Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor Lens for DSLR Cameras - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX

NIKON 35mm F/1.8G AF-S DX

You’ve browsed through a lot of 50mm lenses, but something tells us that you haven’t quite come across something as special as the NIKON 35mm F/1.8G AF-S DX. This lens (with an FX-format equivalent to 52mm) is a true one-of-a-kind, and you’re about to find out why:

Product Highlights
  • A DX-format lens with a fixed focal length is a rare thing indeed, but you’re looking at it. The unique picture angle that results from using the Nikon 35mm is stunning, and even mimics the angle of another famous lens: the human eye.
  • Accurate color reproduction and sharp imagery are key here, as is the near-silent autofocus that works “in the background” while you focus on each image as it comes.
  • Lightweight, versatile, and affordable, this lens offers plenty of professional capability at “enthusiast” prices.

If you’ve ever thought that your photography is “missing something,” and you’ve never been able to quite put your finger on it, you might simply need to switch to a lens that’s as accurate to the imagination as anything we’ve encountered. The 35mm f/1.8 Nikon might be that lens for you.


Learn about the NIKON 35mm F/1.8G AF-S DX

A lot of people want “one of a kind” lenses. A lot of lenses will claim to be one-of-a-kind, sure, but only a few can say they’re first-of-a-kind.  If you think we here at Adorama are exaggerating when we say that the NIKON 35mm F/1.8G AF-S DX is something of a first-of-its-kind, consider this: this fixed-focal-length lens offers fast aperture in a DX-format, giving photographers the range of options with the classic 50mm focal length. Have you ever encountered the creative possibilities offered by the Nikon 35mm lens well, we know we haven’t.

  • Almost eye-realistic photographs. Let’s face it: as beautiful as your photography is, there are many occasions in which you look at a sunset and think “if only I can capture what I’m seeing right now.” Well, the Nikon 35mm might not be able to connect via Wi-Fi® to your brain, but it can offer a surprisingly eye-realistic level of photography. How? When mounted on a DX-format camera body, photographers can use this 50mm lens to create a picture angle that’s very similar to what you get out of your own eyes. Sure, no lens will ever offer that “eye-level” photography that might be going on in your own head, but it’s a step in the right direction.
  • Convenience is an underrated quality in a lens like the Nikon 35mm. Yes, it’s capable of stunning imagery, but none of that really matters unless your lens is lightweight, compact, and affordable. If it’s none of those, then you’re simply not going to use it as often as you otherwise might. And that’s a shame, because it means many lenses out there don’t get enough use as they deserve. But with this Nikon lens, you’ll have no problem adding it to your portable photography repertoire. It’s easy to carry, easy to use, and lightweight enough to be comfortable on that next hike.
  • Sharp, high-resolution images might seem like a foregone conclusion in a lens of the Nikon 35mm’s quality, but we at Adorama have to mention them nonetheless. And the quiet Silent Wave Motor ensures that you’ll have an autofocus operating “in the background” that offers a stunning amount of accuracy and consistency—not to mention raw speed.
  • Small details, when overlooked, become a lens nightmare. Luckily, the Nikon 35mm offers a seven-blade aperture, eight well-designed elements in six groups, and one aspherical lens. The combined effort of all of these small details is one big lens that can handle a stunning variety of details, not giving itself over to smudging, lens flaring, or color aberrations. This means consistency of output, which justifies every penny of the investment you make.
  • Color reproduction is essential when you want to capture every color in vivid detail: the NIKON 35mm F/1.8G AF-S DX offers accurate color reproduction that looks just as good in the final photograph as it did in your imagination.

Add this lens to your own camera toolbox and you’ll never have to struggle with the creative side of photography again. You’ll be able to recreate images much like the photos you have in your head—only this time, the end-result will be accurate to your imagination. That’s what a high-quality lens can do for you.


From the Manufacturer
AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens, is the first fixed focal length, fast-aperture DX-format lens that affords photographers superb image quality along with the creative possibilities and versatility of the classic 50mm focal length (FX-format equivalent of 52mm). When mounted on a DX-format camera body, it enables photographers to document their world with a lens that produces a picture angle similar to the field of vision as seen through the human eye. Whether new to D-SLRs or a seasoned enthusiast, users will appreciate the extreme low-light performance and the expanded ability to dramatically separate the subject and background with the new 35mm DX lens' wide f/1.8 aperture.

Lightweight, compact and affordable, this lens can easily become a fast favorite for any level of photographer, and is the perfect complement to D60 users who are just starting to learn D-SLR photography or enthusiasts who love their D90. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens is ideal for travel, general photography, landscape shooting, portraiture or pushing creative boundaries. The stunning sharpness, clarity and color reproduction are all proof positive of more than 75 years of NIKKOR heritage and experience in optics engineering.

This lens continues the tradition of NIKKOR precision optics to provide photographers with sharp, high-resolution images and the ability to focus as close as 0.98 feet, while the integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation.

The 35mm DX lens construction consists of eight elements in six groups, with one aspherical lens to reduce size and weight, while contributing to the enhanced balance when mounted on a smaller DX-format D-SLR. A rounded diaphragm opening combined with the seven-blade aperture contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a more natural appearance of out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon's exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Portraits, Special effects, Sports/action, Street photography, Travel, Upgrade, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Photography student, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good in low light, Inexpensive, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Sharp and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (309),Lightweight (303),Consistent output (214),Easily interchangeable (214),Nice bokeh (156),Durable (110),Strong construction (92),Rugged (54),Good in low light (8),Inexpensive (8),Sharp (8),Fast (7) Great in low light (3),Very sharp (3) View All
Slow focus (17),Weak casing (17),Blurry focus (8),Poor in low light (4),Plastic construction (3),Tough to attach (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (270),Night photography (184),Landscape/scenery (151),Weddings (97),Macro photography (44),Sports/action (42),Portraits (26),General purpose (23),Video (21),Wildlife photos (20),Landscape photography (13),Travel (9) Special effects (6),Street photography (5),Upgrade (4),Portrait (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (188),Casual photographer (60),Semi-pro photographer (58),Pro photographer (13),Enthusiast (13),Photography student (9),Semi-professional (9)

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX Features

  • Fast f/1.8 prime NIKKOR lens a broad range of uses Perfect for low-light conditions, travel, environmental portrait and general photography
  • Engineered for Nikon DX-format digital SLRs Optical formula optimized for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs, rendering apicture angle approximating the classic normal angle of view of a 50mm lens on aNikon FX-format digital SLR or a 35mm film camera
  • Aspherical lens element Minimizes coma and other types of lens aberrations, further improving image integrity
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency andreduced flare
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus
  • Close focusing to one foot For creative perspectives and versatility
  • Rounded 7-blade diaphragm Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX Specifications

8 elements in 6 groups (with one hybrid aspherical lens)
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Angle of view
DX Format 44°
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
1 ft. (0.30m)
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.8x2.1 in. (Diameter x Length) - 70x52.5 mm (Diameter x Length)
7 oz
Mfr #

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G-S DX Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


A MUST for every DX shooter

I've used this product for quite a time. At first glance, the fit and finish looks good, light, easy to handle. The SWM is a great addition for users of all entry level camera bodies, AF speed is acceptable and MF override is possible. Image quality wise, TREMEDOUS, it goes beyond my expectation even at widest aperture (though contrast dropped just a little), sharpness is great at the center, the corner is not bad, then everywhere looked tack-sharp just around F2.8 - 4. Background blur is a l...

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I've used this product for quite a time. At first glance, the fit and finish looks good, light, easy to handle. The SWM is a great addition for users of all entry level camera bodies, AF speed is acceptable and MF override is possible. Image quality wise, TREMEDOUS, it goes beyond my expectation even at widest aperture (though contrast dropped just a little), sharpness is great at the center, the corner is not bad, then everywhere looked tack-sharp just around F2.8 - 4. Background blur is a little harsh wide-opened and becomes most pleasing around F2.8 All in all, if you're a DX shooter, go to buy this lens now, I know you'll love this just like me.


Most Liked Negative Review


Reconditioned is a no... buy new

wonderful lens that everyone should own. However if you are going to get this lens, purchase it new. I purchased mine Reconditioned. Regrettably after the warranty period has expired the lens is having focusing problems. Continual hunting and searching, and unable to maintain focus. I will repurchase this lens new when they become available. I have learned my lesson...

Reviewed by 510 customers


Fast and Light Lens


from Stratford, CT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this lens for both its sharpness, low light capabilities and its lightness. I use it for landscape photography but would not hesitate to use it for weddings especially in a low light condition. I like its size, weight and quick focusing. It renders sharp images especially at f5.6 and its profile is small as well when deployed on the camera body. My only concern is it is not as well constructed as heavier primes and I knew that before I purchased it. In fact I bought it for its lightness. All in all a great little lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Beginners dream


from NC

I somewhat recently took up photography and was using an 18 - 50mm kit lens. I'd always seen these sort of magazine quality images with perfect contrast and creamy bokeh, and I could nail the composition of my photos but it still wouldn't ever look quite as good. This lens fixed that. It's incredibly sharp, but what's more is that colors pop like crazy on my photos! I got it a few days ago and I can already tell a huge difference with my photography. As an amateur, I'm definitely looking to learn more about photography. This lens will help me in that it is a fixed lens with no zoom, and so forces me to think more about framing the subject and the angle instead of just lazily zooming in or out. My only complaint about this lens is that it somehow has made my camera louder, specifically focusing and shooting. But it's not a big deal. All in all, I recommend this lens to anyone learning photography or looking for an inexpensive, professional looking lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Look No Further


from Undisclosed

This lens is truly one of the best purchases I've ever made. I use it every single day, and it works for so many kinds of photography. It is perfect for portraits, but also landscapes and scenery. I love this lens so much and don't think I could find a better "everyday" lens if I tried. If you're considering this lens, go ahead and get it, you will NOT be disappointed.


Excellent and affordable lens for Nikon crop sensors


from Boston, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

When I purchased my D7100, I needed a lens to go with it. I preferred to skip the kit lens, since I wanted a faster lens than f/3.5 for low light. I couldn't afford a f/2.8 zoom at the time, and I tend to prefer primes anyway, so the 35mm f/1.8 was an obvious choice. Very affordable, approximates a 50mm field of view on crop sensors (52.5mm to be exact), and good sharpness. I have used it wide open, but I generally stop down to f/2.2 for best results balancing sharpness and shallow depth of field. If you want more depth of field, the lens performs very well at higher apertures as well.


Very good lens


from Memphis, TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this lens because Ken Rockwell so highly recommended it. He was right. It is a superb lens. I immediately took photos of my Harley Vrod at maximum aperture and they look great! The background is beautifully out of focus. The details of the engine and bodywork are sharper than the results with any other lens I have. The photos were significantly noticeable for their clarity and sharpness, compared to my kit lens (18-105mm VR).


Nice image quality, but just a little slower than I expected.


from Ohio, USA

Lens takes very nice crispy photos. I use it on my D7100. Nice bokeh it's a 1.8! For moving objects like a dog ,the focusing is a little slow. I like the lens a lot aside from that. It's light and compact takes awesome photos.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing for journalism photography


from Round Rock, TX, USA

I'm one of the photographers in my school's yearbook program. This lens has been amazing every step of the way. -First off, it is extremely lightweight which is awesome because I can focus on photography instead of struggling with camera shake like my friends who use the school's huge canon zoom lenses -Focus is very fast when in viewfinder mode. -Photos are tack sharp -Obviously, it's very fast shutter speed due to aperture options -However, there is a slight purple/magenta chromatic aberration in some pictures. -very versatile, from portraits to basketball games -cheap lens but still very good quality photos


Must Buy


from Tinley Park IL  -  Casual Photographer

This product if perfect for portrait shots and landscape as well!!


Compact, max aperture f1.8


from Redwood Falls, MN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this lens specifically to be used on a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. I anticipated doing a lot of work inside the many ornate historic buildings where flash is not allowed. It served admirably and continues to do so for general use.


Excellent, Small, Low Light, and Sharp Every Day Lens


from San Diego, California

This DX 35mm f/1.8 lens is an excellent value. Its resolution rivals that of FX lenses three times the cost. The image below was taken with a Nikon D40 camera body at a shutter speed of 1/125 of s second, an aperture of f/1.8, an ISO of 560, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.


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GIna S  Going to paris next week is this a great lens for a D7000 and night shooting?
BRUCE F  Yes, this will be a great lens for your needs. I recently used this for a very dimly lit evening party with good results. Ken Rockwell says he never takes this lens off of his D7000.
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