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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX
$175 - $197
35 mm
autofocus prime lens
f/1.8
  • Designed for APS-C Nikon DX
  • Nikon AF-S Built-in focus motor

reviewswhat are people saying

"Wonderful bokeh @ f/1.8, I never had a lens witch such wide aperture and results really stunning. "

bhphotovideo.com

"This lens has quickly become my default lens. It's very versatile, and the system allows focus to be tweaked manually after auto-focusing. For the price you can't beat it."

bhphotovideo.com

"Only slight con is the focus is a little slower than I would expect. "

bhphotovideo.com

compatibilitywith digital cameras

APS-C (1.5x crop factor)

This lens is compatible with APS-C (1.5x crop factor) cameras such as the Nikon D7200, Nikon D5600 and Nikon D5500.

Nikon D7200
37.1°
horizontal angle of view
53.5mm
35mm equivalent focal length

Pros

The Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX vs other Digital camera lenses

Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Prime lens Prime lens Help
Typically very sharp

Cons

The Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX vs other Digital camera lenses

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Zoom range Poor zoom range Help
1x

Specifications

General

Min focal length
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35 mm
Max focal length
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35 mm
below average below average
Zoom range
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1x
Magnification
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1:6.2 (0.2)

Aperture

Wide maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Wide minimum
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Unknown
Tele maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Tele minimum
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Unknown

Features

Auto focus
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Yes
above average above average
Focus motor
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Nikon AF-S
Image stabilization
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None
Fisheye
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No
Tilt-shift
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No

Form factor

Lens mount
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Nikon DX
Length
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Unknown
Diameter
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Unknown
Filter size
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Unknown
Weight
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200 g

Angle of view

Wide horizontal
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37.3°
Telephoto horizontal
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37.3°
Wide vertical
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25.1°
Telephoto vertical
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25.1°
Wide diagonal
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44°
Telephoto diagonal
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44°

Competitors

DiscussionWhat do you think about the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX lens?

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Avatar for alex  waddell alex waddell (6:31 PM, September 25, 2016)
Hi lenshero looking for a good low light fast lens to work with nikon d3200 is this a good choice i love taking night shots just a beginner
 
Avatar for Somu Padma Somu Padma (3:03 AM, March 23, 2016)
The lens is just terrific and is a must for Nikon D5200 and its sisters.Having a Nikon D5200 without this lens is meaningless.This will make all other D5200 lens second to it.But one serious advise is please don't use a UV filter over it and degrade the image.Use a hood but no UV
 
Avatar for Joseph lemons Joseph lemons (3:19 PM, August 09, 2014)
Will this work with the NIkon D40, and if so would the photos have that nice blurred background when you take them
 
Zeya (11:42 PM, April 23, 2013)
To calculate that, you just divide the full frame focal length by the crop factor of your target camera. So for a D7000, that would be 50mm/1.5 = 33.3mm. Since that's an "off" number, you just round to a nearby focal length actually in production, and that means 35mm is your closest.
 
Zeya (11:38 PM, April 23, 2013)
This lens is one that is very commonly recommended to beginners as one of the first lenses they should get. There are a few reasons for that. First is the price. The only current generation lens you can get cheaper than this one is the standard kit lens (18-55mm 3.5-5.6). The lens is also lighter and smaller than most other commonplace lenses. This lens is also very "fast", meaning it has a very wide maximum aperture size (f/1.8, lower number value indicating wider opening and more light). That wide aperture lets the shooter use a narrow depth of field and learn about bokeh (out of focus areas), and also the ability to shoot in low light conditions without a flash. Furthermore, this lens is referred to as "normal", meaning that the angle of view closely approximates a human's field of vision (on a DX body), and so there's less of a learning curve than with a wide angle lens or zoom lens. This lens also takes sharp images with good color and low distortion. (Fixed focal length lenses such as this one tend to have good image quality, by the way.) So what are the drawbacks? Not much, other than what the lens "isn't". This lens doesn't have vibration reduction, a feature than can be nice when hand-holding. The minimum focusing distance could be nearer. Honestly, that's about all I can come up with for drawbacks. I recommend this lens to beginners, if it suits their needs... as long as they aren't doing very specific types of shooting to the point where they wouldn't use this lens (uncommon).
 
Mark (0:49 PM, February 20, 2013)
Nikon 35mm 1.8G
 
Leftclicky (9:39 AM, February 15, 2013)
35mm
 
julz (6:21 PM, November 07, 2012)
Ok, so I'm thinking about purchasing the Nikon D7000. I'll be using it mostly for newborn photography. The 50mm f/1.4G lens seems to be preferred among newborn indoor, natural, window light photographers with full frame cameras. Since the D7000 isn't full frame, I'm thinking a 35mm would be best. If you agree, which lens do you think would be the most equivalent to the full frame 50mm?
 
Avatar for FrozenSea FrozenSea (1:18 AM, October 05, 2012)
I'm canadian too... go BH..really fair prices.
 
Arnault Tovar (5:23 AM, July 14, 2012)
Hello,

But I d'ont think this lens is compatible with full frame. It's a DX lens.

Bye
 
Avatar for FrozenSea FrozenSea (3:37 AM, February 18, 2012)
I bought this lens, I plugged it into my D5100 and is just AWESOME. the bokeh delivers amazing effect to your shots, the freedom of f1.8 is just great (specially when you have young kids who tend to move faster than you... )
Indeed, I do make indoors mostly (as a guy who commented somewhere here), but I just took my camera outdoor at night and this lens rocks in low light as well. The few only "buts" would be the fact of 35mm which might be a bit tight for some, material look too plastic at times, but on the other side is quite light which is perfect is you want to put a few lens on your pocket. Attached some examples over the same object from f1.8 up to f8.0, diffrent deep of field gives a nice effect...
 
Steve (10:06 AM, October 11, 2011)
What would the price of this one be in Aussie Dollars?....
 
Avatar for lenshero lenshero (0:35 AM, September 06, 2011)
Those are American prices, unfortunately us Canadians have to pay a premium for our lenses.
 
Leolin1 (0:05 PM, September 03, 2011)
I wonder where the price in lenshero comes from? I can never find such low price. Future shop, bestbuy, henry's, vistek,etc. They all have much higher price (usually about 30% higher)
 
LoveLensHero (7:24 AM, August 18, 2011)
The price showing on this page is different on BH. 
 
Avatar for Julio Ignacio Julio Ignacio (1:32 PM, August 02, 2011)
I'm paying the extra amount just bc this site is that awesome.
 
Avatar for lenshero lenshero (1:44 PM, July 21, 2011)
Hi again Tayllor, they both have the same size aperture, so both will be great for low light.  The 35mm f/1.8G probably is a bit better at focusing than the 50mm f/1.8D, but the 50mm f/1.8D is probably a better focal length for portraits, and longer focal lengths are usually easier to blur the background with.

Nikon also has a newer 50mm f/1.8G lens which will autofocus with cameras like the Nikon D5100 (whereas the 50mm f/1.8D will not), unfortunately we haven't added it yet to lenshero.
 
Avatar for Tayllor Masi Tayllor Masi (3:06 AM, July 21, 2011)
For indoor shooting is the lens way better than the http://lenshero.com/lens/Nikon-50mm-f1.8D-lens ? Thanks for the help.
 
Dan (8:36 AM, March 04, 2011)
I'm an "indoor party" photographer and this lens is like a gift from the heavens for me!
 
Avatar for lenshero lenshero (6:40 PM, January 28, 2011)
I apologize jaxcix, I did misunderstand. Here is a link for this lens at amazon with the LensHero affiliate code, hopefully that works for you!
 
Avatar for jaxciz jaxciz (6:36 PM, January 28, 2011)
i don't think you understood my request lenshero. it is out of stock at B&H. i don't want a different lens. the link doesn't seem to have been updated for an in stock product. so it'd have to be at some other online retailer. they're still not in stock at B&H. i'll wait for a few more days and buy elsewhere unless you have a working link for me
 
Avatar for lenshero lenshero (3:00 AM, January 12, 2011)
Hi Jaxciz, awesome, we appreciate the support. If you click this link (which is for some other lens at B&H), then go buy the lens you want, LensHero will get credit!

We'll get that link updated, thanks.

Normally you could click just any link to B&H then buy what you want, but some of our B&H links are not through an affiliate system yet, so use that one I gave you.
 
Avatar for jaxciz jaxciz (0:54 AM, January 12, 2011)
hi, I'd like to buy this lens through the affiliate ad in your site so that you can get the credit. The lens is out of stock at B&H Photo. Can you update the link with your next best price & in-stock option please?
 
Jason (9:58 PM, December 18, 2010)
This is my #2 lens after my 18-200 VRII. For those of us running DX bodies, this equals out to about a 50mm which gives you a fairly 1:1 eye to photo ratio. Bokeh is very nice, autofocus is extremely quick and this thing weighs next to nothing. It does feel kinda cheap compared to the 50mm 1.4 simply because it's made of plastic, but for most people this should be a go to lens when you are shooting indoors or in low light. On my D7000 at ISO 3200, it feels like I could take X-Rays with this thing. Think "indoor party lens" and you won't go wrong.
 
Avatar for missu missu (6:07 AM, December 10, 2010)
I was thinking of making this my next lens and your site told me I should make it my next lens. Great minds think alike :-D