luck Cisco.
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No, affriad not.
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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D3000.
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i want to buy another lens, but i dont know if this lens is a better choice for me, help guys.
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I was in the same situation. You will not be disappointed. Just look at all the reviews. I also purchased a refurbished Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. It is the best lens I have ever had.
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For $200 this is the best choice.
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Maybe. This lens will allow you to shoot in lower light conditions than the 18-55mm lens that came with your D3100. This might include shooting indoors without flash and in museums and at shows with fast moving people, assuming you can get close enough. I own one and like it but I also have other more general purpose lenses.

I have a feeling that if you have to ask, this lens might not be the right choice for you. A wideangle lens that goes from about 10-20mm will open up a whole new world of photography not available to you now (good for some travel shots, but stitching photos together might also work) and a lens with more reach such as 18-105mm or 18-200mm might have a more immediate benefit. Portrait photos typically use a lens somewhat longer than 55 mm (maybe 85mm on your camera). One thing that is especially nice about the 35 mm lens is its compactness. With this lens I can put my whole camera into a vestpocket pouch and shoot images in an art museum that does not allow flash. I have framed copies of several masterpieces I've taken this way.

Because many people like a little more reach, the kit lenses of cameras that cost a little more come with the 18-105 mm lens. Also there is a 55-200 mm lens that can provide extra reach without duplicating what you already have.
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Absolutely, yes!
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Depends on what you are using now, if its the kit lens then possibly it could be better, obviously its going to be faster and sharper, but only you can decide if its what you need.
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Will it auto focus with a D3100?

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Ive read some reviews saying that it wont autofocus with the D3100 and others saying that it does. I really need to buy a fast lens but I cant decide, and I really need the auto focus :s main use is for portraits :)
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Yes, worked perfect with my 3100. Very pleased; bought to take daughter's Senior Portraits with.
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Yes, up to full HD 1080, and full time focus
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Yes! this lens is a DX format, same as the D3100, I have this lens, love it!
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Why would one the AF-S 35mm 1:1.8 lens if they have the 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 to use. Explain the difference when using these lens.

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As mentioned, the difference that really matter here is aperture. In fact, a lens set to f/1.8 will let in 4 times the amount of light that the 18-55 zoom can at its widest aperture. This means greatly increased low-light performance as well as much more range in depth-of-field.

Prime (or fixed focal length) lenses also provide better sharpness and contrast in general over zooms.

Personally however, I love primes because a) they're smaller, lighter, with fewer moving parts and b) the focal range limitation encourages a more artistic process as you physically move around to find your shot, paying attention to your composition instead of your equipment and c) the results simply look better.
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Probably the biggest difference is the aperture, f/1.8 will allow you to shoot in low light situations, and also allow you to blur the background when opening the lens wide. Fixed focal length lenses will often provide sharper images especially around the edges and corners of the frame.
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One is a zoom lens the other is fixed length, the 35mm being faster but lacks zoom and visa versa, cant really compare them and say you should have one over the other as they both have their uses.
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Main difference is the angle of view and the aperture.
AF-S 35mm f/1.8 = Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) 44°
AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 = Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 76°, Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) 28°50'
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is it fit for D7000?

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yes! D7000 is a camera in DX format and this lense too.
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Very much so. That's the camera I am using it on.
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Sure, this lens will work well on all Nikon DX body like the D7000
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Is it compatible to autofocus with a D5000?

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Yes. I have a D5000, and the autofocus is excellent on this lens, even under lower light conditions. Be sure that you have your D5000 set up properly through the menus, then on the lens barrel itself, set the switch to the "M/A" position and it will do fine for you.
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Absolutely.
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Yes it is. And it's a great lens.
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can i zoom with these lenses?

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You cannot zoom, however the tradeoff is that the lens is more compact and the pictures are higher quality
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no this is constant focal length lense.
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No. With this lens you need to "zoom with your feet", but the advantages of this sort of lens are it's size, weight, sharpness and and the ability of it's wide maximum aperture to gather light. It's ideal for general photography, street shooting, and low light photography without flash.
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will this autofocus with the d40?

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Yes. It works correctly on my D40X that does not have an internal motor, just like the D40.
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The D40 has no auto focus motor, but any AF-S lens is compatible to the D40 because it has a built in motor.
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Yes, the 35mm f1.8 has its own AF motor, so the D40 can be used with no issues.
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Will this auto focus with Nikon D60?

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I own a Nikon D60, SB-400 flash and need to know if this lens will work correctly with my Nikon hardware?

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Yes it will. I have a D40X (has no internal motor, just like the D60) and it works fine on this camera.
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Any AF-S will auto focus with the D60 because it has a built in motor. AF lenses don't and neither does the D60 so no auto focus.
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That will work perfectly as the 35mm lens has its own focusing motor. The sb-400, especially when bounced, will give plenty of wide light to capture with the viewing angle of the 35mm lens! Cheers!
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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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