The Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX lens has the highest cost-to-benefit ratio of any lens you can get for your DX camera. With a maximum aperture value of 1.8 this is a great lens for a shallow depth of field as well as for low light photography. It is a prime fixed-focal length lens so you will be using your body to do the zooming with this one. The AFS written on the side of the lens means it has an onboard focusing motor which is nice if the camera you have doesn’t have internal body focusing. It has a plastic lens cap, metal mount and rubber gasket for moisture protection. It also has an M/A (manual override) switch for the autofocus which allows you to autofocus and then fine tune with the focus wheel.
Paired with an SB-600 or equivalent Speedlight you can capture the beauty in any moment. The tonality of the lens is amazing and if you shoot in RAW you can further enhance the colors in your image. The bokeh is pleasant and creamy, everything you’d expect from a large aperture lens. On Nikon DX cameras there is a crop factor of 1.5 which effectively makes this lens a 52mm lens equivalent on a full-frame sensor. This tends to be the most useful focal length for indoor photography, however, the 50mm lens on a DX camera becomes a 75mm which pushes you up against the walls in order to frame group pictures properly.
Having the Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX on your camera 90% of the time should be no problem due to the level of sharpness it produces. When the aperture is stopped down to f2.8 the lens becomes incredibly sharp for portraits. With group shots you really don’t want an aperture lower than 2.8 or else the razor-thin depth of field will blur subjects a couple of inches farther or closer than your focus point. It has a 7-blade diaphragm with rounded iris for more natural rendering of out-of-focus subjects.
In terms of focus speed this lens is very fast and very quiet. The silent wave motor lives up to it’s name and allows the focus to go from 0 to infinity in a couple of seconds and in complete silence too. The Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX included HP 46 lens hood is small but helps reduce flaring and protects the lens from accidental bumps. I highly recommend this lens for pros and beginners alike. It’s great for food to portrait photography, indoor sports, concerts and anything in-between. At only $200 it’s by far the cheapest 50mm lens you can add to your lineup. They are somewhat tough to find in stores so getting them online is usually the best bet. This is a great walk-around, normal lens since it’s small and not too intimidating. It’s small enough to carry around in your coat pocket as a second lens.
The Nikkor 35mm 1.8 comes with a lens hood, bag, manual and lens cap and 5-year warranty. This is a great lens for any photographer to have.