Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX

Last updated (16 May’13):
- Review by Bythom

The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX features 35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.8. The lens construction has 8 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 44 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.98ft.(0.3m) and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens weighs 7 oz. (200g) and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 2.1 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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

Bythom reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“Surprisingly low in vignetting. By f/4 vignetting is completely ignorable, but even at f/1.8 it amounts to less than a stop in the corners, which is pretty good performance. On most modern Nikon bodies, this level of vignetting is totally correctable with the Vignette control option. FX body users should note that the lens is basically usable if you set 5:4 crop on your camera. Here there is much more vignetting, but still at acceptable levels. The lens does not cover the full FX frame, though..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Lenstip reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“In the amount of money we have to pay, it gives us a lot. The sharpness at the center of the frame is especially impressive, compared to cult, but slightly darker Zeiss Distagon 2/35. In addition, you have to remember that the Nikon tested here has often been compared to full-frame lenses, it’s no wonder that at the edge of a DX sensor they had a little advantage.”
rating: N/A

Popphoto reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“Our SQF tests found near-flawless sharpness and contrast, with SQF scores a bit below the Sigma’s mid-Excellent range results. DxO Analyzer 3.0.1 tests revealed only Slight barrel distortion (0.27%), an above-average performance. Light falloff left the corners by f/2.5. At the close-focus distance of 10.87 inches, maximum magnification came in at a powerful 1:5.10. Indeed, this Nikkor significantly outperformed the Sigma in distortion, falloff, and magnifying power.”
rating: N/A

KenRockwell reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“It’s sharp at f/1.8; the key issue is that contrast is a little less than at smaller apertures like f/2.8. At f/2: A tiny bit better. At f/2.8: Much sharper than f/2; it doesn’t get much better than at f/2.8, which says that this is a very good lens! At f/4: A tiny bit better than f2.8, but not much. At f/5.6: Optimum aperture, but not much better than at f/2.8 or f/4. This is a very good lens. “
rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“In short, the new AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is an amazing lens with fabulous edge-to-edge sharpness, great bokeh, and an outrageously low price. In terms of overall sharpness and aperture range this lens is superior to several lenses that cost more than twice as much! Nikon finally delivered a fantastic prime lens for average consumers who own the D40, D40X, or D60.”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“The Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G ist able to deliver very sharp pictures wide open already. The bokeh, one of the primary aspects for a fast prime, is well developed and generally pleasing (at least slightly stopped down).”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Neutralday reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“The Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G delivers very sharp, satisfying results at a high rate. I found it easily resolved fine details, like single hairs, even while shooting a f/1.8. Unsurprisingly, best results are in the center and better results are found at f/2.8, but you needn’t be all that shy about shooting this lens wide open. Bokeh was pretty good overall, again with best results coming at f/2.8, where things look a bit smoother to my eye. Vignetting is well controlled and generally not an issue, but the lens does exhibit a mild degree of distortion, though certainly nothing overly horrific.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Cameralabs reviews the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX and writes;
“With lens corrections turned-off, the DX 35mm f/1.8G can exhibit some coloured fringing in areas of high contrast near the corners of the frame, but on the whole it’s kept fairly well under control. And once corrections are enabled, as they are by default on in-camera JPEGs on recent Nikon bodies, almost all evidence of fringing is eliminated. “
Rating: ★★★★½

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

With a compact, lightweight design, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G provides the high reproduction capability and picture quality for which Nikkor lenses are renowned at an affordable price. The ring type SWM offers quiet AF operation. Although all lens groups shift during focusing, the front element and filter mount do not rotate and the barrel length does not change, which is useful when using filter mounted SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlight units.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G optical design allows a different look and feel to images taken with zoom lenses, and its dimensions are ideal for discrete snapshots and landscape shooting with a picture angle that approximates that of the human eye. With its rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening, out-of-focus elements appear more natural. When mounted on a DX-format SLR, the picture angle is the 35mm equivalent focal length of 50mm.

The AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G has two focus modes, M/A (manual override autofocus) and M (manual focus). The M/A mode enables instant manual switching during AF operation. The lens also features a rubber seal to minimize moisture ingression around the mount and can focus down to 0.3 meters (0.98 ft).

AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens Highlights

* Fast, f/1.8 prime lens is perfect for low-light conditions, travel, environmental portrait and general photography
* Engineered for Nikon DX-format D-SLRS, the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens renders a picture angle approximating the classic normal angle of view of a 50mm lens on a Nikon FXformat digital SLR or 35mm film camera
* Aspherical lens element minimizes coma and other types of lens aberrations, further improving image integrity
* Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers color consistency and reduced flare
* Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus
* Close focusing to 1 foot for creative perspectives and versatility
* Rounded 7-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
* Accepts 52mm filter attachments

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