Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G Lens

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Gold Award
This lens produces finely detailed images at all apertures, focuses quickly and accurately, and handles well in a small, light package.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.


Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Nikon F (DX)
Maximum aperture F1.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 8
Groups 6
Minimum focus 0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification 0.16×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Focus notes internal rear focus
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 210 g (0.46 lb)
Diameter 70 mm (2.76)
Length 53 mm (2.07)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Colour Black
Power zoom No
Filter thread 52 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code HB-46
Tripod collar No


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Build Quality
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Image Quality
Gold Award
Gold Award

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.

Good For

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.


Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G Lens by DPReview

Questions & Answers


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!

Eikon Studio asked
11 months ago


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

Victor Engel answered
11 months ago

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

BAK answered
11 months ago

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

Richard Weisgrau answered
11 months ago


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:

pixelfusion asked
4 months ago


-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. Good Luck Continue Reading

Mako2011 answered
4 months ago

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

rhlpetrus answered
4 months ago

did it with a couple of my lenses and it works simply and effectively youtube dot tuning if you go to Northern light you can find a nice pattern for your computer screen which help greatly for this method Northern light Continue Reading

Wu Jiaqiu answered
4 months ago


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 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?

neod asked
2 months ago


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

saintz answered
2 months ago

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

JimMoyer answered
2 months ago

No, it's called a "one inch" sensor, which means it's only 13.2 x 8.2 mm. See Continue Reading

Digital Nigel answered
2 months ago


  • Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8 DX lens
  • HB-46 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • LC-52 Snap-On Front Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-0913 Soft Case

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