Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S review

Our lab test of the first prime lens for the Nikon Z7

Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s quite a lot to pay for a humble 35mm f/1.8, but the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S’s optical performance immediately shows where the money’s been spent.


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    Perfect fit for the Nikon Z7 and Z6 body size

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    Great optical performance


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    Steep price point

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The Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S is one of the first lenses to be released for the new Nikon Z7 full-frame mirrorless camera, and for the upcoming Nikon Z6 – and is the first prime lens on the Nikon Z lens roadmap.

The Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S has a pretty understated exterior. Its f/1.8 maximum aperture means the front element lacks the impressive size of 35mm f/1.4 lenses, but it keeps the lens small and compact, and it matches the Z7’s body size perfectly. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at