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About Nikon 35mm F/2

The Nikon 35mm F/2 is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Nikon 35mm F/2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 35mm F/2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 35mm F/2: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (31),Lightweight (30),Consistent output (19),Easily interchangeable (18),Strong construction (15),Durable (14),Rugged (11),Nice bokeh (8)
Best Uses:
Night photography (18),General purpose (16),Landscape/scenery (9),Low light (8),Weddings (8),Portraits (5),Landscape photography (3),Fun (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (11),Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-professional (4),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Nikon 35mm F/2 Features

  • Versatile wide-angle lens for a broad range of uses
  • Perfect lens for the photographer on the go
  • Fast f/2 maximum aperture make this ideal for low light, hand-held shooting

Nikon 35mm F/2 Specifications

5 Groups/ 6 Elements
Angle of view
FX Format 62° / DX Format 44°
Compatible Format(s)
FX, DX, F in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.85 feet
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
1.7 x 2.5 inches
7.2 oz

Nikon 35mm F/2 Reviews

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(based on 46 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Good prime lens for your DSLR

Because of the magnification factor, this is a better prime lens for a DSLR than the 50mm many people bought for their film cameras. Very sharp, very fast focus, and the f/2 max aperture gives you a lot of leeway in terms of both available light photography and depth of field.


Most Liked Negative Review


not bad

It's sharper than the 35mm f/1.4 AIS from f/2 to f/4, but after that the fast manual focus version is sharper. It's nowhere near as sharp or as nice as the Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2, not even close. It's low cost, light weight, and autofocus keep it in the game, but its image quality is far from the best.

Reviewed by 46 customers


On Balance Best Nikkor 35mm Ever Made


from On the beach, Santa Monica, CA  -  Pro Photographer

This lens is special. While not perfect, it is close. Note, their are many negative reviews on this lens. All I can say about that is for recent copies, never seen one that wasn't on balance better than all other Nikon 35mms. My analysis is based on many copies of all Nikkor 35mm lenses, with over 35 copies of the 35mm F/1.4 AIS under my ownership over the years. How anyone can say that lens is remotely sharp escapes me. One of the worst Nikkors ever used. Dull, soft, off speed and somewhat desaturated colors on digital, I use my remaining two copies as paperweights. The 35mm F/2.0 AF-Ds I own, or have own, have been razor sharp. Edge to edge, even in close, from F/4 down. Perhaps at wider F Stops to but since never checked those edges cannot swear under oath. No reason to check-looked good! Also, color saturation is good. Not the best, or great, but very good and better than many older and newer lenses. But accurate. More so than most G lenses. Color saturation is not quite as good as the 35mm F/1.4 G, but better than the new 1.8 FX. Vibrance is as good as both, though the extra saturation and slightly better finesse of the F/1.4 G lens is preferable to my eyes. But still good. As all the aforementioned qualities are close, the next ones tip the F/2 AF-D in my favor/ Most importantly for me with the 35mm F/2.0 AF-D, is the contrast. The amount of it. The vibrance it yields. It bites! With deep, tone filled shadows and saturated high lights the "look" of the lens is electrically snappy. It has more bite and contrast than my Leica's Leitz glass 35mms. Used the 35mm F/2.0 AF-D on upscale weddings and on fashion shoots were it out resolves and snaps more than my Micros. Electric while retaining color and highlight detail. Wedding group shots that are blown up and printed to 4 x 6 feet are tack sharp with tremendous bite and snap, without blowing out highlights. In brief, this lens is tack sharp and bites with electric contrast, with out any noticeable distortion. Best of all, light weight. Only other Nikkor 35mm I like, and not as much, though it does have much better bokeh, is the 35mm F/2.0 AIS, later serial numbers. The F/1.4 G is ok, but given it's horrible vignetting and heavy weight, I won't use it anymore. Special note, most important thing can share with all is that sample variation is so significant and now so extreme that each and every lens needs to be check for everything. Always a problem, not it's rampant and very volatile. Highly recommend trying every lens or having unlimited return policy before buying any Nikon product.


Super Sharp!


from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am not a professional photographer, so my opinion may or may not be important to you. What I use this lens for is shooting family portraits for friends, and taking pictures of my children. The reason that I wanted this lens so much was because I had heard from so many people how sharp it is. And boy were they right! I love how sharp it is! I have had a 50mm lens before and a a couple of different zoom lenses. None as sharp as this! Other things that I like about it are how small it is. I realize that I could have gotten a sharper lens for a couple hundred dollars more by buying the Sigma 35mm, but this thing is just so small! Its great! My wife can pick up the camera and not feel like she is hauling lumber. It also helps the camera feel a little more discrete. Something that I don't like about the lens is the speed at which it auto focuses. It's the slowest autofocus lens I have ever used. But, its not so much slower that it's the end of the world. I also miss the MA/M feature of the newer Nikon lenses. That always comes in handy when shooting video. But those two negatives really are minor to me. The pros super outweigh the cons and I don't know if there is a better lens for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good moderate wide angle lens.


from Glendale, Ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

Small, light, fast focusing, sharp at F2.8 and above. Great lens, excellent price for a mostly metal lens, filter threads are plastic plus Nikon warranty.


Good walkaround lens


from Seattle  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a portable (in both weight and size) lens, great for use on street. One thing I really like is the inclusion of a DOF scale, as well as the option to adjust aperture manually. Haven't needed to shoot wide open so can't comment on the bokeh. So far I only used it to shoot pictures with a lot of depth of field. AF can be a bit loud. The weight, size, and convenience of using this lens makes it a keeper. It is also a cheap alternative to the 1.4G lens that costs a few times more.


Inexpensive, great lens!


from Northern CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great little lens. It's very lightweight but with great build quality. It's fast and sharp. I wish Nikon made an FX 35mm lens between this one and the 35mm f/1.4, but this lens will work perfectly until I can afford to upgrade it. As always, Adorama's shipping was fast and the condition rating was spot-on. The only thing I'm not thrilled with is that I didn't know I was purchasing a gray market lens. That wasn't listed anywhere in the description.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens


from Mountain View, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I chose the fixed focal elngth to regain control of my depth of field. Wide angle zoom lenses tend to have enormous and uncontrollable depth of field and I wnated to control it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A real sleeper


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've never understood why this lens doesn't get more attention. It might be the smallest, lightest lens now offered by Nikon. WIth some cropping it could be all the lens you need for the usual range of photos on an all-day outing where weight of equipment is an important consideration. Closeups are so good that it is hard to tell them from what I get with my Micro-Nikkor 105VR, although bokeh is not as workable. I love it.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Oily aperture blades, common problem for this lens.


from Undisclosed

My serial number 347XXX lens is going in for service to clean oil from the aperture blades. This a very common problem for this lens and I can only find folklore that suggests Nikon ever fixed the problem effectively. In fact, when I bought my lens the problem was supposed to be history.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Light and pocketable


from South Bend, In  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use the 35 F2 D with my 85 1.8g on my D800. I can put both lenses in my pocket and shoot all day. And not carry a lot of glass around.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


fast lens, good bokeh, quick focus


from Vermont  -  Photo Enthusiast

review headline says it all and it's a nikon...using it on a d90 as a 30*1.5 = 45mm (almost 50mm) lens in anticipation of getting d800 full frame.


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ROBERT R  Full frame lens?
BYRON R  Great clarity and f2!! Feels pro and not cheap
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MICHAEL G  Tack sharp fixed length. I use it for portraits, still life's some landscape work. There is an intimacy using this lens that does not exist with my 17-85 tele photo.
Shopper  Will this lens AutoFocus with a D80 (i know)? Thanks
ANDY D  The autofocus responds very quickly with the 35mm f2 on my D80.
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