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Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens.

Posted in 35mm, photography, technique by Jason Gray on September 26, 2010

For DX shooters on a budget, there is no Nikon lens out there which better combines cost, performance, and size into a standard/”normal” focal length (for DX, normal is between 28mm and 35mm, depending upon whose formula you use). In my opinion, if you are interested in one of the entry level models in the Nikon line-up, I would start with the camera, this lens, and the sb-400, and see where that takes you (sell the kit lenses to subsidize the purchase of this lens and the flash). Some would argue that having 18-200/300mm covered is more important than owning a fast, normal prime, and to those, I would suggest sticking with a Coolpix (which will give you that coverage, in a more compact package) because you are not yet interested in all that the step up to a DSLR can provide.

Anyway, I am digressing a bit. This little lens gives you so much and costs so little that it is virtually a non-decision about whether or not to purchase it. Performance wise, it focuses relatively fast (and internally and with the entry models), is nicely sharp, and features decent out-of-focus rendering.

All lens pics, Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G.

More shots and stats after the jump–>

Top View w/o Hood:

Side View with Manual Override/Auto to Full Manual Switch:

Full Name: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX AF-S
Max/Min. Aperture: 1.8/22
Diaphragm Blades: 7 Rounded
Lens Configuration: 8 elements in 6 groups
Filter Size: 52mm
Magnification Ratio: 1:6.3
Focuses Beyond: 1′

Size in Relation to Nikon D50:

3/4 with Hood:

Some images that I have shot with this lens:

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  1. Joe said, on September 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Sharp, very sharp! Thank… great post.

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