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Nikon 35mm f/1.viii DX

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Nikon 35mm f/ane.8 for FX cameras. The DX lens reviewed here just works on DX cameras.

Dandy for:
A fast, calorie-free, inexpensive normal lens for Nikon’s DX cameras, especially for utilise in low-light without flash.

Not for:
35mm or FX cameras. For larger DX cameras with built-in autofocus motors similar the D50, D80, D90 and D300, getting a 35mm f/2 AF-D instead will besides work on FX cameras should yous upgrade subsequently.

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Functioning   Compared   Recommendations

Equally you’ll see below, my 35/1.8 has been my favorite lens on each of my DX cameras for many years:

Ryan pets a skink

Ryan pets a skink, 12 February 2017.
Nikon D5600, Auto White Rest, Moving-picture show Control fix to Standard with +ane Saturation, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX at f/1.8 at i/125 at Auto ISO 450, Perfectly Clear. bigger or full-resolution file.

Ryan under a Burmese Python at the Reptile Zoo

Ryan under a Burmese Python at the Reptile Zoo, 12 February 2017.
(Nikon D5600, Auto White Balance, Picture Control ready to Standard with +i Saturation, Nikon 35mm f/1.eight DX at f/one.viii at 1/125 at Auto ISO 320, Perfectly Clear.) bigger.

Pepper trees and eucalyptus in backlight,t NGR 06 Mar 2015

Pepper copse and eucalyptus in backlight, 06 March 2015.
D5500, 35/1.eight DX, f/8 at 1/30 mitt-held at ISO 100, Perfectly Clear V2. © camera-original file.

Low-cal, shadow and color, looks slap-up!

Moonrise, NGR 06 Mar 2015

Moonrise, 06 March 2015.
D5500, 35/1.8 DX, f/ane.viii at one/30 hand-held at at ISO 10,000, Perfectly Clear V2. Bigger.

Hand-held astronomical shooting? No issues; ISO ten,000 looks nifty on DX cameras! Note that at f/1.8 only the light-green copse on the left are in focus.

Green grass in spring light NGR 06 Mar 2015

Greenish spring grass in backlight, 06 March 2015.
D5500, 35/1.8 DX, f/7.1 at 1/30 hand-held at ISO 100, Perfectly Clear V2. © camera-original file.

Information technology’s all near lite and color. The foreground comes right up to the bottom of the frame, and is of course out of focus.

Crazy-colored tree at night, 06 March 2015

Crazy-colored tree at night, 06 March 2015.
D5500, 35/one.8 DX, f/1.viii at 1/xxx hand-held at ISO 1,000, Perfectly Articulate V2. bigger.

With f/1.8, manus-held dark shooting is trivial. This is what my iPhone six Plus can’t practice: get brilliant, colorful images shot in the dark without flash. ISO 1,000 is trivial on DX; it’s sharp and clean, and with an f/one.8 lens, easy to shoot at night manus-held.

Fine home in Corte Madera, 08 March 2015

Fine dwelling in Corte Madera, 08 March 2015.
D5500, 35/1.8 DX, f/nine at ane/200 at ISO 100, equally shot. © camera-original file.

The 35/1.8 is so sharp you lot can count the nubs on the seed balls on the tree at the left:

Fine home in Corte Madera, 08 March 2015

Crop from left side of to a higher place epitome.
If this is six” (fifteen cm) wide on your screen, the entire image printed at this same high magnification would be 40 10 60″ (1 ten 1.5 meters)!

American Cancer Society Discovery Store Laguna Niguel, 08 March 2015

American Cancer Society Discovery Store, 08 March 2015.
D5500, 35/i.8 DX, f/7.1 at 1/200 at ISO 100, as shot. © camera-original file.

35/ane.8: Sharp and colorful and well exposed; the images just await dandy as-shot! These are all shot in JPG Basic equally I shoot everything; with Nikon, there’s no need to waste fourth dimension with shooting raw.

Stone, 21 Mar 2014

Stone, 21 March 2014.
Nikon D5300, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX, f/ix at 1/320, ISO 100, VIVID Picture show Command. © Camera-original Big Basic JPG file.

Flowers, 22 Mar 2014

Flower, 22 March 2014.
Nikon D5300, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX, f/viii at ane/125, ISO 100, VIVID Pic Control, +iii Saturation, Perfectly Clear. © Full-resolution file from Basic LARGE JPG.

Flowers, 22 Mar 2014

Flowers, 22 March 2014.
Nikon D5300, Nikon 35mm f/i.8 DX, f/8 at i/125, ISO 100, VIVID Picture Control, +3 Saturation, Perfectly Clear. © Full-resolution file from BASIC Large JPG.

Flowers, 22 Mar 2014

Is it sharp? thirty March 2014.
Nikon D5300, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX, f/8 at 1/250 at ISO 100, VIVID Picture Control, +iii Saturation. Bigger or © photographic camera-original 24MP Basic Big JPG. It’s so sharp that the biggest sharpness limitation is the oestrus shimmer of the distant view!

Palm, 28 January 2013

Palm, 28 January 2013.
D5200, 35mm f/1.8 DX, ISO 100, f/half-dozen.iii at 1/160. Camera-original © 24MP Large Bones JPG image file.

Palm, 28 January 2013

Surf, 28 January 2013.
D5200, 35mm f/1.8 DX, ISO 100, f/vi.iii at 1/160. Camera-original © 24MP Big BASIC JPG image file.

Palm, 28 January 2013

Park, 27 January 2013.
D5200, 35mm f/ane.viii DX, ISO 100, f/8 at 1/250. Camera-original © 24MP LARGE Bones JPG prototype file.

San Francisco, 28 March 2013

San Francisco as shot from the window of a moving auto at 60 MPH, March 2013.

Nikon D7100, Nikon 35mm f/one.8 DX, AUTO ISO 100, f/viii at 1/250, VIVID Picture Control with +3 Saturation and 7 Sharpening. © Photographic camera-Original Big BASIC JPG.

Pier, San Francisco, 28 March 2013

Pier, 28 March 2013.

Nikon D7100, Nikon 35mm f/1.viii DX, Motorcar ISO 100, f/8 at 1/400, Vivid Picture Control with +3 Saturation and 7 Sharpening. © Camera-Original LARGE BASIC JPG.

Stop Sign, Islay at Broad, SLO

Stop Sign, San Luis Obispo, 5:51 PM, 11 April 2013.
(2013 Nikon D7100, congenital-in flash ON, 2009 Nikon 35/i.8 G, f/8 at 1/400 at ISO 100.) bigger. © camera-original MEDIUM BASIC JPG file.

Little Flowers, San Luis Obispo

Little Flowers, San Luis Obispo, 6:xx PM, 11 April 2013.
(2013 Nikon D7100, 2009 Nikon 35/ane.8 1000, f/6.3 at 1/100 at ISO 100.) bigger. © photographic camera-original MEDIUM Basic JPG image.

McLintock's, San Luis Obispo

McLintock’s, San Luis Obispo, viii:16 PM, 11 April 2013.
(2013 Nikon D7100, 2009 Nikon 35/1.8 Thousand, f/3.two at ane/15 hand-held, ISO 800.) bigger. © photographic camera-original MEDIUM Basic JPG file.

Big Sky Cafe, San Luis Obispo

Big Sky Buffet, San Luis Obispo, 8:21 PM, 11 April 2013.

(2013 Nikon D7100, 2009 Nikon 35/1.viii One thousand, f/3.2 at 1/15 hand-held, ISO 800, Perfectly Clear.) bigger. © camera-original MEDIUM BASIC JPG file.

The constellation Orion as seen from San Luis Obispo

The constellation Orion as seen from San Luis Obispo, 8:28 PM, 11 Apr 2013.
(2013 Nikon D7100, 2009 Nikon 35/1.8 G, f/one.8 at 1/5 second, hand-held freehand, ISO half dozen,400.) bigger.


Katie Rockwell.
enlarge. Shot with a Nikon D40, this 35mm f/one.8, Program mode chose 1/125 at f/1.8, Auto ISO chose ISO 500.

More example photos, 18 March 2009.



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Performance   Compared   Recommendations

The Nikon 35mm f/1.viii DX is Nikon’s best fixed normal lens for DX cameras.

It is specially wonderful for shooting annihilation mitt-held in available calorie-free.

The 35mm f/one.8 DX doesn’t work well or at all on 35mm or FX cameras, but it does autofocus perfectly with every Nikon, especially the to the lowest degree expensive DX cameras.

For $199.95, this lens is a must-have for anyone shooting a DX camera in available light and who doesn’t already accept a fast 50mm lens. Information technology’southward a no-brainer for low-lite.

It focuses by moving just the rear elements, so the filter mount and front elements don’t move at all.

It is unique among lenses because zip moves in or out externally as it operates. Unlike every other Nikon 35mm, 50mm and zoom lens, nothing moves, and so in that location is nothing sucking air in and out from the exterior earth as it focuses or zooms. (Of grade it doesn’t zoom, but every zoom pumps air in and out every bit yous zoom.)

This is a normal to slightly longer than normal lens on DX, seeing about the same angle of view equally a 53mm lens sees on FX or 35mm film. (meet crop factor.)

The 35/1.8 DX is especially great for apply on Nikon’due south lightest DSLRs because of its minor size, low weight and AF-S car focusing which works on even Nikon’southward cheapest D40, D40X and D60 cameras. You can get manual focusing at any time simply by grabbing the focus band: no switches are required.

If you plan to move to FX or film whatever time in the next several years, consider a lens which will also cover FX, similar the 35mm f/2 AF-D ($360), 28mm f/1.4D ($four,000) or 50mm f/1.8D ($130), which won’t autofocus on the D40, D40X or D60, but will work perfectly on better DX cameras today as well as FX and film cameras.

The advantage of this new 35mm f/1.8 is that information technology autofocuses on the D40, D40X and D60, and that it allows instant transmission-focus override just by grabbing the focus ring.

For $200 you tin can’t get wrong, particularly since information technology has a metal mountain and an ass-gasket to keep out grit. (Whoopee-do, the 50mm f/1.8D sells for half as much and has a metal mount, too.)

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S.

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Everything works perfectly on every DX digital Nikon, and especially on Nikon’s cheapest digital D40, D40x and D60.

It doesn’t work on FX or moving-picture show cameras: the corners are cut off.

Encounter Nikon Lens Compatibility for details with your camera. Read downward the “AF-S, AF-I,” “G” and “VR” columns for this lens. You’ll get the least of all the features displayed in all columns, since “G” (gelding) is a handicap which removes features.

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Nikon introduced a 35mm f/one.8 lens in 1956 for their now obsolete rangefinder cameras. The original 35mm f/1.eight was made though near 1964.

It is completely unrelated to this lens.

Nikon has made many 35mm f/two lenses over the years for total-frame FX and film cameras.



   Specifications   Functioning   Compared   Recommendations

Nikon 35 1.8

Bottom, Nikon 35 1.8.

specs         tiptop

Nikon calls this the AF-Southward DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Silent Moving ridge (focus) Motor.

Won’t work well on film or FX cameras.

Gelded for cost-reduction and removing compatibility with older cameras.

Focal Length
specs         top

35mm, which on a DX photographic camera will see an angle-of view like to what a 53mm lens would see on film or on an FX camera.

specs         elevation

8 elements in vi groups.


One element is hybrid aspherical, which means a spherical glass chemical element to which an aspherical plastic corrector film has been glued.

Information technology’southward multicoated, which Nikon calls Nikon Super-Integrated Coating (SIC).

All of this means that this is one heck of a fantastic lens technically.

specs         peak

vii rounded blades.

Stops down to f/22.

Nikon 35mm f/1.8

Nikon 35mm f/1.viii.

Aperture Ring
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Shut Focus
specs         superlative

1 foot (0.3m).

Maximum Reproduction Ratio
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Hard Infinity Focus Stop?

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Focus Distance Scale?
specs         acme


Depth-of-Field Scale?
specs         acme


Infra-Ruddy Focus Index?
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Filter Thread
specs         superlative

52mm, plastic.

Does not rotate.

Lens Mountain
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Metal, yay!

Rear Gasket

(rear moisture seal)specs         elevation


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It comes with a real rear cap and the adept front cap. These could fix you back another $25 if they didn’t come included.


Nikon 35mm f/1.eight with included caps.

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HB-46 bayonet plastic hood, included.

Nikon HB-46 hood

Nikon HB-46 Plastic Hood.

specs         meridian

CL-0913 pouch, included.

Nikon CL-0913 Pouch

Nikon CL-0913 Pouch.

specs         superlative

Nikon specifies ii.1″ (52.5mm) extension from flange past ii.8″ (70mm) diameter.

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Naked lens: 6.950 oz. (197.0g), measured.

Lens with HB-46 hood: 7.545 oz. (213.9g), measured.

Nikon specifies 7.2 oz. (205g).

This is the same weight as the current 35mm f/2 AF-D (205g).

This is heavier than the 50mm f/one.viii D (155g), 50mm f/1.8 Due east (145g), and not much lighter than the 50mm f/ane.4 AF-D (230g), reference 50mm f/i.4 AI-s (250g) and newest 50mm f/ane.four AF-S (280g).

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09 February 2009.

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March 2009.

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The showtime shipments to customers (that’south us) from dealers started on 11 March 2009, every bit promised.

Cost, USA

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$197, March 2015 ~ February 2017.

$200, December 2012 – April 2014.

$190, June 2011.

$290, April 2011.

$199.95 Us, February 2009 – March 2011.

Nikon Production Number
specs         peak


nikon 35 1.8

Gilded Box.


Corrugami inside.
I miss the foam.



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Performance   Compared   Recommendations

Overall    Focus    Bokeh    Baloney    Ergonomics    Falloff

Filters   Hood   Lateral Color Fringes    Macro    Mechanics

Survivability   Sharpness   Spherochromatism

Functioning           peak

The 35mm f/ane.8 AF-Southward is great.

It’s and then sharp it hands tin can excite aliases, information technology focuses fast and accurately, and does everything well.

All lenses should exist this good at this low a price.

Performance           superlative

AF Speed

AF speed is the aforementioned as every other mid-line Nikon lens. There are no surprises hither.

AF Accuracy

AF is e’er dead on with my D40.

Manual Focus

Manual focus is piece of cake: just move the focus band at whatever time.

M/A – M Switch

Nikon goofed. This switch is supposed to be labeled “A – M.”

The “Thou/A” position means autofocus. It’s called “M/A” considering dorsum in the old days, when Nikon had almost caught up to Canon who had been doing this for ten years before, Nikon was trying to bear witness off that you could focus manually while in the AF position.

Paint over the extra M if you lot’re easily confused.

Functioning           top

Ryan Coloring, 18 March 2009

Ryan Coloring, March 2009.
enlarge. D40, f/2.2 at 1/lx, ISO 200.

Bokeh is the character of out of focus areas, not but how far out of focus they are.

The 35mm f/i.eight lens has fair to poor bokeh, presuming you can get anything in the background out of focus.

Backgrounds become out of focus, but not in the best possible manner. You tin can see that points of light in the background take shifted towards being circles as opposed to even discs, but they usually aren’t annoying.

bad bokeh

Ryan shopping for bad bokeh at f/one.8.

This is a worst-case example. I’ve never seen it this bad, and this is an out have. The skillful shot with a proficient expression I took from this sequence doesn’t bear witness this.

See also Spherochromatism below.

Functioning           height

The 35mm f/1.8 AF-South has a lot of barrel (bulging) baloney. That’s too bad; Nikon could accept done a better job here. My Canon SD880 pocket photographic camera has half the distortion of this SLR lens; this lens has about as much distortion as a typical pocket photographic camera at its widest setting.

This tin can be corrected for critical apply past plugging these figures into Photoshop CS2’s lens distortion filter. These aren’t facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting information.


FX and Moving picture
(not recommended)



10′ (3m)



3′ (1m)



1′ (0.3m)



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(handling and ease-of-apply)Performance           top


This lens handles perfectly.

So long every bit you don’t look depth-of-field or focus scales, everything works smashing.

Aught moves on the outside of the lens, except the focus ring, and only then if you lot move information technology yourself. All the focusing and everything happens within the lens, which likewise makes this a cracking lens for grit sealing.

Of class if you’re doing careful landscape photography you need a focus and depth-of-field scale, but with all the defoliation involved in using digital cameras, Nikon figures we’ll non have any fourth dimension time left over after setting all our menus to concentrate on anything actually related to photography, like getting everything in focus.


(darkened corners)Operation           top

Falloff is invisible on DX.

I’ve exaggerated this by shooting a gray field and placing these on a greyness background. This is completely invisible in bodily photos.

Nikon 35mm f/1.eight AF-Southward falloff on DX.

© 2009 All rights reserved.

Falloff on FX is severe, because this lens doesn’t cover FX or pic.

Just because we’re all curious, here’due south what happens:

Nikon 35mm f/ane.8 AF-S falloff on FX (full-frame).



© 2009 All rights reserved.

It gets worse as we end downward, considering the line between image and darkness sharpens, making the limited coverage of this lens more obvious.

The limitation is the rear element. Neither the hood nor filter cause any problem here.

Filters, Apply with
Performance           top

There is no trouble with vignetting, fifty-fifty with combinations of thick filters. 52mm is actually much bigger than needed, and thankfully Nikon has had the common sense to standardize on 52mm filters, fifty-fifty if smaller ones would do, ever since 1959.

The filter ring never rotates or moves.

Operation           peak

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 with HB-46 hood

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 with HB-46 plastic hood.

The plastic Chinese hood is included.

Information technology works well, simply doesn’t cake off every bit much as it could. Fifty-fifty misusing this lens on full-frame; the hood still cuts off less light than it should.

Lateral Colour Fringes
Operation           elevation

There are lateral colour fringes when used on the D40, which as a Gen ane camera, tin’t correct for them.

Used on Gen two cameras, similar the D300, at that place are no color fringes at all.

If y’all worry about this, they are like shooting fish in a barrel to run across on a D40, and completely invisible on the D90 and D300.

Performance           top

The 35 one.eight focuses to 1 human foot, which is better than nigh lenses, merely not as good every bit the eighteen-55mm kit lens.

Here’s how close information technology gets on a DX photographic camera:

Macro - Mondaine watch

Full image at one foot (0.3m).


A crop from an image at 100% (a 20 ten 30″ print), as shot on a D40.

It doesn’t get that close, but it stays very sharp. This shot was fabricated at f/13 and ISO 200 on a D40.

Mechanics and Construction
Operation           acme

Nikon 35/1.8

Nikon 35/1.8.

This is a decent lens. It’south not professional person, but it’s not all plastic, either.

Butt Exterior:

Filter Threads:

Plastic bayonet.

Focus Band:
Plastic; condom covered.

Focus Helicoids:
Feel similar plastic.

Depth-of-Field Calibration:


Plastic with some metal.

Discontinuity Ring:

Dull-chromed brass.


Identity Plate:
Seems like plastic made to look similar debossed and planed metal.

Serial Number:
Printed on a sticker on the lesser of the butt.

Ass-Gasket (dust seal at mount):


Noises When Shaken:
Very trivial; this is one of the tightest lenses I’ve heard from Nikon in a long fourth dimension. Since information technology’south not a zoom, there is very little shaking around inside.

Made in:
Communist (Reddish) China.

Performance           top

Warning ane:
Image sharpness depends more than on you than your lens.

Alert two:
Lens sharpness doesn’t mean much to good photographers.

With those caveats, the 35mm f/i.8 AF-S is very sharp lens, even broad-open.

Hither’s what I see as tested at infinity on a 12MP D300:

At f/one.8:
Great all over. Not quite every bit sharp or contrasty as smaller apertures, and a little less contrasty in the corners, but you’d never notice anything incorrect unless you did split-screen comparisons every bit I do of the same shot at other apertures.

It’southward sharp at f/1.viii; the key issue is that contrast is a petty less than at smaller apertures similar f/two.eight.

At f/ii:
A tiny bit better.

At f/two.8:
Much sharper than f/two; it doesn’t go much better than at f/2.viii, which says that this is a very skillful lens!

At f/iv:
A tiny scrap better than f2.8, but not much.

At f/5.6:
Optimum discontinuity, just not much meliorate than at f/2.viii or f/4. This is a very good lens.

At f/8 and smaller:
Diffraction limits performance.

Performance           tiptop

At f/1.8, there is a footling spherochromatism.

This means that outlines of out-of-focus highlights are slightly tinged with green in the background, and with magenta if you accept anything out of focus in the foreground.

Performance           superlative


The 35mm f/one.eight is tougher than virtually lenses because the forepart filter ring is continued directly to the barrel, non the focusing group.

In other words, if yous bang the hood or front of most lenses confronting a wall, you’re lucky if you don’t tweak the alignment or screw upward the focus mechanism.

With this lens, all y’all’re doing is banging the outer butt, non the frail inner workings.

Chemical and Biological

Different zooms or most fixed lenses, nothing moves externally, so there is very footling air sucked in or out of the lens every bit it’due south used.

I doubtable this lens will stay cleaner internally, and suck less dust into digital cameras over years of use, than older and more conventional Nikon and Canon lenses.



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Performance   Compared   Recommendations

Compared to the 50mm f/1.iv AF-S

Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF-S

50mm f/1.iv AF-S

The $500 50mm f/i.4 AF-South is the same matter, just bigger, and 2.5 times more than expensive. It adds a focus-distance calibration, but that’s it.

The 50mm besides works on pic and FX, every bit well as being 2/3 of a stop faster.

On DX, the 50mm lens becomes a short tele or portrait lens, while the 35mm is a normal lens on DX.

Compared to the 50mm f/one.4 AF-D
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Nikon 50/1.4D

50mm f/1.iv AF-D.

The older 50mm f/1.4 AF-D (1986-2008) is optically excellent, merely uses the old mechanical AF system, so it won’t autofocus on the D40, D40X or D60.

When it does AF on fancier cameras, the focus ring moves and y’all take to continue your easily off information technology.

Compared to the 35mm f/2 AF-D
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Nikn 35mm f/2 AF

Nikon 35mm f/2 AF-D

Nikon 35mm f/two AF-D
was introduced 20 years ago in 1989, and is still sold today.

It uses the former mechanical AF organisation. It won’t autofocus on the D40, D40X or D60.

When it does autofocus, every bit it will on the F6, D50, D70, D80, D90 and etc., the focus ring turns and yous have to keep your hands off of it.

If you’re counting pixels, the 35/2D is not as sharp equally the new 35mm f/1.8G, but it does embrace movie and FX if you plan to upgrade.

I’d pass on the 35/2 unless you’re shooting film or FX today. For DX, the $199 35/1.8G is so practiced I’d not wish the clunky mechanical focus of the 35/2 on you if y’all’re shooting DX and could use the 35/1.8G.



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Performance   Compared   Recommendations

This is a wonderful lens, and for only $200, every DX shooter deserves one of these.

This could be the just lens you always need for a DX camera.

FX shooters deserve either the 50mm f/1.8 D or, ideally the 50mm f/i.four AF-Due south. It makes no sense to get this lens to shoot at the DX setting of an FX camera; but get an FX lens.

This lens is Nikon’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s birth. If Henri Cartier-Bresson were starting today, he’d take a D40, 1 of these lenses, and that’s information technology.

Forget Leica for apply in dim light: a Nikon D40 at ISO ane,600 is at least as clean as picture show at ISO 400, giving a D40 at least a ii-cease advantage. That ways this f/one.eight lens on a D40 gathers at least as much light at ISO one,600 as a 50mm f/0.90 lens would on ISO 400 35mm film with nigh the same dissonance or less, and not even Leica makes an f/0.90 lens. If y’all have 10 grand, Leica does make a slower f/0.95 lens would be a fair compromise, except that there is nothing in focus at f/0.95 due to the nonexistent depth of field. A 35mm lens at f/1.8 has much more depth-of-field.

Ignore some of the press information which claimed that this 35mm f/one.8 is the fastest DX lens; its non (any FX f/one.4 or f/1.ii lens is faster and besides covers DX), nor is it the outset single-focal-length DX lens: that’s the 10.5mm DX fisheye which came out in 2003.

The only reason not to get 1 of these 35mm f/1.8 DX lenses is if you lot program to upgrade to FX
if you lot already have a DX camera with a born focus motor, similar the D50, D70, D80 or better. If yous exercise, the older 35mm f/2 AF-D volition autofocus on your photographic camera today and practice the aforementioned matter as this new 35mm f/ane.viii DX, and the 35mm f/2 AF-D will also work corking on picture and FX cameras when yous do upgrade.

That caveat bated, this 35mm f/i.8 has better optical and ergonomic performance than the older 35mm f/two AF-D.

I bought mine from Adorama. You also tin can get it at Amazon, at B&H and at Crutchfield.


The hood doesn’t go in the fashion. I’d utilize it.

I’d leave either a 52mm Nikon Clear (NC – UV) filter, or a 52mm Hoya Super HMC UV on the lens at all times.

If I was working in nasty, muddied areas, I’d forget the cap, and use an uncoated 52mm Tiffen UV filter instead. Uncoated filters are much easier to clean, merely more than prone to ghosting, and the laminated Tiffens stay together in one slice fifty-fifty after they’ve been shattered.

Since the lens doesn’t pump in or out externally, if y’all put a filter on it, information technology’s probably the all-time lens to take to dusty or sandy areas, since it’due south least likely to suck anything in as you employ it.

By comparison, every zoom lens and al the other 35mm and 50mm AF and MF lenses accept to suck air in and out as they focus and zoom.

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