AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
Sharp, Versatile and Easy to Use
After reading loads of positive reviews about the 35mm/1.8, I bought it for a three day trip to Cannon Beach for New Year's. Having used it for a week now, I can say I've been nothing but impressed by this little lens.
It has a solid feel, is fast, produces sharp photos in almost every situation. I'm an adventurer and look for lenses that are great for landscapes, portraits and general travel shots with my D7000, and this fits the bill perfectly.
If you are looking for an exceptionally sharp multi-purpose lens for under $200, you literally cannot beat the 35mm/1.8.
January 5, 2014
Nikkor AF-S DS 35MM f/1.8G
Recently purchased this lens for my D3200. Unbelievable lens! Quality is amazing! Ditch the kit lens and get yourself this lens ASAP.
December 26, 2013
My New GoTo People Lens!!
Love this Lens. Cheap. Compact. Fast. Sharp details with soft backgrounds. Indoors or outdoors. On my D7100, it becomes a normal lens so its perfect for portraits and candid pics of my family. I doubt you'll find a better lens for the price.
November 5, 2013
All-around excellent prime lens! A must to add to your bag!
I'm an amateur photog looking for great portraits and night shots on a D5200.
After reading many reviews and videos, I was able to finally determine the 35mm prime would be a great addition. In just the first day, taking some low-light pictures, I could easily determine that it was WELL worth it! You can tell this is some major glass by the weight of it! Go out and buy it today!
August 27, 2013
The only essential lens for a DX
After only a week of having my D3200 I realized the low light limitations of the kit lens and after hours of research online I found the 35mm 1.8 as the most highly recommended option especially from Jared Polin who is awesome. I felt like replacing the kit lens with this was a huge step for me learning photography since I wasn't preoccupied with zooming in and out and focused on the composition instead. In addition the low light capability of this 1.8f aperture is fantastic since I'm not a fan of using the built in flash. Highly recommended to anyone as a first lens to replace the kit lens, then get a 55-200VR or a 70--200 to compliment it.
August 16, 2013
Incredibly Fast and Sharp portrait lens
I love this lens. I originally purchased it with my Nikon D7000. I have a wide selection of other lenses (70-200 f2.8, 18-35 f.3.5-4.5, 50mm f. 1.4) and so far it is my favorite when it comes to street photography. I tend to enjoy very up close and personal shots and this lens is perfect as long as you are not nervous about being very close to your subject. This lens also performs incredibly well in low light which is ideal for street photography. Overall I have no complaints.
August 5, 2013
Zoom with your feet !
Forget about fussing with kit zoom lenses, pick this lens and zoom with your feet! Great for indoors with just the camera's built in flash to fill in any shadows, or available daylight. I've been through all phases of amateur lust after this or that zoom lens and I STILL come back to this (DX) lens as the most versatile.
The quality of the optics and the maximum aperture is so much better than a cheap kit lens, you'll be glad you chose it.
May 30, 2013
Love this lens!
This lens is a favorite when it comes to taking pictures of my son most of all. Great detail, great in low-light environments, and love the blur it creates. I can't wait to see what other great pictures it gives me.
May 27, 2013
a low light lens
I am relatively a newbie but I already have three lenses in my bag. A telephoto 55-300mm, the stock 18-55mm, and this 35mm.
This lens was suggested by my friend/mentor and he said that this is good for low light, no flash, room photography. He is right and I produced good "boudoir" type photos with excellent quality. A must for a new photographer specially if you want to do portraits or similar subjects.
May 18, 2013
The best lens. It is fast and takes excellent pictures. Get yours now!
February 28, 2013
Best of the Best !
When I first tried this lens, I had it on my D7000, in a room with minimal lighting and no flash, and the performance of this lens was spectacular. I eventually replaced my 50mm with this 35mm, as my "go to" lens. It's great with just about every avenue of shooting. I HIGHLY recommend this lens to any shooter, regardless of experience, you won't be disappointed at all.
February 18, 2013
Great for any Nikon camera!
This lens is just stellar. It's lightweight, pin sharp, and fast to focus. I haven't taken it off my camera yet. The hood is a little cheap and it doesn't do much for flare, but I leave it on for protection. The SWM is really quite quiet and the metal mount is a nice feature. It's plastic for sure, but it still feels pretty solid. Plus, the price is the icing on the cake! If you have any hesitation of buying this lens, don't. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the performance.
January 9, 2013
Love this lens on my D7000
I'm new to dSLR and so happy with this purchase. It's a great low cost one-lens solution for indoor/low light scene. It performs extremely well in low lighte. A picture is worth a thousand words.
December 29, 2012
Right out of the box i was very impressed... As a 13 year old this was the only low light lens i could afford and i feel like i definitely got my moneys worth. I use this with my D7000 and the lens provides a stunning background blur and performs excellently in low light conditions. I would recommend this lens to anyone, even a professional. If your decision to buy the lens depends on these reviews, don't hesitate! You will not be disappointed!
December 21, 2012
A very very useful lens
The first thing I noticed when using this lens was the fantastic contrast and sharpness it produces even when wide open at f/1.8 which in turn gave a certain quality look and feel to my images that was not easily obtainable with other lenses in this price range. The speed and focal length make this a great 'go to' lens which has served me well in most situations. I have used this lens for portraits and food photography on a D40 and D90 and have yet to be disappointed. Highly recommended.
November 14, 2012
Lens for every dream photography
i own a D5000 for the last 2 years. Being not satisfied with the kit lens i went for a 55-200, though i loved the bokeh effect when using my 55-200 lens, somehow i was missing the kick in my photographs. I am just a amateur photographer and loved experimenting, this is when i came across the 35, f1.8G. No words to describe on its output, sharp images & colors it brings out which seldom require post editing. And for the price it would be a shame to not add this in the kit bag. My camera refuses now to use any other lens.. go for it if you love your photographs.
November 3, 2012
Oh!! Boy, I just love it..
Every DX Nikon user should have it.. So I can only say, Just buy it.
August 25, 2012
Cursed? Why? Because once you own one, it's hard to use anything else. I have a multiple range of lenses but somehow I am gravitated to keep on using this one. I've been to 3 different countries and it was still hard for me to use the mid-range or the telephoto lens and I still keep using this very versatile and very high quality lens. And for the price... you're crazy for not getting it.
August 7, 2012
I love this lens. I just recently bought it and it hasn't left my camera (the D3100) since then. The quality is amazing. Yes, the autofocus is finnicky at times, but can be easily fixed by switching to manual focus. I haven't tested out bokeh yet, but as long as you have good lighting, the photos turn out fantastic when using the maximum aperture. The colors turn out bright and the photo is very clear.
June 27, 2012
I wanted a good lens for newborn photography. Better than I ever thought possible. I love it!!!!!!
June 22, 2012
Great for Portrait
I bought this lens for my D7000, and the photo quality is excellent.Even with minimum light, it will still take great photos. This lens is better than 50mm (if you own D7000), as 50mm is too long for DX camera like mine.
June 1, 2012
Brilliant Lens - Absolutely fabulous bokeh....
I have been using this lens for over an year now. With the most basic entry level D300, I have taken pictures that looks professional. The price makes it even easier.
May 17, 2012
Great everyday lense
I've had this lense for some time now. It takes nice and sharp images. I like the bokeh as well. Great for taking pictures in low light. Fast focus, sometimes has a hard time finding the focus though. The price was great!
April 27, 2012
A must have for DX shooters
If you don't mind moving forward and back to frame your shot, this lens is excellent as an everyday walk around lens for your DX camera. It's sharp, super light and also works well in low light. The only limitations are difficulties in getting group shots in cramped spaces and not getting excellent bokeh all the time because you really need to get the right distance between your camera and your subject. But if you have the space and the patience, this lens is worth every penny and much more. This is a no brainer, get one as soon as you can! Nikon really did a good job on this lens by combining both quality and practicality.
April 15, 2012
Could do a big job in a small lightweight lens
I have been using it 35mm f/1.8G DX mainly for taking outdoor photos and not used the lens that came with the Nikon D5000 kit since I got this lens 4 months ago. Most of the photos taken looked sharp and clear. So far there has not at all been problem in focusing. I think it would be great for travel, too.
April 7, 2012
Such a fun little lens
After purchasing this lens a week ago it has not left my camera. Fantastic sharpness and color, bokeh is very pleasing around F2.8 and you can open it up to 1.8 and get really soft creamy shots too if thats what you like. Superb available light lens, I've yet to use the flash with it, even inside. Great for indoor photography as well as a awesome walk-around lens outside. This lens will deliver image quality far beyond your kit lens, its a great 2nd lens for any DX shooter. I can't recommend it enough. Has the build quality of a far more pricy lens.
March 30, 2012
Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful!
I had been planning on purchasing another lens for awhile now, but financial situations were holding me back (as the one I wanted was fairly expensive) I did some research and finally just went out and bought this lens. I was so pleased. It takes beautiful photographs, I'm so in love. I don't plan on removing it from my camera, out with the old, in with the new. Hello everyday lens!
So, if you're debating on it.. buy it. Just like all the other reviews suggest.
February 26, 2012
great things from a small package...
Great lens especially for the price. Works beautifully in day time and still pretty good at night (under low light conditions).
February 11, 2012
This is the one that stays mounted.
I use this lens all the time. The 1.8 aperture makes it perfect for social events and other indoor or night-time use, but it is also so sharp it is great for general photography.
Extremely sharp images, gorgeous bokeh. Small, light, decent build quailty. At $200, a steal, and a must for any Nikon owner.
January 30, 2012
A must have lens
I bought this Nikon refurbished lens primarily for its low light sensitivity -- available light photography has been my passion since the days of f1.4 Nikkor lenses and Tri-X pushed to ASA 3200 -- and while I was a little concerned about the refurbished part, a new 35 mm f1.8 was unavailable at the time, and had been for months. Am I ever glad I took that chance. First, the lens has worked, without a hitch, for nine months, and it has been used almost daily during that time. Second, the images, both low light landscapes and portraits, as well as regular-light images, have been just stunning, often appearing in my weekly natural history column. It even works, coupled with an SB-600 speedlight, as a fine macro lens. Every Nikon DX photographer should own this one. I'm exceedingly pleased.
January 11, 2012