Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Review

February 19, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Ben

Not convinced, I would still rather have the Sigma 35.

12:04 pm - Thursday, February 20, 2014

#2 Mike

@ Ben
Why do you need to be convinced? You surely must know what you want in a lens and why should buy a certain lens? Imho it has nothing to do with this review. Did you expect this lens to be “better” than the Sigma in some way? I could imagine if you would want a lighter and smaller option, the Nikon is better than the Sigma.

@ PhotographyBlog
Well done and objective review! Very good image examples and real world images to view.

9:57 am - Saturday, February 22, 2014

#3 Peter Harris


It’s light and not so small.  It’s expensive and not so good.  I don’t get it.

You’re right that the sigma is fairly large and heavy - but it is an extraordinary lens.

There must be a mediocre 3rd party lens for short money.

As a canon shooter I’d say their 35mm f2 non oss lens fulfills your criteria - really small and sharp until the far corners - but it is about $250.00.

6:15 pm - Monday, February 24, 2014

#4 arvind gora

For DX you already have the 35 mm f/1.8 G DX which gives sharp images. For FX, this Nikkor can be given a miss. No doubt it has amazing optical quality but the caveats like distortion and chromatic aberration are deal breakers after the price paid. This situation is not helped by the fact that it’s all plastic which reduces the lifespan of this glass by a great degree. The Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 for Nikon gives matching performance with reduced distortion and chromatic aberration and is cheaper but without the weather seal. Since you won’t be able to keep either of the lenses forever, it’s wise to pick up the value for money deal. If money is not the crunch, go for better 24 mm f/1.4 G and club it with a 50 mm f/1.8 and you are good to go for ages. Interested folks can read more at and Keep Shooting :)

5:36 pm - Friday, February 28, 2014

#5 Mike

Nikon’s got us bent over a bit on this one.  I happily shoot the 35mm1.8DX on my D600, but there are many times I’m out and about shooting and need/want to go to f8 and beyond, which at that point, the lens isn’t really usable.  There’s the 35mm f2 which is great but people really want something larger than f2.  But, it’s HUNDREDS cheaper!
This lens is overpriced, without a doubt.  But if you want a FAIRLY inexpensive AFS lens that works on FX, what can you get???

5:00 pm - Thursday, March 27, 2014

#6 Jesse

This lens compares pretty darn well against the 28mm f1.8G and the Sig 35 Art.  The sites that post MTF numbers show the Nikon 35 f1.8G competes quite well with the Sig for half the weight and 33% less cash.

2:19 am - Sunday, October 26, 2014

#7 larry

I had the Sigma 35mm f1.4 in the past, sold it because it was heavy and for distant images such as landscape type photography it was good, but nothing not acceptable.
I now have Nikon 35mm f1.8g fx lens and actually for landscape I believe it is just as good or better than the Sigma. I had compatibility problems with the sigma when mounted on Nikon cameras.  The Nikon is very sharp and really better as a walk around lens than the Sigma because of the weight factor and the Nikon has the rubber seal on the camera mount for better weather sealing.

4:09 pm - Friday, May 29, 2015

#8 Reportage wedding photographer

I have been using 35mm lens almost 1 year as a reportage wedding photographer and I am very happy with a quality of the lens.

2:51 pm - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#9 F-Stop

I bought this lens in the fall and have been using it primarily for night photography. I use it on the D5100 and get excellent results.  I find the picturesare extremely sharp!  The large aperture is perfect for night/astrophotography.  There is a bit of coma in the corners, but even when stopped down enough light gets let in. 

Needless to say this is a favorite of mine for both landscape and night photography.  The only downside I would say is the 1.5 crop factor…but panoramas are not an issue with this lens!

Thank you Photography blog for a decent review on this lens.  It really is a good option for a good price!

7:28 pm - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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