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Super little tool that belongs in every DX user's bag., Jul 24, 2012
By Peter Hamm
I've been photographing for about 25 or so years, and I've owned this lens for about 3 years. It excels in low light photography and focuses very quickly, even indoors in not great light, with my D90.
I shoot "kid photography" and the occasional "static shot" with this lens, but to be honest, I only pull it out when I really need to shoot at f2.8 or wider and am not using flash. Why? Simply put, it doesn't offer enough benefit at f5.6 over my 18-70 zoom, which gives me more flexibility and, with flash, pretty much the same image quality at f8 that I get with the 35.
That said, when I DO want to shoot low light, this is an awesome lens to use, and I have no issues with sharpness, color or distortion with this lens. I typically like to shoot at f2 to f2.8 in those cases, or at f5.6 or f8 with flash (I mostly use my zoom for those shots, though). I miss the distance scale, and over the course of about a year, the focusing wasn't "dead silent" anymore (although it remains pretty darn quiet). The full-time focus override works just as well as much more expensive lenses, and the lens is so small and light that it's no burden to stick in your pocket and carry with you anywhere.
At $200US, it's a real no brainer, but I would likely have paid an extra $100 for an f1.4 aperture, to be honest. And I might have paid an extra $100 over that for a 35mm f1.4 with VR II (which I think a low light lens really benefits from). In fact, imho, a more perfect lens would have been a 28 or 30mm f1.4 DX VR II lens for about 400 US $, but obviously I was happy enough with this lens' specs to buy it.
Great Lens/ Bang for the Buck, Jul 24, 2012
By Tobias Nelson
First I love the lens.. Now to be honest I have to say that it is the second 35mm I have owned.. the first one ..kept getting back focus about 5-10mm behind the focus point which would focus on the ears instead of the subjects eyes! Other than having to send it off and get another one shipped to me it seems to work great now! Highly recommend for low light/every day use! I have it on my D7000 now..and never use the kit lens anymore.
A Fine "Prime" at a Reasonable Price , Jul 16, 2012
By Howard Vrankin
I mount this lens when needing more speed than my "kit" lens can give. The difference is a 4x increase in shutter speed, at maximum aperture. If I "pixel peep", a slight increase in contrast, saturation and sharpness can be seen when compared with my AF-S Nikkor 18-105 kit zoom. Probably the nicest practical feature of this lens is how much smaller and more portable it makes my camera. When wanting to stay light and keep the camera strapped on, I usually take this lens rather than carrying a bag of three. For that reason most of my photos over the past six months have been made with this lens. I find that "zooming with my feet" instead of having a zoom lens on-camera has also improved my composition skills. Forty years ago most SLR shooters bought their cameras with a similar effective focal length "prime" lens. I would assess this lens' strengths as excellent image quality from f/2.8 down to f/8-11, a metal lens mount, and its very low price. It does have a rather high degree of chromatic aberrations, but in the case of my D5000 body they are automatically corrected in-camera. A large number of reviews of this lens by pros and amateurs are very positive. Many say that "no bag should be without one, at this price."
Cheap, good, fast lens , Jun 26, 2012
By Aman Gupta
This is an excellent lens - sharpness and contrast is great. Its light and small, well built. Auto Focus speed is good, never slows you down. And its cheap enough to buy without too much thought.
Many friends with, Nikon DX cameras, ask me if they can buy any lens or accessory to improve their photos. I always point them to this lens.
Very nice, but..., May 12, 2012
By Clay Olmstead
I've owned this lens for more than two years; I've been serious about photography for about the same time. I've used this lens for general walking around, night photography and portraits. It's light, sharp and fast, just like the other reviewers have said. While the wide aperture gives you narrow depth of field, it's not a great portrait lens because the out-of-focus blur (that's right, the dreaded bokeh) has a hard-edged quality that can be distracting. Other than that, it's a fine lens and I would highly recommend it.
Great "normal" lens for Nikon cameras, May 02, 2012
By Dave L.
I've been using this lens for 3 years as my fast "normal" lens, mostly for travel and nature photography. In the past, I've used the Nikon 35 f2.0 and the Sigma 30 f1.4 for this purpose. The 35 f1.8 is the best option, in my opinion. It is light, sharp, takes convenient 52mm filters, has AF-S autofocus, and is reasonable priced.
Likes: compact, light, sharp, good autofocus, convenient, good value
Dislikes: None, really. Wish it could make me pancakes?
Excellent normal prime for DX, Apr 20, 2012
By Andy L
If you like a 50mm prime on film, this is the equivalent for crop sensor (DX) cameras. It's sharp, lets you blur the background, does well in low light and is inexpensive. Not for film cameras or FX digital cameras.