AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
I purchased the lens to lighten my D300 and to give me better low light performance. The D300 auto ISO is so effective that I never get the lens faster than 2.8. I've been so spoiled by my 18 - 200 Nikon lens that I found a 35 mm far too restrictive for my typical usage.
April 14, 2011
I bought this lens not too long ago and love it! I love how small it is and so light weight too. It was a good price and I would recommend to get this lens!
April 14, 2011
Great lens, wonderful value
This lens lives on my D3000 almost all the time. You may have to do a little footwork to get your shots framed how you want, but the speed and flexibility this lens offers are well worth it.
I use it for low-light shots, poor-man's macro shots with a set of close-up filters, and general walking around purposes.
April 14, 2011
This lens has great overall performance!
I bought this lens to use an auto-focus 'prime' for my D40 and it stayed on 85% of the time. When I upgraded to a D200 it still remained one of my favourite-use lenses. The colours are great, images sharp and low-light ability awesome. There are some noticeable CA issues but easily fixed in post. I have never seen or used the more expensive 1.4G but unless I move to full frame I can't see a compelling reason to. A great lens for everyday use.
April 14, 2011
Love this lens!
First lens I've ever owned. I love the focal length on my D90 and how sharp the images are. The colors and contrast are also nice. For the price this lens if fantastic.
April 14, 2011
Good lens for the money.
The 35mm f/1.8G is a decent lens for the money. It's fast enough for indoor photography without a flash. The body feels solid and chunky to hold and on the camera. The metal mount is a nice touch and adds to the durability. It's still not quite as fast as it's (cheaper) 50mm f/1.8 cousin, but all in all is still a great value lens.
February 14, 2011
I recently got a D3000 and was happy with the 18-55mm lens, but wanted a new lens to expand my ability and saw this lens (I didn't really want to spend too much on a lens since I'm a beginner) and was impressed by the quality of the pictures after the first picture. I usually have the aperture set on 2.2 because anything under it gets a little blurry on the edges, but it still blurs the images background perfectly.
When I was buying this I was a little hesitant about landscape shots, but while in the mall I was taking random pictures and they turned out great.
All around this is a great lens!
January 3, 2011
I am a beginner who is trying to take up photography as a hobby. I am quite amazed at what this peice of equipment has done so far. I am just taking random shots at home. Cannot wait for spring to really get a full range of colours.
December 23, 2010
Excellent upgrade to any kit lens
Simple, light, cheap and with decent optical performance. This lens brings fast, creative photography to those without the money to buy hugely expensive professional lenses, which is its greatest achievement. It is usable wide open, with decent central sharpness and improves to very sharp when stopped down even to F2. By F2.8 the borders are better. It will easily outperform the kit lenses and allow low light shooting and creative use of depth of field. Very versatile as a standard lens on DX bodies. The only negative is some green and red fringing either side of the focal plane. Overall a bargain upgrade to DX users
August 11, 2010
a great buy
This was the second lens i used after my kit lens with the d5000. i'm an aspiring photographer and i've gotten some amazing shots with this lens. definitely something i would recommend to everyone.
August 8, 2010
This lens is excellent
I bought this lens because of the low price, and I was suprised of the quality and performance of the lens. Excellent lens for close up shots.
August 7, 2010
Great first prime lens
I am very happy with the results of this lens. You have to LOOK for the light falloff at f/1.8 to even notice it. Extremely sharp pictures from f/2.8 and up. Very compact and light - great to walk around town with!
Only complaints would be that the focus ring is a little flimsy (I can rattle in in place without rotating it) and I wish there was a focus distance scale. I just like to know where it's at before I turn the camera on. Also it'd be helpful for video since that's currently manual focus only.
August 1, 2010
Love the DOF
I love to shoot anything with this lens, I like to play with the DOF a lot for every subject. Good enough range also.
July 30, 2010
Great basic lens
Besides the kit 18-105, I chose the 35mm f1.8 to go with my D3000, and these two are a great match. Being small and lightweight, with a fantastic wide aperture, these lens are perfect for low light shooting in urban travel. Very versatile, the only downfalls are the distortion present and a touch of chromatic aberration showing up sometimes, both being easily corrected in post-production software. The price point makes these an almost mandatory buy for those wiling to take photography a step up. The prime makes you work harder, and that shows!
July 30, 2010
I consider this lens an absolute must for anyone looking to add a little more impact in their photography. I think it's a perfect first companion to the DX kit lens. It has so many things going for it:
- versatile focal length - 35mm on a DX model camera (approximately 50mm equivalent) is a great all-around focal length that I use for situations from street photography, to casual family get togethers.
- wide aperture - I use all the time when I want to either isolate a subject, or if I find myself in a low-light situation.
- fast autofocus - great at those times when I chase my small daughter around. i find that a lot of times I can just hold my camera at arm's length and shoot away without peeking through the viewfinder. I've learned to generally trust the autofocus and I get unusual vantage points.
- small size - much more easy for me to carry the camera around. And people around me don't take me as "seriously" as they might and tend to relax more as I shoot away.
- image quality - while I'm not a pro, I haven't been disappointed with the quality of this lens, from the sharpness, to quality of blur.
- price - I'm really glad that Nikon has this at a great price compared to what's currently available for the Canon and Sony brands.
Only thing I wish for on this lens would have been a depth-of-field scale, as I rely heavily on this on my manual focus lenses.
I'm really happy with this lens, and I would not consider owning a DX DSLR without one of these.
July 30, 2010
A great lens at a cheap price
This lens offers you fast aperture for shooting in low light without flash.
At 52mm equivalent for FX, one of my only complaints is the lens could be a bit wider, especially indoors, but as a "walkaround" lens it's great.
It's sharp wide open at f/1.8 and gets even sharper from f/2.8-4. The lens is lightweight and has a rear-focusing element to prevent dust from getting in.
The Canadian price is a bit too high but otherwise it's a fantastic lens for a good price.
July 30, 2010
Rápida, nítida e leve. Indispensável em situações com pouca luminosidade, pela metade do preço que pagaria por uma lente f1.4. Se você está iniciando no mundo da fotografia com lentes reflex, esse é um ótimo passo além da lente que acompanho o kit de sua câmera.
June 16, 2012
Nikon could Make It More Better
I am using this lens from last 15 months. Initially I was happy with this lens when I bought my first DSLR because it was really sharp and having wide aperture f/1.8 . But after having some experiences about different aspects of quality photo e.g. distortion, chromatic aberration etc. of this lens started to disappoint me. This lens creates quite barrel distortion that I hate to see in the photo. Even 18-55mm kit lens can produce distortion free photo at 35mm. And this lens creates high chromatic aberration which I don’t like to have in the photo. On the other hand 50mm f/1.8G is better lens from every aspect. Now I have 50mm f/1.8G and I want to sell 35mm f/1.8 lens.
August 28, 2014
A little disappointed
This is a very sharp lens with crisp contrast. The colors are snappy and the color cast is neutral. The area of caution for me is the bokeh. If you want this lens for general picture making and/or available light-type photography, it's a good choice. I got it because I needed a lens that I could use at large apertures for full-length to waist up portraiture. It has a good angle of view on my D300s, but the bokeh is not smooth. It's passable with simple backgrounds, but if there is anything visually complex in the distance it doesn't smooth out. Instead, you get these weird patterns going on that are only a little less distracting than if I stopped the lens down. I've tried everything from wide open down to f/4 and nothing really looks very good. I understand there are limits with shorter focal length lenses, but I thought Nikon might give us something more here. But hey, it's a very low priced lens, so...
May 9, 2013
You get what you pay for
This lens is quite affordable for someone looking for a first lens but unfortunately I cannot recommend it. It's got noticeable barrel distortion and the lens mount is made of plastic. If you don't intend to change lens often then get a coolpix. Also if you depend on the camera to fix the barrel distortion then you may be disappointed. A better value lens is the Nikon 50mm AF f1.8D: way less distortion with a metal mount at a lower price.
February 15, 2011
Lens is extremely sharp but will not focus on the intended subject. I have tried it on 4 different bodies, D2Hs, D2X, D7000 and D40X. It focuses behind the intended subject on all four bodies. A focus adjustment of +20 on my D7000 is not enough to bring the intended subject into focus.
I sent it to Nikon for warranty service. I hope they fix it and do not try to tell me it's normal.
May 16, 2011
This is an outstanding lens (and definitely worth the $200US pricetag) only when it is working.
I'm not sure if I just got a lemon, but I have problems with the aperture fins sticking wide open. Even though the metering on my camera's LED readout says the shot should come out well-exposed at higher apertures (i.e. f/ > 1.8), the stuck lens causes most photos to be extremely over-exposed.
I sent it back to Nikon repair and it was thoroughly cleaned, but the lens still sticks wide open.
July 31, 2010
Stay Away from Refurb
Ordered this refurb right from the Nikon site, had done a lot of research and decided on this over the Sigma 30mm f1.4, price was great. Shipped quickly got it here and it looked great. Popped it on my camera and the A/F is so slow that my Grandmother with cataracts can focus faster than this thing can. Very disappointed with Nikon, this lens was either never fully tested or if it was, it should never have left the bench. RMA Number requested.
October 13, 2011
Reconditioned is a no... buy new
wonderful lens that everyone should own. However if you are going to get this lens, purchase it new. I purchased mine Reconditioned. Regrettably after the warranty period has expired the lens is having focusing problems. Continual hunting and searching, and unable to maintain focus. I will repurchase this lens new when they become available. I have learned my lesson...
April 14, 2011