The AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is a relatively inexpensive fast normal prime for Nikon’s DX SLRs. Its large maximum aperture makes it ideal for shooting indoors without flash, and its built-in AF-S motor means it will autofocus on entry-level Nikon SLRs. It offers a winning combination of high image quality, large aperture and low price, and is therefore a lens which deserves to be on many a Nikon shooter's shopping list.
Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G Lens
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“ This lens produces finely detailed images at all apertures, focuses quickly and accurately, and handles well in a small, light package.”
- 35mm focal length
- 52.5mm equivalent focal length on DX cameras
- F1.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 52mm filters
- 0.30m/11.81" minimum focus
- Nikon F mount for for DX DSLRs
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||35 mm|
|Lens mount||Nikon F (DX)|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Minimum focus||0.30 m (11.81″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Focus notes||internal rear focus|
|Weight||210 g (0.46 lb)|
|Diameter||70 mm (2.76″)|
|Length||53 mm (2.07″)|
|Materials||Plastic barrel, metal mount|
|Filter thread||52 mm|
|Hood product code||HB-46|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
|Ergonomics and Handling||
The 35mm F1.8G DX delivers impressive performance. It produces finely detailed images at all apertures (although with somewhat low contrast wide open), focuses quickly and accurately, and handles well in a small, light package. As such, it deserves to be on many a Nikon shooter's shopping list for its winning combination of high image quality, large maximum aperture and low price.
Everyday use on Nikon's DX-format APS-C DSLRs, where this sharp and inexpensive 35mm becomes a useful 'standard'.
Not So Good For
Shooting wide open, where CA can be an issue, even with in-camera JPEG correction.
Top Lens without paying Top Dollar
This lens was originally bought in 2011, and having spent 2 years with it, I can safely say that 85% of my street images were taken with this lens. I love its large aperture, light weight, ease of use, fast AF and incredible sharpness. It already yields excellent image quality wide open, but stopped down to f/2.8 the sharpness is simply amazing. With my D7000, movement tracking is very good, with the AFS motor performing very well. However, I do tend to stick with the standard AF-single mode, ...
What a GREAT lens!
Just fantastic, walking arround inside and outside with just this one. Zoom with your feet, and take part of the scene... In the DX mount it makes a PERFECT 50 mm focal distance. Enjoy it, don't be afraid of buying this one.
Must have lens
Must have lens for photography enthusiast... Low light image quality is amazing...
Amazing Lens. Great for close ups with beautiful Bokeh affect. Problems: None at all. Will recommend.
Back-Focusing on D7000
Hi All, After seeing a few soft pictures from my D7000, I suspect the camera I have suffers from back-focusing (or soft focus issues). To test it out, I setup a simple experiment - I shot the tip of a leaf with AF Fine Tune Values varying from +20 to -20 and AF Fine Tune Set to 0 (zero), OFF and a shot with Live View as well. Note that the plant in question (and the setup) was indoors and did not have any influence of wind/stray movements that may have altered the final result. The camera was on a tripod and was set to a timer of 2s after shutter press - that way I am eliminating any vibrations during the shutter press. I have posted the pics below - each with the description of the AF Fine Tune status at the time of the shot. Settings common to all shots below: (1) Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G (2) Distance from the leaf tip: ~ 4ft . (3) Flash: OFF (4) ISO: 400 (5) Aperture: f/1.8 (6) Shutter:
-10 looks better to me but...determining AF-fine tune setting using a target that is not completely flat across the FoV, of the focus array being used, can lead to AF Fine tune settings that aren't actually correct. The FoV of the focus arrays are much large than the focus box suggests. In this case, PDAF may be locking on to the body of the leaf and not the tip like CDAF is. Using a target that is close to the camera (not 50x focal length away) can also cause the results to be inaccurate. The 35mm f1.8g is also very susceptible to focus issues in artificial light on the D7000. Be careful of that. Best to use this method to determine AF Fine tune settings if you are serious. http://camerafocustest.blogspot.com/ Good Luck Continue Reading
The D7000's AF system has larger than what you see AF sensors, and they tend to lock on the higher contrast part of what is under it, sometime not exactly what you'd like it to use. RE AF FT, use a flat target full of fine contrasty detail. All my Nikkors FT close to 0, only a Sigma required more, with the D7000. Continue Reading
RX100 - Sensor Size and DOF
I have always believed that having a smaller sensor means not having shallow DOF. However, I was interested in how my DOF would be impacted if I went to an RX100 from my APS-C D5000. I checked for DOF at dofmaster.com and looks like at 35mm, F1.8 and the subject at 5 feet, the DOF of an RX100 is 0.23ft compared to 0.43ft for my APS-C Nikon. So obviously I don't know my optics... But how is that possible? Does this mean an RX100 has better bokeh at 35mm than my D5000 with the Nikkor 35mm F1.8?
The short answer is no, the RX100 will not have shallower DoF than a prime on an APS-C camera. If the calculator suggests that, the math is wrong (probably the inputs are not apples to apples). Here are the rules of thumb: (1) RX100 at wide end is marginally shallower DoF than an APS-C camera with kit zoom (18-55 3.5-5.6, as example). The difference is negligible. (2) RX100 i or ii at tele end is slower than an APS-C camera with kit zoom. By a stop or more, so enough to notice. (3) RX100 iii at tele end is marginally shallower DoF than an APS-C camera with kit zoom. Again, not enough to notice, but the new v3 model now keeps up with kit zoom APS-C cameras. Continue Reading
Did you put in the correct sensor size for the RX100? I don't think it's 35mm; it's 1" x 1", I believe. I am not familiar with the website and there are plenty of smarter people on this forum, so apologies if I'm off base. Continue Reading
Should I go all primes?
Dear All, I am a budding professional photographer, getting paid decent money to support myself and family. I have a question that is very important to me and I was hoping you could offer me some advice. Right now, I am considering selling my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 (Nikon mount, for a D7100) to go ALL primes: 35mm 1.8G, 50mm 1.8G, 85mm 1.8G, 105mm 2.8G. The reasons for this switch are really two: the 70-200mm is heavy, and I LOVE primes! Anyway, I think I would be more happy with a bag full of the primes mentioned above, but I would be interested in your thoughts: should I sell it for all primes (35, 50, 85, 105) for wedding and portrait work? I will of course miss the extra reach with the 70-200 but if I had the 85 and 105 macro, the 70-200 would stay in my bag. When I am shooting weddings, I would only really need the extra focal length when the bride/groom is walking down the aisle. Thanks in advance!
Have you shot a wedding with all primes before? If you haven't, do so (preferably as an assistant first) before you make a decision. The thing about weddings is that those zoom lenses are tailor made for them. And the environment is such that you don't get a chance for a do-over. Maybe you could try shooting all primes during a rehearsal. I, personally, very rarely use zooms, but on the few occasions I've been conscripted to do weddings, I used zooms, and I was glad I did. I did revert to my primes when doing shots like signings and stills. Caveat: I don't know Nikon equipment, except for my 14-24 zoom (I didn't use it in any wedding). Continue Reading
Regarding: 35mm 1.8 50mm 1.8 24-70mm 2.8 I think you'll find the 35 and the 50 spend a lot of time in your bag, with the 24-70 on the camera almost all the time. The 24-70 and the 70-200 would be a great combination; buy a 5200 and attach the big lens to that and leave it on all the time. But if you insist on a prime, a 100/105 macro or a 135/150 would be good choices. BAK Continue Reading
I would advise against going 'all primes.' I love primes too, but in addition to the problem of lens changing in a fast paced environment they also have economic disadvantages from a business perspective. Time is money for anyone in business. Zooms offer the most versatility, that is, they allow you crop in camera saving post processing time in addition to not making you throw away cropped pixels. I retired last year, before that my basis kit was two Nikon FX DSLRs and 24-70/2.8 and a 70/200.2.8. With that combo I could cover almost anything. When I needed longer than 200mm I used a DX body to achieve 300mm on the zoom. Keep in mind that I live primes too, but unless you have primes that are deigned for digital you are likely to get better results with modern zooms, which often outperform prime lenses. When you are making gear decisions as a pro go for the greatest versatility with high IQ. Pro level zooms will deliver that. Continue Reading
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