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Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens - Black

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  • Bright CX-format standard lens with 18.5mm focal length (equivalent to approximately 50mm in 35mm format).
  • Fast f/1.8 aperture enables clear low-light images and perfectly balances sharpness and bokeh to help subjects stand out beautifully.
  • Nikon 1 mount optimised optics with aspherical lens elements ensure superior resolution and contrast.
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.2m makes the lens ideal for close-up photography.
  • The smooth aperture mechanism lets you move easily from sharp to soft backgrounds to make your subject stand out more, even when shooting a movie.

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  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm ; 68 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: 3323
  • ASIN: B0099XHCOG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sep 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,054 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Portrait view of a woman laying on a picnic blanket on grass with a lake and fountain in the background.
A 35mm-equivalent focal length of around 50mm is ideal for all day-to-day composition.

From casual snapshots to artistic close ups, the super-fast 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 prime lens is an exciting addition to the Nikon 1 system. Taking advantage of the creative possibilities that fast apertures can offer, you can capture a wide range of scenes with stunning image quality, even in low light. Combined with the portability, power and speed of Nikon 1 cameras, this 1 NIKKOR lens truly sets the Nikon 1 system apart.

Superior Shots, Day and Night

With each of the 1 NIKKOR lenses, you'll find exciting new ways to express your creativity and the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is no exception. With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, this bright CX-format standard lens is fast and ready for action. Combined with the fast shutter speed of the Nikon 1 at 1/4000 to 1/16000 of a second, low-light and high-speed shooting captures crystal clear shots even when the light is fading. Having a 35mm-equivalent focal length of approximately 50mm[1] this superb lens is ideal for stunning portrait shots and when using the maximum aperture your subject will be in perfect focus with a softly blurred background effect, thanks to the shallow depth of field.

Close-up view of brightly coloured soft fruit in a meringue.
Close focusing down to 0.2m enables macro-style photography.

Optical Excellence

Delivering consistent edge-to-edge sharpness, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 glass lens comprises 8 elements in 6 groups, in a design including an aspherical lens element. Providing superb optical performance, the aspherical element ensures high-resolution images with superior contrast while the seven rounded blades of the iris diaphragm produce a soft rendering effect for natural backgrounds. With a lens capable of achieving beautiful bokeh while capturing the subject with such clarity, you can create flattering portraits and stunning close-ups to be immensely proud of.

A Closer Look

Opening up more potential for creative photography this sophisticated lens has an enhanced close focusing capability of just 0.2m. Combining this with high speed and superb depth-of-field control you can change the perspective, take macro-style shots, and with the help of the smooth aperture mechanism, create sharp or soft backgrounds easily whether you are shooting stills or a movie.

Picture of a little boy playing with a wooden train on the floor.
The wide maximum aperture of f/1.8 enables low-light indoor shooting using just the available light.

Vision and Style

Complementing the small Nikon 1 camera body perfectly, this incredibly light, easy-to-carry lens is available in shiny silver, semi-gloss black, and white. Supplied with a front and rear lens cap, optional accessories like the HB-N104 Lens Hood and the NC 40.5 Neutral Colour Filter are also available.

Whether you are shooting your favourite flowers or capturing dramatic sunsets, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 prime lens from Nikon will inspire your photographic flare and fill you with the joy that comes from owning one of the most sophisticated lenses in the world.

[1] The actual focal length of 18.5 mm has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 50mm lens in 35mm [135] format.

Product Feature Comparison

The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is just one of a range of great CX-format lenses available for your Nikon 1 camera. Take a look at the table below comparing features with a selection of other fantastic lenses from the collection.

Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f4-5.6 LensNikon 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f3.5-5.6 LensNikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f1.2 LensNikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f1.8 LensNikon 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6 LensNikon 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f3.8-5.6 Lens
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Lens Groups/Elements12/197/117/96/86/812/18
Angle of View77° to 9°10'100° to 63°28°46° 40'72° to 32°20'29°40' to 8°20’
Approximate 35mm-equivalent focal length27-270mm18-35mm86mm50mm30-74mm81-297 mm
No. of Diaphragm Leaves777777
Minimum f-stopf/16f/16f/16f/16f/16f/16
Minimum focus distance0.35m - 1.0m0.25m0.45m0.2m0.3m1.0m
Weight (approx.)298g125g235g70g83g180g
Diameter (approx.)60.5mm56.5mm65.5mm56mm57.5mm60mm
Length (approx. from lens mount)70.5mm (retracted)46mm (retracted)47mm36mm31mm (retracted)61mm (retracted)
Filter Attachment Diameter55mm52mm52mm40.5mm40.5mm40.5mm
Front/Rear Lens Caps includedLC-N55 / LF-N1000LC-N52 / LF-N1000LC-N52 / LF-N1000LC-N40.5 / LF-N1000LC-N40.5 / LF-N1000LC-N40.5 / LF-N1000
Lens Hood included-HB-N105HB-N107--HB-N103
Lens Hood optionalHB-N106--HB-N104HN-N102-
Optional Accessories--CL-N101 Soft Lens CaseN1-CL1 MC Close-Up Lens
NC 40.5 Neutral Colour Filter
N1-CL1 MC Close-Up Lens
NC 40.5 Neutral Colour Filter
N1-CL1 MC Close-Up Lens
CL-N101 Soft Lens Case

Product Description

NIKON Objectif 18.5 f/1.8 Noir pour J1, J2 et V1

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon 18.5mm Lens 21 Jan 2013
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
In short this is an excellent little lens.

I wanted to use it to capture more natural looking portrait shots indoors, especially of my two-year-old daughter. The problem I had with the standard lenses was my daughter would never stand still long enough to take a shot using the slower shutter speeds I needed for indoor shooting without the use of the flash. This lens is ideal because using good light from the windows or plenty of incandesant overhead lighting I get perfect shots every time.

If I flick my J1 in to Apeture Mode I'm getting shutter speeds of 250 - 2000 using an f1.8 apeture shooting indoors. This is during the day with average diffused light from windows. Shooting like this I get that lovely background blur too (this is easily the best feature of this lens). Indoors of an evening the shutter has to slow down to around 100 so the pictures can get blury if your subject has ants in their pants - in which case I just flick to Shutter Mode and change the ISO if I can't get enough light or just use burst shooting mode.

Before I bought the lens I was a little worried about using it for portraits as it's not in that acclaimed 80-100mm focal length, but after reading other reviews and seeing the results for myself it's perfect for this task.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great portrait lens 7 May 2014
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Having the standard 10 to 30 mm zoom lens fitted on the Nikon 1 J1, I was looking for a reasonably priced lens with a larger aperture for indoor, low light situations including portraiture. This lens gives first class crisp, sharp images with outstanding detail. I have seen professionals on YouTube giving their personal impressions of this lens, and they coincide with mine. A truly brilliant lens which is excellent value for money.

If you can possible afford another lens for your V1, or J1 camera, this is the one to get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Nikkor 18.5mm lens 4 Dec 2013
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
Excellent lens, sharp +++, right to edges of the frame. Same angle of view as the eye, and very good for portraits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just have to love this lens! 5 Sep 2013
By Grumpy
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
I am very impressed with this lens. I'm not into sharpness charts or anything like that, preferring to judge on normal images and this lens is, in my opinion, quite sharp even when wide open. At f/1.8 it is quite fast of course and ideal for low light, which is the main reason I bought it.
It will focus close, just a few inches from the subject and so is good for flowers, etc. I have also used a 10mm extension tube with this lens and had good results (very close-up!). All of this on auto focus, as in common with other Nikon 1 lenses it has no manual focus (this has to be done via the camera, a slow process).
Despite the small sensor size of the camera, this lens is capable of blurring backgrounds satisfactorily and can give some rich images.
This lens is now more or less permanently on my V1, the original 10-30mm hardly getting a look in and I am very pleased with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good extra lens 2 Aug 2013
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
f/1.8 aperture really allows photos with reduce depth of focus which is main reason I purchased it. Also less need for flash in low light conditions. Good every day lens though slight restriction wide angle wise - this is not normally a problem for me. Very compact if you need to carry it around with alternative lens fitted to camera.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nikon 1 system lens to date 17 April 2013
By Lee
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
This is the best Nikon 1 lens to date. It's very sharp even wide open. It's great in low light and it provides usefully shallow depth of field for portraits. This lens now lives on my camera. It's a bit expensive for what it is but arguably the same could be said for all of the Nikon 1 lenses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 30 Jan 2013
By Andy
Colour Name:Black|Verified Purchase
A great lens for a great camera - a good fit - highly complimentary to the 10mm I have - I'm no expert - but i like it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great portrait lens. 28 Dec 2012
By Drn1970
Colour Name:White|Verified Purchase
Fab lens on both my j1 and v1. Allows shallow depth of field with aperture of f1.8 and great in low light where the ISO stays relatively low for clean image quality!

An essential lens for the Nikon 1 series cameras!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant little lens.
So much better than the standard lens.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have lens for the Nikon 1 series
This is now my go everywhere lens on a V1. It's well built, bright, fantastically sharp and distortion free and I just cannot fault it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. J. Gwyther
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f1.8 lens- Black
Lightweight, small but fast and sharp, I use this with a Tele Nikkor 48/85 Auxilliary Lens with great results, the 10-30 has become redundant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. L. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
One of the most have lenses to have for your Nikon 1 system camera!!! If you are looking for sharp pictures and the "bokeh" effect then this is the best you can get for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by constantinosmi
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this 18.5mm lens
I find this lens lives up to my expectations. Excellent performance wide open at f1.8.
Fast focus and the silver looks good on my black bodies,
Published 5 months ago by John Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon lens
A must for any nikon 1 holders. Compact lens, easy to carry as extra and the shots that you can take with this lens in the dark are excellent.
Published 5 months ago by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars NIce lens but does it have VR?
Having bought a J1 I was keen to get a fast prime lens to get something approaching shallow depth of field, I have to say that this doesn't really manage this particularly well but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Transforms the camera in low-light situations, where previously (stock lens) only blurry shots were possible.
Achieves a reasonable bokeh compared to the stock lens.
Published 6 months ago by R. D. J. Ellis-braithwaite
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
A top notch lens, an absolute MUST HAVE lens for any Nikon 1 series camera.

Sharp wide open and beautiful bokeh

A brilliant portrait lens too.
Published 7 months ago by Ian K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Addition to the Nikon 1 Camera
I've been using the standard zoom lens for a while and whilst pretty good the most annoying bit is the need to remember to extend the lens. The 18. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DB
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