Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED review

The Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED is a lens with street smarts

Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A 35mm focal length is often seen as ideal for street photography and this compact, lightweight Nikon lens fits the bill admirably. With a diameter and length of 72mm and weighing in at just 305g, it’s great for walkabout shooting. Autofocus is fast and whisper-quiet, and image quality is very good with the exception that corner-sharpness is only mediocre. All in all, it’s a highly attractive lens and good value at the price.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Reasonably priced

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    Good overall performance


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    Lackluster corner-sharpness

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    No optical stabilization

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    Not extensively weather-sealed

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The Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED makes a great travel companion. It’s small and lightweight, and gives a very natural yet slightly wide-angle field of view. Meanwhile, the f/1.8 aperture enables quick shutter speeds even under low lighting conditions, as well as a fairly tight depth of field when shooting at short focus distances, down to just 0.25m.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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