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

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

The Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens is a fast, sharp and large aperture lens at an affordable cost. This is the perfect lens for beginner photographers. If you ever asked yourself what lens to buy for your Nikon DSLR, this is the answer for you.

Why I Bought This Nikon 35mm Prime Lens

I bought this lens for my Nikon D40 because I was feeling frustrated every time I took photos with my kit lens.

Photos were either blurred, out of focus, or used such high ISO settings that it ended up with a lot of grain and noise.

I’m sure it was mostly my fault, and I probably didn’t know how to use the right settings.

This is the perfect lens for beginner photographers. If you ever asked yourself what lens to buy for your Nikon DSLR, this is the answer for you.

I came across an online article about prime lenses. It certainly made sense. I was attracted to the idea of getting sharp images and fast shutter speed.

I researched some more, and found that Nikon had just released a prime lens early this year.

Test Photo 1

It was perfect.

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Features

The following are the main features of the prime lens (from the Nikon website):

  1. DX-format, normal single-focal-length lens with 35mm focal length.
  2. Large maximum aperture of f/1.8. A large aperture allows you to take photos with a shallow depth of field, which is great for portrait photography.
  3. Silent Wave Motor for smooth, quiet auto focus. The auto focus is fast! The AF-S designation means that the lens is compatible with cameras without a built in auto focus motor, like my D40.
  4. High-performance optical system with aspherical lens delivers superior reproduction capability. Does this enhance virility?
  5. Compact, well-balanced design when attached to small SLRs.
  6. Two focus modes available ?EUR” M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus). I just love M/A because it allows you to adjust the auto-focus if you don’t like what the camera chooses.
  7. Metal mount. I guess this means it is higher quality
  8. Natural blur effect thanks to seven-blade rounded diaphragm. It is easy to get a good bokeh effect.

Price

The list price for this lens is RM899, but I got it for RM825. If you shop around, I’m sure you can even get it for less.

It comes with a lens pouch and a shallow (about an inch) lens hood.

Personal Experience

I’ve been telling everyone who would listen, that I have no regrets at all.

The photos that I’ve taken are really beautiful, and it renews my amateur interest in photography.

I just love how it is so easy to take photos with this lens.

Test Photo 2

The Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens allows me to take clear indoor photos without flash. The images can be captured with a faster shutter speed meaning less blurring. The camera can use lower ISO settings, which results in less noise.

Prime lenses do not zoom, so that means I have to walk around and reposition myself quite a bit when taking photos (but that’s ok).

I find myself free to concentrate on composing the photos, rather than worrying about the technical details.

Summary

The Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens is one of the best-value prime lenses for Nikon DX digital SLR cameras.

I love how easy it is to create wonderful portrait photographs.

This lens is a good buy for those of us with entry-level DSLR, because it does not cost too much compared to other lenses.

It may not be suitable for those of you with higher end, full frame cameras. I think you need to get 50mm prime lens instead.

Discussion

Would you get a prime lens? Why or why not?

Do you have an experience to share?

Do you have any photography tips for an amateur like me?

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

[tags]Nikon, Nikkor, Lens, 35mm, f/1.8, Review, Photography[/tags]

7 thoughts on “Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikon Lens Review”

  1. I don’t own a DSLR but I can tell you that your pictures are really awesome! 🙂
    Great investment!

    Adino: I think so too haha. But the lens did most of the hard work. My role was just point and shoot!

  2. Hi Adino,

    This looks like a very nice lens. It’s roughly equivalent to a 50mm f1.8 on full-format or film and that’s exactly the first lens I bought when I bought my very first film SLR – the Nikon FE2.

    It’s a good purchase and you won’t have anything to regret. Prime lenses tend to get me to do more work to make a good photograph. They take the laziness out of shooting, you have to move around, get closer, get farther, and you end up becoming more active even when using zoom lenses.

    Since I use film, I’m stuck with one ISO setting till I finish the roll. My 50mm f1.8 has been a good all-rounder. Indoors in poor light, it’s small enough to prop up with a pillow or set up on a couple of books to steady the shot. Outdoors in good light it gives me very good shutter speeds if I require them.

    Looking forward to more of your experiences with this lens. Once again, it’s a great focal length and aperture to start with and I’m sure you’ll be very happy with your purchase.

    Cheers,
    David K

    Adino: Thanks for the reassurance haha…

  3. Hi Adino, I was frustrated with my kit lens too. Always giving me blur result. Plus I hate to use flash. That’s why I bought a 50mm f/1.8 lens. It’s been really good. And the bokeh is superb!

    Adino: Make you wonder, why the camera manufacturers didn’t include a prime lens instead of a zoom lens as a kit lens.

  4. Adino, please take more photos and show us what this lens can do 🙂 After I got my iPhone, I think next will be it. Hopefully within this month as Ben’s baby sister is coming soon 🙂

    Adino: Yes sir, will try to show more photos. I’ve got some in my camera that I haven’t uploaded yet. Btw if you’re planning to get an iPhone, make sure you check out my calculations on iPhone total cost of ownership

  5. I just received my Nikon 35mm f/1.8. I need help with the settings on my camera to get the sharpest image possible, could you help me?

    Adino: Normally I find that the auto setting does a good job of getting the image sharp. You could try ensuring the camera is focused on the subject properly, reducing movement blur by using a tripod or a faster shutter speed, using a lower ISO setting to reduce noise, or increasing depth of field if you want the background to be in focus.

    You should check out the Digital Photography School blog and forums. There are a lot of useful tips there.

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