Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm 1:1.8 G ED Lens (f/1.8)

Review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm 1:1.8 G ED Lens (f/1.8).

Overall Rating:

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This somewhat modest lens is 8 years old and made in China. Its debut price was $600 USD. It has one aspherical element and one ED element. It is a good lens to partner with the AF-S 50mm/1.8 G and AF-S 24mm/1.8 G ED even though it outperforms the little 50mm. This lens is not as inexpensive as the AF-S 50mm G or as expensive as the f/1.4 line of lenses. This lens was introduced around the time that the Nikon D810 was. The Nikon D810 is a 36MP camera.

This lens has great color rendition. And its sharpness really is quite excellent across the frame particularly at f/2.8-f/5.6.

Performance

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flowers, f/2.2 (detail)

There is slight color fringing to be found. There is some vignetting to be found wide open only, and is gone by f/2.8. A little barrel distortion is there (around 0.4%) and there is pretty much no flaring to speak of.

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color fringing, half way between center and corner, f/5.6

This lens is sharp and constrasty from the center to the corners by f/2.8, and diffraction has begun by f/8, but between these stops the lens is stellar, every bit as good as the venerable AF-S 24mm/1.8 G ED N.

Because it is a prime lens, it lets more light in than a zoom lens meaning the shutter values will be higher than a zoom given the same scene and aperture.

The autofocus is silent and fast though not as fast as the AF-S 24mm/1.8 G ED N. It's comparable to the AF-S 50mm G.

Infrared

This lens is good for infrared photography.

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infrared at f/16

Bokeh

The bokeh is reasonably good.

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f/1.8
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f/2.8
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f/4

Compatibility

Because this is a "G" lens, it is not compatible with older cameras, but it is compatible with all Nikon DSLR's and Nikon mirrorless cameras with the appropriate adapter.

Specifications

Focal length 35mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Minimum aperture f/16
Lens construction 11 elements in 8 groups (with one aspherical lens element and one ED element)
Angle of view 63° (44° with Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance 0.45 m/1.48 ft
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.2 (0.24×)
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)
Filter-attachment size ø58mm
Diameter × length Approximately 72 × 71.5 mm/2.8 × 2.8 in.
Weight Approximately 305 g/10.7 oz
Price $600 USD

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