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

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86% 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.

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86 %
Overall Score

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

User Reviews

4.58333 out of 5 stars
  • errikwong, Feb 18, 2013 GMT:
    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, ...

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  • nunocm, Dec 13, 2012 GMT:
    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.

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  • shihanc, Dec 3, 2012 GMT:
    Must have lens

    Must have lens for photography enthusiast... Low light image quality is amazing...

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  • DS PhotoGraphix, Oct 28, 2012 GMT:
    Great Bokeh!!

    Amazing Lens. Great for close ups with beautiful Bokeh affect. Problems: None at all. Will recommend.

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Questions & Answers


how to shoot a timelapse using the video feature of nikon d7000 ?

i have seen lots of videos in youtube showing us on how to shoot timplase using the bulit-in intervelometer and then stacking those still images to create a time-lapse video. But is it possbile to directly shoot a timpelapse using the video mode ? I am using a Nikon D7000 with a 35mm f/1.8G lense for this case. Rgds, Soham

xssoham asked
2 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago


Nikon D3300 for professional photography?!

Hello everyone, I know that most professional photographers would use a full frame camera like the Canon 5D or Nikon D810, and maybe a crop like D7100 or Canon 70D But i wonder if i can use my D3300 for professional shooting like Weddings and events, specially combined with a 35mm f1.8 i noticed a very sharp images and i think maybe better than the 7100 and i think with proper on-flash it can take a very good images But i know it lacks alot of features and controls like professional cameras, but still wouldn't the customer care about the image quality above all?!

Keroles asked
16 days ago


I would say you need a lot more experience than a camera. My feeling is that you should forget weddings completely for several years. Get any DSLR and learn some photography skills, mos important of which is composition and light. The cost of setting up as a wedding photographer makes the cost of the camera a minor detail. It's a business and like all businesses the tools are only a small part of the cost and the photography a surprisingly small part of the business. Continue Reading

darklamp answered
15 days ago

Could it be used for a pro wedding shoot ? Yes. Should it be used for a pro wedding shoot ? No. There are three main reasons it should not be used : (1) Inadequate controls. Weddings are stressful, high demand events to shoot and you need a lot of key controls easily accessible. The D3300 does not have all the control I'd want and many of those controls are buried in menus, which is no place to go looking at a wedding shoot. (2) Viewfinder inferior. It's a wedding, often in challenging lighting. The OVF on the D3300 is based on a penta-mirror and inherently these are not as bright as "proper" penta-prism OVFs. Continue Reading

darklamp answered
15 days ago

Professional simply means someone is paying you. Now you could make a pinhole camera from a biscuit tin and get someone to pay you for your photos, and you're a professional using a professional camera! The hard part of doing a wedding say, is IHMO dealing with the people, and stress, of the day. You have to be quick, you have to get the photos the customers want, you have to herd the guests in or out of your shots, you have to get them to look good on camera, you need the people to like you, you need to make it fun! On top of all that you have to be able to operate your chosen equipment without much thought at all, it should be second nature. You need cameras/lenses which will simply deliver the goods each time. You want them to be sturdy and reliable. Same goes for any accessories you're using. And you need back-ups, ideally 2 bodies, 2 equivalent lenses and the other stuff like powerful flash, reflectors etc. The equipment is important, but in the order of things it's probably ... Continue Reading

COYQ answered
13 days 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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