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|Item Dimensions||5.3 x 7 x 7 cm||6.35 x 6.35 x 3.9 cm||5.3 x 7.2 x 7.2 cm||8.3 x 7.1 x 7.1 cm||6.5 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm||9 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm|
|Item Weight||200 grams||155 grams||187 grams||300 grams||235 grams||0.6 kg|
|Max Aperture||1.8||1.8 mm||f/1.8||f/4||2.8||1.4|
|Max Focal Length||35 mm||50 mm||50 mm||200 mm||40 mm||35 mm|
|Min Focal Length||35 mm||50 mm||50 mm||55 mm||40 mm||35 mm|
|Mounting Type||Nikonbayonet||Nikonbayonet||nikon||Nikon F||Nikon F||Nikon F|
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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm 1:1,8G Lens 35mm wide aperture lens with high-quality optics and compact dimensions designed for use with Nikon DX format cameras. Features a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that offers a bright viewfinder image and is ideal for low light shooting situations. Delivers high resolution and contrast with quiet autofocus operation. Choosing a suitable lens - some considerations When it comes to choosing photographic equipment, perhaps the most important decision a photographer faces is which lens system to use. The information below will give you a better idea of which lenses are most suitable for you. Picture angle The picture angle relates to the visual or picture range of the lens, whereby different picture angles can influence the perception through the lens. In principle, the focal length determines the picture angle; the shorter the focal length, the wider the picture angle and the smaller the picture. A longer focal length means a narrower picture angle and a larger picture. A normal lens 50mm is referred to as "normal" because its picture angle matches that of the human eye. For greater wide angle coverage, these lenses are favorites of landscape photographers and others who need to shoot expansive scenes. Telephoto zooms in far away objects and scenes and has a more narrow picture angle which creates dramatic close-ups for many different kinds of photography.
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AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
35mm wide aperture lens with high-quality optics and compact dimensions designed for use with Nikon DX format cameras. Features a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that offers a bright viewfinder image and is ideal for low light shooting situations. Delivers high resolution and contrast with quiet autofocus operation.
|Lens construction||8 elements in 6 groups (with one aspherical lens)|
|Angle of view||44°|
|Minimum focus distance||0.3 m/0.98 ft.|
|Maximum reproduction ratio||0.16x|
|No. of diaphragm blades||7 (rounded)|
|Filter attachment size||52mm|
|Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)||Approx. 70 x 52.5 mm/2.8 x 2.1 in.|
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A lens hood and a cool leathery pouch are included, which is nice. The lens hood is very useful for protection, just leave it on there all the time. If you need to store the camera in a bag, you can put the hood the other way around to save space.
Given the price compared to other lenses, I'd say it's a good investment. It's also good for a beginner like me, because it really helps me understand and play with ISO, aperture and shutter speed to change the result. It also forces you to think about the composition, because everything has to fit and it's sometimes good to remove the unnecessary things from the frame. I'm still not even remotely good, but it's definitely helping me to get better at photography.
A few people have said they happily use this lens and nothing else. While I wouldn't go quite that far, I can honestly say that most of the pictures I've taken over the last year (80%, give or take) have been shot with the 35mm. As an everyday lens for seeing the sights, taking family snaps and other general purpose photography, this really is a cracking wee piece of glass. The other claimed advantage is that it will improve your photography by forcing you to work creatively within the constraint of the fixed focal length - that's arguably more down to the individual photographer, but I've definitely found myself thinking a lot more carefully about how to set up a shot when I can't just zoom out to 18mm and throw it all in.
However, as I have said this is not a perfect lens, and there are a couple of things that need to be understood to get the most out of it. The most striking is the issue of chromatic aberration, of colour fringing. This is the effect of purple and green artefacts appearing along high contrast boundaries in the image, and this lens produces... ahem... rather a lot of it. For some reason, presumably cost, Nikon opted not to include an ED glass element here. You can read up online for more technical details, but basically this "low dispersal" glass element is what prevents colour fringing appearing, and its absence here is very notable.
Having said all that, the colour fringing doesn't actually bother me all that much; I process all of my photos with Adobe Lightroom, which has an excellent tool for removing chromatic aberration - one click is usually all it takes. However, I appreciate that not everyone has the time or inclination to get in to heavy post-processing, and for folks who just want to shoot in JPEG and use their photos straight out of camera, the colour fringing issue should be considered before purchasing.
There are couple of other minor points which aren't really an issue for me but which others might want to think about. First, the manual focus ring is not very pleasant or effective to use. I never had the occasion to use a film SLR for real, but I have had a play around with my Father-in-Law's old Praktika MK-5, and if that's what manual focusing is supposed to feel like, then this falls rather disappointingly short. But then, I use Autofocus virtually all the time, and that works a charm here. Second, the lens hood obscures the AF assist lamp on my D3200 (and I expect on a few other bodies as well), so if you're shooting with the lens hood on in low light you might have a problem. And yes, I do occasionally find myself doing this, since the included hood seems more an ergonomic addition to extend the 'grippable' length of the lens barrel than for any optical benefits. Again, not usually a problem as the hood is nice and easy to pop off in a hurry to let the AF do its thing.
So to summarise: An excellent general purpose lens, fantastic value for money and a very good step on from the 18-55 kit if you want to improve your photography. Let down somewhat by a couple of niggles, but if you can work around them you've got a cracking piece of equipment here.
(For what it's worth, if I could rate this 4.5 stars I would - I can't give it a five because of its flaws, but at the same time I don't think they quite warrant a whole star penalty.)
It arrived quickly and came with a little bag to store it, a lens cover and a hood.
Overall it's very versatile and light. The lens really pushes me to think more creatively. The clarity is fabulous. I used it almost exclusively through my travels.
I have added a photo I took during Christmas lunch with the family. That pretty much shows this lens in its element, I hope.
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