Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX Lens REVIEW


Today we’re taking a look at the Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX Lens. I’m going to give you a very short review for those of you with short attention spans. If you have a DX camera body you must own this lens.

If you’re relatively new to photography, you might ask yourself why
would I want to buy a prime lens a lens at one fixed focal length that doesn’t zoom well? There’s a process of taking a photo with a prime lens.

Sometimes with a zoom lens, it’s just all too easy to Nikon 35mm F1.8 stand in one place and zoom to change your perspective. When in actuality the photo might be improved if you move your body to a different location.


So it’s just a slightly different process when taking a photo with a prime lens. And it’s a process that I quite enjoy. I’m more of a prime lens guy I guess.

And I think if you try it you will appreciate the benefits of a prime lens as well. Not only do you go through this sort of the compositional process. When you’re doing the creative work of taking the photo, but you also have the flexibility of it being a lightweight lens.

You can take indoors because prime lenses are typically a little faster meaning that they gather more light. You can also get those pleasing out-of-focus areas that we call bokeh with a prime lens. It’s just easier to achieve with a faster lens.

Nikon 35mm 1.8 dx Sample Photos

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So there are a lot of good reasons to have a prime lens. Now it’s a 35mm lens which on DX with the crop factor comes out to about a fifty-two points five-millimeter equivalent field of view. In other words, it’s a good normal focal length.

You’re sort of getting approximately what the human eye sees. So it’s just a good lens to have when you’re out walking out and about. As is the case with most recent Nikkor products it does feel to be a hearty and durable plastic but it’s plastic.

The upside of using plastic and construction is that wonderful lightweight. This is the type of lens you can slap on your camera body and you could always feel some sense of confidence. That you’re going to get the shot whether you’re outdoors or inside if you have a DX camera and a kit lens.

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They’re going to be times with your kit lens that you become frustrated indoors. Because it’s not fast enough it doesn’t let in enough light and your shots indoors will be too dark unless you use the flash. And, not everybody wants flash photography.

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So this is the type of limb you can use outside or bring indoors with confidence because of the fast 1.8 aperture. The one caveat I would offer DX shooters when using this lens indoors that 52.5 equivalent focal lengths can feel pretty tight.

In other words, you may find yourself in situations in which you can’t move your body in the camera. Far back enough away from your subject in order to get for example a group photograph of people. So it’s just something to be aware of it is not intrinsic to this lens, in particular.

It’s just true of this focal length. It’s very simple construction there’s only one control switch on the side. You can switch the focus from manual automatic to manual mode. There’s no aperture ring with this lens which is the case with the Nikon G series of lenses. Now what’s the first question, I ask of any lens.

Is Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX Lens sharp?

Answer: Yes, this lens is sharp but with caveats. The lens is sharp in the sin the frame as you stop it down you get more sharpness towards the edges of the frame and in the corners.

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Nikon 35mm 1.8 dx Price

It’s priced right at $166 dollars which again is why it’s kind of a must-own. Something knows about this lens is its a surprising performance on full-frame cameras. At the moment I have it mounted to my d750 and it works really well.

In fact, with your vignetting correction in-camera turned on for shooting JPEGs the vignetting is minimal at the widest apertures. As you stop it down the vignetting becomes more pronounced. I don’t really have a lot of negative to say about this lens.

First of all, you have to take into account the price. I mean for a $166 bucks. You’re not going to do much better than a fast Nikkor prime that works on both DX and FX cameras. Nikon has made some compromises in the design.

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There’s no VR the focus ring is a little flimsy and chintzy. It rotates with a rather rough rotation. I believe you can completely focus on about a quarter turn the focus ring. I think some will find the bokeh that this lens produces to be a little bit busy.

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It may not be quite as smooth as saying a Carl Zeiss lens or some of the more premium nigh cores. But for general walkabout purposes, it’s just fine with me. Now, this is a prime lens so of course the usual prime lens caveat supply.

There’s no zooming on this lens. If you want to get close you zoom with your feet. You walk closer to the subject and you take the picture. Unfortunately, you can’t get too close because the minimum focusing distance is 12 inches with this lens.

But zoom with your feet you can get reasonably close and you’ll be fine. Now, this lens does produce a bit of barrel distortion. So if you’re a raw shooter, you can prepare to remove that in your post-production. But if you’re jpg shooter the camera will correct the distortion in the camera you got nothing to worry.

In overall terms of value, this lens is just a great deal. Is it perfect? No, it’s a little bit chintzy in construction the performances maybe not as sharp as a Carl Zeiss 35mm.

Final Thought

But I don’t think you have to question this decision too much. If you’re in the market for a nice little DX prime lens pick up the Nikon 35mm 1.8.Hope you have got a short review of Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX Lens. And let me know is it helpful for you.

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