Review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm 1:1.8 G ED Lens (f/1.8).
This somewhat modest lens is 9 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.
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.
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.