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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This lens is a must have!!!!!!

    Posted
    wal05

    I usually don't review products but felt I had to review this one. I have had this lense for a few weeks now. I LOVE it. I purchased a Nikon D5000 bundle with the 18-55 VR kit lens and the 55-200 VR zoom lens from Best Buy a few months ago. While I was getting great shots and much better quality pictures than my point and shoot the D5000 replaced, I still wasn't getting the shots that poped in low light! Especially inside my house where I was taking pictures of my kids, the reason I wanted to upgrade from a point and shoot in the first place. I tried the 50mm 1.8 lens first due to reviews online. I did not care for having to manually focus it on my camera body. I couldn't get but a few in focus pictures of my kids with it and was so aggrivated. I read the great reviews of this and decided to try it out. I am so HAPPY that I did. This lens never leaves my camera unless I am in the deer stand and need a zoom. I hate to use flash even with a puffer and with this lens you won't have to. This lens will make your pictures look like what your eye sees, with just that much vivid color, warmth, depth - people's faces look three demensional. I have used this lens outdoors without and with the lens hood, indoors for pics of my kids and family especially during these holidays, inside and outside of historical sites/museums we have visited - all with GREAT results. You cannot go wrong with this lense for any reason I have found so far. The 35mm focal length is perfect for indoors allowing the user to take in subjects, epecially where with a 50mm a wall would have stopped you from backing up any further for the shot, even head shots of people across a table from you as one review mentioned. If I am in a museum and cannot get any closer to a subject then I just take the shot and then utilize my 12.3 mp with crop once home in my Paint Shop Pro. This lens is fast, I have my camera set to take consecutive shots so I never miss a cute expression or jesture and with this I can hold down the shutter button and get every movement my kids make in perfect clarity. Also this lens will allow for great bokeh or an open clear shot. This is a must if you want the pics you bought a DSLR for in the first place. I think the photos uploaded here come out grainy due to compression by the site but I uploaded one anyhow.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Second Lens for the DX Series

    Posted
    tkod
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    I bought this lens for my D3200 being a secondary lens to the kit 18-55. It's full frame equivalent length is something like 52mm i believe so in some ways it falls into the "nifty fifty" category you hear about. It's pretty great for street photography where you are close to people but you also don't have to put the lens in their face. I also use it for low light shooting because it is considerably faster and lets a few stops more of light into the camera than the at best, f/3.5 18-55 lens. Also the bokeh is nice for the money at f/1.8 or even up to f/2.5 or so depending on the situation. The sharpness is considerably better!! This lens on the D3200 body received a score of 24 on DXOmark- the website compared to 12 for the 18-55 lens and in general just seems to get more out of the scene and more out of the camera and i'm sure would do better on higher end DX body's. The one negative which to me is pretty big is the chromatic abberation. My goodness if there is something a bird, a tree branch, a railing on a light bright background there will almost certainly be a noticeable purple fringe around it. I shoot raw so i'm not sure if when shooting JPEG the camera software automatically compensates for it i think it is supposed to but i can't speak to that. I am usually able to correct the issue in post processing in Lightroom but it's still quite annoying and i pretty much just try to avoid putting lines or shapes on any sort of bright background. As big of an issue this is to me it is not a deal breaker, the lens is well made even if its plastic. It has a metal mount, its very compact like half or less the size of the 18-55 and still has the same size filter mount (52mm). Night shots and low lit shots are fantastic, sharp, lots of detail even at fairly high ISO's. So yes CA is annoying and this lens does have an issue with this in a lot of situations and i removed a star solely because of this, but it also does a lot right and for the price literally, cannot be beat. I've included a shot of a life guard chair in front of a setting sun where the Chromatic Aberration can be seen on the horizontal wood slats of the chair. This image has been cropped into this very specific area only to show the CA. The second image is after processing to remove the fringing (just to be fair to the lens and review) again this is a very cropped portion of the full image only for demonstration and you can see almost all the CA distortion is gone and at full size uncropped the picture is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you have a D40/D40X/D60 youwill want this lens!

    Posted
    havanajoe8
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    This is truly a great lens. Have you ever wondered why your pictures from your Nikon DLSR look good, but not great? This lens is the answer. Good glass makes such a difference! A 1.8 lens gathers 4 times as much light as a 5.3 lens, so this will blow away the 18mm-55mm kit lens as well as the 18mm-200mm all-purpose lens. What this means that in good light the pictures will be tack sharp and have great color. It also means this lens works great in poor light- in fact, I have dimmer switch on my room lights and I tested this lens by dimming the lights and taking pictures as it got darker and darker. I had to turn the lights completely OFF before I could get the lens to not focus. Most of the time you won’t need a flash with this lens, which makes it perfect for weddings and churches. It will work with any current Nikon DX, the AF-S means it works with the D40/D40X/D60 line perfectly. Set your auto ISO to 1600 and 1/30 trigger and you will get sharp pictures in almost any lighting. The 35mm on a DX camera is equivalent to 52.5mm on a full-frame camera, which is almost a 1:1 or “normal” lens. This means that what you see with your eye will be the same as what you see through this lens, as far as apparent distance. It’s neither a wide-angle nor a telephoto lens. The lens is a bit smaller than I thought, but this works well with the small size of the D40/D40X/D60 line. It’s lightweight due to use of plastic in its construction, although it does have metal ring where it connects to the camera. A nice touch is that to manually focus all you do is turn the focus ring; you don’t have to move a switch first. Price was right at $199.99, and my local Best Buy had several of them in stock and none on display, which makes sense since this is a very popular lens and those who know about it won’t need to see it on display. My only complaint with this lens is that VR would have been a nice feature, even if it added a few dollars to the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A prime lens every casual photographer needs

    Posted
    Ranger88

    If you currently own a DSLR kit lens, you maybe wondering why you need to shift to a prime lens that your kit lens zoom range already covers. The simplest answer is this prime lens does things that no kit lens could ever do. But to first convince yourself if you need a 35mm prime lens, take a look at the exif data you've used in your other pictures. Chances are, you have taken a lot of indoor shots and you will see that you took a lot of shots in the 35 to 40 mm range of zoom already. So, a 35mm lens is pretty much in the sweet spot for most your pictures. Next look at how many photographs you took that require the use of a flash. The beautiful thing about an F1.8 stop lens is that it allows you to take a natural light photography, indoors, without using the flash and having an incredibly sharp image all the same. Don't worry that this lens does not have vibration reduction, it doesn't need it. It is so fast at that wide open aperture that camera shake isn't really an issue under most indoor lighting circumstances. Of course this lens won't replace a good telephoto zoom under all circumstances. For example under outdoor lighting conditions for sports or an air show or something like that you'll want a telephoto zoom. But I keep this lens on my camera at all times indoors so I can finally catch those shots of the kids running around being adorable or doing something goofy and not have to worry about flash or overexposed pictures or out of focus pictures because the kit lens wasn't able to keep up or wasn't open wide enough to take a good shot. I'm still debating whether I need to get the much touted 50 mm prime lens, but for sure the 35mm here is a no-brainer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm nowhere near a professional....

    Posted
    Liz5782
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Ok, so I've spent quite literally years being frustrated trying to get good pics for my jewelry business. I make jewelry from paintings, so it's critical my pictures show lots of fine details- each of my pieces are one-of-a-kind. I researched for months, and then found this lens when looking for a macro lens on Best Buy. Then I panicked after I'd purchased it and saw that it's not actually a macro lens (thanks, Best Buy.) I figured what the heck- I'd give it a go anyways and see what I could do with it. Now, please keep in mind I'm NOT a professional. This is my first DSLR camera (a massive upgrade from my Nikon Coolpix something or other) and I've only had it out of the box for maybe 20 minutes. I have quite literally no clue what these settings mean, what I'm doing (really, what's an f stop?) and I'm actually kind of surprised that I've even figured out how to switch out a lens without breaking something. I've taken maybe 30 pictures or so and went and uploaded them- not all of them are keepers (that would be asking way too much) BUT more than half of them are gorgeous and I've been posting them on facebook. Yes, I'm sure they could be better if I knew what I was doing. But I can get clear, concise pictures of 12mm round glass chips with paintings underneath- so for this NOT being a macro lens I really don't know how much better an actual macro lens could possibly be. Also- I'm NOT using a tripod, and I don't have any studio lighting set up. If this is what I get now, I'm super excited about how great these pictures are going to be once I learn a bit more about this camera and lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast/Normal lens for DX

    Posted
    jec6613
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    This is the sort of lens that would have been in a kit with an SLR a decade ago. It provides roughly a normal field of view (the focal length of the lens is the same as the diagonal measure of the image sensor or film). Unlike the kit lens of a DX Nikon, this allows for instant focus over-ride (Nikon calls this M/A mode), and the fast f/1.8 aperture gathers much more light for shooting moving subjects than anything in its price range, and certainly more than any zoom lens. The image circle is only large enough for Nikon's DX sensor format, not 135 film or FX digital, however, due to its relatively large image circle, it will also mount and work properly on the Nikon Pronea series of APS film cameras, if you still shoot one of those. It's small and lightweight, and features a metal lens mount for greater durability, a rubber gasket to keep contaminents out of your lens and body, and no external moving glass as it focuses, so there's no air being pumped in and out of the lens when you focus, making it great for less than ideal enviroments. It also has a 52 mm filter thread, the same as most manual focus and inexpensive DX lenses, so you only have to carry one size of filter and not drive yourself crazy. Although it's sharp, remaining so for the most part until it's wide open, it has some distortion and isn't as rectalinear - meaning straight lines appear straight - as I'd like, which is to be expected at this price point, and can be corrected in software. Bokeh can also be somewhat distracting, as this lens produces even discs. This is an indication of a lack of spherical aberation in the optics, which can be good for many things, but with this lens' tendancy to produce bokeh very quickly at f/1.8, it could be better. I absolutely recomend this lens. If I had to shoot with one lens on Nikon DX forever, I'd pick this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great lens for a great price

    Posted
    TripleD
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I'm an amateur photographer who knows the basics of photography, but I definitely don't consider myself an expert. However, like everyone else, I strive to take the best photos possible. I have a Nikon D5300 and the two kit lenses it came with, along with a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. I love the 50mm lens, but found that it was a little difficult to use indoors for family shots because you need to stand further back to capture your subjects, making space a bit of an issue at times. I decided to purchase the 35mm f/1.8 lens for indoor family photo sessions, and I have not been disappointed! In my opinion, the focal length is perfect for taking photos inside the house, and the f/1.8 maximum aperture really helps you to have nice, bright photos using only the natural light in your house (which I prefer to using flash or artificial lighting). I've only had this lens for a couple of days and taken only a few dozen photos, but I love the sharpness and quality of the images. The bokeh is also exceptional and really helps your subjects to "pop." This fast lens really gives my photos that professional look that everyone aims for. Another plus is that this lens is small and light, making it easy to carry and comfortable for longer photos sessions. I'm very happy with this lens and think it's a great addition to anyone's arsenal, regardless of skill level, especially if you take lots of photos indoors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better bokeh than a kit!

    Posted
    Donkus
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Alright guys so I'll keep it short but here's the main take aways from this lens: Considering the fact it's a DX lens, if used on a DX camera, it's actually roughly equivalent to 52.5mm In relation to a full frame camera. If used on a FX or full frame camera, there would be significant vignetting. This is a prime lens, the fixed focal length also means that unlike your kit lens, you cannot zoom. Your feet are you zoom. This forces you to think differently about composition and also pulls out creativity that you may not know you have. It has an Auto Focus motor in it, that is Nikons "Silent Wave" series (AF-S) and it tries to be silent, but you'll hear it. Best for last, the Bokeh (Bow then think of the "ke" sound in "kettle") this lens produces is incredible. It's aperture opens wide for the price you're paying (people call this aspect, "fast", a "fast lens") and at 1.8 your foreground is in focus but your background just melts away and to me it's a canvas to get real creative with lights and colors behind your subject. If you're a beginner like me, this is the time that you experiment with focus points and metering to really learn the ins and outs of your camera. Hope this helps, it's a great lens and at this price point, it's well worth the money. It's plastic, yes, but the lens mount is metal, so this thing is built to last and still has a premium feel to it. Great for a first prime lens!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Night friend

    Posted
    cenci
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    When i bought my first DSLR, I got this 35mm lens with my zoom, thinking to use it only in some family party or birthdays, closed in the wall of some house, I hate flash so I need a low-light lens. The problem started when I mounted this 35mm on my little Nikon D3100: I can't get it off! Simply it's fantastic. I usually shot people and landscapes, but this lens has become my faithful night friend. It took the place of my other zoom lens (Nikkor 16-85) and now I roam in the evening and also some hours in the night catching spectacular photos of bell towers, old medieval buildings and many other particulars (bricks, windows, ...) that during the day are invisible, because literally covered by people or cars passing by. Not be frightened of darkness, this 35mm can see in a large sort of conditions, where you will never mind of taking a photo. It's light, autofocuses rapidly and also in low light conditions, but if you need grab it ad it will follow (automatically switches to manual focus). Hand held your camera, 1/30 sec is just what you need; white balance and saturation can regulate the colors of your picture or, if you dare, give them that particular amazing effect

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Camera Lens!

    Posted
    InfiniteOptimist
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    I have to say I was blown away with this lens. I did not expect to love it as much as I do. I have the kit lens for a D3200, a 55-200mm 3.5 - 5.6 (I'm guesstimating the f-stop) and a 50mm 1.8D lens. They all have their pros and cons. But the clairty of the lens on the 35mm has dropped my jaw like no other. Even after zooming in and cropping a lot out of pictures I was left with some really amazing photos! This may have to do with the megapixels on a D3200. But this lens made good use of that sensor! Since it doesn't zoom it a bit of a challenge, but one worth taking! I also recommend this over the 50mm 1.8G lens for people who are shooting on DX sensors (or cropped sensors). The 50mm is just too close for everyday, shooting pictures of friends while we hang out. Unless you don't mind backing up to the corner of the room or being 15ft away from the people you're taking a picture of. Enjoy shooting! =]

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    No sharper than kit lens

    Posted
    GSH01
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I'm very disappointed based on soooooo many glowing reviews stating how much sharper this lens is than the typical 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens. It is NOT! If you want a lens that is sharper than your kit lens, this lens will NOT be that lens. I have tested it extensively, and if anything, it has a slightly softer focus than my kit lens. This lens WILL do 3 things for you for any given photo compared to the typical 18-55mm zoom kit lens: 1. You can have less noise due to a lower ISO. 2. You can have a faster shutter speed. 3. You can have a shallower depth of field. It will do any of those three things, but only with a sharpness which is comparable, or sometimes softer than, the typical kit lens. I bought this lens as a gift for my daughter to take with her on an upcoming trip to Europe. Based on the reviews, I thought that she would be so pleased with the increase sharpness primarily, and the other benefits secondarily, that she could take this as her only lens. She would give up the flexibility of the modest zoom of the kit lens, for what I had hoped would be a significant improvement. But, that simply isn't the case. So the old saying is still true. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You don't get a tack sharp lens for the price that this thing sells for ~$200. You will get less noise for any given shot, and that is certainly a benefit. If you are taking shots where you want to reduce your depth of field, this will do that too.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Lens

    Posted
    KansanKK
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    I got a Nikon d5200, with the 18-55 mm lens starter kit. I thought the 18-55 mm lens was a good lens, but wanted something else I could use as a portrait lens with a lower aperture and more background blurring. This is the only Nikon lens I liked, in the price range I liked. After trying it out a couple of times, am very happy with it; it's much better than I thought it would be! I might get another zoom lens, but felt like this one was a very good portrait choice for an amateur. The auto focus is especially handy. The only reason I gave 4 stars was for best buy. I bought the lens when they had the 3x points promotion going on, so I was supposed to get more points with the purchase. Unfortunately I haven't gotten all the points, which I was going to use to help pay for a camera bag. It was one of the reasons I chose to buy the lens at best buy, instead of another place. I've even called the 1-800 number and already spent more than a half an hour not getting a definite answer. I'm not really going to waste any more time on such a small amount, but this put me off of best buy. One of the good things about them is supposed to be their customer service, and I can't believe they messed up something so simple as points!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must Have Lens

    Posted
    Joe

    I use this lens with my D300s: it is very good for low light shooting,very good for portraits(my best pics were with this inexpensive lens),I find it hard to remove the lens from the camera because its so versatile. It has great depth of field & high speed when its needed. I am not a pro but this lens makes it easy to take great pics, another very good quality is its light weight, you wont want to put it down.I've used it for some 7 months now & don't think I'll need another lens for a long time to come since I bought the 18-200 mm 3.5 - 5.6 lens when I bought the camera over a year ago its been relegated to back up to my 35 mm f 1.8 lens.I only use the zoom for long distance action/wildlife shots,the 35mm for everything else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Nikons best Primes!!

    Posted
    leftyrobb

    This is quite possibly one of the if not THE best lenses you can buy for your low range Nikons (like your D40's), and even for the semi-pro and pro D series, it is still awesome (there are better non internal motor primes for those like the 50mm AF 1.4) But seriously, for $200, you can not buy a better lens period. These have now become harder to find and the prices will be going up (most places they have) if your lucky enough to actually find one at a BB for $200, BUY IT NOW. Sharpness: Awesome Bokeh: For its price, ok, but much better out there Ease of use: Seriously? Value: People will end up paying twice as much for this in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for indoors with limited space

    Posted
    KrittyKrew
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I had previously bought and frequently used the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens and was in love with it. The bokeh and clarity are what you expect of a much more expensive lens. But I found that I was having trouble when taking candid snapshots indoors. If you are in a small or crowded room, It's hard to get your shot just right with a 50mm lens. That's when I did my research and found the 35mm f/1.8G. After reading many reviews and looking at numerous sample photos taken with this outstanding little lens, I decided to pay the cheap price of $199.99 and try it for myself. I was not let down! Whether you are a pro or a beginner, this is an easy to use and good quality lens. It is light, and doesn't take up much room in a bag at all. I am looking forward to trying it in a low lit situation as so many people have raved about. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality lens for anyone with a DSLR

    Posted
    rnrphotography

    I'm a starting photographer with not a ton of money and this is only my second lens of many yet to come. I cant seem to put any other lens on my camera after this one, and has got to be the best lens for the price. You get an amazing f/1.8 for the bokeh effect(really blurry background) and low lighting without spending thousands of $. Most BestBuys don't carry this lens in stock but i highly recommend you get it. The only downfall with this lens is its lack of zoom, but what do you expect from an amazing prime lens? Just zoom with your feet and walk closer to your subject and you'll achieve results. Every camera bag should have this lens!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have lens for any Nikon DSLR owner

    Posted
    allen
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    I went back and forth between the Nikon 50 mm and 35 mm prime lens and originally bought the 50mm DX from Best Buy, but after using it for a week or so, I decided to take it back and buy the 35 mm instead. The 35mm allowed for a slightly wider angle which was very helpful for shooting indoors. In terms of photo quality, I couldn't tell the difference between the 35mm and 50mm DX lenses so I kept the 35mm to get wider angles. In love with this lens and it's made all the difference in my photos. The 1.8 aperture allowed me to get that blurred background that you see on professional photographs. Don't hesitate to buy this lens, it's a winner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not for everyone, but could be just what you need

    Posted
    hlmichel

    This was my first prime lens purchase and it has completely replaced my kit zoom. Pictures come out very sharp--almost too sharp when taking portraits. All skin flaws show up perfectly which is not always a good thing. Since you can not zoom, you really have to work hard to frame. This may not be a bad thing--my shots have improved greatly due to having to really think before shooting. The low light capabilities of the lens were not quite what I expected. Better than my kit lens but I thought I would get more light. I do have an issue with hot spots on cheeks and noses when shooting wide open, but this goes away at 2.8. There is quite a bit of purple fringe when shooting wide open in bright light. All in all, it is a great lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the $200

    Posted
    Hmark2013
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    This lens is super smooth. The f/1.8 makes a really nice and creamy Bokeh. The lens is really fast, and will really take your photography skills to the next level. I originally bought this lens by itself, and returned it once I found out that they're selling it in a kit with the 85mm macro. It's weird because the first one I had made a lot of noise anytime I focused in on my subject while taking a picture, but the new one I received in my kit hasn't made any noise at all. My recommendation is to buy this in the kit. This is a great all purpose lens, but I love using it for portraits, since it creates a beautiful blurry background. It's well worth the money, and its definitely a lens that every photographer (both new and old) should have in their bag!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for the price

    Posted
    John
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    Great lens for the price. I was between this lens and the 50mm lens, since there was only a $10 difference. Ultimately I decided to choose this lens instead for fear that I would have to stand too far away to use the 50mm lens. Definitely worth the investment to purchase this lens if you are trying to upgrade from kit lens. If you are still shooting on Auto Mode though, I would suggest playing around and getting used to the shutter and aperture modes before purchasing this lens. You will get more bang for your buck if you use this lens not in Auto Mode. I mainly use it for shooting cars and so far I have found that I am taking way less photos than I had to with the kit lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend