Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED – lens for every day

the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1,8G ED is a compact super lightweight lens, which has eleven elements lens in eight groups with one ED element and one aspherical elements with 7-blade rounded aperture. The AF is fast, works very well, similarly like other f1.8G Nikkor lenses.

The lens barrel is almost entirely made of plastic. It weighs for a half of the Nikon 35mm f/1,4G, so it is a relatively small and lightweight lens that is easy to carry and handle. It comes with a rubber gasket on the lens mount, which provides good sealing against dust making its way into the camera (the rubber gasket definitely helps not only in reducing sensor dust, but also in reducing the amount of dust that could potentially end up inside the lens). Thelens mount is made from metal. It has a much smaller and less round front element than the Nikon 35mm f/1,4G and a thinner barrel, making the lens less bulky in comparison. A smaller barrel also means a smaller filter thread – the Nikon 35mm f/1,8G takes only 58mm filters. I own reduction 77/58mm to the solid 50mm f1.8G, so I don’t have a problem with it.

The image quality is great. At the minimum aperture it is sharp in the center of the frame with blur bokeh and soft corners. Above aperture of f2,8 the quality of the entire shot rise significantly. If we are talking about landscape photography, it create the best images from f/5,6 to f/11.

Short compared with other Nikon f/1.8 prime lenses

35mm focal length lens is popular, since the Nikon began to produce glass with a fixed focal length. Nikon fans have a choice of three thirty-five pro lenses on the market. Peak Nikon 35mm f1,4G the best that can be bought, followed by the latest and much cheaper 35mm f1,8G ED and old 35mm f/2D AF manufactured in 1989 – good lens for older cameras with lower resolution.

The older Nikon 35mm f/1.8G (withou ED element) is made for DX DSLR’s. Old manual lenses are a rarity more than a good complement to new DSLR. They are structurally made for film SLRs.

On the market there are some interesting lenses from other manufacturers such as Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art or new Tamron 35mm f1.8 VC. Personally, I prefer Nikkor lenses, because they are 100% compatible.

I also use 24mm f/1,8G ED which is amazing lens too, especially in direct sunlight. My previous lens AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1,8G was a good too, but from the beginning, I had a problem with his angle. It is narrow in nature and so wide for the street, reportage or portrait photography.

 * AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1,8G ED vs 35mm f/1,8G ED vs 50mm f/1.8G S.E.
  • Image quality
  • Excels in low-light and nighttime applications
  • Large and smooth focus ring
  • Super lightweight
  • Excellent aperture at f/1.8
  • Lens caps, hood and case included
  • Stronger chromatic aberration
  • Isn’t sealed against dust and water
  • The body is made mainly of plastic

Nikon’s 35mm f/1,8G ED is an excellent addition to its prime lineup. It’s very small, tough and optically superb. It’s a great everyday lens for amateurs and professionals. if I had the chance to wear them out only one glass, I would choose just 35, because it is a multi-genre glass. Except for wildlife and sports can handle almost anything.

Thanks for reading!


Lens type: Wide
Focal length: 35 mm
Maximum aperture: f/1.8
Minimum aperture: f/16
Lens construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (including one ED glass and on aspherical lens elements)
Nano Crystal Coat: No
Angle of view: 63° (on DX-format D-SLR cameras: 44°)
Minimum focus distance: 0.25 m from focal plane
No. of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded) 
Filter-attachment size: 58 mm 
Diameter x length: 72 mm x 71,50 mm
Weight: 305 g (excluding hood)
Accessories: LC-58 58 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, 
             HB-70 Bayonet Hood, CL-0915 Lens Case

* Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED with sample shots: