Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Review

October 17, 2018 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


Using the Nikon Z 7 with the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens is a great experience. It’s well balanced in its body design, and it’s good to see that it shares the same level of weatherproofing as the Z 7 body.

The images that the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S is capable of creating are pin-sharp, while also displaying very pleasing out of focus areas which are great for portraits and other subjects which you want to isolate.

Although not the smallest 35mm lens in the market, the fact that it can be used on the compact Z 7 and with silent shutter mode enabled makes it a good choice for street-style photography, with the 35mm focal length being a classic choice for this kind of photography.

Nikon has kept it relatively simple with the design of the Z 35mm f/1.8 S – some may wish for some extras, such as a focus distance indicator – but it’s likely that the vast majority of consumers will be using it with autofocus enabled.

As this is both a new lens and a new camera series, it’s not wholly surprising to see it retail for a high price at launch. It’s fairly likely that the 24-70mm f/4 will be the more popular selling lens of the two available so far, but the 35mm is an excellent choice for a first prime lens for the series.

If you already have a 35mm prime lens for a Nikon F mount, you may wish to save your money and use it with the Z mount adapter, but for the best (certainly most lightweight) experience, the native Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens is probably the way to go.

Considering the high-quality construction and sharpness of results from the 35mm lens, we can’t wait to see how well the Z 50mm f/1.8 performs when that becomes available later in the year.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5