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This is an excellent prime lens and a must have in your kitty of lenses. I would even recommend this as the only lens for your camera. Once you have experienced the awesome quality sharp and crisp pictures from this lens, other lenses will pale in comparison.
I have a Nikon D5000. This 35mm prime lens has replaced the 18-55mm kit lens as the default lens. Now, I use only this 35mm prime lens for everything.
Pictures from this lens are sharp, colourful and very lively. The bokeh effect is also satisfactory.
I like this lens a lot for it's ability to get great quality pictures in low light. This is especially evident when shooting indoors. Many a times, with the 18-55mm kit lens, I have had real difficulties shooting indoors. Flash spoils the naturalness of the photo and without it, the shutter speed needs to be so slow that unless you have a tripod, you won't capture good photos. But the 35mm prime lens works wonders in these situations. It gathers more light and allows you to shoot at higher shutter speeds. This means better, blur-free photos..
Don't even think twice about this lens. It is an absolute must have. Once you get this, you might find all your other lenses redundant. :-)
Some people might be confused with 35mm vs 50mm prime lens. If you have a 18-55mm kit lens, set the focal lengths to both 35 and 50mm and then see how much area is covered. You'll get to know the difference. The 50mm will have a more zoomed in view as compared to 35mm. For outdoor shots, this won't make a difference. For indoor photography, this makes a lot of difference as you may not have too much space to step quite far away from the subject(s) to frame the photo correctly. I find that 35mm is perfect for both indoor and outdoor photography.
If your camera has an inbuilt auto-focus motor (D90/D7000 and above), then you better go for the other 50mm lens (Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D lens) which costs about Rs.6100. That model does not have auto-focus motor built into the lens, but since your camera has it, you will save quite a bit of money..
For cameras like D40/D3000/D3100/D5000/D5100 which do not have built in auto focus motor in the camera, this particular lens (Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G lens) is the best.
This lens will truly make you a better photographer.
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens (Standard Lens)
The literature about this lens fascinated me to the extent that I was tempted to experience it. My appreciations to all who wrote about this lens here and elsewhere.
I started clicking in 1973 with Agfa Click III. Had used many - Olympus OM 40 P with Olympus Zuiko 55mm f1.2. & 85mm f2 lenses. Zenith with Helios lenses, etc. Now using Nikon D3200.
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
This is a fixed focal length (not a zoom lens) with a super silent AF motor built inside the lens. Its filter thread size is 52mm.
The lens lacks an aperture ring. But the following aperture settings are possible on the Aperture Priority mode from the camera body 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7.1, 6.3, 5.6, 5, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.2, 2.8, 2.5, 2.2, 2 and1.8.
It has a focus ring and you can manually fine adjust the focus if you desire so. Fine focusing is fantastic. But the focus ring is narrow and appears inconvenient to me.
The package comes with a black plastic lens hood and a lens pouch. It also has a manual & warranty card.
Nikon had packed the lens inside the carton such that the lens stays 2 cms above the bottom of the pack; 1.5 cms inside from the sides of the pack and more than 6 cms deep from the top of the pack – exemplary packing. No fear of reasonable impact damage from top bottom or sides. The Nikon carton is factory sealed.
It comes with a 2 year service warranty.
Flipkart (WS Retail) had used an air bubble packing to safely pack the Nikon carton. So no possibility of damage due to reasonable impacts during handling and transit.
35 mm DX is equivalent to 52.5 mm lens in DX format D 3200 body
The Nikon 50 mm f 1.8 D, which is around Rs 6000/-, is also cheaper, sharper and crisper, but will not auto focus in D 3200 body, since D 3200 body doesn’t have an auto focus motor incorporated into it.
The Nikon 50 mm f 1.8 G will auto focus and is almost the similar price of this lens. But 50 mm lens in a DX body is not standard; it is equivalent to 75 mm lens (or 80 mm lens) and becomes a portrait lens.
This lens is a G lens where as the 50 mm f 1.8 D costing Rs 6000 is a D lens. The G lens produces images with beautiful backdrops and splendid bokehs than D lens. Of course G is costlier than D.
One drawback is, this lens lacks VR (vibration reduction) wrt 18-105mm lens; so you need a tripod or at least a monopod for very low light situations.
Since it is equivalent to 52.5 mm lens (35 x 1.5 = 52.5) it is a standard lens; and presence of VR would have been an added advantage for handheld photography in low light situations. Another positive side of the same coin is absence of VR makes the lens rugged inside its housing.
I feel that a wide lens that DOESN'T need VR would be 23.33mm (35 ÷ 1.5 = 23.33) or wider ones. But it is Nikon R&D team to think about this.
When compared with Nikon 18-105 lens, this Nikon 35 mm f 1.8 G is producing brighter, sharper, crisper and colourful images and definitely superior to kit lens at 35 mm in bokeh effect.
For night shots and low light shots without flash this is superb lens w.r.t. (w.r.t. = with respect to) to kit lens. It produces splendid images in low ambient (natural) light. I prefer ambient light to flash since it produces natural images.
At ISO 6400 and Hi1 settings, this lens renders night shots with stunning image quality.
At f 5.6 and smaller apertures, this 35 mm Nikkor glass gives exemplary sharpness at this price
As the lens gets wider, naturally light enters the camera from a wider area, and the image gets brighter w.r.t. tele lens.
More light falling on the sensor translates into a faster shutter speed and blur free pictures.
More light on a more Megapixel (24 MP) sensor further translates into stunning image quality and better cropping possibility.
My other choice was a Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Lens. Reviews say that you have to get more close to the subject which is a disadvantage for general purpose photography. Mover over I can buy a 52 mm close up lens filter or reverse lens adapter and get the same purpose done. But if get a lot of spare money I will definitely buy this lens because I love close up shots. But, not for now.
Above all this 35 mm lens is lighter in weight.
My purpose is general photography, family shots, outdoor vacation photography and indoor shots like meeting, family function, etc without flash.
So I opted for 35 mm f 1.8 G as the prime standard lens for my DX format camera. It also has an angle of vision almost near to the older 50 mm lens of Film SLR camera (same for FX format DSLR) which I am used to, since 1980's.
This lens is MADE IN CHINA & imported by Nikon India Pvt Ltd in Aug 2013.
Flipkart (WS Retail) was perfect in receiving, processing and dispatching this order.
Blue Dart handled this shipment with professional standards.
Cost Rs.12440. Ordered on 29.09.2013 Delivered on 02.10.2013
I mean it. This lens will truly make you a better photographer. Its a simple prime lens(no zoom) and takes pictures with astonishing clarity. Its one of those lenses that almost all professional photographers have in their kit. After reading a lot of reviews I went for this, and now I understand why they have it.
At larger apertures(f/1.8,f/2) you get amazing bokeh effects, almost like the ones you see in magazines. Also, I'd strongly recommend this for low light photography.
(35mm vs 50mm)
Many folks are confused between these 2. Both are equally great lens. I chose 35mm since it gives a slightly wider viewing angle. For outdoor photography the difference is almost negligible. For indoors, with the 50mm you might have to step back quite a bit from the subject.
First of all this is a single focal length (no Zoom), small size, larger aperture lens. They are usually very sharp 9way better than zoom), easy to carry, cheaper than zoom and excellent for low light condition. No vibration reduction but with this you hardly need. I use it with my D3100 at aperture priority mode at f2.8 and carry in my backpack always. Except that tiny bird on a far away tree branch or an ant on a flower petal or 20 people inside a tiny room, it captures everything beautifully. Technically, it has metal mount, rubber gasket to prevent dust, close focus ~1 feet and rounded blades for good out of focus objects (bokeh). With this at 1600ISO setting, nights are photographable with a quality you never thought possible. 50mm f1.8 is similarly good but meant for Full frame Nikon. Angle of view of 50mm f1.8 with D3100 (APS-C format) is lower and thus does not cover many type of photo. As I said in the title this will spoil you and you will find every other lens are not sharp enough, too heavy and too costly for their image quality.
When I ordered mine, I never thought this lens would turn out to be one of my favorites. It exceeded my expectations on all grounds. I use a DX camera body (D7000) and I needed a lens with effective focal length of 50mm for street and home function photography. This lens is light, superb sharp, silent and dot on focus with great accuracy. Manual over-ride is a boon in some situations. For night shots, you will never thank any lens more in this price range. I call it an Owl's eye.
Go ahead and pick this lens, you will never regret your purchase.
This is the best lens you can buy for your DX camera in a budget, and believe me you got to have it in your lens kit. 1.8 f stop produce awesome picture with clear depth of field.
Are you getting confused between 35mm G and 50mm G ?
If you are getting confuse between getting 50mm or 35mm (both are price almost same) you should buy 35mm, because the 50mm is FX format camera lens (read the difference between dx and fx format if you don't know it) so the magnification of 35mm lens on DX camera is same what will a 50mm will give on FX camera, hence both will work same on the camera they are designed for but 50mm will give more magnification(zoom) on dx format, and in my experience, it is easy to go closer to subject rather than going far for closer shots, and 50mm on dx camera will prove worth less in indoor photography.
Firstly, thanks to Flipkart and WS Retail. As usual, excellent price, packaging and delivery! I bought this for around 7.5k, and I believe that 7-8.5 k is the correct price for this lens overall.
Now, if you own a Nikon DSLR with a DX sensor, don't hesitate, get this lens. It is a gem. At the price of 7-8.5k, it is a huge bargain too. It's light, small, sharp, and fast in focus and aperture. No reason at all not to buy this lens!
If confused between 50 or 35 mm, just think where you will take photos most. If indoors you should get the 35, but if outdoors get the 50. This has to do with the distance you would need for framing your subjects. This is my opinion, frankly, but whichever of these two prime lenses you buy, you cannot go wrong. They are both great and at their current price, no reason at all not to own at least one of them!
Why buy a fast prime lens? Firstly, low light photography. But also professional looking out of focus backgrounds and subject isolation -- the 50 mm has better quality of background rendering (bokeh), but the differences are subtle and won't get in the way of great photos.
Only con is, yes, there is some color fringing if you have strong highlights which are just in front or behind the subject (otherwise this is not visible) -- this is normal with all but the very highest quality lenses which would then cost many-many times more, so just frame carefully whenever you shoot in harsh (like mid day) lighting. This is the only time you will notice these since all other forms of color fringing is automatically removed by all current Nikon DSLRs automatically (other brand DSLRs don't remove this).
Two tips: If you have to focus manually, switch to live view and zoom in, half press the shutter and then fine-tune the focusing manually (remember you DON'T have to switch the lens to manual focus for this). It's very easy. Second, remember to turn ON lens correction in the camera settings, it is turned OFF by default!
Happy shooting :)
Was awaiting the release of 50mm 1.8G, But couldn't resist the urge to own the fast lens. The product reached me well and securely packed within the promised time. The discount is better that the local store near y house and that's why I opted. Also I can keep the warranty card clean.
Excellent service flipkart team!!! keep it up
Excellent affordable prime lens for DX cameras, to take portraits, shoot kids and group photos from a distance. Must if you are shooting an occasion (b'day or a friends marriage) where you would cover people than landscapes/animals :)
This should be the first lense to buy after you buy a DX camera. (Most inexperienced think that 200mm zoom is of more use - but I would not recomment 200mm or a 300mm as your "first" additional lense unless you have passion for wildlife photography).
Buy this lens if You need to have Crystal clear (Much clear than 18-55 when cropped without any S/W modifications on the image(RAW or JPEG))
It is Very fast lens.. No need to keep your Shutter open for long time inspite of low light.
It makes colors more vivid.
It takes brilliant Low light Photos with outstanding clarity (even at low ISO and without Noise even if you zoom it in PC). Eg. Kumartuli Photography at Evening Light.
It dosen’t make you a better photographer ..Mind it .. It can very easily spoil an Image (Easier than 18-55) by not focusing it on the sweet spot.
VR is missing . And it is not required . It’s a fast/Prime lens. It won’t blurr (Conditions applied).
Please make sure U r Using a UV Filter with this. Or You may spoil your CMOS. Don’t Use a hood
If you r a wild life photographer U r looking at the wrong lens./ If U r a wedding/Event photographer U r on the sweet spot.
No Zoom. Zoom with your Legs.
Amateur/Novice should use Auto Mode if you are at any important event or else your maximum images will be out of focus. Manual Oveeride rocks and it’s a boon in some case.
If you have a D3200/D5200 ie. 24 Mega. You Might have found the Noise while zooming in PC. This lens will omit them. It will let enter huge amount of light to fulfill hunger of 24 megapixel sensor which your 18-55 can’t.
Go for it , if you want to switch to the next level of Photography and minimum 1 year of Manual Experience in your DSLR. Otherwise 18-55 is more than enough for you just Wait get yourself some experience then go for a Prime.