AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
Big Bang for the Buck
I consider myself a multi-media artist and photography is one of my expressive media. I don't get paid hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to shoot important people or special events. I use my camera to capture intimate moments - usually unexpected simple experiences.
This lens helps me do that - WONDERFULLY.
I find that shooting full open at 1.8 softens the image ever so slightly, but does not make it fuzzy. Perhaps I should say that it doesn't appear "brittle." It looks fine. I find that having that narrow depth of field easily justifies any softness (which is MINOR).
This lens is one of the least expensive in my collection and I use it the most. Period.
I use this in conjunction with a 50mm 1.8 depending on how close I wish to get to my subjects. I've used this lens on my old D70, my father's D300, and my new D7000. I believe that it focuses faster on my D7000 than it did on the D70, but I've been delighted with the images it captures on all bodies. A real advantage of the newer bodies (D7000 and D5100) is their improved low-light capability. Opening this lens up to 1.8 while setting the ISO to 3200 or 6400 allows for some great images in darker venues without having to use the flash.
I had my camera with me at lunch today with a number of colleagues who are also photo buffs and they all commented on the images the lens was capturing. One friend was particularly impressed with the video the D7000 was able to get with the narrow depth of field. He, and others, have said, "It looks like 'film.'"
In closing, I can't say enough about this lens especially at its price point. If you wish to put your subject in focus and soften everything else around it, this will bring you joy. I find the bokeh quite pleasing and very organic.
July 14, 2011
I am just getting back into DSLR photography.
In a recent Aperture clinic, the instructor raved about this lens for indoor pictures. He did not understate the value of this lens. I hate flash photagraphy for the white-wash effect. This lens allows you to take indoor pics with a great warm natural effect.
June 29, 2011
Fun to play with
I only purchased this lens last week, and so far it is great to have in my camera bag. Great for indoor photography, and I have not had the opportunity to experiment with portraits or nature pictures, but on my D200, the picture quality are more than satisfactory. Since this is my first fixed focal length lens I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm happy I bought it.
June 21, 2011
I have had this lens for about 3 weeks now. I am very happy with every aspect of this lens. Very good in low light. Excellent indoors, and great for landscape. I took some beautiful shots with it a few weeks ago of some water falls in the Shenandoah National park. Well worth the price.
June 18, 2011
Great lens, a must have for low light.
If you want a lens that is light in weight, this is the one. It has been awesome in shooting where there is not very good lighting. It is a lens that I will have around for many years to come. Great lens.
June 16, 2011
My best and favorite lens to use !
Stays on the D3100 all the time.I got 3 lenses except the kit lens and this is my favorite one. since I had the 35mm range covered by the 18-55 kit, I though I don't need this one.Reading all the awesome reviews about it I decide to buy it, because it is inexpensive. What I like about it is that it is tough, light,small, does no need VR (saves me battery) colors are great, it is very sharp, I love the depth of field, the bokeh I like, even the pro- photogs say it is not very good.What I do not like about it is... hm, I don't know, I'm not a pro photographer ,who knows what, a super expensive 35mm(or 50mm FX) prime can do, but I think this 35mm prime is AWESOME ! Everyone who has a DX body have to make him/her self very happy with one of these !!!
June 10, 2011
Great inexpensive "normal" lens
Using this lens on my D7000 is a joy, mainly because of its light weight, small size and quiet operation. Using it in either still or movie mode, it focuses fast and accurately and is quick enough for stage lighting conditions. The manual focus is easy and fast too, and allows for beautiful bokeh in either still or movie mode at the more open settings.
June 6, 2011
Purchased the lens today and right away I was impressed.
Took a photo of the salesman and it was an awesome shot and then went to the outdoor mall and started checking out various targets.
I am really happy with this lens and know that it will produce the detailed product I am wanting to achieve. Looking forward to taking pictures at the upcoming weddings.... [Go Ahead - GET it! You won't be disappointed]
June 4, 2011
Best Prime in the line
I have to say it, the 35mm on a DX format camera is the best lens you can buy. GET IT!
June 3, 2011
The 35 1.8 G has outstanding sharpness corner to corner. No discernable viganetting or pincushoning. Color rendition is outstanding. Focus is fast and quiet. A must have lens.
June 1, 2011
Love this lens if your a person that loves portrait photography but street photography as well this is the lens.
Great in low light, focuses fairly quickly as well.
May 28, 2011
What a nifty lens!
I think I have a new favorite lens.....First and foremost, the price point for this lens is reasonably inexpensive, especially being a Nikon product. It is worth every penny. The pictures this lens produces are crisp and colorful. Portraits turn out beautifully and close-ups are sharp. This lens is easy to use regardless of your level of experience.
May 28, 2011
Paired this lens up with my d40. Excellent, crisp, amazing pics in low light! Love it! Highly recommend it!!
May 23, 2011
The 35mm f/1.8G Nikkor lens is a great lens for individuals who want to take great crisp pictures. It is an affordable starter lens for street photography.
May 23, 2011
Excellent lens for DX cameras
I've had this lens for nearly 6 months now and I love it. This is a great low light lens. I can take shots indoors without flash very easily. The wide aperature also allows me to blur the background in a very pleasing way. The lens is very sharp. Sharper then the 55-105mm kit lens on the D90. There is slight distortion around the edges of the frame, but that is not a big deal to me. Its not enough to notice unless shooting very rectangular objects. This lens a great lens at a great price. Every DX owner should have this lens.
May 19, 2011
Great lens, great price
If you are looking for a good wide aperture lens, but don't have a lot of money to spend, this lens is a great option. It doesn't have some of the nice features like VR and ED glass, but for $200, it's a great way to get a wide aperture lens. The ability to blur the background has really improved a lot of my images already.
May 18, 2011
Sharp and excellent images... very good one to have...
May 18, 2011
Great all around lens. Take beautiful portraits. Love the bokeh and great in low light.
May 11, 2011
My new lens
I received this lens for my birthday. It takes beautiful portraits and close-ups. Great lens.
May 8, 2011
Most used lens on my D3100
Best one I have. Sharp, high resolution, low light (f1.8) capability, manual override of auto focus, no movement of front lens, silent focus. Like a eye of a photographer. You can move around unnoticed with a light, silent ordinary camera which faithfully recording what you see and recording the way you want. My most used lens. I will confess though that my previous favorite was my Minolta 50mm/1.7 with Maxxum 3Xi although Nikon D3100 with this 35mm/1.7 is much more silent and DSLR increased the low light capability much more.
May 4, 2011
Clear & Sharp
You don't have to spend fist full of dollars to get a lens that is fast, quiet, sharp and clear. This 35mm lens will out perform any other competitor's 35mm.
It will be even harder to find once people realize its performance.
April 20, 2011
Sharp as a tack and a steal at the price!
This lens is incredible! For a ridiculously low price you get a super sharp lens that reliably produces excellent images even in low light! This lens is on my D90 camera 90% of the time. If you own a DX camera, you need to add this wonderful lens to your camera bag!
April 19, 2011
Don't leave without this lens in your kit.
Great lens for overall photography! Typically what is attached for most outings. Great for low-lighting, nature, and general portraiture. Definitely recommended!!
April 18, 2011
A must have!
I added this lens to the 18-200mm VR II that I use. While I use the zoom lens for travel and outdoor photos I wanted a lens that was faster for indoor and portrait. In using this 35mm 1.8 with my D7000 I rarely have to use a flash. For $200 this is a steal and a must have for every DX user.
April 17, 2011
this is another great lens that will give you great results for all types of photography especially portraits, but this lens is listed in the wide angle category I think this is a mistake because it's not a wide angle lens so as long as your not expecting a wide angle lens when you buy this one you'll be very pleased, if you want a wide angle then you'll have to buy a different lens
April 17, 2011
Remember when Normal was standard?
My first real lens of choice was a top brand 50mm 1.4 on an early good auto-metered slr. If I was smart my shots were sharp. Over the years I was bewitched by the options provided by a range of zoom lens. Today, with this Nikkor 35 mm f1.8 on my D300S I have rediscovered the pleasure and control obtainable with a really good normal lens. Now this is the lens always on my camera and the big zoom only comes out when truly needed.
April 17, 2011
An absolute Best Buy
When I decided to add a prime lens to my new D7000 purchase I wanted a fast lens that would not exceed my budget. The 35mm 1/8 is the perfect additional lens aquisition. This lens is the world's best buy for under $200. I used it 3 weeks ago at the wedding of my best friends son. Great photographs. I took 200 pictures and believe at least 100 of them are of professional quality. I have shared the photos with many members of the family and I look like a pro.
I was driving up a country highway last week and pulled over to capture an incredable sunrise. I cannot believe the quality. Anyone with $200 to spare must but this lens. You will never regret the purchase.
April 17, 2011
I have been absolutely in love with this lens. It's simple, clear and easy to use. The f/1.8 feature does wonders for shooting live music shots in dim lighting. It's light to carry and has replaced my standard f/5.4 lens. It's been a lot fun to use.
April 17, 2011
Mandatory lens for your camera bag!
The most perfect portrait lens at an affordable price for all users of any experience level! Always a great shot, light weight and well built. Highly recommended
April 16, 2011
great for low light
i love the lens, for indoor every day shooting this lens give my enough ability to shoot the low lighting situations.
April 16, 2011