AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
The lens is a gem. It is sharp with good contrast even when wide open. I have ED glass but It is my first lens with AF-S and having the ability to manual focus without switching off the AF is more useful than I imagined. The manual focus also feels more natural than non af-s lenses. This lens is immensely better than the 24 2.8 I had been using before. It beats the 24 on almost every quality except that it would not be suitable for FX format cameras. The contrast is not as soft and pleasing as the 1.4 but its not as drastic as the 85 1.8 vs 85 1.4. As others have mentioned selective focus ability at the wide maymay not be suitable for certain types of photography (soft color/contrast, creamy focus wedding shots are better left to the 1.4). I hope to see a 24 1.8 soon too.
February 20, 2011
Wow!!! Amazing Lens.
Oh my... this lens is absolutely fabulous. I've been using it on a D40 and am blown away by the images. Have shot a few weddings using mostly this rig and am very happy. I compared the lens to a Nikkor 50 from the 70's and it turns out better results. Go get one and have fun!!!
January 30, 2011
Great lens at a low price
I purchased this lens to help take portraits. I did some indoor and outdoor test shots with my D300s. It does very well in low light. Set aperture priority and changing the depth of field, this lens focuses fast.
January 29, 2011
Excellent for the Price
This lens provides me with so much flexibility.
Granted, it doesn't have the zoom feature, I think that's what makes it unique. You have to find the photo for yourself, and portraits are remarkable with this easy, inexpensive lens.
Great job, Nikon.
January 27, 2011
Best "bang for buck" in the DSLR biz
I work in a popular camera store chain and recommend this lens daily to customers. It really seems to ramp up and unlock the true potential of DX format DSLRs. I personally shoot this lens 99% of the time on my D80.
Good bokeh, near silent AF, incredibly fast AF, great low light performance. Nicely replicates an old school "nifty-fifty." My camera now shoots the mechanically rated 3fps more consistently with assists turned on.
I really missed shooting my U.S. Army provided professional gear (zooms with f2.8), and this lens was a great option to get back to those low f-stops without breaking the bank.
Sample photos taken at NC Museum of Life and Science with no flash and noise reduction turned off. The last one is a B/W from Taekwondo class later in the day, again no flash, just ISO boost.
January 20, 2011
Best lens yet!
This lens is worth its cost. I have a few other lens and use this one the most. It works brilliantly in low light scenery and produces professional quality pictures. Works great with D3000!
January 6, 2011
i first rented this lens to try it out under low light and macro shots. the macro shots come out great on my D40 and so did the night shots. after renting it i immediately fell in love and bought it. the 35mm fixed length is a minor and i mean MINOR setback for what this lens is capable of. so what if i have to stand back a little further, point is i get to use more of the natural light and i love it!
December 30, 2010
I am using this 35mm lens is used on a D300s body. The lens is light, cost-effective and provides very sharp images. Can't say much more than this is a great lens.
December 26, 2010
Great Prime Lens
This lense is fantastic in low light and everyday situations as a prime lens.
December 14, 2010
great image quality
I bought this lens as a result of a hasty decision because I wanted to try out my D700 but didnt want to wait a week for the 24-120 F4 lens that I ordered for it to get here. so I went to best buy an looked unfortunatly this lens was the only prime lens that they had at the time, so I figured for 200 bucks I would just buy it an set the camera to autocrop mode. An I gotta say I was very supprised by the image quality it exceeded all my expectations for being a 200 dollar DX lens on a 2500 dollar full frame.
December 3, 2010
Great lens at a GREAT PRICE!!!
I use this lens for great portrait shots. You get great color and image quality. I wanted a prime lens with a good f-stop and this lens really does the job. If you don't want to spend the high dollar amount on the upper Nikon lenses this is the lens for you.
November 16, 2010
I have been missing this lens
I am mostly a portrait photographer shooting on a D3000 until I can save up for the D7000, and I was looking for a prime lens for the great sharpness they are known for.
I found that in the 35mm 1.8, and I am in love with it. I bought the lens at the start of the week, and I have been shooting a few different things with to test the lens out, and two days ago I had my first portrait shoot and the photos look AMAZING. Great depth, amazing lighting, my friends, families and the client are in love with the photos.
This lens is different then the normal zoom lenses as it makes you think about framing, location, and lighting, instead of just moving the lens and reframing.
Great lens for the price, and also a great addition to the camera bag
November 13, 2010
primes are always a great item for the camera bag. You can use them in lower light than a zoom without raising the ISO and noise levels.
This is one of the nicest lenses I have ever used. It is sharp and the focus is accurate. It presents the same angle of view as a 50mm lens on an FX body.
You can't go wrong with this one and the price is very friendly also.
November 10, 2010
Amazing affordable lens
I have this lens for about a year now. The quality of the picture since it has no moving parts is great and extremely sharp especially at the center, and it is highly recommended for low lighting conditions.
I think is the perfect portrait lens, and the best choice to move from a starter kit lens to a better more mature lens. The price is also very good making this lens ideal.
November 10, 2010
One of my favorite lens
At f/1.8G it will give you good pictures at low lights. Very nice for general photography. Very affordable.
November 3, 2010
Affordable & Excellent lens
For me this is an all around lens. I use it all the times and it gives tack sharp pictures. Must have for every Nikon shooters.
November 2, 2010
Good prime lens
I bought the D3000 with the kit lens a few months ago. While the lens is good, I missed having a simple, relatively fast, prime lens. I ordered the 50 1.8 and realized it wouldn't autofocus with my camera (my own fault for not checking first) but I kept it for a portrait lens.
I wanted a non zoom lens because it forces the photographer to think more carefully about the image. Instead of zoom and shoot, you need to move in and out to compose forcing more thought into the process. I also wanted a lighter camera with less lens hanging out for travel and a closer focus.
The next Lens I got was the 35 1.8. I am pleased with the lens, and the image quality. Wide open it has a nice shallow depth of field and is still quite sharp in the center. At 2.8 it is really sharp. The lens speed allows for better available light photography and the minimum focus of a foot is handy too, especially when I take pictures of food for my blog.
Overall, I recommend this lens as a prime lens for the D3000. Note that the 35mm lens for the DX camera is about equal to the 50mm lens for film cameras.
October 14, 2010
i originally bought this lens for my d40 because i was looking with a fast lens for portraits that would create more bokeh than the kit lens and a lens to use in low light situations. i already owned the 50mm f/1.8 but i didn't use it very often because it was manual focus. the first day that i shot with this lens i fell in love.
it was too easy to take good pictures with this lens plus my d40. even at 1.8 the pictures were sharp but you could obviously move it to around 2.2 or so to get a little sharper.
the lens and the d40 were both stolen, so when i got a replacement body (d90) and started doing portrait work i chose the 35mm over my old 50mm even though the 50mm would now autofocus.
i believe, for the price, this lens rivals many other prime lenses released for nikon, and is a complete must have for any d40,60, 3000, 5000 etc owners. whenever friends purchase new nikon cameras i urge them to try this lens out and they realize how really great of a buy it is.
*all example photos taken with a d40 plus this lens wide open at 1.8*
October 8, 2010
excellent for low light/close ups/action
This lens is great for low light/close ups I've used it at weddings,kids parties,sea scape, flowers all with great results, I even took pictures from a moving car with great results.
September 29, 2010
Why did I wait so long to buy it?
I've been using the Kit lens that came with my camera for the last year and a half, but needed a wider max aperture. The 35 1.8G has quickly become my go-to lens. It's beautifully sharp, contrasty, and has beautiful bokeh. Anyone who has not yet bought one of these gems, do yourself a favor and do so. Your'e in for a treat!
September 13, 2010
Many great uses for this versatile prime lens
I bought my 35mm f/1.8 to take fairly close-up candids of a new baby in our family. I have since used it in many low light situations, like a church wedding this past weekend where I captured some fantastic images despite the dim interior illumination. It is also a great walk-around lens that on a DX format body captures natural looking perspectives. Nice and sharp, virtually silent focusing, light weight and relatively inexpensive: all winning attributes!
August 29, 2010
Flat out great lens
I'd forgotten how much sharper prime lenses are than zooms. After a long weekend of shooting with both a prosumer quality Nikon zoom, and this lens, I can tell you which one will be spending the lion's share of time on my D90. Hands down, sharper. Also, working with a prime lens makes you think about composition and exposure a bit more, which can lead to some great images.
August 22, 2010
I believe it should be part of every bag
Outstanding sharpness for the price. Allows one to utilize indoor shooting without flash yet capture the image without unrealistic iso.
May have to move to fill the frame but gain on the other end.
My general use lens.
August 11, 2010
A must for DX bodies
Simply put, I love this lens! Replace your "Kit" lens with this. The quality of picture is much sharper, great for indoor, portrait, or just to travel with. I've really enjoyed the 1.8 aperture for depth of field photography. Anyone looking to make their first lens purchase, you can't go wrong with this one, and for $200 its very well priced. I use this on my D40 and couldn't be happier
August 8, 2010
Existing light capability and more.
I purchased this lens because of it's speed. Other Nikon lens I have are zoom lens, and as such are not fast lens and limit my ability in existing light situations. I am very pleased with this len's capability to expand the number of existing light opportunities I have. However, I find myself leaving the lens on my camera and using it as a standard lens. It is small, light and very comfortable to use. I can move from sunlight to deep shade with out any concern for exposure limitations. I enjoy the expanded control of depth of field offered by this lens. I am very pleased with the quality of the image. This lens has my strong recommendation for anyone interested in expanding their capability in existing light situations, as well as better control of depth of field. Do not be surprised if you find yourself using this lens more often than you think. It is an excellent standard lens that preforms well in numerous situations.
August 7, 2010
This lens is great for macro shots.
This lens is very sharp and clear; great for macro shots. It is lightweight which is important if you have to carry more than one lens.
August 6, 2010
Love this one
I love this lense, pictures are sharp the colour is great (as well as the price) great for portraits were the light is not so great or where it's perfect, good all around lense, I didn't go wrong on this one it fits with my Nikon collection very nicely
August 3, 2010
Brilliant lens -- a must have
Excellent lens, especially for indoor shooting without a flash. Will cope with the most demanding of applications. Love it.
August 2, 2010
Good basic prime lens
I am enjoying this lens for it's speed and for the beautiful depth of field it renders. The results remind me of my first 35mm fixed focal length camera lens.
August 2, 2010
Well made, reliable and cheap.
I was looking for a fast fixed DX lens for my D40 and this was the one. Good quality for the price, excellent performance in low light situation and general portrait at any given day. I like it a lot.
August 2, 2010