Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX detailed review

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DXΒ advantages and disadvantages:


  • small and compact design with a metal bayonet
  • good image quality at the edge of the frame to stop more than the f/2.0
  • very good work under severe light
  • quiet and efficient autofocus
  • good value for money


  • poor image quality at the edge of the frame to the vicinity of maximum opening
  • distortion could be less
  • clear chromatic aberration
  • spore vignetting - this was the google translation (?), a reader translated that as "noticable vignetting".
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  • Nice!

    They’re folks from my country, so I can read it native πŸ˜‰
    They say they’ve got it from Nikon Poland! πŸ™‚
    This 35mm looks very nice, especially for D40, but here in Poland, the D40 also got discontinued πŸ™
    Look at this site, where I bought my D90:
    It says: End of the model. Sold Out πŸ™


    • Pablov

      sorry for this out-of topic comment, but who chose your avatar ??
      just kidding ! πŸ™‚

      (sorry, couldn’t avoid posting this πŸ™‚ )

  • Uhhhh What?

    WTF is spore vignetting? Where did you even read that?

    • as I mentioned: google translation

      • GingerJimmy

        spore means: quite big.

  • Uhhhh What?

    “Spore winietowanie”

    mean “Plenty of Vigentting”

  • Uhhhh What?

    Feel free to delete the above and this comment. I’m in a s**t mood and shouldn’t take it out on you. I’m sorry for being an a**hole.

    • no problem – I will just take out the profanity πŸ™‚
      have a beer!

      • Uhhhh What?

        hahaha Sounds like a good plan.
        And my translation was done by a native polish speaker.

        Spore Vignetting = Plenty of Vignetting

        • I updated the post – thanks!

          • DonPedro

            spore = significant, more than moderate, but not a big one

  • Pablov

    It’s supposed that Canon would announce something this week.

    A reader of this site posted that Nikon would also announce something.

    Wouldn’t a D400 be great? although it’s been so quiet lately.
    Maybe a lens? what would the PMA announces be?
    Any prediction at NR (from not probable to very probable)?

    • mofo

      Among advantages there is one point more: exceptional sharpness in the center of the frame.

  • alex

    CA? they were using a d200 or what?

    • I wonder if significant CA is something Nikon’s trying to tout as a bonus in their new lenses.

      The new 50mm f1.4G tends to exhibit fair amounts of CA on my D700.

      “CA? they were using a d200 or what?”

      What? CA is supposed to be an attribute of cameras now? not lenses? Guess I missed the memo. And if you’re alluding to Nikon’s the-new-bodies-deal-with-CA, well, Nikon’s pulled one over on ya. Either that or that function is broken in my D700.

      • Willis


        Do you shoot RAW? The next gen cameras won’t remove chromatic aberration in the raw file, only during JPEG processing. It works like magic in my D90!

        • Hmm. Will have to check that out. Thanks for the tip.

          Usually shoot RAW, but lately have been shooting more and more jpg. Gettin’ lazy on the post side πŸ˜‰

  • eave

    huh, fascinating google translation πŸ˜€ If you want something translated from, send me an email, don’t let the google fool you πŸ™‚

  • martin

    Hi guys, I’m from Poland and I have to tell you that it’s amazing but we have here all new nikon gear much faster then in US or Canada. I got mine 16-85 at 26th february 2008 brand new from official store. The D3 was avaible something like 3 weeks after official announcement. I await the new afs 35 dx in next two weeks in regular shops.

    and “spore winetowanie” means rather “noticable vigneting” then “plenty of vigneting” πŸ™‚

  • GingerJimmy

    I told you this site was good πŸ˜›

  • Concerning the “noticeable vignetting”, is this a result of the lens hood?

  • RobJ

    Well, at least it has a metal lens mount. The disadvantages seem pretty significant. Based on the sample photos in that review, the corners due seem quite soft with this lens, f1.8 through f2.8, which is disappointing.

  • David Hsieh

    Is it me or this website have the exact same color scheme as Opera built-in web interface (opera:config, error messages, etc)

  • I suppose that poor image quality is the main disadvantage. No one is interested in a camera with bad quality.

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