AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
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
I should have bought this one first!
Just the one I need for many occasions. Wide enough for indoor shooting like birthday parties and similar events.
January 6, 2012
Essential for taking the next step
I own a Nikon D60 and use it often, but had never seen a reason to go past the two kit lenses I had (18-55VR &55-200VR). Luckily a friend talked me into looking into prime lenses. At first I didn't like the notion of losing zoom, but everyone I knew told me it would improve my photography; they were right. Prime shooting really brings you into the process of taking a photo. The 35mm 1.8 is a great prime lens for almost any shoot; low-light shooting is incredible and image quality is absolutely stunning. The only complaint I have is the auto focus is a bit finicky at medium range but is easy to get used to. The supplied lens hood is of better quality than other Nikon hoods I've used (matches body finish). Overall this is a simply brilliant lens; clean and crisp images across the board no matter the lighting situation. If you are looking to branch out of the initial kit lenses this is the one to go for. For the price, this might be the best Nikon lens out there.
December 29, 2011
Loving it (:
What a great lens to carry around. It's light, much less bulky than the standard 18-55. Amazing quality, and I was debating between this and the cheaper no AF 50mm, but this definitely beats it even for like 100 dollars more. Great for portraits, and not as close up as the 50 that youd be bumping into things all the time. Great pictures, never need flash again! I can get to ISO200 in my room with terrible dim lighting! Love.
December 22, 2011
I love this lens. Almost always sharp even if I miscalculate. Trains you to move around, rather than rely on zoom. I use it for almost everything, and it never lets me down. I have several other lenses, including zooms and a macro--all good, but this is best.
December 19, 2011
Excellent lens. Just as good as everyone says it is. Autofocus is fast and build quality is great. Wish this was the first lens I bought!
November 29, 2011
Very good lens!
This lens has proven to be a valuable asset for close up and low light use. Because it is much shorter than my other lenses it will work in very confined spaces as I discovered during the first use. The images are razor sharp, exposure is accurate, and the auto focus is fast and accurate. I highly recommend it!
November 23, 2011
Very fast lens!
This lens is awesome! Very fast and the images seem to be much cleaner when compared to a kit lens at the same settings.
November 17, 2011
I just recently purchased this lens and it is amazing , it is so much fun to use.
November 1, 2011
Excellent lens in a very reasonable price....
This lens is awesome. I never thought i would buy a prime lens. I was confused about the quality because of its price. But after using it......I amazed..picture is very sharp...and it works in very low light . love it. Thanks to NIKON.
October 11, 2011
GREAT LENS; AMAZING CLARITY; SUPERB QUALITY
I purchased this lens to use with my Nikon D3100 camera that I adore. It has far exceeded my expectations for such a reasonably priced lens. It produces great pictures in low light conditions and the Bokeh effect is great.
October 10, 2011
This is the perfect replacement for my 50 1.8 on my DX bodies. I always felt the 50 to be too long. The 35 is amazing. Great optical quality and the perfect walk around and low light lens.
September 26, 2011
As close as I can come to a 1:1 shooting capabilty with a lens for DSLR. Excellent depth and so simple to shoot. Just focus and fire away in any light. Great for indoor shooting for HDR photographs as well as landscape HDR shooting. Allows great depth in manual and aperture. I have gotten great white balance with this lens. Keep it with me all the time and use it always. It is small so I can just just keep in a small bag attached to my belt. Highly recommend and great price.
September 21, 2011
Bought this for my D5100. Couldn't be happier. I leave this on my camera instead of the 18-55 it came with. Very sharp and lite to carry around. Background blur or bokeh is great. For $199 this is a no brainer. Every Nikon Dx owner should have this lens.
August 27, 2011
Great lens for the price
This lens has not left my d3100 since I bought it two months ago. I use it family portraits indoor and outdoor and the quality is amazing and professional - like. Everyone should get this lens. I researched all the five star ratings and now I know why.
August 24, 2011
Nice color (better than 50mm f/1.8). Sharp. Accurate/fast AF. Good in low-light environment.
August 23, 2011
Light, fast, great pairing with D7000
I like to shoot in available light, and this little lens gives me a lot of freedom in a lightweight, affordable package. I have other lenses that I use with my D7000, but this one is my favorite for everyday use.
August 18, 2011
I love this lens and for $200 bucks you can't beat the price!
August 3, 2011
Wow! What a terrific lens!!!
If you own a DX format Nikon DSLR this lens is a must! It is compact, lightweight, balances great on your body, and is simply a joy to use! I rotate this frequently on my D200 as my "go to" prime lens. Its fast f1.8 maximum aperture allows some excellent low light effects. I like to use it in the f1.8-2.8 range to open up backgrounds in low light ambient or flash situation. I recently used it to photograph low light theatre from close to the stage and the results were phenomenal. This lens produces great colors and contrast and focuses extremely fast even in low light conditions. The 7 blade rounded diaphram also produces a nice bokeh effect. On the flip side, it also has a deep f22 minimum aperture, which allows for tremendous depth of field. Also, 35mm on a DX sensor converts to approximately 52mm, so it is a nice focual length for portraits and shots of people. You will appreciate the way your camera handles vs. a heavier, longer zoom, so you will really like it if you need to carry your camera for a while. It is affordable and a great value, so run, don't walk to get this lens!
July 30, 2011