AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
Wish I knew the 40mm micro was coming out
A week after buying this 35mm 1.8, Nikon released the 40mm DX Micro. The next purchase on my list was a Macro lens, and I could have gotten one to save money. That being said, the f1.8 on this lens earns itself a high place on my list. I currently have the 50mm 1.8 and kit lens 18-55mm as well. This has become my default lens and people always ask me what lens I'm using now that I own this when they see my pictures. It is very sharp. It has a great depth of field. It is a useful range. It is light weight, does not extend or rotate while focusing and has manual override in auto focus mode. Great lens for the type of photography I do. If I want a panaramic shot I stitch multiple shots together so I don't have to carry a large, heavy, expensive wide angle lens like a Tokina 11-16mm. It's just a bit too wide for most portrait work, but I do it anyway.;) Great colors and fast enough to use indoors at concerts or programs where the overhead lights are off. Could go on forever, but it's a great choice for lower end cameras in place of a zoom lens. Primary reason to get this over a kit lens is that it is much sharper and can be used in lower light to get higher shutter speeds and capture action. I photographed break dancers at ISO 1600 and 1/250 at f/1.8 at a night club. Not going to happen with a kit lens.
July 22, 2011
Good little all purpose fast lens
I purchased this lens looking for a fast short prime lens for nature and environmental portraiture work. So far I have been very happy with the results. Placed on the front of my 3100, I have been impressed with it's ability to focus fairly quickly, especially with the MA setting. With a good set of close up filters you even get usable macro shots. Nice bokah as well, though not as great as some of the higher end models. For the price it is hard to beat though. Only quibble is that you can't change aperture on the lens.
May 31, 2011
Good Value, sharp,
The 35mm f/1.8 G is a great addition to any amateur or enthusiasts bag. It's sharp, small, takes up little space in the bag. Minor issue flare shooting a sunset the other night, but was shooting into the setting sun and it cropped out. For the money, it's hard to find a reason not to buy this lens.
April 28, 2011
Excellent fast lens.
Purchased to use for low light photography indoors (preferably without flash). Am extremely happy with the results so far. Excellent quality/price ratio.
April 23, 2011
Just bough this lens in March 28-2011 this is a fast lens, taking pictures at very low light condition and sharp but disappoints is, I thought it was a wide angle one but it not, oh well
April 18, 2011
Good performance at a reasonable price
1. Performance for cost is excellent
2. Nice that it has focus override
3. low geometric distortion
1. pretty noticeable chromatic aberration (red/cyan) when used wide open. Close down to f2.5 to eliminate it.
2. High f stops in my sample result in about a 1-stop underexposure.
Summary: I'd buy it again in a heartbeat,as the negatives are easily dealt with with PP and attention to what f stop one is using.
April 18, 2011
Wonderful and light for shooting
This is an extremely light and easy to use lens. Pictures are crisp and it works great in low-light. Tried it on my D7000 and D200. Love this lens.
April 18, 2011
It is great prime lens for low light bt crop camras.
very good value for money and easy to use.
I can recomend it to every photographer, from amator to pro.
April 17, 2011
A must have for DX cameras
This lens becomes 50mm lens for DX cameras which makes it a normal lens. Though a prime lens requires you to move a lot while composing the shot but on the positive side photo quality and bokeh are better than a zoom lens.
This is the most versatile, low budget lens for a DX-camera.
April 16, 2011
Perfect lens substititute for 50mm standard
I use this lens on a Nikon D300 body and it is my go to lens for portraiture and general purpose use when I need a fast lens. It auto-focuses very fast and accurate and produces decent smooth out of focus areas. For the price it is a value for those who can not afford the f1.4.
April 15, 2011
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
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