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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens Review The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G prime lens is a great option for photographers who want the traditional angle-of-view, low-light performance and bokeh of a 50mm prime lens for their DX-sensor Nikon digital SLR. I chose this review by havana_joe as a Featured User Review because he gives a very good overview of the lens with lots of details and he’s obviously excited about the lens. I also think this lens deserves some extra attention since it is a great alternative for Nikon crop-sensor DSLR owners.

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

by havana_joe (Casual)

Price Paid: $200.00 from Best Buy
Review Date: May 5, 2010
Used product for: 3 Months to 1 year

Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

This is truly a great lens. It works great in low light on my D40- in fact, I have a dimmer switch on my room lights and I tested this lens by dimming the lights and taking pictures as it got darker and darker. I had to turn the lights completely OFF before I could get the lens to not focus. Most of the time you won’t need a flash with this lens, which makes it perfect for weddings and churches. The pictures come out tack-sharp and with good lighting look almost 3-D. I like the bokah, especially with a lot of distance between the main subject and the background. In fact, that is the comment I get most often when I show people pictures I’ve taken with this lens.

It will work with any current Nikon DX, the AF-S means it works with the D40/D40X/D60 line perfectly, since the auto-focus motor is in the lens.. Set your auto ISO to 800 and 1/60 trigger and you will get sharp pictures in almost any lighting. Even 1/30 works well for very dark situations.

The 35mm on a DX camera is equivalent to 52.5mm on a full-frame camera, which is almost a 1:1 or “normal” lens. This means that what you see with your eye will be the about same as what you see through this lens, as far as apparent distance. It’s neither a wide-angle nor a telephoto lens. The lens is a bit smaller than I thought, but this works well with the small size of the D40/D40X/D60 line.

It’s lightweight due to use of plastic in its construction, although it does have metal mount A nice touch is that to manually focus all you do is turn the focus ring; you don’t have to move a switch first. Price was right at $199.99, and my local Best Buy had several of them in stock and none on display, which makes sense since this is a very popular lens and those who know about it won’t need to see it on display. My only complaint with this lens is that VR would have been a nice feature, even if it added a few dollars to the price. However, that would have made the lens a bit bigger, which may take away from it’s attractiveness.

Good price, AF-S, breathes new life into the D40/D40X/D60 line, lightweight

Could benefit from VR for ultra-low light situations; hood could be deeper

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No other primes. My other lens is a Sigma 18mm-200mm. The 35mm 1.8 is my preferred lens.

Customer Service:
No problems buying it at my local Best Buy.

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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