Nikon 35mm f/1.8 for DX cameras- any working knowledge?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Michael, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Does anyone have firsthand experience with Nikon's 35mm f/1.8 DX lens
    for the APS-C DSLRs (specifically I have a D5000). The price is very
    good and I've read some good reviews, I would really like a "standard"
    prime lens with some speed. 1.8 on a 35mm will give me some reasonable
    selective focus (though not what I get with the 50mm f/1.4 on my film
    Nikon F - for the same field of view). When I got my Nikon F in 1968 it
    was the top of the line pro SLR and the 50mm f/1.4 was the standard
    lens that it was packaged with. Now cameras all come with "kit" zooms
    which are not top of the line lenses. So I'd like to have for my DSLR
    what I had (have) for my film SLR. How does this lens perform? Pros and
    cons? Again, price at about $200 seems more than reasonable.
    Michael, Jun 12, 2011
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  2. Michael,

    I have one of the 35mm f/1.8 for my D5000 and I've been very pleased with
    it. I don't use it a lot, as it was bought specifically to help
    photograph the Northern Lights on a winter trip:

    I have not done any resolution tests, nor any pixel peeping, but you will
    find a test review here:

    For the price, I have been delighted with the lens - it's light and easy
    to fit into the bag, works well, and is quick in operation. I do miss the
    zoom ring, though <G>!

    David J Taylor, Jun 12, 2011
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  3. I've got the 35/1.8 DX and it's fine, though I honestly can't say I've used
    it a great deal since I bought it.
    Neil Harrington, Jun 12, 2011
  4. Michael

    PeterN Guest

    I am not personally familiar with the 35mm. I have a 50mm f1.4 for many
    years. If I had to go through life with only one non-zoom lens, it would
    be the 50mm 1.4. Mine is a really old Ai converted. I understand the 35
    will give you a wider angle and is the equivalent of the 50mm on a ff
    film camera. So the ultimate answer will be your own photographic needs.

    PeterN, Jun 12, 2011
  5. Michael

    RichA Guest

    The lens is very good, especially for $200.00. Even wide open, it's
    very good and more standard on a DX than a 50mm. It's not as flexible
    a the kit lens, but it is usable at a fast f1.8.
    RichA, Jun 13, 2011
  6. Michael

    Guest Guest

    I use it a lot on a D5000 and it complements the camera very well
    especially if needing a light set up. Very good image quality, superb
    performance at F4 and a solid build. AF is good but fast targets like
    children etc can be a challenge.
    Guest, Jun 13, 2011
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