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So many spectacular views appear when the light is fading—dramatic sunsets, the final inning of play, an evening stroll in the city or a warm moment around a campfire. The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lets you capture those low-light moments exactly as you see them. Its ultra-wide f/1.8 aperture delivers remarkably bright photos and videos with beautifully blurred backgrounds (what the pros call bokeh) and its 18.5mm fixed focal length (equivalent to a 50mm lens in 35mm format) mimics what we see with our eyes. From casual snapshots to creative close-ups, every image will be true to your memory of the moment.
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photo of a woman at night, in low light, on a pier

Master low light and depth of field

Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture

The speed of a lens describes its maximum aperture—the larger the aperture, the more light it lets in and, therefore, the faster the lens. With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 is a very fast lens. This speed opens up new opportunities for low-light and high-speed shooting so you can capture brilliant shots while the light is waning. But that's not all. When shooting at f/1.8, your photos and videos have extremely shallow depth of field—your subject will be in perfect focus, but its background will be softly blurred. Use that effect to create flattering portraits, to draw attention to a particular area in your shots and much more.
photo of a flower in focus with other flowers and petals out of focus due to shallow depth of field

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Focus as close as 8.4-inches from your subject

Combine 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8's speed and depth of field control with an enhanced close focusing capability (just 8.4-inches), and you can get more creative than ever. Change your perspective—get close to a flower blossom for a stunning macro-style shot. Set your aperture to f/1.8, then bring the flower petals into crystal-clear focus while the surroundings fade into a soft, beautifully blurred texture. The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 gives you creative freedom from any distance.
photo of desserts, an iced raspberry tart and iced blueberry tart

Expand your creativity

Build a versatile lens system

1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 is the sixth lens in our growing 1 NIKKOR lineup and an excellent addition to every photographers bag. As a second lens, it gives you enhanced low-light, a fast f/1.8 aperture and close-up shooting capabilities. Pair it with the 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm, and cover a broad focal length range: from standard to telephoto. With each new lens you add to your bag, you'll find exciting new ways to express your creativity.
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AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
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Solid performer Recently bought this lens along with the 6.7-13mm....to round out my Nikon 1 system (also have 10-30 and 30-110). This is a very good, sharp lens. Nice fast focus and quite sharp wide open. This lens is very handy, especially in situations like shooting video indoors where you want to keep you ISO down to avoid noise. Used this at a local home show today....light was 'ok' but not great in the exhibit hall. This little lens performed wonderfully and I was able to shoot at ISO400 or under all day long. If you own a Nikon 1 this is a must have lens. October 4, 2013
Best Lens currently for Nikon 1 Cameras I have tried all but the super zooms on my Nikon 1 camera. This lens is by far the best lens made for this system for my use. I take portraits and not being able to isolate the subject has been the biggest downer for Nikon 1. I only got the Nikon 1 V1 and later J1 because of this lens. With this lens you are able to get decent bokeh in your portraits. Nothing crazy. You will get a subtle bokeh which I personally prefer over the very blurry bokeh with indistinguishable background. Also on top of getting a decent bokeh, this lens is sharp and produces good contrast and color. Much sharper and crisp than the 10-30mm kit lens which I almost stopped using. (I only use it when I may need the wide angle.) Also, 18.5mm length is perfect. (50mm equivalent on full frame) It's good for portraits and general walk around. This length has diverse use! I even used it to shoot indoor basketball shots around the hoop with great results. Fast focus and fast aperture make it possible to shoot even indoor sports. Indoor shots in natural light is very possible. I even like the noise produced in the picture... I like the vintage look it produces in the pictures... I carry my Nikon 1 and this lens everywhere. My only complaint is that although the size is ok, I do wish it was 10mm f/2.8 size... Don't get me wrong. This lens is tiny! I just wish that it was tinier... It's just an awesome lens and a must for Nikon 1 cameras. For $186, you must try this lens. Don't miss out on what your Nikon 1 camera can do when paired with a quality lens like this. April 9, 2013
Wonderful Lens Just received this lens today. I really wanted to give it a quick try out, so I did a little wandering in my back yard. Both shots were at f2 and the results are more than I hoped for. Extremely Sharp and the color is great. Not quite as much "Out of Focus" Bokah as I had hoped for, but I figured that going in. This little baby is a Keeper. December 4, 2012
Terrific lens! If you are using the Nikon 1 system, this is the one lens you must have! Sharp, light, cheap, fun. If you have been wandering around with the kit lens, this will be just the ticket to start taking some real photographs. Highly recommended! March 26, 2014
Best lens without debate! I bought the white 18.5mm lens around 5-6 months ago, and I haven't taken it off my camera since. I hardly used the 10-30mm or the 30-110mm. The lens is small, making the J1 a very portable camera overall. The pictures taken with this lens is noticeably sharper than the 10-30 and 30-110 lens. If you like pictures with shallow DOF, this lens does deliver. If you are like me and you want a lens that works well under low-light conditions, this lens definitely fits the bill. I found the focal length of this lens to work for everyday photography 90% of the time. It is capable of creating some very flattering photos that make you look like you know what you are doing, even if you are just an amatuer like me. I really like this lens for both portability and performance. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who owns a Nikon 1 system! August 3, 2013
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What is the difference between this lens and the 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 when it comes to use?

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The descriptions both say to use for portraits and great low light performance.
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You can use any lens for portraits, this is just a longer focal length so you wouldn't need to be as close to the subject. As far as the low light performance, this lens has a higher aperture (f/1.8 compared to f/2.8) meaning that it allows more than double the light to hit the sensor. This means lower shutter speeds and/or lower ISO resulting in less chance for motion blur and/or less noise, respectively.
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Can this lense self focus at arms length ie one arm out for self portraits

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Can this lense self focus at arms length ie one arm out for self portraits. Was recommended the lense as less manual control needed on distance but just noticed the 7 foot minimum focus distance on these specs.
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I assumed you did not notice the decimal point before the seven and the two. The minimum focus distance of this lens is Zero point seven feet. (0.7ft) or zero point two meters (0.2m)
The lens is able to focus at a little less than one foot (1ft)
You can take self portraits using this lens.
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Is it a wide angle lens?

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No, because of the CX crop factor you would need a 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 to have a wide angle lens.
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Is it possible to use manual focus

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Is it possible to use manual focus. If yes, does it has manual focus ring.
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Manual focus controlled by the camera body, no focus ring on the lens.
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Is an aperture blade noise normal?

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When changing aperture in f/1.8 - f/4 range it makes a noise similar to releasing a mechanical shutter.
It also makes the same noise after taking (and saving, it seems) any photo with aperture other than f/1.8.
Both 10-30 VR and 30-110 VR lenses are completely silent when using electronic shutter so I wonder if it's normal for this lens or should I have it checked?
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From the blogs I read, seems to be normal as quite a few people experience the noise, especially on the aperture range you mention.
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